LANSING — One of the benefits of membership in the Michigan Brewers Guild “Enthusiast” program is VIP tours and tastings at member breweries around the state.
To participate in one of these special tours, one must be a current Enthusiast member – a group dedicated to celebrating the growing craft beer industry in the Mitten State. Enthusiast memberships are $35 each and are available online at MBG Enthusiast Membership. There is no additional charge for the tours, but reservations are recommended and attendees must show their Enthusiast card.
The Summer 2012 schedule includes seven tours, beginning in early May and running thru mid-August.
Saturday, May 5 (11:30 a.m.)
Harmony Brewing Co.
1551 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
Join Barry VanDyke for a guided tour. Free Harmony Pint glass which can filled for $1 off the normal price on the day of the tour only. RSVP: Barry VanDyke: email@example.com.
Saturday, May 12 (2 p.m.)
Saugatuck Brewing Co.
2948 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas
Enthusiasts receive $1 off their first pint, free samplings, a complimentary SBC Logoed Pint Glass, as well as a tour of brewery. RSVP: Scott Farney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 2 (3:30 p.m.)
New Holland Brewing Co.
690 Commerce Ct., Holland
Join brewmaster John Haggerty for a guided tour and tasting. All participants receive 10% off the pub store and $1 off their first pint at the pub. RSVP: email@example.com or (616) 510-2259.
Sunday, June 24 (1 p.m.)
720 Norris St., Ypsilanti
A guided tour by the brewing team at Corner Brewery. RSVP: Sarah Adcocksarah@arborbrewing.com.
Saturday July 7 (1 p.m.)
Vander Mill Cider Mill, Brewery & Winery
14921 Cleveland St. Spring Lake
Join the Vander Mill crew for an in-depth guided tour of our modern hard cider production facility in Spring Lake. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 842-4337.
Saturday, July 21 (11 a.m.)
Founders Brewing Company
235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids
Take a tour of the newly expanded brewing facility, open exclusively to enthusiasts only. Enjoy a guided tasting as well as a sampling of our delicious appetizers from the Founders Deli. The tour has a limited number of spots, so respond early! RSVP: email@example.com.
Sunday, August 19 (1 p.m.)
Arbor Brewing Company
114 East Washington St., Ann Arbor
Join the crew at Arbor Brewing for a guided enthusiast tour. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Michigan Brewers Guild “Enthusiast” membership is $35. Benefits include VIP status at MBG festivals with early admission, discounts at participating membership brewpubs, special VIP brewery tours and a free T-shirt proclaiming your Michigan Beer Nuttiness. Enthusiast memberships can be purchased online at MBG Enthusiast Membership.