Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Michigan Craft Beer “Enthusiasts” Offered Summer Brewery Tours

Written by  Barb Starr
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Michigan Craft Beer “Enthusiasts” Offered Summer 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 Summer 2012 schedule includes seven (7) tours, beginning in early May and running thru mid August.


Saturday, May 5 (11:30am)

Harmony Brewing Co.

1551 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

(616) 233-0063 

www.facebook.com/pages/Harmony-Brewing-Company/116651378360910

Join Barry VanDyke for a guided tour. Free Harmony Pint glass which can filled for $1 off the normal price on the day of the tour only. RSVP: Barry VanDyke:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Saturday, May 12 (2pm)

Saugatuck Brewing Co.

2948 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas

(269) 857-7222

www.saugatuckbrewing.com 

Enthusiasts receive $1 off their first pint, free samplings, a complimentary SBC Logoed Pint Glass, as well as a tour of brewery. RSVP: Scott Farney, scott@sbrewing.com.


Saturday, June 2 (3:30pm)

New Holland Brewing Co.

690 Commerce Ct., Holland

(616) 510-2259

www.newhollandbrew.com

Join brewmaster John Haggerty for a guided tour and tasting. All participants receive 10% off the pub store and $1 off their first pint at the pub. RSVP:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (616) 510-2259.


Sunday, June 24 (1pm)

Corner Brewery  

720 Norris St., Ypsilanti  

www.cornerbrewery.com   

(734) 480-2739  

A guided tour by the brewing team at Corner Brewery. RSVP: Sarah Adcock  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


Saturday July 7 (1pm)
  

Vander Mill Cider Mill, Brewery & Winery  

14921 Cleveland St. Spring Lake  

www.vandermill.com  

(616) 842-4337  

 Join the Vander Mill crew for an in-depth guided tour of our modern hard cider production facility in Spring Lake. RSVP: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (616) 842-4337.  


Saturday, July 21 (11am)  

Founders Brewing Company  

235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids  

www.foundersbrewing.com  

(616) 776-1195  

Take a tour of the newly expanded brewing facility, open exclusively to enthusiasts only. Enjoy a guided tasting as well as a sampling of our delicious appetizers from the Founders Deli. 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. .  


Sunday, August 19 (1pm)  

Arbor Brewing Company  

114 East Washington St., Ann Arbor  

www.arborbrewing.com   

(734) 213-1393  

Join the crew at Arbor Brewing for a guided enthusiast tour. RSVP:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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 membership brewpubs, special VIP brewery tours, and a free t-shirt proclaiming your Michigan Beer Nuttiness. 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 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 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 microbreweries, log on to www.michiganbrewersguild.org.  (www.facebook.com/michiganbrewersguild |  www.twitter.com/mibrewersguild)