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Hop Harvest Beer Tour: Grand Rapids — Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017

  • Destination: Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply, Hopyards of Kent County, JW Marriott, Rockford Brewing Co.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 08/05/2017

The end of August and early September marks the peak of hop season. Farms across the state are harvesting their hop crops for breweries all over Michigan and the other parts of the world.

The tour, which originates at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, will visit with Pam Miller at Hopyards of Kent County for a farm tour and samples, as well as two of the farm’s closest brewery partners — Rockford Brewing Co. and Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply.

A pint or samples at the two brewery stop are also part of the tour.

The JW Marriott’s Beer City USA Package is also available to our guests. The package includes overnight accommodations, four local beers delivered to your room, breakfast vouchers, complimentary parking and more. For more information, go to:

Origination: JW Marriott Grand Rapids, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Rockford Brewing Co., samples or pint, tour, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Hopyards of Kent County, pint/samples, tour, 3-4 p.m.
Stop 3: Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply, pint or samples, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Termination: JW Marriott, 6 p.m.

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JW Marriott Grand Rapids

235 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Registration: Noon
Bus departs: 1 p.m.

Go here to book the Beer City USA Package.

First Stop

Rockford Brewing Co.

Rockford Brewing Company focuses on three things: Quality, Community, and Culture. Founded in 2011 along the scenic Rogue River and White Pine Trail, RBC believes in celebrating the drinking and food culture from around the world while utilizing the best West Michigan has to offer. We are also a music and artist venue, showcasing local talent and providing a gathering space for all. Brewing beers and creating food that is both innovative and familiar, RBC is your home away from home.

Arrival: 1:30 p.m.
Departure: 2:30 p.m.

Second Stop

Hopyards of Kent

Founded in 2011, Hopyards of Kent is one of the largest family owned farms of hops in Michigan. We are dedicated to consistently producing the highest quality hops available, through hardwork and commitment to the individual needs of the craft brewer.

Arrival: 3 p.m.
Departure: 4 p.m.

Third Stop

Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply

Our mission for the moment is to perfect our beer recipes and get things ready for your arrival. You are a big part of our mission. We are here for our friends who like to drink great tasting beer. Your mission should be to get here and give us a try. We have a feeling you are gonna like it here at Gravel Bottom.

Arrival: 4:30 p.m.
Departure: 5:30 p.m.


6 p.m.

JW Marriott Grand Rapids

235 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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 Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017
  • Early Bird Ticket – Includes samples or pint at Hopyards of Kent, Rockford Brewing Co. and Gravel Bottom (prior to July 1)
  • Tour Ticket – Includes samples or pint at Hopyards of Kent, Rockford Brewing Co. and Gravel Bottom (after July 1)
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** There will be time to purchase 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.


  • "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
  • "We did a private tour for my 40th, and West Michigan Beer Tour provided us a great time! They were great to work with in terms of planning it, answering questions and changing things as needed. It was well organized, and it was great to just be there to enjoy the day, rather than having to organize things myself. The tour guides were great too. This was a great way to gather friends and family together, as all ages can enjoy this! This was my 2nd tour, I had been part of a bike tour last summer, and that also was great fun! I would definitely recommend the tours either privately or as part of public tour."
    Kelly C. — July, 2016
  • "My sister and I had a great time on Saturday (8/13). Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. Our tour guides were great. I would definitely do this again. Thank you so much for a great time! Highly recommend."
    Mary S., Paw Paw, Mich. — Aug. 2016