So how did we get here? Well we are obviously all craft beer lovers who have the good fortune to live in West Michigan during a renaissance of the craft beer industry. One evening over a pint we were talking about how we could get involved in the growing West Michigan beer industry. It was during this conversation that we started our initial business plan. So our business was truly started on a bar napkin. Less than 10 months later, with the help and support of our family and friends, we launched our first tour.
John has had a front row seat for much of the growth of the Michigan craft beer industry. For the last 5 years John wrote about the beer industry for the Kalamazoo Gazette and MLive Media Group. John co-founded the Michigan craft beer blog, KalamaBrew, in 2008. Over a pint or two during the summer of 2012, John floated the idea of a beer bus that could help people safely enjoy their favorite West Michigan brewers. Today that idea is a reality. John is a Western Michigan University graduate who is married with two kids and a dog.
moc.sruotreebimtsew@nhoj | 269-350-4598
Aric is an entrepreneur who has spent most of his career building and managing businesses in the software industry. During his travels he had many opportunities to do beer tours in other cities. When John suggested a beer tour company in West Michigan Aric jumped on the opportunity to create a new business related to West Michigan breweries. Aric is currently on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of West Michigan and also advises other local area businesses. Aric is a graduate of Calvin College and has an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is married to a fellow beer lover and has a dog named Bo.
moc.sruotreebimtsew@cira | 269-205-4894
After graduating from Calvin College, Lisa became a successful realtor in West Michigan. Over the years she has developed quite a taste for craft beer. As such she frequently promotes the West Michigan’s craft beer industry when providing community tours to people who are considering moving into the area. She was surprised at how many people from outside of the area already knew about our local breweries and were looking for opportunities to visit them. When she heard about the idea to create West Michigan Beer Tours she threw her support behind. Lisa is helping to build our partnerships and working with companies on creating private tours.
moc.sruotreebimtsew@asil | 269-205-3417
She joined WMBT in the summer of 2014 and excels at customer service. A close follower of the craft beer industry and a well-traveled brewery adventurer in her spare time, she brings a high level of professionalism to the company. She currently works as an account manager at a marketing agency.
moc.sruotreebimtsew@yram | 734-249-8422
Trevor has been a self-proclaimed Michigan Beer Ambassador since the turn of the century. He has Level 1 Sommelier and Cicerone beer server certification and has used that knowledge and hospitality in the restaurant business for the last 15 years. Currently, he’s following his passion as the assistant brewer at Tibbs Brewing Co. in Kalamazoo.
moc.sruotreebimtsew@rovert | 269-205-3438
As a lover of the hospitality industry for more than 20 years and a self-educated craft beer lover, Nichole has furthered her education by assisting with the brewing process as the tap room manager at Boatyard Brewing Company in Kalamazoo. “I am excited with the prospect of sharing my experiences and knowledge with others.”
moc.sruotreebimtsew@nire | 269-301-0435
Leslie Chamberlain fell in love with beer by learning about it as a 9-year-old when her father taught her science lessons through homebrewing. Since then, she has found the pursuit of beer and related knowledge to be a fascinating hobby that is rich with learning opportunities, having and earned the title of Certified Beer Server with hopes of becoming a Certified Cicerone. Leslie was previously a tour guide at Bell’s Brewery Inc. and currently works as a project manager at a marketing agency.