GRAND RAPIDS — The Motor City has finally come to Grand Rapids.

Last Saturday, Motor City Brew Tours founder Steve Johnson brought a group of 20 or so craft beer fans to the West Michigan city, to tour three breweries in the area.

While Johnson usually keeps his events in the Detroit area, having a few outside of the Metro area allows for more diversity.

“We came over to the west side to run bus tours due to customer requests,” said Johnson. “In the future, we plan to more day trips and 2-day beer adventures all over Michigan.”

The most recent group who joined Johnson in Grand Rapids consisted of media members, craft beer lovers and those celebrating birthdays — all to see what BeerCity USA is about.

The first stop was The Hideout Brewing Company, featuring a whopping 25 beers on tap. The brewery poured several pitchers of some of its popular standards, including the Smuggler’s Hazelnut Stout, as well as some that were a bit more out of the ordinary, like a watermelon wheat and bubblegum pale ale.

Two of West Michigan’s newer breweries were next — Perrin Brewing Company and Rockford Brewing Company.

Perrin brought several samples to each table, and guests were welcome to order additional samples or pints as well. The Raspberry Blonde proved to be the most popular, with many guests taking home a howler or growler of the fruity brew.

Rockford capped off the trip, with a few different beers available in pitchers. Ain’t Jemima was one of the more popular beers sampled — an experimental beer made with maple sap.

All in all, Johnson was happy with his second Michigan Brew Tours trip to the Grand Rapids area, and is planning the next Grand Rapids-area tour for November 16. For more information on Michigan Brew Tours, visit

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