Hear the stories of several women as they lead three distinctive businesses in West Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — In celebration of women in Michigan beer, West Michigan Beer Tours is holding its Women of West Michigan Beer Tour.
The bus tour will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and feature women in leadership roles at a trio relatively new breweries. The tour will be led by our longtime Michigan beer advocates, Andrea Wilson and Bonnie Steinman, a groundbreaking hop farmer in the state.
The tour begins with registration at Paw Paw Brewing Co.’s new location on Gremps St. and heads west to Cognito Brewing Co., located in the historic grain elevator in Bangor. Brewer Jennifer Goodrich, a graduate of Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Sustainable Brewing Program, will lead a tour of the building and share samples with the group. The trip then heads to Saugatuck to see Kim Collins, co-owner and brewer at Guardian Brewing Co., which opened in early 2019. Our tour then finishes the afternoon with a stop at Three Blondes Brewing Co. Fronted by sisters Amanda Johnson, Carrie Troyer and Megan Zernicke, this South Haven brewery opened in the summer of 2018.
The tour includes a pint or samples at each location, as well as production tours and meet-and-greets with the women behind these emerging breweries. Tickets are $69 per person and include a seat on the bus, complimentary bottled water and snacks on the bus, as well as three samples or a pint at each of the three breweries.
Itinerary Origination: Paw Paw Brewing Co., noon registration with 1 p.m. departure
Stop 1: Cognito Brewing Co., samples, tour with brewer Jennifer Goodrich, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Stop 2: Guardian Brewing Co., samples, tour with owner/brewer Kim Collins, 3-4 p.m.
Stop 3: Three Blondes Brewing Co., samples, meet-and-greet with owners, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Termination: Paw Paw Brewing Co., 6 p.m.