Origination

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
211 E. Water Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange is a two-story multi-tap bar and grill located in the beautifully restored Globe Building in downtown Kalamazoo. Offering 28 rotating draught beers from around the world, the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange bases pricing of these draught beers on real-time sales, like the stock market, resulting in an ever-evolving happy hour. Occasional “market crashes” will occur daily, dropping beer prices to their all-time low. The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange also offers a menu of interestingly prepared classic pub fare. Classic dishes will be made new again from the Bar Plates to the Main Fare and the open kitchen design will allow you to see just how “hand-made” the food really is.

Second Stop

Boatyard Brewing Company

Please join us on our great adventure. During the summer of 2011, Dan Gilligan and I decided to form a brewery that will create exceptional craft beers. From this singular idea, the Boatyard Brewing Company has been born and our lives are changed forever.

Since then, Dan and I have spent countless hours developing some of the best traditional ale recipes, as well as our own unique offerings. After sharing hundreds of samples and listening to honest reviews, we are now satisfied that we have the craft beer recipes needed to build a successful brewery.

We would like all of you to join us on our journey; not just as customers, friends and suppliers, but as members of the BBC family. Come along for the ride, enjoy our craft beers, and help make Michigan the best place to live.

Third Stop

Paw Paw Brewing Company

Paw Paw Brewing Company was established in early 2010 by brother-in-laws Ben Fleckestein and Ryan Sylvester, placed in the
small village of Paw Paw on the banks of the Paw Paw River surrounded by beautiful Wilderness. The idea behind Paw Paw Brewing Company was to create a place where the community could gather and connect with one another over a pint of locally hand crafted beer. In early December 2010 the door opened for business with four beers on tap, St. James English Mild, Black River Oatmeal Stout, Paw Paw Wheat and 2Paws IPA. Paw Paw Brewing Company’s grand opening celebration was January 21, 2011.

Over the course of the first two years Paw Paw Brewing Company became the community place it was intended to be. Many ingredients have gone into creating Paw Paw Brewing as it has become today but none more important than the community and the Paw Paw Brewing Company team.

Bonus Stop

St. Julian Winery

For over 92 years, the Winery now known as St. Julian Wine Co., Inc. has produced award-winning products. From the first shoots of the Michigan spring through the harvest and barrel tasting of late fall, the family tradition that has flourished transforms grapes to wine, fruit to nectar, as passion and science converge bottle after bottle, case after case.

St. Julian will provide West Michigan Beer Tours with a tasting of their popular Gunga-Din hard cider. Gunga-Din captures the true essence of fresh apple cider! The distinct aromas of Golden Delicious and Gala apples leap from the glass. Crisp acidity and the perfect touch of sweetness make this hard cider perfect until the last drop.

 


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What happens if I am late for the tour?

The bus will leave promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive at the origination site at least 20 minutes ahead of time. If you are late we will not wait for you. There are no refunds.

What happens if I need to cancel?

All ticket fees are non-refundable. However tickets may be transferred to another passenger.

What happens if a tour is canceled?

If a tour is canceled for any reason all ticket fees will be fully refunded.

Can I drink beer on the bus?

In most cases there is no drinking on the bus.

Can I bring a minor?

No – all tour participants must be 21 years or older. Please bring personal identification.

May I bring beer on the bus?

Only beer purchased from the participating brewers may be brought on to the bus. For most tours, no drinking on the bus will be permitted. Coolers will be provided for growlers and other purchased beer.

Will there be food included on the tour?

Light snacks (i.e. pretzels and chips) and water will be provided on the bus. For most tours food will be available for purchase at one or more of our brewery tours. Unless otherwise indicated, most tour packages will not include the cost of food at the stops.

 

Ticket Pricing Saturday, June 29
  • KBE 3 course beer and food pairing plus brewery bus tour
$79.99/ea
  • Brewery bus tour only (arrive at KBE by 12:50)
$49.99/ea
  • KBE Lunch, bus tour, extra pint at each brewery, and West
    Michigan Beer Tours T-shirt
$99.99/ea
  • Brewery bus tour only, extra pint at each brewery, and West
    Michigan Beer Tours T-shirt
$69.99/ea

** There will be time to purchase lunch and additional pints at the breweries.
** We encourage guests to purchase 6 packs from the breweries. Coolers will be provided for safe transportation. Alcohol consumption will not be allowed on the bus.


 

Testimonials

  • "I had a great time with you on the walking tour last Saturday. It was informative (we loved your tidbits of Kalamazoo history) and fun. You went out of your way to make the hot weather bearable and the walk to Boatyard was worth it. We will be sharing our positive experience with others and hope to participate again soon. Thank you for an enjoyable afternoon."
    Bonnie G., Kalamazoo, MI — June, 2018
  • "Everyone had a blast! Bonnie and Mary were fantastic. I think everyone’s favorite stop was hands down Boatyard. It was my first time there but definitely not the last. ... I would recommend this tour to anyone who asked. The goodie bags were also a hit! Thank you for all of your help organizing this event for Forensic Fluids."
    Nicole R., Kalamazoo, MI — May, 2018
  • "My wife and I just finished up a tour today with Mary. We wanted to express our gratitude and follow up with Mary directly with our thanks for providing a wonderful tour. The one on one conversation at Bell's was the cherry on top of a great tour. Thank you. Jon and Dan, respectively, at Green Goor and Boatyard were kind, gracious and very insightful."
    Jarred and Lindsey F., Mishawaka, Ind. — February, 2018
  • "Beer tour went perfect ... I appreciate all of your help. Our tour guide and driver were perfect. Absolutely a great experience."
    Beau E., Chicago — Sept. 2017