Downtown Walking Tour meets at entrance of Founders Brewing Co. (235 Ceasar E. Chavez Ave SW)
Bridge Street Walking Tour meets at the entrance of Jolly Pumpkin Brewery (428 Bridge St. NW)
Private Tours also available! Visit "Contact" or call (616) 901-9719 to book.
Downtown Walking Tour - Saturday, September 30 - 12-3pm
The Downtown Walking Tour will have you exploring the craft beer scene of downtown Grand Rapids. On the tour you will be sampling some of the finest beers in Beer City, and find out about the intriguing history of Grand Rapids beer culture. This tour will have you visiting Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids Brewing Company and B.O.B.’s Brewery, where you will go behind-the-scenes for a private brewery tour.
If you're into art you, will especially enjoy going this date. ArtPrize will be going on all over Grand Rapids, including at these breweries!
Founders Brewing Co. is the 2nd largest brewery in the state, and one of the most renowned breweries. They brew some of the highest rated beers in the world! We'll be sampling some taproom only beers at this stop.
The name Grand Rapids Brewing Co. has been around since 1892, their flagship beer was a lager called Silver Foam; you can try the modern version of that beer today! Did we mention they have the best game room in Grand Rapids?!
B.O.B.’s Brewery is the longest running brewery in the city. At this stop we’ll go behind-the-scenes for a brewery tour, typically with John Svoboda, one of the most knowledgeable brewers in West Michigan.
Tour includes 9 samples of beer, a private brewery tour at B.O.B.'s Brewery, and a walk with a knowledgeable beer tour guide providing beer history of Grand Rapids old and new.
This tour is Saturday, September 30 - 12-3pm
*It's just a 12 minute walk (.6 mile)! 20 minutes if walking back to starting location
*This event is rain or shine, please dress accordingly.
*Check in will be at the entrance of Founders Brewing Co.
East-South Beer Tour - Saturday, October 7 - 12-4pm
The East-South Beer Tour will have you visiting Brewery Vivant, Brass Ring Brewing Co. & Arvon Brewing Co. This tour will have some Belgian, English & New England beer influences!
Brewery Vivant is the 2nd largest brewery in Grand Rapids. They create a variety of beers, including some Belgian influenced ales. The beautiful taproom is housed in an old chapel, the brewery is housed in a livery stable that was built in 1915. Brewery Vivant is unique in every aspect!
Brass Ring Brewing Co.'s beer is made from only four natural ingredients: water, malted barley, hops and yeast. At Brass Ring strives for style-specific perfection offering Traditional Pub Ales, Porters, and Stouts. "It is with great pride that we serve you our small-batch craft brews." They also have REALLY tasty pub food!
Arvon Brewing Co. strives to create unique, Michigan craft beer that beer enthusiasts can be proud to drink! Focusing on flavor forward style of New England style IPAs, heavily fruited sours and bold stouts. Each week Arvon releases 4-5 fresh batches of beer to ensure craft beer enthusiasts are getting the best quality experience, whether that's on tap in the Grand Rapids taproom or canned and released online each Thursday morning.
Tour includes 10 large samples of beer, a private brewery tour, and transportation to and from the breweries with a knowledgeable beer tour guide.
This tour is on Saturday, Saturday, October 7 - 12-4pm
*There will be an opportunity for lunch at Brass Ring Brewing Co. (the 2nd stop).
Beer City Experience Tour - Saturday, October 14 - 12-4pm
Beer City Experience Tour will have you visiting Founders Brewing Co., Creston Brewery & Kusterer Brauhaus.
Founders Brewing Co. No visit to Grand Rapids is complete without a visit to Founders! Founders is one the largest & most well-known breweries in Michigan...and beyond. They brew some of the highest rated beers in the world! We'll be sampling some taproom only beers at this stop.
Cedar Springs Brewing Co's new taproom, Kusterer Brauhaus is housed in a Munich-style taproom on the historic West Side of Grand Rapids where several German breweries existed prior to Prohibition. This stop can not be missed by any fans of Hefeweizens, Pilsners, Bocks & Marzens! They also brew amazing
American influenced beers!
Creston Brewery is a chill local brewery in the heart of the Creston neighborhood. They produce lagers and ales, and sometimes make unique beers such as smoked and tea infused ales. They use a lot a locally sourced ingredients such as hops, honey, coffee and fruit.
Tour includes 12 large samples of beer, a brewery tour & transportation to and from the breweries with a knowledgeable beer tour guide.
This tour is on Saturday, October 14 - 12-4pm
*There will be an opportunity for lunch at Creston Brewery (2nd stop).
Comstock Park Beer Tour - Saturday, October 21 - 12:00-4:30pm
The Comstock Park Beer Tour will take you 15 minutes north of Grand Rapids to 3 unique Comstock Park breweries: Perrin Brewing Co., Archival Brewing Co. & Bier Distillery.
Perrin Brewing Co. is one of the largest and most well-known breweries in West Michigan. They opened in September 2012 and have gained a popular name with beers such as Perrin's Black and Grapefruit IPA, but their beer list is much more extensive then just these.
Archival Brewing Co. Their approach is simple: recreating historic and forgotten styles of beer from around the world, tapping into ancient brewing processes, ingredients, and recipes. Staying true to the styles brewed by our ancestors, they brew beer, cider, and mead to preserve what history created.
At Bier Distillery, not only do they create award-winning liquors, but their beers are excellent as well. They are a grain & fruit to glass Micro-distillery and brewery. Their Strawberry Fields is an amazing example of how a fruit beer should taste, tart and fruity!
Tour includes 12 large samples of beer (4 at each stop), a private brewery tour at Bier Distillery, & transportation to and from the breweries with a knowledgeable beer tour guide.
This tour is on Saturday, October 21 - 12:00-4:30pm
*There will be an opportunity for lunch at Archival Brewing Co. (the 2nd stop).
River City Tour - Saturday, November 4 - 12-4pm
River City Beer Tour will have you visiting The Mitten Brewing Co., City Built Brewing Co. & Atwater Brewery. All of these breweries are near the river that gave the city the nickname, River City.
The Mitten Brewing Co. is located inside an old engine house. One of Grand Rapids most well-known breweries, The Mitten serves up some excellent crafty beers. Country Strong IPA and Triple Crown Brown are well known among the locals and beyond.
City Built Brewing Co. is unique to Grand Rapids with their vast array of beer styles and Puerto Rican food/tacos. Their tacos are REALLY tasty! Beers that have a following are Alemania (Mexican lager) & any of their amazing NE IPA's or fruity sour beers.
Atwater Brewery originally opened in 1997 in the Rivertown district of Detroit. We will be trying out their great craft beers on tap inside the historic Rowe Building, downtown Grand Rapids. They are well known for their lagers, Vanilla Java Porter and Dirty Blonde. This location brews on-site beers you cannot get elsewhere. On the tour you will get to choose any 4 samples of your liking from their extensive beer menu.
Tour includes 12 large samples of beer, a brewery tour, and transportation to and from the breweries with a knowledgeable beer tour guide.
This tour is on Saturday, November 4 - 12-4pm
*There will be an opportunity for lunch at City Built Brewing Co. (the 2nd stop).