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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.


 

Upcoming Tours

 

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  • Destination: Green Door Distilling, Gull Lake Distilling Co., Kalamazoo Stillhouse, Old Burdick's: Downtown
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $95
  • Departs: 12/04/2021

We are kicking off the holiday season with a specialty bus tour showcasing three Kalamazoo distilleries — The Kalamazoo Stillhouse, Gull Lake Distilling Co. and Green Door Distilling Co. — presenting a signature holiday cocktail using a different spirit.

Guests will learn about each distillery, its chosen spirit and how to make a festive craft cocktail for your next holiday party. Supplies and recipe cards needed to replicate the drink and ‘wow’ your friends will also be available.

To help get in the spirit, we’re encouraging people to wear their favorite ugly sweater or seasonal garb — and prizes will be award along the tour to some of our favorites.

The tour will begin with registration from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. You can book your discounted room through this link: https://bit.ly/3FboVtm

The ticket includes your seat on the bus, complimentary bottled water and snacks on the bus and craft cocktails at each of the three stops, as well as tax and gratuity for distillery staff.

Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: The Kalamazoo Stillhouse, holiday gin cocktail, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Gull Lake Distilling Co., holiday vodka cocktail and meet-and-greet, 3-4 p.m.
Stop 3: Green Door Distilling, holiday whiskey cocktail and tour, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s, 5:45 p.m.

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  • Destination: Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, Kalamazoo Stillhouse, Tempo Vino Winery
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $49
  • Departs: 10/30/2021

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.

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.

Oct. 30 Itinerary
Origination: Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, 12-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Kalamazoo Stillhouse, 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Tempo Vino Winery, 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: Old Burdick's: Downtown, Old Mill Brewpub, Paw Paw Brewing Company, Psycho Ward and Nightmares
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 10/30/2021

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.

The bus will return to downtown Kalamazoo where guests are encouraged to participate in SkeleTour, where decorative skeletons are spread around participating businesses. You can also take advantage of the Central Commons Refreshment Area, a series of designated streets where people can order to-go cocktails and walk through downtown.

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 & SkeleTour of downtown Kalamazoo, 11 p.m.

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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: 10/29/2021

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.

The bus will return to downtown Kalamazoo where guests are encouraged to participate in SkeleTour, where decorative skeletons are spread around participating businesses. You can also take advantage of the Central Commons Refreshment Area, a series of designated streets where people can order to-go cocktails and walk through downtown.

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 & SkeleTour of downtown Kalamazoo, 11 p.m.

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  • Destination: Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Final Gravity Brewing Co. -- Kalamazoo, Old Burdick's: Downtown, Saugatuck Brewing Kalamazoo
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $39
  • Departs: 10/23/2021

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.

Also included in our walking tours is a stainless steel pint.

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

Oct. 23 Itinerary
Origination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, 12-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Saugatuck Brewing Co.-Kalamazoo, 1:15-2 p.m.
Stop 2: Final Gravity Brewing Co., 2:15-3 p.m.
Stop 3: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 3:15-4 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, 4:15 p.m.

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