Public Tours

WMBT-76-2546705050-OWest Michigan Beer Tours offer a variety of public tours. A typical public bus tour will last approximately 5 hours and transportation will be 29 person mini-coach buses. Most tours will include:

  • 3 Brewery Stops
  • Tour director knowledgeable in both the beer industry and our local area
  • Introduction to brewery owners and/or brewers
  • Tours of their facility
  • Sample at each brewery

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.


 

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  • Destination: Old Burdick's: Downtown, Old Mill Brewpub, Paw Paw Brewing Company, Psycho Ward and Nightmares
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 10/26/2018

Get in the Halloween mood with this spooky bus tour featuring a brewery with a haunt, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions and try some great fall seasonal beers. Be prepared for a night of frights, flights and fun.

Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to some of our favorites!

Our Halloween tour will begin at Old Burdick’s inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo where pumpkin ales, hard ciders and other autumn classics will be on tap. The group will then make the short jaunt west to Paw Paw Brewing Co. where the crew will get you in the spirit of the season with fall ales and perhaps a few scary surprises.

From there, we’ll make way to Psycho Ward & Nightmares, one of Kalamazoo’s best haunted attractions tucked into the woods behind the Kalamazoo Speedway. Enjoy VIP access to one of the haunted attractions while trying a Michigan pumpkin ale.

We’ll then conclude with a quick ride north to Plainwell’s Old Mill Brewpub. Owner and brewmaster Scott Zylstra plans to serve some of his first beers and offer a tour of the more than 100-year-old building known to be inhabited by a few ghosts.

Need help with overnight accommodations? Consider booking our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 5-6 p.m.
Stop 1: Paw Paw Brewing Co., samples, haunt, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Psycho Ward & Nightmares, haunted attraction, 8-9 p.m.
Stop 3: Old Mill Brewpub, samples, meet-and-greet and tour, 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, 11 p.m.

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  • Destination: Dark Horse Brewing Co., High Five Hops Farm, Old Burdick's: Downtown, Territorial Brewing Co.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 08/25/2018

The end of August and early September marks the peak of hop season. Farms across the state are harvesting their hop crops for breweries all over Michigan and the other parts of the world.

The tour, which originates at the Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo, will visit Marty Moga and his family at High Five Hops Farm in Marshall. The small farm works closely with Dark Horse Brewing Co. We’ll tour the farm and hear from the family about their role in Michigan beer.

The tour will also make visits to Dark Horse Brewing Co. and Territorial Brewing Co., another brewery that works with High Five Hops.

A pint or samples at the two brewery stop are also part of the tour.

The Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo also provides discounted rates to our guest through this custom link: https://www.radisson.com/westmichiganbeertours.

Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: High Five Hops Farm, 17310 H Dr S Marshall, pint, 1:45-3 p.m.
Stop 2: Dark Horse Brewing Co., 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Stop 3: Territorial Brewing Co., samples or full pour, optional tour, 5-6 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 6:30 p.m.

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  • Destination: Bell's Eccentric Cafe
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: $20
  • Departs: 08/15/2019

In collaboration with Bell’s Brewery, this 90-minute event held at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe will do a deep dive into one of the world’s best beers: Two Hearted Ale.

Named the No. 1 beer in the world two years in a row by Zymurgy Magazine, Two Hearted is named after the Northern Michigan river. It’s also the flagship beer of Bell’s.

Guests will receive a pint of Two Hearted, appetizer buffet, a private Two Hearted presentation in the loft and a tour of the brewery where the beer’s legend grew.

The story of Two Hearted
What: An informative conversation about Bell’s Brewery’s flagship beer, Two Hearted Ale
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
Where: Loft space at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Cost: $20 per person, includes pint of Two Hearted, appetizers, private presentation and tour of the original brewery*

*Event is free for KalamaBrew members.

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  • Destination: Final Gravity Brewing Co. -- Kalamazoo, Gonzo's BiggDogg Brewing Co., Old Burdick's: Downtown, Tibbs Brewing Co.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $29
  • Departs: 07/27/2019

The Walking Tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries from West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo are offered year-round.

West Michigan Beer Tours is also 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 help.

For those looking to book our public walking tours and who need help with overnight accommodations, please consider our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

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

July 27 Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co., 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Tibbs Brewing Co., 2:15-3 p.m.
Stop 3: Final Gravity Brewing Co., 3:15-4 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s, 4:15 p.m.

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  • Destination: Arcadia Brewing Co., Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Boatyard Brewing Co., Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $29
  • Departs: 07/20/2019

The Walking Tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries from West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo are offered year-round.

West Michigan Beer Tours is also 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 help.

For those looking to book our public walking tours and who need help with overnight accommodations, please consider our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

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

July 20 Itinerary
Origination: Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Arcadia Brewing Co., 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Boatyard Brewing Co., 2:15-3 p.m.
Stop 3: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 3:15-4 p.m.
Termination: Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, 4:15 p.m.

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  • Destination: Central City Tap House, Gonzo's BiggDogg Brewing Co., Ruperts Brew House, Tibbs Brewing Co.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $29
  • Departs: 07/13/2019

The Walking Tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries from West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo are offered year-round.

West Michigan Beer Tours is also 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 help.

For those looking to book our public walking tours and who need help with overnight accommodations, please consider our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

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

July 13 Itinerary
Origination: Central City Tap House, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co. 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Rupert’s Brewhouse, 2:15-3 p.m.
Stop 3: Tibbs Brewing Co., 3:15-4 p.m.
Termination: Central City Tap House, 4:15 p.m.

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  • Destination: Old Burdick's: Downtown
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price: $29
  • Departs: 07/12/2019

The Kalamazoo Beer Cup is a craft beer style showcase for Kalamazoo-area breweries where a specific style of beer is selected and 6 local breweries present their take on the style.

Your ticket includes a flight of six five-ounce pours and access to an appetizer buffet. For this installment, we’ve selected lagers.

These are some of the more popular and unique approaches to craft lagers in the Kalamazoo area.

The beers and breweries will not be identified and guests will rank their favorites on a score card. The top scoring brewery will keep the Kalamazoo Beer Cup at the brewery until the next installment of the event.

Kalamazoo Beer Cup: Lagers
When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019
Where: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel
Cost: $29
Includes: Flight of six 5-ounce samples, appetizer buffet, history of the style and tasting tips
For more information: 269-350-4598 or moc.sruotreebimtsew@nhoj

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  • Destination: Arcadia Brewing Co., Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Boatyard Brewing Co., Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $29
  • Departs: 07/06/2019

The Walking Tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries from West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo are offered year-round.

West Michigan Beer Tours is also 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 help.

For those looking to book our public walking tours and who need help with overnight accommodations, please consider our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

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

July 6 Itinerary
Origination: Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Arcadia Brewing Co., 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Boatyard Brewing Co., 2:15-3 p.m.
Stop 3: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 3:15-4 p.m.
Termination: Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, 4:15 p.m.

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  • Destination: Final Gravity Brewing Co. -- Kalamazoo, Gonzo's BiggDogg Brewing Co., Old Burdick's: Downtown, Tibbs Brewing Co.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $29
  • Departs: 06/29/2019

The Walking Tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries from West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo are offered year-round.

West Michigan Beer Tours is also 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 help.

For those looking to book our public walking tours and who need help with overnight accommodations, please consider our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

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

June 29 Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co., 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Tibbs Brewing Co., 2:15-3 p.m.
Stop 3: Final Gravity Brewing Co., 3:15-4 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s, 4:15 p.m.

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  • Destination: B.O.B.'s Brewery, Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids Brewing Co., HopCat -- Grand Rapids
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $35
  • Departs: 06/29/2019

Learn more about Beer City USA on this guided walking tour of three downtown Grand Rapids breweries.

The tour includes a pint or samples at three official brewery stop and a production tour, when available. Our tour guide will discuss the history of Grand Rapids beer and provide insight into each of the breweries during the short walk.

The Brewsader Passports and brewery maps from Experience GR will also be available during the tour, as well as other local beer resources. If you need help with overnight accommodations, please let us know, we’d be happy to help.

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Itinerary
Origination: HopCat (Downtown Grand Rapids), 11 a.m. to noon.
Stop 1: Grand Rapids Brewing Co., 3 samples or pint, 12:15-1 p.m.
Stop 2: BOB’s Brewery, 3  samples or pint and tour, 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 3: Founder Brewing Co., pint, 2:15-3 p.m.
Termination: HopCat, 3:15 p.m.

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  • Destination: Arcadia Brewing Company, Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Boatyard Brewing Co., Shakespeare's Pub
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $29
  • Departs: 06/22/2019

The Walking Tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries from West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo are offered year-round.

West Michigan Beer Tours is also 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 help.

For those looking to book our public walking tours and who need help with overnight accommodations, please consider our discounted rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

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

June 22 Itinerary
Origination: Shakespeare’s Pub, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Arcadia Brewing Co., 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Boatyard Brewing Co., 2:15-3 p.m.
Stop 3: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 3:15-4 p.m.
Termination: Shakespeare’s Pub, 4:15 p.m.

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  • Destination: Atwater Brewery in GR, Harmony Hall, Jolly Pumpkin Grand Rapids, The Knickerbocker
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $35
  • Departs: 06/22/2019

Learn more about Beer City USA on this guided walking tour of three downtown Grand Rapids breweries.

The tour includes a pint or samples at three official brewery stop and a production tour, when available. Our tour guide will discuss the history of Grand Rapids beer and provide insight into each of the breweries during the short walk.

The Brewsader Passports and brewery maps from Experience GR will also be available during the tour, as well as other local beer resources. If you need help with overnight accommodations, please let us know, we’d be happy to help.

Cheers!

Itinerary
Origination: Atwater Brewery in Grand Rapids, 11 a.m. to noon
Stop 1: The Knickerbocker, production tour and samples, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Stop 2: Harmony Hall, pint and optional tour, 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Stop 3: Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery, pint, 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Termination: Atwater Brewery in Grand Rapids, 3:30 p.m.

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