The Ultimate Walking Tour - Saturday, August 14 - 11:30am-4:30pm
For you hikers and craft beer drinkers, we invite you to join us for the Ultimate Walking Beer Tour! We'll be visiting 6 very popular Grand Rapids breweries on foot.
You now can drink on the streets of Grand Rapids, so grab a pint of your favorite beer while at a brewery and bring it along for the hike!
We’ll be starting at Founders Brewing Co. and we will walk to Grand Rapids Brewing Co., New Holland's Knickerbocker, Harmony Hall, Jolly Pumpkin/North Peak & Atwater Brewery, 6 breweries in 5 hours! Just over a 2.2 mile hike (less then 50 minutes) 3.1 miles (just over 1 hour) if walking back to Founders. Easy hike when you’re drinking delicious cold beers along the way!
No visit to Grand Rapids is complete without a visit to Founders Brewing Co. Founders is one of the most renowned breweries, not just in the country, but the world. They brew some of the highest rated beers out there! We'll be sampling a couple of 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! At this stop you will get to pick 2 samples of you're liking. They brew everything from stouts/porters, lagers, sours, fruity ales, IPA's & everything between.
Harmony Hall (same owners as Harmony Brewing Co.) is a funky & eccentric brewery that is inspired by the great German beer halls. This locally owned brewery has award winning wood-fired pizzas , soups, salads and sandwiches... Just like the beer, food is made in house. Bring or buy a growler, you can only buy their awesome beers on location. They have various lagers, IPA's, porters/stouts and fruity/citrusy to list a few. At this location your tour guide will pick out a variety of 3 very popular beers.
New Holland's Knickerbocker is one of the largest taprooms in the state, and their beers are being shipped across the country these days. With beers like Dragon's Milk (bourbon-barrel aged stout) and Mad Hatter (IPA) they have made quite a name. They originally opened in Holland, MI in 1997, we will be visiting their expansive Grand Rapids location.At this location you'll get to choose any two tier 1 beers you want.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales & North Peak Brewing Co. Jolly Pumpkin is one of the most well-known wild/sour ale producers in the country! They make some of the most unique & tastiest sours around! If sours are not your thing (or at least you think they aren't) you will have the opportunity to order non-sour ales from North Peak Brewing Co. at this stop as well. North Peak has IPA's, ambers, lagers, browns, stouts & wheats! North Peak originally opened in Traverse City, Jolly Pumpkin in Dexter Michigan, now you won't have to journey to these locations, they're right in the heart or Grand Rapids! At this stop you get to pick 1 pint (tier 1-2) & 1 sample.
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 several beers you cannot get elsewhere. At this stop you get to choose any 2 samples you want.
Tour includes 12 beer samples & 1 pint, a brewery tour at Harmony Hall, and a walk with a knowledgeable beer tour guide providing history of Grand Rapids, beers & breweries along the way.
*There will be an opportunity for lunch at Harmony Hall (3rd stop), they have sausages, sandwiches and salads...!
*This tour is on Saturday, August 14 - 11:30am-4:30pm-ish.
*This event is rain or shine, please dress accordingly.
*Check in will be at the entrance of Founders Brewing Co.