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Hop Harvest Beer Tour — Saturday, July 30, 2022


  • Destination: Latitude 42 Brewing Co.-Oshtemo, Old Burdick's: Downtown, Tantrick Brewing Co., Twisted Hops Farm
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 07/30/2022

Late August and early September is the peak of the hop harvest season. As one of the four main ingredients in craft beer, we’ll be celebrating the hop, or Humulus lupulus, on this bus tour.

Our trip begins with registration at Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo. If you need help with overnight accommodations, we have a discounted room rate available through this link: Radisson Plaza Hotel discount.

Guests are encouraged to order lunch and their favorite IPA prior to departure. The first stop will be to Twisted Hops Farm in Plainwell. The Burkett family operates the 25-acre farm, which features 4.5 acres dedicated to growing Mackinac, Tettnanger, Centennial, Crystal, Fuggle, Triple Pearl, Cashmere, and Mt. Hood. We’ll tour the facility and sample Michigan IPAs.

We’ll then head to Allegan to visit Tantrick Brewing Co. Guests can select any 3 samples or a pint. Allegan also allows people to order to-go drinks and consume them outside in designated areas.

The tour will conclude with a visit to Latitude 42 Brewing Co.’s Oshtemo location for a pint of your choice. Head brewer Scott Freitas specializes in producing a series of exciting IPAs and has been a longtime buyer of Michigan hops.

Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, downtown Kalamazoo, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Twisted Hops Farm, Plainwell, samples and tour, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Tantrick Brewing Co., samples or pint of your choice and production tour, 3-4:30 p.m.
Stop 3: Latitude 42 Brewing Co.-Oshtemo, pint of your choice, 5-6 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s, 6:15 p.m.

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Origination

Noon: Registration
1 p.m.: Bus Leaves
Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill
100 W. Michigan Ave.

First Stop

Twisted Hops Farm

Includes hop farm tour and beer samples. Twisted Hops Farm, Inc. is a 25-acre farm with 4.5 acres dedicated to producing high-quality, fresh Michigan hops for discriminating brewers! We use a suite of sustainable farming practices including organic fertilizers and mulch, drip irrigation, white clover ground cover, and integrated pest management throughout the growing season to grow some of the finest Mackinac, Tettnanger, Centennial, Crystal, Fuggle, Triple Pearl, Cashmere, and Mt. Hood hops available in Michigan. No matter how much beer you brew, get ready to make your beer unique. Our locally-grown hops will infuse your beers with amazing aroma and flavor!

Arrive: 1:30 p.m.
Depart: 3 p.m.

Second Stop

Tantrick Brewing Co.

Meet the owners of Tantrick Brewing Co: Tanya and Patrick Westover. We fell in love with beer. Then we fell in love with each other. Then we moved to Allegan, created Tantrick, and fell in love with our community. Patrick began brewing at home in Kalamazoo with a home brew kit he received for Christmas in 2008. He spent the next 10 years refining his self-taught skills, and with a few classes at KVCC, developed a variety of recipes and built his own brewery in his garage. Tanya worked at a retirement home and created a beer club, hosting beer tastings and brewing beer with the residents. With the help of many friends and family members, we rented a space and opened in July 2018 in Allegan, MI. Tantrick quickly gained a reputation for quality beer and a clean, friendly atmosphere. Patrick tirelessly brewed triple batches on his 1 barrel system to keep all the taps full and the beer flowing for the first few months until he installed a 3 barrel system, which he brews on today. Tanya left her career to work at Tantrick full time in October 2018 with a focus on managing the taproom, events and sales. We hired our first part time employee in April 2019. The Covid-19 Pandemic created some unique challenges, and started just as the Tantrick expansion plan was gaining traction. In October 2020, against all odds, Tantrick purchased 2 buildings in Downtown Allegan: 243 Hubbard St for a taproom/ restaurant and 134 Water St for production.

Arrive: 3:15 p.m.
Depart: 4:30 p.m.

Third Stop

Latitude 42 Brewing Co.-Oshtemo

Established in 2013, Latitude 42 Brewing Co. is passionate about craft beer and spirits paired with inspired food, that is intended to be enjoyed in the company of family and friends. We are committed to providing fresh, locally sourced and innovative menu options that can only be found here at L42. Our devotion to providing a full-circle customer service experience to all of guests is of the utmost importance. We will always be committed to our community and to showcasing local nonprofit’s admirable causes. We welcome you into our family and appreciate your patronage.

Arrive: 5 p.m.
Depart: 6 p.m.

Termination

6:15 p.m.
Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill
100 W. Michigan Ave.

 

Click to View Frequently Asked Questions

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 canceled?

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. Coolers will be provided for growlers and other purchased beer.

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.

 

Ticket Pricing Saturday, July 30
  • Tour Ticket –  Includes beer samples or a pint at Twisted Hop Farms and the two breweries.
$69.00/ea
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** There will be time to purchase additional pints at the breweries.
** We encourage guests to purchase beer from the breweries. Coolers will be provided for safe transportation. Alcohol consumption will not be allowed on the bus.


 

Testimonials

  • "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!"
    Jessica F., Kalamazoo, Mich. — Oct., 2019