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Breweries descend on Beer Week

January 7, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Kalamazoo orders Beer Week
About 100 events are scheduled during Kalamazoo Beer Week. Photo via fb.com

A week of beer will hit the region this weekend.

Kalamazoo Beer Week 2015 kicks off on Friday with a party at Boatyard Brewing Co.

The official week runs Jan. 10-17, with events at bars, restaurants and breweries across the Kalamazoo area.

“Kalamazoo Beer Week is a week-long series of events that support the craft beer experience through special tastings, dinners and interactive events,” the website says. “Patrons will meet the brewers themselves, learn about what it takes to develop these kinds of intricate, highly desired products and hopefully, achieve a greater sense of this market segment that has taken hold of beer drinkers everywhere.”

Kalamazoo-area breweries

Boatyard Brewing will also host a beer breakfast and donut-pairing event on Saturday.

Bell’s Brewery will host the third-annual Snow Jog Adventure Race & Challenge, which allows teams of two the chance to complete in challenges for prizes. Money raised by the event heads to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes.

Bell’s will host events all week, including a beer brunch on Sunday.

Arcadia Ales, which recently opened a brewpub in Kalamazoo, will host a variety of events, including Kegs & Eggs on Sunday.

Gonzo’s BigDogg Brewing Co. and Latitude 42 Brewing Co. will also host several events throughout the week.

Outside breweries

Samuel Adams will sponsor a massive Opening Night Bar Crawl across the city.

A number of Michigan breweries will host events during the week: Short’s Brewing Co., New Holland Brewing Co., Right Brain, Rochester Mills, Brewery Vivant, Dark Horse Brewing Co., Saugatuck Brewing Co., Atwater Brewing Co., Jolly Pumpkin, Perrin and Greenbush.

A number of national breweries will also pick various locations in Kalamazoo to showcase their beers: New Belgium Brewing Co., Alaskan Brewing Co., Southern Tier, Green Flash Brewing Co., Oskar Blues, Dogfish Head and more.

App badges

The popular craft beer mobile app Untappd has created a badge for drinkers to earn if they check into two Kalamazoo places during the beer week.

Shuttle

Dan’s Ultra Party Bus will offer free shuttles during the week, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., with stops at Rupert’s Brew House, Tibbs Brewing Co., Gonzo’s, Arcadia, Boatyard and Bell’s.

The shuttle rotates every 45 minutes.

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