West Michigan Beer Tours is dedicated to providing beer lovers with fun, flavorful and relaxing tours. We encourage every passenger to drink responsibly and have a designated driver. After each tour we will also provide access to a local taxi service. While we encourage everyone to purchase beer at the breweries to take with you, we do not allow any consumption on the buses. 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.
Unless a tour is cancelled all tours are non-refundable.
Please note: The tours below appear in reverse chronological order.
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.
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.
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.