Walking brewery tours by West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo (Mich.) will return this summer

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By: Eric Strader
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Kalamazoo, Mich., is home to several breweries, brewpubs and craft beer-centric bars and restaurants.

West Michigan Beer Tours and Discover Kalamazoo are partnering for the third annual Walking Tour Series this spring and summer. Paste Magazine named this walking beer tour as one of the top 10 walking tours in the nation last year. Whether you visit Kalamazoo often or you are visiting this great beer city for the first time, this is a great opportunity to check out the beer scene.

To celebrate the eight breweries and brewpubs in downtown Kalamazoo, and the arrival of warmer weather, this year’s walking tours kicked off on May 7. They will continue through Sept. 24 with a tour every Saturday and the last Sundays of June, July and August (June 26, July 31 and Aug. 28).  Featured breweries will include three of the following on each tour: Arcadia Brewing Co.Bell’s Brewery, Boatyard Brewing Co., Gonzos BiggDogg Brewery, Ruperts’ Brew House, Tibbs Brewing Co., Brite Eyes Brewing Co. and Olde Peninsula Brewpub

Registration for each tour will begin at noon at one of four downtown Kalamazoo bar and restaurants: Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, Central City Tap House, Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill or Shakespeares Pub.  Please check the individual tour for the registration location. Tours will depart at 1 p.m. and visit three breweries with the tour concluding around 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person for the first 15 guests, $30 for additional guests beyond 15 and $39 for walk up guests. The ticket price includes samples or a pint at the three brewery stops and a commemorative stainless steel pint glass. There will be other giveaways and prizes during the tour series as well.

Tour guests will also learn some history of Michigan craft beer and Kalamazoo’s influential place in it, as well as information about each brewery along the route. Guests will also have the opportunity for occasional production tours and and the chance to meet those who make some of the city’s finest craft beer. 

Some of the tours are already sold out, so check the West Michigan Beer Tours website before planning your tour. John Liberty of West Michigan Beer Tours is a friend of mine and he plans great tours. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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