GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In an effort to spotlight the Grand Rapids area’s booming beer industry, a local tourism group has organized a program called Beer City Brewsader.
Here’s how it works: Beer lovers pick up a Beer City Passport and then start visiting the 23 participating breweries to get stamps. Stamps from eight establishments earns you a Brewsader T-shirt.
- 57 Brew Pub & Bistro
- B.O.B’s brewery
- Brewery Vivant
- Cedar Springs Brewing Company
- Cellar Brewing Company
- Cranker’s Restaurant & Brewery
- E.B. Coffee & Pub
- Elk Brewing
- Founders Brewing Co.
- Grand Rapids Brewing Co.
- Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery
- Harmony Brewing Company
- Harmony Hall
- The Hideout Brewing Company
- Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
- Jaden James Brewery
- The Mitten Brewing Company
- Osgood Brewing
- Perrin Brewing Company
- Railtown Brewing Co.
- Rockford Brewing Company
- White Flame Brewing Co.
Passports are available at any of the participating breweries and the GoSite inside the Grand Rapids Art Museum downtown. Brewsaders should also go to the GoSite to have their passport stamps checked and get their T-shirt.
The program, created by Experience Grand Rapids, runs until October 2016.
This spring and summer, Experience Grand Rapids commissioned Grand Valley State University to conduct a study on the economic impact of beer tourism in Kent County. That study found the craft beer industry brought in more than 42,000 visitors to Kent County — 31 percent of whom were not from Michigan — and generated a $12.23 million economic output.
Experience Grand Rapids says the Brewsader program goes along with the Beer City Ale Trail, which includes more than 40 breweries in Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.
Kalamazoo has a program similar to Brewsader called the Give a Craft Beer Trail.