History of Brewing in Kalamazoo Trolley Tour

 — Sorry, this event is completely filled —


Downtown Kalamazoo Trolley
photo: Kalamazoo Gazette

Date, Location

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • 3 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Tibbs Brewing Company, 402 S Burdick St
  • Directions | Register online (no longer available)

A Trolley Tour Back In Time

This event starts with check-in and a brief intro at Tibbs Brewing Company. Then, join us on a trolley tour with West Michigan Beer Tours and learn about our city’s illustrious beer brewing history with KPL expert, Keith Howard. Beer samples will be provided on the tour. Afterwards, join us at Tibbs for a complimentary pint! 

This event is free and open to the public. Seating on the tour is limited, so registration is required.

The Breweries of Early Kalamazoo (1837-1915)


City Union Brewery
photo: Western Michigan University

Before Prohibition closed their doors in 1915, Kalamazoo spawned a thriving batch of local brewers who supplied thirsty residents with their trademark beverages for more than 80 years. At one point, the “Big Village” boasted no less than six breweries and two distilleries, plus a thriving crop of saloons and liquor retailers—rather remarkable for a community of then just 7,000. 

Today, nearly two centuries later, Kalamazoo is named one of the few underrated beer cities in the world by U.S. News & World Report and sits proudly at the forefront of the craft brewing movement with its annual Kalamazoo Beer Week celebration and a nomination for “Beer City USA.” Learn more...

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