Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean we can’t brave the chilly temperatures on foot to sample a trio of downtown Kalamazoo’s breweries.
In partnership with The Kalamazoo House, the historic bed and breakfast built in 1878 and now owned by Steve and Stephanie Gibson, guests can enjoy an overnight stay, the walking tour of three breweries and breakfast — all in one click.
For this special tour for guests of The Kalamazoo House, we’ll visit Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Rupert’s Brew House and Tibbs Brewing Co., where you’ll receive either a full pour or a series of samples at each stop. You’ll also learn more about Kalamazoo’s growing craft beer industry and its role in Michigan’s rise as one of the top beer destinations in the world.
Registration: Central City Tap House, optional lunch, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, pint, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Stop 2: Rupert’s Brew House, 3 samples or a pint, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Stop 3: Tibbs Brewing Co., 3 samples or a pint, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Meet up for Kalamazoo House guests
The Kalamazoo House
Registration with lunch, drinks available for order
Relax with a pint in the newly-renovated birthplace of Bell’s Brewery Inc., Michigan’s oldest and largest brewery.
Arrive: 1:15 p.m.
The first brewery to start the wave of new breweries in downtown Kalamazoo was Rupert’s Brew House, which opened in October, 2013. Owner Mark Rupert and brewer Adam Wisniewski produce a variety of flavorful craft beer in a venue known for live entertainment and the lively Great Dane puppy, Uncle Bill.
Arrive: 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy your choice of a full pour or 3 samples while visiting Tibbs Brewing Co., located next door to the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre. Tibbs Brewing Co. has gained a following behind its Hel-Jen Belgian Tripel, Ben Jonesin’, a chocolate toffee porter, and Citra And Take It IPA. In addition to its ground-level bar, Tibbs recently expanded to a lower level bar with ample seating in a speakeasy-like setting.
Arrive: 3:45 p.m.
Optional return to Kalamazoo House
The Kalamazoo House