A Brewery, Birthday Style

vimbly contacted me about testing out their service, which they recently expanded into chicago (it also exists in new york and seattle).  the website is seriously great for finding all types of things to do in chicago, both for tourists and for the folks that live here year round.  using vimbly, you can search either by activity or by what's offered a certain day as well as by price.  their website has an extensive list of things to try out, and it's constantly growing.  there's food tours, cooking classes, martial arts class and more, including - brewery tour.  obviously i jumped at the chance to try the brewery tour, because touring a brewery is something that was on my 101 in 1001 list!  and i scheduled it while tara was in town --- for her birthday!!  what a great way to start of the birthday celebrating, with a mid-day brewery tour complete with sampling for the birthday girl.

so i hopped on vimbly, searched my options, found the brew tour and scheduled us.  (and you pay by credit card or paypal, but vimbly was so kind as to send me a coupon code.)  it was just that easy, took about 5 minutes.  then i was emailed a confirmation and we headed to the brewery, who already had our names so we didn't have to print tickets or anything.  and even though the money has already gone to the vendor, if you have a terrible experience, vimbly will refund you.



there was no way we'd have a terrible experience at lake effect brewing though.  clint and lynn, owners of this small brewery that's been open almost 1 year, gave us a great tour.  although tara understood more things than i did.  her parents are engineers so she's all science-y smart, i'm just like 'hey what are we tasting next?'  it was fun to see everything though, and you really get to be up close, see everything, hear the tour guide, and ask lots of questions (unlike going to tour some giant place up in wisconsin.)



uhhh yes, of course she wore her birthday sash.  and a shirt that says 'drinks well with others,' why wouldn't she?  (that's one of the owners, clint, behind her.)


of course my favorite was bitchin' blonde.  probably the name influenced me but it was still delicious.  out of these beers (which they sell locally to bars and to some stores) we also tried the falcon dive and the signature lake effect snow, as well as a limited edition one brewed with hops grow locally - as in, right from the neighborhood around the brewery, called 45th ward harvest ale.

mine and tara's favorite part (besides the samples) was the chickens!  the brewery has a chicken coop in the back and instead of tossing all of the grains used in the brewing process, the chickens get to eat them.  and if you're looking at this picture and thinking 'uh steph, there's a turkey in there.  and a duck.'  you'd be right, because the coop doesn't discriminate.



they do barrel-aged beers too!



she may have that bright red hair, but the birthday girl is actually mostly german.  so she was extra excited to see the german malt.  the birthday girl is probably going to post a review/photos of her own, so be sure to check soon.

and if you're in the chicago area, they are having a one year celebration party this saturday!  go see it, you'll have fun.  if you're visiting chicago soon, check out vimbly to book a tour here like tara and i did, which they have every saturday, and also look at all of vimbly's other options for you.

27 comments

  1. That sounds like such a cool service, I wish they had Atlanta on their cities list!! Brewery tours are my favorite :)

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  2. That's an awesome service! And woo brewery tours!!

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  3. i am a big fan of brewery tours! I always get nice and toasted and forget everything i learn about the beer making process

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  4. Love the pictures of the birthday girl! Will have to keep Vimbly in mind for future fun things for Kevin : )

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  5. I'm so glad you let me know there was such a thing available in Seattle. Checking it out now. Why? Because I have to be JUST like you ;) weird fact about me though: I don't like beer. Fucking weird, right?

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  6. This is awesome! I've always wanted to take a tour in some alcohol-making place. Ok, you got me. Mainly for the alcohol....

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    1. Hahaha! I know you have your priorities in order!

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  7. a service that leads you to beer? YES, PLEASE!!!!! btw, i love that beer name Bitchin' Blonde LOL

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  8. these looks so fun - what a cool idea!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  9. The only thing that's missing is ME!!!

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  10. Oooo brewery tours are so much fun!

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  11. Love the name Bitchin' Blonde. I'm glad you two did this tour. Happy birthday Tara!

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  12. Well i def. think they contacted the right one! Looks like fun:)

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  13. Oh, what a great service - and what a fun trip! I think Bitchin' Blonde would be my favorite too... although I'm certainly biased ;-)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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    1. It really was the best though, I want to stock my house with it and not let anyone drink anything else!

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  14. Bitchin Blonde! I love it. A brewery tour is just perfect.

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  15. You can never go wrong with a brewery! Perfect afternoon or all day event!

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  16. This looks like so much fun!! I LOVE brewery tours. The smell is amazing... yummm

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  17. This tour looks like so much fun, and you know I love a good brewery! I'll have to check them out and see if they have one for Boston!

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  18. That is pretty cool! I am always looking for something to do, definitely checking out that site!

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  19. I've never been to a brewery before. We have Miller Brewery near me that some of my family works at. I have been wanting to do a tour there, but it is one of those things that I haven't gotten around to.

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  20. This looks like an amazing brewery! I want to check out this site! Thanks so much!

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  21. how fun to do a brewery tour for Tara's birthday! And yay for new services to help find fun stuff!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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  22. ummmmmm you need to come do the lake front brewery tour LADY.
    that'll teach you.

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