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Halloween Beer Tour — Friday, Oct. 26, 2018


  • Destination: Old Mill Brewpub, Paw Paw Brewing Company, Psycho Ward and Nightmares, Shakespeare's Pub
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 10/26/2018

Get in the Halloween mood with this spooky tour featuring a brewery with a haunt, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions and try some great fall seasonal beers. Be prepared for a night of frights, flights and fun. Our Halloween tour will begin at Shakespeare’s Pub in downtown Kalamazoo where pumpkin ales, hard ciders and other autumn classics will be on tap. The group will then make the short jaunt west to Paw Paw Brewing Co. where the crew will get you in the spirit of the season with fall ales and perhaps a few scary surprises. From there, we’ll make way to Psycho Ward & Nightmares, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions tucked into the woods behind the Kalamazoo Speedway. Enjoy steeply discounted prices and VIP access to the freak fest. We’ll then conclude with a quick ride north to Plainwell’s Old Mill Brewpub. Owner and brewmaster Scott Zylstra plans to serve some of his first beers and offer a tour of the more than 100-year-old building known to be inhabited by a few ghosts.

 

Origination

5 p.m.: Registration
6 p.m.: Bus Leaves
Shakespeare’s Pub
241 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

First Stop

Paw Paw Brewing Company

Includes brewer meet-and-greet and tasting. 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.

Arrive: 6:30 p.m.
Depart: 7:30 p.m.

Second Stop

Psycho Ward and Nightmares

Includes VIP Access. Many have experienced the terror of the Floyd Cranston clan and the reign of horror they have inflicted on visitors to the PSYCHO WARD. Some have even survived—but not without years of intensive therapy. What disturbing twist on Floyd’s unique form of dismemberment and bloodletting does he have in store for you this year? There’s only one way to find out—if you dare!
Nightmares take many forms, but the new NIGHTMARES attraction will take your fears to shocking new depths. Nightmares will tap into the part of your brain that only stirs during your darkest nights. It will dissect your psyche and spread it like fertilizer across the speedway grounds. So come face your Nightmares, but leave the little ones at home—otherwise they will be sleeping in your bed for months to come.

Arrive: 8 p.m.
Depart: 9 p.m.

Third Stop

Old Mill Brewpub

Includes tour of haunted basement and tasting. Proprietor Scott Zylstra decided to leave the his job in pharmaceutical sales to start his own brewpub. 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 tapped its own beer this in 2014 and now offers 10 brews. As an ode to its past, Zylstra’s first beer, released in October, 2014, is the Sunshine Oatmeal Stout. In addition to a fine food menu, Zylstra continues to roll out his own beer in one of the most unique venues in the area — complete with a couple friends from beyond the grave.

Arrive: 9:30 p.m.
Depart: 10:30 p.m.

Termination

11 p.m.
Shakespeare’s Pub
241 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

 

Click to View Frequently Asked Questions

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 Friday, Oct. 26
  • Standard Tour Ticket –  Includes a ticket to the Psycho Ward and pint or samples at Paw Paw Brewery and Old Mill Brew Pub.
$69.00/ea
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** There will be time to purchase additional pints at the breweries.
** We encourage guests to purchase beer 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