Michigan ranks fourth in the United States in terms of total acreage dedicated to hops, one of four main ingredients in craft beer.
Many of those acres will be in full harvest mode at the end of August and early September. In collaboration the Moga family, owners of High Five Hops Farm in Marshall, and Dark Horse Brewing Co. and Territorial Brewing Co., West Michigan Beer Tours will hold the Hop Harvest Beer Tour from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.
The highlight of the afternoon will be a visit to the small family farm where Marty Moga and his family grow a variety of hops for a few Michigan breweries. Participants will tour the fields and learn more about the growing and harvesting process, while also samples Michigan beer using High Five Hops Farm hops.
The tour will begin with registration from noon to 1 p.m. at Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill inside the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. The bus will depart for Dark Horse Brewing Co. for a pint and to hear how the brewery works with High Five Hops Farm on some of its beer.
Following the stint at High Five Hops, the event will stop by Territorial Brewing Co. for a series of samples and learn how hops are utilized in the brewery’s German-inspired beers, before returning to downtown Kalamazoo. Tickets start at $69.
Discounted hotel rooms at the Radisson Plaza Hotel are also available through this custom link: http://www.radisson.com/westmichiganbeertours.
For more information, go to www.westmichiganbeertours.com or call 269-350-4598.