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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, Old Mill Brewpub, Paw Paw Brewing Company, Psycho Ward and Nightmares
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 10/30/2021

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. 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.

The bus will return to downtown Kalamazoo where guests are encouraged to participate in SkeleTour, where decorative skeletons are spread around participating businesses. You can also take advantage of the Central Commons Refreshment Area, a series of designated streets where people can order to-go cocktails and walk through downtown.

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 & SkeleTour of downtown Kalamazoo, 11 p.m.

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  • Destination: Old Burdick's: Downtown, Old Mill Brewpub, Paw Paw Brewing Company, Psycho Ward and Nightmares
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 10/29/2021

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. 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.

The bus will return to downtown Kalamazoo where guests are encouraged to participate in SkeleTour, where decorative skeletons are spread around participating businesses. You can also take advantage of the Central Commons Refreshment Area, a series of designated streets where people can order to-go cocktails and walk through downtown.

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 & SkeleTour of downtown Kalamazoo, 11 p.m.

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  • Destination: Guardian Brewing Co., Old Burdick's: Downtown, Tantrick Brewing Co., Three Blondes Brewing Co., Waypost Brewing Co.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 06/12/2021

This bus tour is a celebration of women in leadership roles in West Michigan’s craft beer industry and will feature several stops to relatively new breweries.

The tour begins with two different registrations — one in Downtown Kalamazoo and another at the new location for Tantrick Brewing Co. in Allegan. Guests can select the most convenient option. Drink costs are only included at the three stops listed below, but you are welcome to purchase beer at either registration point. The trip first heads to Waypost Brewing Co., tucked back on an old fruit farm, where co-owner and head brewer Hannah Lee produces wonderfully crisp, clean beer across a variety of styles. Each guest will receive full pour of their choice as part of the visit. The trek then visits Saugatuck to see Kim Collins, owner and brewer at Guardian Brewing Co., which opened in early 2019.

Our tour then finishes the afternoon with a stop at Three Blondes Brewing Co. Fronted by sisters Amanda Johnson, Carrie Troyer and Megan Zernicke, this South Haven brewery opened in the summer of 2018. The tour includes a pint or samples at each location, as well as production tours and meet-and-greets with the women behind these emerging breweries. We will also provide complimentary bottles water and snacks on the bus, as well as a large cooler for additional beer purchases during the bus tour.

Women of West Michigan Beer itinerary

Registration #1: Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo, 11 a.m. registration with 11:30 departure
Registration #2: Tantrick Brewing Co., Allegan, 12:30-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Waypost Brewing Co., pint of your choice, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Three Blondes Brewing, samples or pint, 3-4 p.m.
Stop 3: Guardian Brewing Co., samples and optional tour, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Termination #1: Tantrick Brewing Co., 6 p.m.
Termination #2: Old Burdick’s, 6:45 p.m.

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