Beer Sleigh History

Since 2014, Barley's Angels Chicago has held this annual (with the exception of 2020) holiday-themed brewery crawl we call the Beer Sleigh. 

Every December, we get dressed up in our best (and worst) holiday outfits like ugly Christmas and Hanukah sweaters, gaudy light-up necklaces, Santa hats, jingle bell bracelets, etc. and descend upon 3 breweries. 

The Sleigh itself has changed year to year: sometimes it's a trolley, a nice bus, or a school bus. One year we had to do Ubers because buses were too expensive. No matter what, we always have a blast! 

Here's a comprehensive archive of each Barley's Angels Chicago Beer Sleigh - thanks to member Beth T for starting this archive and sharing it with us so we could share it with all of you!


1st Beer Sleigh

Transportation: Bus 

Stop 1: Metropolitan Brewing (5121 N. Ravenswood Ave)

Stop 2: Lagunitas Brewery (2607 West 17th St.)

Stop 3: Lake Effect Brewing (4727 W. Montrose Ave.)


2nd Beer Sleigh

Transportation: Trolley

Stop 1: Atlas Brewing (2747 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Stop 2: Goose Island Taproom (1800 W. Fulton St.)

Stop 3: Emporium Beercade - Logan Square (2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.)


3rd Beer Sleigh

Transportation: Reggie's Bus 

Stop 1: Old Irving Brewing (4419 W. Montrose)

Stop 2: Baderbrau (2515 S Wabash Ave)

Stop 3: Reggie's (2105 S State St)

end at Indy Tap


4th Beer Sleigh

Transportation: Bus 

Stop 1: Forbidden Root (1746 W. Chicago Ave.)

Stop 2: Tribes Beer Company (11120 Front St, Mokena)

Stop 3: Tapster (2027 W. North Ave.)


5th Beer Sleigh

Transportation: School Bus 

Stop 1: Eris Brewery and Cider House

(4240 W Irving Park Rd)

Stop 2: Marz Community Brewing (3630 S Iron St)

Stop 3: Great Central Brewing (221 N Wood St)

end at Indy Tap


6th Beer Sleigh

Transportation: School Bus 

Stop 1: Revolution Brewing (3340 N Kedzie Ave)

Stop 2: Mikerphone Brewing

(121 Garlisch Dr, Elk Grove)

Stop 3: Church Street Brewing Company

(1480 Industrial Dr Unit C, Itasca)

end at Indy Tap


No Beer Sleigh due to COVID-19 pandemic


7th Beer Sleigh

Transportation: Ubers/Lyfts

Stop 1: Alarmist

(4055 W Peterson Ave)

Stop 2: Une Annee & Hubbard's Cave (6343 W Gross Point Rd, Niles)

Stop 3: Sketchbook (4901 Main St, Skokie)


8th Beer Sleigh

Transportation: Barrel Run Bus 

Stop 1: Lake Effect Brewing (4727 W. Montrose Ave.)

Stop 2: On Tour (1725 W Hubbard St)

Stop 3: Goose Island Taproom (1800 W. Fulton St.)


9th Beer Sleigh

Transportation: Mini Coach Bus

Stop 1: Burning Bush (4014 N Rockwell)

Stop 2: Miskatonic (1000 N. Frontage Rd, Darien)

Stop 3: Solemn Oath (1661 Quincy Ave #179, Naperville)

Stop 4: Metropolitan (3057 N. Rockwell St)

Table View of Beer Sleigh History