Public Tours

WMBT-76-2546705050-OWest Michigan Beer Tours offer a variety of public tours. A typical public bus tour will last approximately 5 hours and transportation will be 29 person mini-coach buses. Most tours will include:

  • 3 Brewery Stops
  • Tour director knowledgeable in both the beer industry and our local area
  • Introduction to brewery owners and/or brewers
  • Tours of their facility
  • Sample at each brewery

West Michigan Beer Tours is dedicated to providing beer lovers with fun, flavorful and relaxing tours. We encourage every passenger to drink responsibly and have a designated driver. After each tour we will also provide access to a local taxi service. While we encourage everyone to purchase beer at the breweries to take with you, we do not allow any consumption on the buses. If any of our tour directors have reason to believe that a person is intoxicated prior to a tour, we reserve the right to turn them away. If a person is turned away due to intoxication no refund will be provided.

Unless a tour is cancelled all tours are non-refundable.

Please note: The tours below appear in reverse chronological order.


 

Upcoming Tours

 

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  • 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.

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  • Destination: Dark Horse Brewing Co., High Five Hops Farm, Old Burdick's: Downtown, Territorial Brewing Co.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 08/25/2018

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 Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo, will visit Marty Moga and his family at High Five Hops Farm in Marshall. The small farm works closely with Dark Horse Brewing Co. We’ll tour the farm and hear from the family about their role in Michigan beer.

The tour will also make visits to Dark Horse Brewing Co. and Territorial Brewing Co., another brewery that works with High Five Hops.

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

The Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo also provides discounted rates to our guest through this custom link: https://www.radisson.com/westmichiganbeertours.

Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Dark Horse Brewing Co., pint, 1:45-3 p.m.
Stop 2: High Five Hops Farm, 17310 H Dr S Marshall, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Stop 3: Territorial Brewing Co., samples or full pour, optional tour, 5-6 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 6:30 p.m.

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  • Destination: Bell's Eccentric Cafe
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departs: 01/20/2018

As part of the Kalamazoo Public Library’s 4th annual Overdue Brew programs, a series of events celebrating local beer and literacy, West Michigan Beer Tours is collaborating on an event showcasing the city’s brewing history and its growth of the last few years.

Along with Kalamazoo Public Library historian Keith Howard, this short bus tour around Kalamazoo will share what the city was like prior to prohibition, how going dry effected the city and its place as the birthplace of Michigan’s brewery resurgence.

Each guest will receive a drink ticket to redeem for a beer at the Bell’s Eccentric Cafe prior to departure.

History of Kalamazoo Brewing Tours, Jan. 20, 2018

Trip 1
Origination:
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 11-11:30 a.m. registration
Stop 1: Tour of downtown Kalamazoo — both historic and present day breweries, 11:40 a.m.-1:10 p.m.
Termination: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 1:20 p.m.

* Free tours at 2 p.m. of Bell’s Eccentric Cafe will be available on a first-come, first serve basis

Trip 2
Origination: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 1:30-2 p.m. registration
Stop 1: Tour of downtown Kalamazoo — both historic and present day breweries, 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Termination: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 4 p.m.

* Free tours at 4 p.m. of Bell’s Eccentric Cafe will be available on a first-come, first serve basis

Guests must register in advance for this free event. Seating is limited. Registration through the library will begin on Jan. 6, 2018.

For more information, go to 2018 Overdue Brew online.

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