DUE TO COVID-19, WE HAVE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS.
Learn more about Beer City USA on this guided walking tour of three downtown Grand Rapids breweries.
The tour includes a pint or samples at three official brewery stop and a production tour, when available.
Our tour guide — primarily Mark Curtis of Beer City Glass and DrinkGR — will discuss the history of Grand Rapids beer and provide insight into each of the breweries during the short walk.
The itineraries will change from week-to-week.
The Brewsader Passports and brewery maps from Experience GR will also be available during the tour, as well as other local beer resources. If you need help with overnight accommodations, please let us know.
Walking tours of downtown Grand Rapids breweries
Keep an eye out for more walking tour dates returning soon!
Each tour will include:
Origination at a craft beer bar/restaurant or brewery, including Harmony Hall, Atwater Brewery in Grand Rapids, HopCat-Grand Rapids and more
Stops at 3 featured breweries – with samples or pint at each stop
Featured Breweries: Atwater Brewery in Grand Rapids, City Built Brewing, Harmony Hall, Harmony Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids Brewing Co., BOB’s Brewing Co., Brewery Vivant, Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery, The Knickerbocker, East West Brewing Co.
Knowledgeable tour guide providing a history of Grand Rapids beer and the Michigan craft beer industry
Registration will be at 11 a.m. Departure at noon
Tours officially conclude at approximately 3 p.m. The cost is $35 per person for the first 8 guests and $40 in advance for additional guests. It is $45 for guests purchasing tickets the day of the tour.
Need help with overnight accommodations? Let us help contact our lodging partners or make recommendations.
West Michigan Beer Tours is dedicated to providing craft beer lovers with fun, flavorful and educational tours. Guests must be 21 to participate. We encourage every attendee to drink responsibly and have a designated driver. After each tour we will also provide access to a local taxi service. 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.
Tours will run rain or shine. Unless West Michigan Beer Tours cancels the tour, all tours are non-refundable.
"I booked a tour for 16 guys (in their early 30s) for a bachelor party. John was very helpful and responsive throughout the booking and planning stage. Pick up process was timely and easy. The tour itself was great. Mark was an excellent guide, providing insight and friendly conversation as we stopped at 3 solid breweries. Would definitely recommend this tour for anyone."
John O., Chicago, Ill. — Sept., 2021
"We had a blast! Kassie was great and the breweries were very accommodating. ... I would highly recommend the River St Joe stop and tour for all of your groups, but maybe build in some extra time for the full tour as well. Brian and the team were fantastic and it sold me on being a regular visitor. I'll be sure to share your name when planning future events!"
Emily Z., St. Joseph, Mich. — May, 2021
"Thank you SO much. Everyone had so much fun and loved the day. The all female owned breweries was wonderful and people were SO impressed especially with how much work and love has gone into Guardian Brewing. We all were talking about taking our families back there some day to see how it's grown. I really appreciate your time and helping us have such a wonderful day."
Lucie W. — Sept. 30, 2020
"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for an exceptional event on Friday to wrap up our conference this year! We received tremendous comments on the tour itself and your hospitality throughout. Thank you for working with us to arrange this and make it such a great, first-time event for the conference. ... You truly run a “first class” tour and we look forward to opportunities to work with you in the future!"
What happens if I am late for the tour?
The walking will leave promptly at the scheduled time. Please arrive at the origination site at least 20 minutes ahead of time. If you are late we will not wait for you. There are no refunds.What happens if I need to cancel?
All ticket fees are non-refundable. However tickets may be transferred to another passenger.What happens if a tour is cancelled?
If a tour is canceled for any reason all ticket fees will be fully refunded.Can I drink beer on the between breweries?
Drinking is not permitted between breweries. Additional beer can be ordered at each brewery on your own tab.
Can I bring a minor?
No – all tour participants must be 21 years or older. Please bring personal identification.
May I bring beer on the tour?
Only beer purchased from the participating brewers may be consumed.
Will there be food included on the tour?
Unless otherwise indicated, most tour packages will not include the cost of food at the stops.