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Kalamazoo offers so much more than a memorable name. We effortlessly blend energy and innovation with friendliness and a humble attitude. Located in Southwest Michigan, about two hours from Chicago, Kalamazoo features a vibrant and progressive downtown that sets the stage for quality dining, eclectic shops and galleries, and live entertainment. Plus, you’re never far from lakes and outdoor recreation, festivals, and world-class attractions.
Experience the place with a big city mindset and a small town heart. Once you make the trip, you’ll be back for more. We promise.
Give a Craft™ beer trail celebrates one-year anniversary!
The Give A Craft™ beer trail celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend. Launched on May 28, 2015, The Give a Craft™ beer trail is designed to promote the breweries that call Kalamazoo home.
Trekkers on the Give a Craft™ beer trail use a “passport” to discover all the breweries in Kalamazoo County. The passport includes information about each brewery including tour information, hours of operation and favorite seasonal brews. As trekkers visit each brewery they can collect a stamp good toward earning a free gift (swag) at the conclusion of the trail.
Participating breweries are celebrating the anniversary of the Give A Craft™ beer trail in various ways. Boatyard Brewing Company is kicking off the weekend celebration at 5pm on Friday, May 27 with the release of The Star of Kalamazoo, a Blueberry Maple Cream Ale. Bell’s Eccentric Café and Bell’s Comstock Brewery will be offering a special Bell’s 30th Anniversary Serving Tray to anyone who gets their passport stamped beginning Friday, May 27 and continuing through the weekend or until the limited supply lasts. Other breweries will be offering drink specials throughout the weekend.
Discover Kalamazoo and participating breweries remind people the Give a Craft™ beer trail focuses on craft beer, but not on its abuse. A partnership between the Give a Craft™ beer trail and the Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task force will amplify efforts in the promotion of responsible consumption.
The Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task Force is a dedicated group of community members that develop strategies, programs, and practices to address alcohol and substance abuse issues in our community. The task force focuses on reducing access to substances, preventing high-risk behaviors, promoting community awareness, connecting community resources, and providing education.
Since its launch in May, 2015, nearly 30,000 Give a Craft™ passports have been distributed. Trekkers from around the state and across the country have completed the trail and submitted their passports.
A free copy of the Give a Craft™ passport can be picked up at any of the participating breweries or at Discover Kalamazoo. After acquiring stamps from all the participating breweries, trekkers can turn their completed passport in to Discover Kalamazoo for their swag. There’s even an extra credit stop at the Bell’s Comstock Brewery that will earn trekkers additional swag. There is no purchase necessary to collect passport stamps and the passport is given back to the trekker after all the stamps have been verified. Trekkers must be 21 to participate.
Participating brewers/breweries include: Arcadia Ales, Bell’s Brewery, Boatyard Brewing Company, Bravo! Restaurant & Café, Brite Eyes Brewing Company, Gonzo’s Biggdogg Brewing, Latitude 42 Brewing Company, Olde Peninsula Brewpub, One Well Brewing, Rupert’s Brew House, Texas Corners Brewing Company and Tibbs Brewing Company.
June Jubilee is the official kick-off to summer in Kalamazoo! This weekend features over a dozen different events held in the downtown area. Take a trip to Greece without ever leaving Kalamazoo at the annual Greek Festival, browse juried art work from nearly 200 artists at the Arts Fair, enjoy a Concert in the Park, take in the sights and sounds of the Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade and Art on the Mall. This is one weekend you don't want to miss! More >
Brewery Walking + Bicycle Tours
Dubbed one of the Top 10 walking tours in the country by Paste Magazine in 2015, this casual afternoon will introduce you to some of the colorful personalities and flavors behind Kalamazoo’s beer culture.
Learn about the craft beer in Kalamazoo, enjoy sampling some of the best beers in the world, and find out about the fascinating history of Kalamazoo!