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Walking tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries

DUE TO COVID-19, TOUR ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW THE STATE GUIDELINES WHEN ENTERING FACILITIES, INCLUDING WEARING A MASK WHILE ENTERING THE ESTABLISHMENT UNTIL REACHING YOUR SEAT. THOSE REFUSING TO COMPLY WILL BE SUBJECT TO REMOVAL FROM THE EVENT AND REFUNDS WILL NOT BE ISSUED.

The Walking Tour of downtown Kalamazoo breweries from West Michigan Beer Tours are offered year-round in collaboration with Discover Kalamazoo and our brewery partners.

Please see the list of other public tour dates below.

Do you need help with overnight accommodations? Consider our friends at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. We have a discounted rate available here.

In addition to samples, our walking tours also include a goodie bag with a stainless steel pint and other brewery-related promotional items.

We’re also offering our monthly Makers Tours, where we walk to a downtown Kalamazoo winery, distillery and brewery.

Select public bus tours may also listed below.

West Michigan Beer Tours would be 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 make arrangements.

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

Walking Tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries

JULY AUGUSTSEPTEMBEROCTOBERNOVEMBERDECEMBER
Brewery Tour: July 3Brewery Tour: Aug. 7Sept. 4Oct. 2Nov. 6Holiday Beer Shopping & Brewery Tour: Dec. 4
Brewery Tour: July 10Brewery Tour: Aug. 14Sept. 11Oct. 9Nov. 13Holiday Beer Shopping & Brewery Tour: Dec. 11
July 17 (no tour)Brewery Tour: Aug. 21Sept. 18Oct. 16Nov. 20Holiday Beer Shopping & Brewery Tour: Dec. 18
July 24Makers Tour: Aug. 28Makers Tour: Sept. 25Oct. 23Makers Tour: Nov. 27Dec. 25 (NO TOURS)
Makers Tour: July 31Makers Tour: Oct. 30
Click on the desired date above to view details and purchase tickets.

 

Walking Tours

Each tour will include:

Origination at a craft beer bar/restaurant, either Shakespeare’s Pub, Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, Central City Tap House or Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

Stops at 3 featured breweries – with samples or pint at each stop

Featured Breweries/Distillery/Winery: Kalamazoo, Bell’s Brewery Inc., Saugatuck Brewing Co.-Kalamazoo (formerly Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co.), Olde Peninsula Brewpub, Brite Eyes Brewing Co., Final Gravity Brewing Co.-Kalamazoo, The Kalamazoo Stillhouse, Green Door Distilling and Tempo Vino Winery

Knowledgeable tour guide providing a history of Kalamazoo beer and the Michigan craft beer industry

Stainless steel pint

Registration will be at noon.  Departure at 1 p.m.

Tours officially conclude at approximately 4 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.

Take advantage of discounted overnight packages with some of our lodging partners, visit other local breweries, try some of our unique bars and restaurants, and meet many of our fantastic retailers. 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.


Lodging Partners


Origination Sponsors

 

Participating Sponsors


Featured Stops


Testimonials

  • "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!"
    Jessica F., Kalamazoo, Mich. — Oct., 2019
  • "Thank you for such a fun tour Saturday! It was great to see you again as my sis and I have enjoyed making the BrewTour part of our now annual K-Zoo tradition. We enjoy listening to the histories of the breweries, the Tour company and the city itself, and we appreciate your thoughtfulness in making sure we were having a good time while in town."
    Karen R., Ravenna, Ohio — Oct., 2019

Click to View Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, please call 269-350-4598 or email moc.sruotreebimtsew@nhoj.
What happens if I am late for the tour? The bus 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 bus? In most cases there is no drinking on the bus. 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 bus? Only beer purchased from the participating brewers may be brought on to the bus. For most tours, no drinking on the bus will be permitted. Will there be food included on the tour? Light snacks (i.e. pretzels and chips) and water will be provided on the bus. For most tours food will be available for purchase at one or more of our brewery tours. Unless otherwise indicated, most tour packages will not include the cost of food at the stops.