Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Discover Kalamzoo, West Michigan Beer Tours Partner With 24 Events Of Walking, Bike and Bus Tours

Written by  Paul Starr
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Kalamazoo, MI ­­​To celebrate Kalamazoo’s growing reputation as a craft beer destination, West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo will partner on 24 events in the coming months to continue to spotlight Kalamazoo County’s exciting industry.
Downtown Kalamazoo is home to seven breweries or brewpubs, with an eighth on its way, and all within close proximity of each other, as well as several outstanding craft beer­friendly restaurants and bars. From Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, the birthplace of Michigan’s craft beer resurgence, to Arcadia Brewing Co.’s new Kalamazoo facility or the slew of new breweries to open since 2013, the city is alive with quality beer.

These events will continue to highlight the hard work of Kalamazoo’s beer community. 

Discover Kalamazoo 2nd Annual Summer Walking Tour Series: May 30-Aug. 30

Following its success in 2014, the downtown Kalamazoo Walking Tour Series is back this summer. After 13 sold­out dates last year, the series returns starting on May 30 and continuing through Aug. 30 as a way to celebrate Kalamazoo’s craft beer growth. With seven breweries and brewpubs within a few blocks of each other, Kalamazoo is uniquely positioned to host this type of event. For $19 per person, guests will tour three breweries, meet the brewers or brewery staff and receive a pint or samples at each stop. Guests will also receive a stainless steel pint glass, along with other surprises. The four­ hour tours will be held starting at noon every Saturday and on a trio of Sundays (June 28; July 26 and Aug. 30).

Bike Tour Series: July­-October

Teaming up with Kzoo Swift, the vintage bicycle retail and repair shop, these series of tours will let guests ride through downtown Kalamazoo and learn more about the city’s ever­ expanding beer culture. You can learn some of the city’s beer history, meet the people behind the current explosion of Kalamazoo beer and try a few samples of varied styles available around town. The bike tour dates are: July 18; Aug. 15; Sept. 5, Sept. 19; Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Participants in the bike tours will also receive a commemorative water bottle.

Chicago to Kalamazoo 2­day tour: July 11-­12

West Michigan Beer Tours will showcase West Michigan’s exploding beer culture with guests from Chicago for a two­ day tour. The tour will pick­up guests at Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago and at Beer Geeks Pub in Highland, Ind., on July 11 and travel to Greenbush Brewing Co., New Holland Brewing Co. and Founders Brewing Co. before ending at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo. The tour continues on July 12 with visits to Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Paw Paw Brewing Co. and Tapistry Brewing Co. The two­ day beer­cation then returns guests to the Chicagoland area.

About us:​

West Michigan Beer Tours was founded by John Liberty and Aric Faber in 2013. The company offers public and private guided tours to the many breweries in one of the best craft beer regions in the world. We specialize in private tours for corporations, organizations, associations, conferences or a group of friends or family members. We offer tours to the area’s breweries, as well as craft beer friendly bars, restaurants and events. Utilizing our connections in the industry, we provide a fun, educational and responsible way to enjoy The Great Beer State. For more details on upcoming tours, click on the “Tours” tab on our website, westmichiganbeertours.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and TripAdvisor.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.