Our tour guide was incredibly entertaining and well-informed! It was such a fun experience and the stories and locations were amazing. Perfect date night, or even a solo thing to do if you want to get out and have a good time. Totally worth it!
Grand Rapids Brewery Tour
Visit 3 Excellent Breweries
Taste Award-Winning Beers
Educational & Fun
Taste Your Way Through Beer City USA
Join us as we taste our way through some of Beer City’s best breweries. The city’s Beer City Ale Trail boasts 80+ breweries, making Grand Rapids brewery tours a must to experience. We work with the breweries ahead of time to have your tastings ready, so you can just enjoy your experience. Expand your palate by trying new brew flavors you didn’t know existed and peek behind-the-scenes at the breweries to learn the secrets behind the magic.
Visit 3 award-winning breweries.
Sip on ale in a century-old sausage factory.
Learn how German immigrants took over GR's brewing industry in the 1800s.
Refine your tastes, while hearing about behind-the-scenes brewing methods.
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Adult (21+): $125
- 11 AM
- 2 PM
Please inquire upon booking
Min. 4 – max. 20 people
- 1 professional tour guide
- Cost of planned tastings
- Taxes & tip for brewery staff
- Additional tastings
What to Bring
- Legal proof of age
- Walking shoes
- Dress for the weather (we will walk between breweries)
- All participants under 21 years must contact us for the alcohol-free option. (Some businesses limit underaged visitors only during day hours.)
- Wheel-friendly (wheelchairs, scooters, strollers). Please let us know if you have wheels, mobility issues, or anything else that would help us make sure you have fun!
About Your Guide
Certified tourism ambassador guide
What You'll Do & See
Come, join us, and be part of Beer City USA and sample some of the finest craft beers with expert guidance from the brewery staff. As we walk between breweries, we share Grand Rapids’ 185-year brewing history, along with other unique stories.
Our tour visits three breweries on the tour, where we are greeted by the beer pros and taste award-winning brews, plus a better understanding of the production process. Sip your doppelbock lager sitting in an early 1900s German sausage factory, or try a unique dish using the craft beer that makes Grand Rapids famous.
As we walk, you will learn about the history that brought brewing to the city. Hear the backstories of German immigrants who took over the beer industry, and the Polish who helped keep them in business. We will also touch on the cultural differences between the east and west sides of the city and the recent changes to the west side where many of our breweries are located.
Private brewery tours(opens in a new tab) also explore outside the city, as Michigan continues to expand its brewery enterprise. Private tours also may include beer-related activities, such as cooking lessons with craft beer ingredients. Contact us for more details!
Breweries on This Tour
Note: Other breweries may be included on Private Tours(opens in a new tab)
The Knickerbocker Brewpub, New Holland Brewery
This award-winning brewpub offers a taste of world traditions with a modern twist. New Holland creates unique flavors and explores traditional brewing methods. They also create award-winning spirits, sometimes mixing brew and distillery products in unique ways. Our favorite Knickerbocker host is the epitome of a Michigan beer guy who makes your tastings better whether you’re new or seasoned to the craft beer scene.
The Jolly Pumpkin has become a household name synonymous with craft beers, with locations in Chicago and Detroit. This Northern Michigan based brewery is renowned for its sour brews and great pizza. If it’s your first time trying sour beer, our Jolly Pumpkin hosts are great at helping find the ones best suited to your tastes.
This Bavarian-style building was originally a sausage factory and they still pay homage to their roots by serving up some scrumptious sausage platters! Known as the ‘Beer Castle’, Harmony Brewing Company boasts a wide variety of craft brews so you’ll likely find more than one that tickles your taste buds.
See What Our Previous Guests Have Said...
Our tour guide/owner Candice was so knowledgeable, personable, and entertaining that the time flew… You can tell that she has researched and fact-checked… All in all, it was the BEST experience that has stayed with me and changed the way I look at our city!
We had the pleasure of Candice as our tour guide. She was fantastic and very informative.
Excellent tours! Entertaining, informative, and all-around incredible experience! Highly recommended for both visitors and residents!