Late August and early September is the peak of the hop harvest season.
As one of the four main ingredients in craft beer, we'll be celebrating the hop, or Humulus lupulus, on this bus tour.
Our trip begins with registration at Old Burdick's Bar and Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo. If you need help with overnight accommodations, we have a discounted room rate available through this link: https://www.radissonhotelsamericas.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-kalamazoo-center/deals/west-michigan-beer-tours.
Guests are encouraged to order lunch and their favorite IPA prior to departure. The first stop will be to Twisted Hops Farm in Plainwell. The Burkett family operates the 25-acre farm, which features 4.5 acres dedicated to growing Mackinac, Tettnanger, Centennial, Crystal, Fuggle, Triple Pearl, Cashmere, and Mt. Hood. We'll tour the facility and sample Michigan IPAs.
We'll then head to Allegan to visit two breweries within about two blocks of each other in the new location for Tantrick Brewing Co. and Schaendorf. Guests can select any pint at either location as part of the tour. Allegan also allows people to order to-go drinks and consume them in designated areas.
The tour will conclude with a visit to Latitude 42 Brewing Co.'s Oshtemo location for a pint of your choice. Head brewer Scott Freitas specializes in producing a series of exciting IPAs and has been a longtime buyer of Michigan hops.
Origination: Old Burdick's Bar and Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel, downtown Kalamazoo, noon-1 p.m.
Stop 1: Twisted Hops Farm, Plainwell, samples and tour, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Tantrick Brewing Co., pint of your choice, 3-3:45 p.m.
Stop 3: Schaendorf Brewing Co., pint of your choice, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Stop 4: Latitude 42 Brewing Co.-Oshtemo, pint of your choice, 5-6 p.m.
Termination: Old Burdick's, 6:15 p.m.