Very enjoyable tour. Tour leader very enthusiastic. Tour is educational and enjoyable, albeit pretty basic. Lots of choices in the sampling room including many of Sprecherís very tasty premium sodas. Gift shop is fully stocked although not all seasonals available at all times. Quality and pride are evident throughout.
You have to reserve a spot on the tour in advance - which is a hassle, but the tours are very popular, so I understand why they require it. I showed up with some friends without a reservation and they let us on the tour at the last minute. They were really good about it. Most folks didnít have a clue about the brewing process, so the tour was geared to that level and not much to say good about it. The tasting room is pretty ugly and they limit the number of beers you can have with tickets...again they were good about refills, and lots of folks gave us their unused tickets. Also have their sodas for tasting so you can drag your kids along and make a good day of it. Great place to staock up on beer and soda.
Iíve gone through the tour on three occassions. As StewardofGondor noted, you get a limited number of pours with your tour, and the pours were nothing not already available in bottles from what I recall. Note that you need to reserve a spot ahead of time to take the tour -- information is on the website. Thereís a nice gift shop where you may purchase bottled beer and merchandise. Iíd highly recommend hitting Koppís Frozen Custard just down down the road for a burger and ice cream.
Just getting around to rating this one. Decent place, and if youíve already hit the Lakefront tour several times, this is the next one to hit. I think the tour is $2 a person (itís free if youíre just doing their soda.) Fairlychoreographed tour that talks about the barley, passes around the hops, takes you to the bottling operation and then ends in their pub. You get a 6-8 oz. commerative glass and tickets for 4 pours. Itís worth it. If you have the choice, though, avoid their Hefe. I also remember being hussled out of the pub because they needed chairs for the next arriving tour, and I would have liked to stay longer.
They offer a nice tour with about 5 or 6 different beers in tap. Singles can be purchased in the gift shop. A decent place to check out if your are in town. Their sodas are really good too, if youíre not into beer, or have a designated driver.