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Craft brewery trail opens

June 2, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Give a Craft beer trail helps guide visitors through breweries in southwest Michigan. Photo via fb.com

A new trail will help guide visitors through breweries in southwest Michigan.

Kalamazoo’s Craft Brewery Trail launched last week to help promote the city’s breweries.

“Since 1985, residents and visitors alike have been able to enjoy some of the nation’s best craft beer right here in Kalamazoo,” said Greg Ayers, president and CEO of Discover Kalamazoo. “With the explosion of new establishments throughout Kalamazoo County over the past two years, the launch of the Give a Craft beer trail is the next step toward creating an exciting destination for craft beer enthusiasts to discover.”

The trail

The trail winds through Kalamazoo County and takes visitors to 11 breweries, including Arcadia Ales, Bell’s Brewery, Boatyard Brewing Co., Bravo! Restaurant & Café, Gonzo’s Biggdogg Brewing, Latitude 42 Brewing Co., Olde Peninsula Brewpub, One Well Brewing, Rupert’s Brew House, Texas Corners Brewing Co. and Tibbs Brewing Co.

A “passport” can be obtained at any of the participating breweries or at Discover Kalamazoo. The passport includes information on the breweries, as well as tour information.

As visitors collect stamps at each brewery, they are a step closer to earning swag at the end of the trail. An additional stop at Bell’s production brewery in Comstock results in more prizes.

“With an increasing interest in supporting local handcrafted initiatives, meeting and supporting those who have been tireless in creating a product for all to enjoy is definitely happening here in Kalamazoo,” Ayers said. “The Give a Craft beer trail provides opportunities for past and future visitors to discover everything this region offers.”

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