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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: 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: Latitude 42 Brewing Co.-Oshtemo, Old Burdick's: Downtown, Schaendorf Brewing Co., Tantrick Brewing Co., Twisted Hops Farm
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Price: $69
  • Departs: 08/07/2021

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 two breweries within about two blocks of each other in the new location for Tantrick Brewing Co. and Schaendorf Brewing Co. Guests can select any pint at either location as part of the tour. Allegan also allows people to order to-go drinks and consume them 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.

Itinerary
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., pint of your choice, 3-3:45 p.m.
Stop 3: Schaendorf Brewing Co., pint of your choice, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Stop 4: Latitude 42 Brewing Co.-Oshtemo, pint of your choice, 5-6 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick’s, 6:15 p.m.

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  • Destination: Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo Stillhouse, Shakespeare's Pub, Tempo Vino Winery
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $45
  • Departs: 05/29/2021

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.

May 29 Itinerary
Origination: Shakespeare’s Pub, 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: Shakespeare’s Pub, 4:15 p.m.

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