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Makers Tour: A walking tour of downtown Kalamazoo for wine, spirits and beer — Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019


  • Destination: Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo Stillhouse, Old Burdick's: Downtown, Tempo Vino Winery
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $40
  • Departs: 11/23/2019

West Michigan Beer Tours is proud to be partnering with Discover Kalamazoo and the rest of our sponsors for walking tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries. Named one of the Top 10 walking tours in the country by Paste Magazine, this casual afternoon will introduce you to some of the colorful personalities and flavors behind Kalamazoo’s beer culture.

In a special twist, we are highlighting other beverage makers in downtown Kalamazoo, including Tempo Vino Winery and Green Door Distilling Co. or the Kalamazoo Stillhouse as part of our Makers Tour. This unique tour will offer a visit to a winery, brewery and distillery for samples, a cocktail and a pint, as well as our goody bag.

They are held every Saturday year-round in downtown Kalamazoo. Learn about the craft beer in Kalamazoo, enjoy sampling some of the best beers in the world, and meet the personalities behind the beer.

NOTE: Tours will require a minimum of 6 attendees to be held.

Need overnight accommodations?

Consider our discounted room rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Nov. 23 Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Tempo Vino Winery, flight of wine, tour, 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Kzoo Stillhouse, samples and tour, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Stop 3: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s, 4:30 p.m.

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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, Tibbs Brewing Co., Brite Eyes Brewing Co., Final Gravity Brewing Co., 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.


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Participating Sponsors


Featured Breweries


Testimonials

  • "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
  • "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


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.