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.
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 just wanted to say how satisfied me and my party were with Andrea and the beer tour. Between Arcadia, Boatyard and Bell’s - it was the perfect amount of technical expertise, personal passion, and love of quality craft beer. thanks to you and your group for making my trip home to MI that much more enjoyable."
Benny E., Seattle, Wash. — Aug., 2019
"I had a great time with you on the walking tour last Saturday. It was informative (we loved your tidbits of Kalamazoo history) and fun. You went out of your way to make the hot weather bearable and the walk to Boatyard was worth it. We will be sharing our positive experience with others and hope to participate again soon. Thank you for an enjoyable afternoon."
Bonnie G., Kalamazoo, MI — June, 2018
"Everyone had a blast! Bonnie and Mary were fantastic. I think everyone’s favorite stop was hands down Boatyard. It was my first time there but definitely not the last. ... I would recommend this tour to anyone who asked. The goodie bags were also a hit! Thank you for all of your help organizing this event for Forensic Fluids."
Nicole R., Kalamazoo, MI — May, 2018
"My wife and I just finished up a tour today with Mary. We wanted to express our gratitude and follow up with Mary directly with our thanks for providing a wonderful tour. The one on one conversation at Bell's was the cherry on top of a great tour. Thank you. Jon and Dan, respectively, at Green Goor and Boatyard were kind, gracious and very insightful."
Jarred and Lindsey F., Mishawaka, Ind. — February, 2018
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.