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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 Burdick's: Downtown
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price: $39
  • Departs: 11/17/2022

The Kalamazoo Beer Cup is a craft beer style showcase for Kalamazoo-area breweries where a specific style of beer is selected and several local breweries present their take on the style in a blind tasting of the public.

Your ticket includes a flight of four five-ounce pours, access to an appetizer buffet and some history on the specific beer style. For this installment, we’ve selected Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stouts — a hugely popular style of beer this time of the year.

These are some of the more popular and unique approaches to BBA Stouts in the Kalamazoo area. While you may know the breweries participating, you won’t know which beer is which until after voting is complete.

The event will also featured a brief history about the particular beer style.

The beers and breweries will not be identified and guests will rank their favorites on a score card. The top scoring brewery will keep the Kalamazoo Beer Cup at the brewery until the next installment of the event — think the Stanley Cup of local beer.

Kalamazoo Beer Cup: BBA Stouts
When: 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022
Where: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel
Cost: $39
Includes: Flight of 4 beer samples and appetizer buffet
For more information: 269-350-4598 or moc.sruotreebimtsew@nhoj

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  • Destination: Old Burdick's: Downtown, Old Mill Brewpub, Paw Paw Brewing Company, Psycho Ward and Nightmares
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $75
  • Departs: 10/29/2022

Get in the Halloween mood with this spooky bus 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.

Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to some of our favorites!

Our Halloween tour will begin at Old Burdick’s inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel 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 VIP access to one of the haunted attractions while trying a Michigan pumpkin ale.

We’ll then conclude with a quick ride north to Plainwell’s Old Mill Brewpub for a tour of the more than 100-year-old building known to be inhabited by a few ghosts.

Need help with overnight accommodations? Consider booking our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 5-6 p.m.
Stop 1: Paw Paw Brewing Co., samples, haunt, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Psycho Ward & Nightmares, haunted attraction, 8-9 p.m.
Stop 3: Old Mill Brewpub, samples, meet-and-greet and tour, 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, 11 p.m.

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  • Destination: Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo Stillhouse, Old Burdick's: Downtown, Tempo Vino Winery
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $49
  • Departs: 08/27/2022

West Michigan Beer Tours is proud to be partnering with Discover Kalamazoo and the rest of our sponsors for walking tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries.

Named one of the Top 10 walking tours in the country by Paste Magazine, this casual afternoon will introduce you to some of the colorful personalities and flavors behind Kalamazoo’s beer culture.

In a special twist, we are highlighting other beverage makers in downtown Kalamazoo, including Tempo Vino Winery and Green Door Distilling Co. or the Kalamazoo Stillhouse as part of our Makers Tour. This unique tour will offer a visit to a winery, brewery and distillery for samples, a cocktail and a pint, as well as our goody bag.

NOTE: Tours will require a minimum of 6 attendees to be held.

Need overnight accommodations?

Consider our discounted room rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Aug. 27 Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, 12-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Tempo Vino Winery, 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Kalamazoo Stillhouse, 2:15-3 p.m.
Stop 3: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 3:15-4 p.m. 
Termination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill,, 4:15 p.m.

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  • Destination: Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Brewery Outre, Final Gravity Brewing Co. -- Kalamazoo, Old Burdick's: Downtown
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $39
  • Departs: 08/13/2022

The Walking Tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries from West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo are offered year-round.

West Michigan Beer Tours is also happy to arrange a customizable private walking tour for groups of all sizes. Whether it’s a corporate outing, holiday celebration, birthday party or just a group of friends who want to learn more about the city’s beer culture, we’d be glad to help.

For those looking to book our public walking tours and who need help with overnight accommodations, please consider our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Also included in our walking tours is a stainless steel pint.

Please contact our general manager, John Liberty, at moc.sruotreebimtsew@nhoj or 269-350-4598.

Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, 12-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Final Gravity Brewing Co.-Kalamazoo, 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Brewery Outre, 2:15-3 p.m.
Stop 3: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 3:15-4 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, 4:15 p.m.

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