Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Bus, hotel packages available now to Michigan Winter Beer Festival with West Michigan Beer Tours

Written by  Paul Starr
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Avoid the online rush, get tickets before they go on sale to the public on Dec. 4. West Michigan Beer Tours has several chances available now for you to attend the Michigan Brewers Guild’s popular Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids on Feb. 27­-28, 2015.
Always one of the hottest tickets in Michigan craft beer, they don’t go on sale to the public until Dec. 4, but through its partnership with the Guild, WMBT is selling festival tickets and a ride on our buses for either day of the event. The festival typically sells out quickly and this is its first time to be held over two days. This opportunity allows you to purchase tickets in advance and avoid the online rush on Dec. 4. An overnight hotel package is also available.

Standard tickets are $79, which includes your seat on the bus and a festival ticket. Our buses will have pick­up and drop­off points in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids for both days of the festival. Premium tickets are $94 and included everything from Standard Ticket package, as well as a West Michigan Beer Tours T­shirt and a pint at the origination point.

Festival tickets will be distributed at the registration event. Please bring a valid ID to the registration event. You will not need to show your purchase order. You must be 21 to attend. Weekend passes are not being sold for this festival.

A hotel package with the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo is also available for $299 and includes one room, two seats on the bus, a pair of tickets to the festival, free breakfast and early registration. To make reservations, call 266.­343.­3333.

For more information, please call 269­205­4894 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • When: 3­7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 and 1­6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28
  • Where: Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive NE, Plainfield Township, MI 49321
  • Cost: $79/$94 per person


  • Registration: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Where: Old Burdick’s, 100 W. Michigan Ave., in the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, downtown Kalamazoo
  • Departure: 1 p.m.


  • Registration: 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Where: Grand Rapids Brewing Co., 1 Ionia Ave., downtown Grand Rapids
  • Departure: 2 p.m.
  • Festival departure: 7 p.m.


  • Registration: 9:45­10:45
  • Where: Old Burdick’s, 100 W. Michigan Ave., in the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, downtown Kalamazoo
  • Departure: 11 a.m.


  • Registration: 11­11:45 a.m.
  • Where: Grand Rapids Brewing Co.,1 Ionia Ave., downtown Grand Rapids
  • Departure: Noon
  • Festival departure: 6 p.m.

For more details on upcoming tours, click on the “Tours” tab on our website, You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and TripAdvisor.

About us:

West Michigan Beer Tours was founded by John Liberty and Aric Faber in May, 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. You can read more about us at

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.