Events are held every Saturday through October and select dates in Nov., Dec.

KALAMAZOO, MI — As Kalamazoo’s reputation for world-class beer continues to grow, so too will the number of opportunities to visit those breweries as part of a walking tour with West Michigan Beer Tours.

As a vehicle to spotlight the growth of Kalamazoo’s brewing industry, the Walking Tours — sponsored by Discover Kalamazoo — provide a glimpse into what makes the city unique through the lens of craft beer. Guests will learn about the history of Michigan beer and Kalamazoo’s influential role in the industry’s resurgence. For the first time since launching the events in 2013, the walking tours are available year-round — sunshine, rain or snow.

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Public walking tours are held every Saturday through October and three Saturdays in November and December. Private walking tours are available on request.

Registration for each tour begins at noon at one of four downtown Kalamazoo bar and restaurants: Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, HopCat Kalamazoo or Shakespeare’s Pub. The breweries visited on each date will vary. Please check the individual tour for the registration locations and breweries.

The tour departs at 1 p.m. and visits three breweries with the tour concluding at around 4 p.m.

Tickets start at $29 per person. The ticket price includes samples or a pint at the three brewery stops and a goody bag that includes a commemorative stainless steel pint. There will be other prizes and giveaways during tours as well.

Guests will also have the opportunity for occasional production tours and the chance to meet those who make some of the city’s fine craft beer.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go online.