There are several new brewery projects in the works and we will be showcasing a few of West Michigan’s newest beer makers on this special bus tour.
As part of Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week, which will run from Jan. 29 through Feb. 6, the bus tour will hold its registration from noon to 1 p.m. at Old Burdick’s inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel on Saturday, Jan. 29. We encourage guests to eat lunch prior to departure.
If you need overnight accommodations, we have a preferred rate at the Radisson through this link: https://bit.ly/3CHQ3NS
The trip also includes complimentary bottled water and snacks on the bus, as well as beer samples or a pint and production or facility tours of each location. We’ll get a chance to meet with the brewers and brewery owners to hear about each businesses.
In some cases, the brewery may not be open to the public yet.
Our first stop of the afternoon will be to Mattawan’s Murray Street Brewing Co., which has seen a series of delays caused by the pandemic. The brewery team is optimistic it will open before the end of 2021.
From there, we’ll head to Plainwell and visit with Adam Wisniewski, who has brewed in Kalamazoo for years including stints at Rupert’s Brewhouse and most recently Wax Wings Brewing Co.
Wisniewski’s new Deep End Brewing Co. will be located across the street from Old Mill Brewpub. Construction and weather-permitting, we’ll walk through the space as it continues construction work.
The tour then returns to Downtown Kalamazoo to visit with Ted Linabury and his new Brewery Outre, to be located on the ground level of the Harrison Circle Apartments.
The bus will return to Old Burdick’s around 5:45 p.m.
Origination: Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill, noon registration with 1 p.m. departure
Stop 1: Murray Street Brewing Co., samples or a pint, optional building tour, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Deep End Brewing Co., beer samples and walk-through of the property, 3-4 p.m.
Stop 3: Brewery Outre, 3 samples or a full pour, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s, 5:45 p.m.
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.), 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 $39 per person. It is $45 for guests purchasing tickets the day of the tour.
Take advantage of our exclusive room rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo, 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 beverage 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.
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.
What happens if I am late for the tour?