Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Michigan Craft Beer “Enthusiasts” Offered Fall & Winter Brewery Tours

Written by  Paul Starr
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Michigan Craft Beer “Enthusiasts” Offered Fall & Winter Brewery Tours

One of the benefits of membership in the Michigan Brewers Guild “Enthusiast” program is special VIP tours and tastings at member breweries around the state. To participate in one of these special tours, one must be a current Enthusiast member – a group dedicated to celebrating the growing craft beer industry in the Great Lakes State. Enthusiast memberships are $45 each and are available online at MBG Enthusiast Membership. There is no additional charge for the tours, but reservations are recommended and attendees must show their Enthusiast card.

The Fall 2012 schedule includes nine (9) tours, beginning in early November and running through February.

Saturday, November 3 (1 pm)

Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co.
614 West Pickard St., Mt. Pleasant
989-400-4666www.mountaintown.com

Join Head Brewer Kim Kowalski for a brewery tour in Mt. Pleasant. Contact Kim to make a reservation.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday, November 10 (Noon)

Arcadia Brewing Co

103 West Michigan Ave., Battle Creek

269-963-9690www.arcadiaales.com

Offering a free brewery tour and $1 off beers. RSVP to Sean Kelley at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Saturday, November 17 (Noon)

Greenbush Brewing Co.

5885 Sawyer Rd., Sawyer

269-405-1085www.greenbushbrewing.com

Join the staff at Greenbush for an exclusive tour for Enthusiast Members.  Spaces are limited.

RSVP:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saturday, December 1 (11am) **SOLD OUT**

Founders Brewing Company

235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids

616-776-2182www.foundersbrewing.com

Join us on a fall tour of our newly expanded brewing facility, open exclusively to Enthusiast Members only.  The tour has a limited number of spots, so respond early!  RSVP:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Saturday, December 1 (11am)

Sherwood Brewing Co.
45689 Hayes Rd., Shelby Twp

583-532-9669 | www.sherwoodbrewing.com

Sherwood will offer $2.99 lunch specials, $2 off pints and a tour with a brewer as well as free souvenirs for Enthusiast Members. Contact and RSVP: Lisa Sherwood –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Sunday, January 6 (Noon)

Arbor Brewing Co.
114 East Washington St., Ann Arbor

734-213-1393www.arborbrewing.com

Exclusive tour and tasting with Arbor Brewing Co.  Spots are limited and you must RSVP in advance to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, January 4.


Saturday, January 19 (1 pm)

Vander Mill

4921 Cleveland St., Spring Lake
616-842-4337www.vandermill.com

Join the Vander Mill crew for an exclusive tour. RSVP to Paul Vander Heide -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sunday, January 20 (Noon)

Kuhnhenn Brewing  Co.

5919 Chicago Rd., Warren

586-979-8361www.kbrewery.com

Special tour open to MBG Enthusiast Members only. Samples and appetizers will be served. RSVP by January 17 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Friday, February 22 (3pm)

New Holland Brewing Co.

684 Commerce Court, Holland, MI

616-510-2259www.newhollandbrew.com 

Beer Enthusiasts can sign-up online here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3740854998. The password to get the free tour is Enthusiast2012. Each participant will receive a 15% off coupon towards merchandise at the company store. Space is limited to 25. RSVP to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-510-2259.

At just $45, a Michigan Brewers Guild “Enthusiast” membership is a great value. Benefits include VIP status at our various festivals with early admission, discounts at participating member breweries, special VIP brewery tours, and a free MiBeer t-shirt. Purchase your Enthusiast Membership online at MBG Enthusiast Membership.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry contributes well over $24 million in wages with a conservative economic contribution of more than $133 million. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”  

Founded in 1997 and celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2012, the Michigan Brewers Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan Craft Beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state, and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry. By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer, we strive to achieve a 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption.

For more information, including a list of Michigan breweries, log on to www.MiBeer.com.   (www.facebook.com/michiganbrewersguildwww.twitter.com/mibrewersguild)

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.