malt row tours

Several of our establishments allow visitors to tour their facilities and learn about the brewing and distilling process while enjoying samples along the way. Whether you want to know why KOVAL only uses the "heart-cut" of the distillate or you've got questions about what a coolship is an why Dovetail has one, there's plenty to discover on Malt Row. 

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Begyle brewing

Tours: Saturdays @ NOON

What are the main ingredients in beer? How do you name a new beer? What music do you listen to while brewing?
Ask these, and all of your other questions, every Saturday at noon, during Begyle’s Brewery tour! Hear the story of our beginning, learn where our name comes from (and how to pronounce it!) and so much more! Our tour lasts 90 minutes, includes three pours, and you can take your glass home! The tour will start promptly at 12 so please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour starts to check in. All brewery tour ticket sales are final. Cheers!

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dovetail brewery

Tours: Saturday @ 11 AM

Learn about traditional brewing styles and drink great beers! Check out what the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader had to say about our brewery tours. Can’t make it this Saturday? We have tours every Saturday at 11am! Tours are first come first served.


empirical Beer tours

Tours: Saturdays at 12:30 PM + 2 PM

Tours are now available every Saturday for the Empirical Brewery production facility. Sign-ups for the tour begin when the taproom opens every Saturday at noon. There are a limited number of spots (20) for each tour so it's first come, first serve. Brewer-led tours will go a little more in-depth into the technical aspects of brewing. If you've ever brewed and want to talk about amylase, this is the tour for you. Tours are held every Saturday at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM, unless otherwise noted. 


KOVAL distillery tours

Tours: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays + Sundays at various times

As Chicago's first craft distillery, KOVAL is pleased to offer tours every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as private tours for large parties and special events. Our staff will explain the differences between white and aged whiskey, the subtle intricacies of distillation, and the delicious beauty of small-batch spirits. See where each and every step of our process takes place. Tasting numerous spirits is just one of the perks!


Half Acre Brewery Tours - Lincoln ave

Tours: Saturdays @ 11 AM

Thank you for your interest in touring our brewery. We currently only offer tours of our facility on Lincoln Avenue. Tours include three samples and a branded pint glass to take home. Tour goers must be 21 or older with identification. No one under 21 is permitted without a parent or legal guardian.  All tour goers must form a line outside the brewery. Your whole party must be present to receive tickets before the tour begins. We can accept a total of 60 people for each tour. If you're number 61, then unfortunately you won't be able to tour that day, but you can head into the store or tap room and still try some beer.  We do not yet offer tours of our facility on Balmoral.