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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

  • "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
  • "I wanted to thank you once again for all of your help in coordinating this outing.  The end result was just fantastic!  We have heard lots of positive comments from our team about how nicely it went.  You were extremely attentive to detail and continually checked in to make sure all was going well.  That means a lot to me as a coordinator.  You didn't miss a detail and it resulted in an excellent time had by our group.  I've heard the comment numerous times that if they are going to be in the Kalamazoo area with friends, they are going to look you up!"
    Barb B., Little Chute, Wisc. — Aug. 2017
  • "We booked a walking tour with John back in April and couldn't have been more happy with our experience and guide. I booked the tour as a present for my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary. From the beginning John set out to help make our day memorable. He asked what plans we had and as I shared them with him, he was able to partner us with other community businesses that would help make our special occasion more comfortable and enjoyable. We have lived in the Portage area for the past 30 years so we really weren't sure what to expect. John was funny, engaging, and very informative. I learned much about the downtown area and local craft beer arena that I didn't know. I would highly recommend the tour. Thank you once again John for making our anniversary so much fun!"
    Janie W., Portage — June, 2017
  • "I would like to thank you for a wonderful day on Saturday. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day. Andrea and Trevor were great guides. They shared just the right amount of information as the day went on and mingled with the group well. The bus was comfortable and our driver was helpful and courteous. We enjoyed each of the breweries and experiencing what each had to offer both in terms of the beers and ciders and in their individual styles. We received compliments all day about how much fun it was and we owe it all to you. Thank you for providing the organization and hosting such a great event for us!"
    Dara M., Three Rivers, Mich. — October, 2016