Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Summer Passport?

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild’s Summer Passport program rewards craft beer fans for visiting participating craft breweries throughout Illinois. When a craft beer is purchased in a participating brewery, the passport holder receives a Visa Sticker. Passport holders who receive 40 or more Visa Stickers between May 25 and August 25 and send their Passport Verification Form to the ICBG are eligible for one free year of the ICBG’s enthusiast program, ImBIBE.


When does the Summer Passport begin?

The Summer Passport program begins on May 25th and runs through August 25th. All eligible entries must be sent to ICBG no later than August 25th.


Where can I pick up a Passport to Summer?

The Summer Passports are available at Official Pickup Locations throughout the state beginning May 25th. Official Pickup Locations can be found here ( denotes an Official Pickup Location).


Are Official Pickup Locations and Participating Breweries the same?

No. All Official Pickup Locations are participating in the Summer Passport, but not all Participating Breweries are Official Pickup Locations. The Official Pickup Locations are marked with a on the list of Participating Breweries, found here.


What if the brewery I visit is out of Summer Passports?

Summer Passports are available at Official Pickup Locations while supplies last. When a brewery runs out of Summer Passports, they will not receive more, so Passport-seekers are encouraged to get their Summer Passports early.


How do I redeem my Summer Passport?

Passport holders must receive 40+ stickers from participating breweries to qualify for the ImBIBE membership. When a patron visits the 40th brewery, taproom, or brewpub, an employee will verify the Passport contains 40 stickers and sign the Passport Authorization Form found on the last page of each Passport. That Form must be postmarked by August 25th and mailed to the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild:

ICBG, Inc.
20 W. Kinzie St., 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654


Can I combine my Visa Stickers with Visa Stickers from another Summer Passport?

No. To be eligible for an ImBIBE membership, each Passport must contain a minimum of 40 stickers from 40 unique participating breweries, brewpubs, or taprooms.


What is the Passport Authorization Form?

We know you love your Summer Passport, and we want you to hang onto it as a reminder of all your craft beer adventures. That’s why we’ve created the Passport Authorization Form, found inside each Summer Passport. This form, which will be completed by the 40th brewery, taproom, or brewpub visited by the Passport holder, can be removed from the Passport and sent to ICBG, postmarked by August 25th, to be eligible for the ImBIBE membership.


What is ImBIBE?

ImBIBE is the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild’s enthusiast program, which rewards craft beer enthusiasts for their support of Illinois craft breweries. ImBIBE members are eligible for pre-sale tickets to the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB), which includes one-hour early admission, and a $5 coupon toward each ICBG festival tee shirt. Membership in the ImBIBE program is valued at $50. More information can be found at www.illinoisbeer.org/imbibe.


What if I’m already an ImBIBE member?

If you are an existing ImBIBE member and send a verified Passport Authorization Form to ICBG by August 25th, you will be eligible for a one-year ImBIBE membership extension. Your new ImBIBE membership will take effect when your current membership expires. There will be no lapse in membership.


Still have questions? Email info@illinoisbeer.com.