In support of our friends at the Kalamazoo Irish Festival, to be held June 23-24 at Old Dog Tavern in downtown Kalamazoo, we are partnering for an Irish-themed brewery tour to a trio of West Michigan breweries.
Each tour participant receives bus transportation, samples or a pint at each of the three breweries, a logo pint glass from Paw Paw Brewing Co., one ticket in the gift basket raffle, half off one day’s entry to this year’s Irish Fest, and complimentary water and snacks during the tour.
Reserve your seat early at a discounted price: $69.99 through Jan. 31; after Jan. 31 all seats cost $79. All proceeds go to support Kalamazoo Irish Festival.
Registration begins at 11 a.m.; Bus Departs at noon
“The father/son team of Kevin & Michael Christensen are behind the wonder that is Final Gravity Brewing Company in the small village of Decatur, Michigan. Kevin has been homebrewing for over 15 years, and saw it more as just an awesome hobby. However, as Michael grew up, he picked up the craft as well. The two were asked by the owner of Patchwork Brewing Company to assist in the beer making process, which is how they got their start. When she decided to step down and focus on her family, Kevin and Michael took over ownership of the brewery.Wanting to make it their own, they gave the brewery a facelift and renamed it Final Gravity Brewing Company.”
Arrival: 12:45 p.m.
“Paw Paw Brewing Company was established in early 2010 by brother-in-laws Ben Fleckestein and Ryan Sylvester. 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. Over the course of the first two years Paw Paw Brewing Company became the community place it was intended to be. Many ingredients have gone into creating Paw Paw Brewing as it has become today but none more important than the community and the Paw Paw Brewing Company team.”
Arrival: 2:15 p.m.
Tibbs Brewing Co.
“Tibbs Brewing Company was founded for the love of beer. In November 2007, Kevin began brewing beer in preparation for the holiday gift exchange. Though no one admitted it at the time, those first brews were probably not a family favorite, and may have even been re-gifted as “White Elephant Gifts”. Today, both family and friends are placing their holiday requests far in advance in hopes that their stockings will have a special treat from Tibbs Brewing Company.”
Arrival: 4 p.m.
Old Dog Tavern
Arrives approximately 5:15 p.m.