Tours encourage ugly sweaters, holiday costumes with prizes awarded to best dressed

KALAMAZOO, MI — If you are looking to get a little more mileage out of that dusty, thrift store holiday sweater you bought four years ago, you’re in luck.

West-Michigan-Beer-Tours-LogoWest Michigan Beer Tours will offer a pair of festive walking tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, where guests are invited to wear their ugly holiday sweater or favorite holiday costume and earn prizes, as selected by brewery staff.

Both tours will be hold registration from noon to 1 p.m. Central City Tap House and Shakespeare’s Pub, respectively. The Dec. 10 tour will visit Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co., Rupert’s Brew House and Tibbs Brewing Co., which is also the third anniversary party for Tibbs.

The Dec. 17 tour will hold registration from noon to 1 p.m. at Shakespeare’s Pub and visit Arcadia Brewing Co., Boatyard Brewing Co. and Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Bell’s will award the winning outfit with a private brewery tour for up to six people at a date of their choosing.

Advance ticket purchases are strongly encouraged.

Tickets are $39 and include either a pint or samples at each brewery stop.

Also in the spirit of the holidays, West Michigan Beer Tours has also introduced its Kalamazoo Craft Beer Gift Baskets. The two basket options contain at least one item from each brewery in either downtown Kalamazoo (eight breweries) or Kalamazoo County (12 breweries).

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The baskets contain glassware, stickers, keychain openers, beer soap, beer koozies and more. They are available online.

For those looking to skip shipping and handling charges, in-store pickup will also be available at the Spirit of Kalamazoo’s new location at 154 S. Kalamazoo Mall.

For more information on the baskets, please contact 269-350-4598 or john@westmibeertours.com.