West Michigan Beer Tours is proud to promote all Michigan breweries and Michigan beer-friendly bars and restaurants. Most of our tours will be based in West Michigan, but periodically we will also promote tours to other parts of the state and in other areas of the Midwest. While we plan to highlight brewers in West Michigan our goal is to include all Michigan-based brewers in our database. If you are a new Michigan-based brewery or would like to update the information we have included in our database please contact us.
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|Brewer Contact Information||Brewery background|
|Arclight Brewing Co.|
544 N. Main St., Watervliet, MI
|Ed Nash and Dave Coyle opened Arclight in July, 2014, in a space formerly occupied by a car dealership. The expansive brewery and brewpub serves several popular beers, including its trio of IPAs, the blonde, the cream ale, the Snicker Doodle Porter, made with Vietnamese cinnamon, the Black Mere, an oatmeal stout, and Ale to the Darkness, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial porter. The brewery also features snacks, cupcakes, local art and a children's area. Nash also makes his own sodas and blends them with his blonde ale for a series of shandies.|
|Arcadia Brewing Company|
103 West Michigan Ave
Battle Creek, MI 49017
|Owner Tim Suprise lives in Kalamazoo and originally wanted to open the brewery in Kalamazoo in the building that now houses the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. Suprise and Co. opened its a new $6 million production facility in Kalamazoo in May, 2014. The spacious brewery sits along the Kalamazoo River and specializes in barbecue. A majority of Arcadia's brewing will be done in Kalamazoo, while the Battle Creek facility will continue to serve English-style ales using its open-fermentation system and offer barbecue, pizza and more.
Seasonals: Whitsun Wheat Ale (Spring/Summer); Jaw-Jacker (Fall); Nut Brown (Winter)
Best Bets: Sky High Rye; Cocoa Loco
|Bell's Brewery, Inc.|
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave
8938 Krum Avenue
|President Larry Bell is an avid Chicago Cubs fan who plans to attend every home game in 2014; Laura Bell, Larry’s daughter, is the company's Vice President; Two Hearted is consistently voted one of the world’s best beers by Zymurgy magazine. The majority of production is done at the Comstock Township brewery in Galesburg, which continues to expand frequently. Bell's also makes small batches at its original space, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, in downtown Kalamazoo.
Seasonals: Oberon Wheat Ale and Oarsmen Sour Ale (Spring/Summer); Oktoberfest (Fall); Expedition Stout and Hopslam (Winter)
Best Bets: Specialty beers at the Cafe - Two Hearted; Black NoteTop Sellers: Oberon Wheat Ale; Two Hearted IPA
|Big Lake Brewing |
977 Butternut Ave., Suite 4, Holland, M
|A trio of lakeshore engineers -- Greg MacKeller, Travis Prueter and Nic Winsemius -- founded the brewery in 2009 and opened the company in July, 2013, to become the then-third brewery in the Holland area (New Holland Brewing Co. and Our Brewing Co.). In addition to a variety of beers from the three-barrel system, Big Lake also produces wine, cider and eventually mead. Prueter and Winsemius are long-time homebrewers, while Mackeller, along with and his wife, Courtney, started making wine in 2010.|
3307 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
|One of Kalamazoo’s oldest pizzerias, started in 1976, it started making its own brew in 1998. The restaurant’s menu and some of its beers feature items related to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”|
|Boatyard Brewing Co.|
432 E. Patterson Street
|Received its license in early April 2013. Prior to opening the brewery, co-owners Brian Steele taught at Kalamazoo Country Day School while Dan Gilligan was an electrician for Kerwin Electric Inc.|
|Cellar Brewing Company|
500 E Division St Sparta, MI 49345
|Chuck Brown purchased the Michigan Beer Cellars from Dan Humphrey in early 2013. Brown rebranded the company to Cellar Brewing Co. that summer. Brown said he took the best of Michigan Beer Cellars' offerings and added some of his favorite homebrewing recipes. He also instituted quality control standards to keep the brewery's consistency at a high level. Now distributed in bottles around West Michigan, CBC's top sellers are: 1. Black Magic RYPA (black IPA); 2. Monkey Wrench (Imperial IPA) and 3. Michigan Sunshine (witbier)/Uncle Krunkle's Dunkleweizen (wheat ale). Cellar also makes its own wine and spirits, which are distributed across the state, and serves a variety of food.|
|BraVo! Restaurant and Cafe|
5402 Portage Road
|Chef and head brewer Adam Stacey started making his own beer at the popular restaurant in 2007. The restaurant celebrated its 25th anniversary in October, 2012. Stacey typically has five beers on tap. They are available in pints, as a sample platter of four 1.5 ounce pours ($6) and in half-gallon growlers ($15 new, $11 for a refill).|
925 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids.
|Co-owner Jason Spaulding opened Brewery Vivant in an old Grand Rapids funeral chapel in late 2010. Specializing in Belgian and French farmhouse ales, it quickly gained a reputation around the state. It also emphasizes sustainability and is one of the few breweries in the state to can its beer. In 2012, Brewery Vivant collaborated with the nation’s third-largest brewery, New Belgium, for a pair of specialty beers, Biere de Garde and Escoffier. The latter was voted as one of the Top 25 Beers of the year by Draft Magazine.
Best bets: Big Red Coq; Triomphe
|Constantine Brewing Co.|
145 S. Washtington St., Constantine
|Matt and Charlene Ryan opened their small brewery and winery in Constantine, about 40 minutes south of Kalamazoo on U.S. 131, in early June, 2014. Matt Ryan brews on a 2.5-barrel system while his wife, a vintner, makes a trio of wines using grapes from their property and a farm in Allegan. Housed in a 2,000-square-foot building that was believed to be built in the 1850s, the brewery and winery is open starting at noon Wednesday through Sunday. The Ryans have six handles and make several beers, including LightSpring Pale Ale, Emperor's Victory Stout and the flagship Black Galactic, among others. It also serves wings, pizza, barbecue and appetizers and occasionally hosts live music.|
|Dark Horse Brewing Co.|
511 S. Kalamazoo Ave
Marshall, MI 49068
|Aaron Morse learned to brew at Northern Michigan University. Dark Horse specializes in big beers, so when everyone goes light for the summer, the Marshall brewery rolls out its Belgian-style trippel. The brewery plans to add a creamery, distillery and bakery soon. In the summer of 2014, the History Channel featured the company in the reality show, "Dark Horse Nation."
Seasonals: Sapient Trip Ale (Spring/Summer); Scotty Karate (Fall); Five-Part Holiday Stout Series (Winter)
Best Bets: Plead the 5th Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged); Double Crooked Tree IPA (February)
|Dirt Bag Brewing Co.|
|Ryan Long, of Gobles, plans to utilize his future brewery’s home near the Kal-Haven Trail, which runs from Battle Creek to Lake Michigan, to entice craft beer drinkers and outdoors lovers.|
103 N. Phelps, Decatur, MI
|The father-son brewing duo of Mike and Kevin Christensen took over Patchwork Brewing Co. in the summer of 2014 and renamed the business. To meet the growing demand for their beer, the Christensens purchased new equipment. Some of their more popular beers include Uranus on Fire, a jalapeno fruit beer, The One, an IPA and Eye Opener, a stout. The brewery also excels at its handmade, thin-crust pizza.|
|Founders Brewing Co.|
235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
|Michigan’s second largest brewery in terms of annual production, Founders has enjoyed exponential growth in the last several years courtesy of its rabid following. In early 2015, the Grand Rapids brewery announced it sold 30 percent of the company to Spain's Mahou San Miguel, giving Founders the ability to distribute worldwide. The brewery's latest round of expansion will help meet those audiences. The recent stars of an episode of Esquire's "Brew Dogs," Founders is best known for its Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Canadian Breakfast Stout, All Day IPA and Centennial IPA, among many other beers.
Seasonals: All Day IPA (Spring/summer); Harvest Ale (Fall))
Best Bets: Kentucky Breakfast Stout (April); Centennial IPA (year round); Red’s Rye PA
|Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co.|
140 S. Westnedge Ave.
|Greg “Gonzo” Haner opened his brewery in the Orrin B. Hayes dealership downtown Kalamazoo in November 2013. Haner was the head brewmaster at Olde Peninsula Brewpub from 1996-2003. In addition to his top selling Vanilla Porter, Gonzo's is also known for its food.|
|Grand Rapids Brewing Company|
1 Ionia Ave. SW Suite 1
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
|Mark Sellers, who also owns Hop Cat, opened this brewery in December, 2012, as a nod to the city’s brewing history. The GRBC originally opened on New Year’s Day of 1893 as a merger of six smaller breweries. In the summer of 2013, the new GRBC became the Midwest’s first organic brewery.
|Greenbush Brewing Co.|
5885 Sawyer Road
Sawyer, MI 49125
|Opened in 2011 by Jill Sites, Justin Heckathorn and Scott Sullivan, the brewery is on pace to produce around 13,000 barrels in 2013 -- more than triple its 2012 output. It recently announced plans to open expand with a 50-barrel system across the street from its taproom. The brewery started distributing in bottles in 2013.
Seasonals: Ursus (Winter); Sunspot (Spring/Summer)
Best bets: Closure, pale ale; Delusion, barrel-aged imperial cream stout
575 S Eton St
Birmingham, MI 48009
|Founder Norm LePage and owners Bonnie LePage and Mary Nicholson harnessed the medal-winning skills of brewer Dan Rogers for this Birmingham brewery that opened in July, 2013. The 12,000-square-foot facility boasts a beer garden, taproom and a tasting room where patrons can sample a variety of styles, including the mainstays Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA and the Grind Line Pale Ale. One of several Michigan breweries to can its beer, Griffin Claw’s 16-ounce four packs are introducing this new but ambitious brewery to the state in a big way.|
|Harmony Brewing Co.|
1551 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids
|Harmony opened in Grand Rapids’ Eastown on February, 2012. Owners Heather Van Dyke-Titus and her two brothers, Barry and Jackson Van Dyke, are a resourceful group of entrepreneurs. They’ve utilized salvaged material and repurposed items for the brewery. Its 5-barrel system is a converted dairy tank and the hardwood on the stairway is an old basketball court from Western Michigan University, as a couple examples. On Aug. 1, Harmony added new menu items to complement its popular wood-fired pizzas.
Beers: Black Squirrel (peated porter); Grand Daddy Rapids Cream Ale; Barrel-aged Vanilla Porter; Grapefruit Moon (grapefruit IPA shandy).
|Hideout Brewing Co.|
3113 Plaza Drive NE, Grand Rapids.
25 Ionia Ave. SW
|Mark Sellers opened this craft beer haven in downtown Grand Rapids in January, 2008. It quickly became one of the top craft beer bars in the state. Beer Advocate magazine ranked it the No. 3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth and Craftbeer.com’s readers selected it as the No. 2 Beer Bar in America. It boast 48 taps and now brews its own beer. Sellers, a Michigan State University graduate, will open another Hop Cat in East Lansing this summer.
|Jaden James Brewing Co. (at Cascade Winery)|
4665 Broadmoor S.E, Grand Rapids, MI
|Jaden James Brewery is located in the Cascade Winery, which opened in 2003. Jaden James serves a variety of rotating beers, including stouts, Peanut Butter Porter and even an gluten-free option. Hard ciders and mead, made at the winery, are also available.|
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, LLC
3115 Broad Street
Dexter, Michigan, 48130
|Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.|
5919 Chicago Rd.
Warren, MI. 48092
|The brewery that helped put Metro Detroit on the national craft beer map was started in 1998 by Bret and Eric Kuhnhenn. It has taken home several medals from the Great American Beer Festival, including gold in 2010 for its heralded Fourth Dementia Olde Ale. In early 2014, RateBeer.com named Kuhnhenn as one of the world’s Top 100 breweries. Brewer Todd Schwem and Co. are in the midst of major growth in 2014, so keep your eyes open for more exciting developments coming from our east side friends.|
|Latitude 42 Brewing Co.|
|Portage’s first microbrewery is starting off with a bang. Ownership has spared no expense on the 11,000-square-foot microbrewery. It will begin with a production capacity of 6,000 barrels a year, but ownership plans to have invest in more equipment before the end of 2013 to push potential capacity to around 13,000 barrels annually. Set to open the summer of 2013, head brewer Scott Freitas brings an impressive resume with stints at the Maui Brewing Co., Steelhead Brewing Co. and Wild Duck Brewing Co., both of Eugene, Ore. On the food side, Latitude hired Adam Stacey, who spent more than 20 years as the head chef at Bravo! in Portage. Stacey also brewed at Bravo! The brewery also plans to can by fall.
Beers: Red Beard’s India Red Ale, Powerline Porter, Lil’ Sunshine Golden Ale and Old Chinwig American Strong Ale are some of the beers set to flow from Latitude 42.
| Millgrove Brewing Co.|
633 Hooker Road, Allegan, MI
|The father-son brewing duo of Chris La Ponsie and his father, Duane, opened Millgrove Brewing Co. in Allegan on July 4, 2014. They started brewing in 2009 before launching their own tap room. The 2,400-square-foot space also hosts trivia nights, games nights, open mic and more.|
|The Mitten Brewing Co.|
527 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
|Owners Chris Andrus and Max Trierweiler combined their love of craft beer and baseball into this new hot spot on the Northwest Side of Grand Rapids. It opened in the historic Grand Rapids firehouse in October of 2013 and is already looking to expand by adding a second story and an outdoor deck. Mitten will make around 600 barrels in 2013 on its 3-barrel system.
Beers: Country Strong IPA and Triple Crown Brown are the top sellers.
|New Holland Brewing Co..|
66 E 8th St, Holland, MI
|Founded in 1996, New Holland Brewing Co. has grown to the third-largest brewery in the state and pioneered Michigan's distilling resurgence. From its Mad Hatter to Dragon's Milk, New Holland continues to showcase its art. At the end of 2014, New Holland made several announcements, including the hiring of Adam Lambert, formerly of Dogfish Head Brewery, and its part as the anchor of a $17 million mixed-use project on the West Side of Grand Rapids.|
|Odd Side Ales|
41 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI
|Old Boys’ Brewhouse|
971 W. Savidge St., Spring Lake, MI, 49456
|Old Mill Brewpub|
717 W Bridge St, Plainwell, MI
|Owner Scott Zylstra decided to leave the his job in pharmaceutical sales to start his own brew pub. It’s located in the historic Eesley Mill in Plainwell, near the popular Plainwell Ice Cream Co. It terms of building atmosphere, it’s hard to beat. John F. Eesley purchased a roller rink built in 1869 and converted the building to become the Sunshine Flour Mill. After several months of serving beer from other West Michigan breweries, Old Mill finally tapped its own beer this fall. As an ode to its past, Zylstra’s first beer, released in late October, is the Sunshine Oatmeal Stout. In addition to a fine food menu, Zylstra plans to roll out more of his own beer in the coming months.|
|Olde Peninsula Brewpub|
200 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
|Olde Peninsula Brewpub is a fixture in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo since opening in 1993. Brewmaster Dan Kiplinger makes a series of mainstays, led by the O.P. IPA and Midnight Stout. He also sprinkles in a few popular seasonal brews, including the Pumpkin Ale, which always sells quickly, as well as the Tornado Pale Ale, a spring offering to commemorate when the building was struck by the massive tornado on May 13, 1980. The brewpub also serves quality food, including a rotating specialty menu.
|One Well Brewing|
4213 Portage St. Kalamazoo, MI 49001
|One Well Brewing produces hand-crafted beers and provides a place for like-minded folks to share ideas, art and culture in Kalamazoo, MI. Co-owners Chris O'Neill and T.J. Waldofsky opened their microbrewery in late November, 2014. Emphasizing its neighborhood brewery atmosphere -- complete with board games, vintage arcade games, live music and comedy and more -- One Well's beer comes from O'Neill, who works on a three-barrel system. You'll want to try the Bad Adz, an English-style brown ale, the SimcoeRillo, an American-style IPA using Simcoe and Amarillo hops, or the Xalapa, an outstanding jalapeno blonde ale.|
|Our Brewing Co.|
76 E 8th St, Holland, MI
|Paw Paw Brewing Company|
929 E Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI
|Brother-in-laws and Western Michigan University students -- Ryan Sylvester played wide receiver for the Broncos and Ben Fleckenstein graduated from the School of Aviation -- took a financial risk and launched their own brewery in early 2011. Paw Paw Brewing Co. sold 326 barrels in its first year and has blown past business projections since. It plans to make around 1,700 barrels in 2013. It also started bottling this year.
Best Bets: KUA, St. James Engles Ale, 2Paws IPA, hug from Trevor
Specialties: Bronco Brown, Coconut Porter
|Perrin Brewing Co.|
5910 Comstock Park Dr NW, Comstock Park, MI
|The Comstock Park brewery is owned by minority partner Jarred Sper and majority partner Randy Perrin, who founded Perrin Sportswear, a resort apparel company. It opened in a 23,000-square-foot space in September, 2012. Sam Sherwood, formerly of the head brewer at Walldorff Brewpub in Hastings, is the new head brewer at Perrin, which will produce more than 8,000 barrels in 2013. The brewery plans to distribute in bottles and cans, including flat top cans that requires a churchkey to open.
Beers: Golden Ale, Black Lager, Raspberry Blonde Ale, IPA, Grapefruit IPA
3768 Chicago Dr, Hudsonville, MI
|Rockford Brewing Co.|
12 E Bridge St, Rockford, MI
|Jeff Sheehan, Seth Rivard and Brien Dews opened their brewery on the Rogue River in December of 2012. After several years at New Holland Brewing Co., Sheehan helped shape the vision and flavors at Rockford, including mainstays such as Rogue River Brown and the Paradigm MPA, which is made with all Michigan-grown ingredients. The two-story building holds a bar and production facility on the main level and a large Bavarian-style beer hall upstairs. Don't miss the brewery's popular Pub Crawl during Thanksgiving week that features several specialty releases.|
|Round Barn Brewery|
10983 Hills Rd, Baroda, MI
|Rupert’s Brew House|
773 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo
|Owner Mark Rupert and his business partner Nirmal Shah became the first of the five downtown Kalamazoo breweries in the works to open when it poured its first pints on Oct. 25, 2013. Rupert formed the company in November, 2012, started work on the space in December and was joined by Shah that winter. Head brewer Adam Wisniewski joined in August. Wisniewski has homebrewed for about five years and spent the last year working at the Bell's General Store. He's working on a 1.5-barrel system and plans to order whiskey barrels to being barrel-aging. He also wants to emphasize sour beers. The brewery served seven beers for its first day of business: M-43 Porter; Double hIgh PA, Britani's Cream Ale, Sour Oud Bruin (a sour brown ale), Mastiff Drool Stout, Doctor Steve's IPAilment and 2-Wice Licked Kitty, which is made with apricots, coriander and orange peel. The brewery will not carry food, but will allow for delivery. Rupert said he wants to partner with food trucks as well.
|Saugatuck Brewing Co.|
2948 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, MI
|Opened in 2008 and featuring the state's only Brew-On Premise system, a 3.5-barrel system that allows customers to make their own beer, SBC has grown substantially over the last few years. Located in a 25,000-foot facility and just a short drive from Lake Michigan, a series of expansions helped SBC grow its distribution around the Midwest and up its production from 2,000 barrels in 2012 to more than 6,500 in 2014. Behind mainstays such as Oval Beach Blonde and Backyard IPA, popular seasonal offerings, including the Neapolitan Milk Stout, and its Brewer's Reserve Series, SBC plans to continue it upward trajectory into 2015.|
|Schmohz Brewing Co.|
2600 Patterson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
|A group of Michigan Tech University alumnus brought their engineering skills to the beer world when Schmohz opened in December, 2004. The brewery will make about 1,400 barrels on its 20-barrel system in 2013. “We make old world ales and lagers that we like,” head brewer Chas Thompson said.
Beers: Hopknocker (imperial IPA), Treasure Chest (ESB) and Bonecrusher (stout) are the top sellers.
|Tapistry Brewing Co.|
4236 Lake St., Bridgman, MI
|In the first few months since it opened in the lakeshore community, Tapistry Brewing Co. is already stretching palates of its customers. Owners Joe Rudnick and Greg Korson said the top sellers through the first few months of business are: Enigma (double IPA); Reactor (American IPA); Chocola Java Stout; Beatnik (blonde ale) and Peck’s Porter. In the spring/summer, the Skipjack Pale Ale is carrying the way. Rudnick said they also like to open things with everything from a Habanero Porter to a Mole Ghost Pepper Ale. For Halloween, they also brewed “red” Voodoo Lady with ginger and beets. Rudnick also shared how they develop recipes. “We do a lot of round table discussions and talk about the style of what we are aiming for. We then choose the developer (one of three of us) and everyone offers thoughts and then the chosen one dials in the recipe. It keeps us away from a cookie-cutter menu and keeps our beers creative and unique.”
|Texas Corners Brewing Co.|
6970 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo, MI
|The B.O.B.’s Brewery |
20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
190 5th St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
|Located in what was a horse stable built in 1905, The Livery opened in August, 2005 by partners Leslie Pickell and Steve Berthel, who formerly brewed at Kraftbrau Brewery in Kalamazoo. In 2010, David Sawyer was hired as an assistant brewer. In 2013, Berthel joined New Holland Brewing Co. and Sawyer took over as head brewery at The Livery. Located in Benton Harbor’s art district, it also boasts a small outdoor beer garden and a cafe.
Best Bets: McGilligan’s IPA; Double Paw, double IPA; Maillot Jaune, French farmhouse ale
|Tibbs Brewing Co.|
402 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI
|Opened on Dec. 6, 2013 in a small space near the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre, Tibbs Brewing Co. has found its niche with consistently dynamic beers and customer service. Owned by Kevin and Cindee Tibbs, the small brewery expanded to a two-barrel system in 2014.|
|Unruly Brewing Co.|
360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, M
|One of two new breweries headed to Muskegon in 2013. Jeff Jacobson and Mark Gongalski plan to open in the Russell Block Market in the summer.
|Territorial Brewing Co.|
256 Helmer Road North, Springfield, MI
|After about a decade homebrewing, Charles Grantier and Tim Davis opened their new German-inspired brewery on Nov. 18, 2014. TBC offers a series of popular German style beers, including Harmonia, a hefeweizen, and a Berliner weisse called Cereal City Champagne, among others. Chef Rob Zimmer also oversees the menu, which naturally features a lot of sausage.|
|Walldorff Brewing Co.|
105 E State St, Hastings, MI
|White Flame Brewing Co.|
5234 36th Ave, Hudsonville, MI