(This post has been updated to reflect the price increase of Enthusiast Memberships)
One of the benefits of membership in the Michigan Brewers Guild “Enthusiast” program is special VIP tours and tastings at member breweries around the state. To participate in one of these special tours, one must be a current Enthusiast member – a group dedicated to celebrating the growing craft beer industry in the Great Lakes State.
Enthusiast memberships are $35 each as of January 1st, 2011 and are available online at www.michiganbrewersguild.org/beernut.asp. There is no additional charge for the tours, but reservations are recommended and attendees must show their Enthusiast card.
The Winter 2010 schedule includes tours in November, December and January:
Saturday, Dec 11 (11am-1pm)
Short’s Brewing Company
121 N Bridge St.
Bellaire, MI 49615
Get behind the scenes of this popular brewery – ask questions, sample beer and get a chance to experience the other side of the bar stool. Join Jon Wojtowicz – Beer Liberator from Short’s, for a pre-holiday tour. RSVP: 231-533-6622 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Saturday, Dec 11 (TIME 3-5pm)
Right Brain Brewery
221 Garland St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
Get behind the scenes of this popular brewery – ask questions, sample beer and get a chance to experience the other side of the bar stool. Join Dayna A. H. Valpey for a pre-holiday tour of Right Brain Brewery. RSVP: 231-944-1239 (email@example.com).
Saturday, Dec18 (1pm)
Original Gravity Brewing Company440 County Street
Milan, MI 48160
Join Brad Sancho for a guided tour, with all enthusiasts receiving $1 off their first pint. RSVP: 734-439-7490.
Saturday, Jan 8 (2-4pm)
720 Norris St Ypsilanti,
Hosted by brewer Logan Schaedig, featuring a private tour, complimentary tasting and light snacks. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Jan 15 (Noon-2pm)
Arbor Brewing Company
114 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1905
Hosted by brewer Bill Gerds, featuring a private tour, complimentary tasting and light snacks. RSVP: email@example.com
At just $35, a Michigan Brewers Guild “Enthusiast” membership makes a locally-focused, affordable holiday gift for the craft beer lover on your list. Benefits include VIP status at our various festivals with early admission, discounts at participating membership brewpubs, special VIP brewery tours, and a free t-shirt proclaiming your Michigan Beer Nuttiness. Purchase your Enthusiast membership online at www.michiganbrewersguild.org/beernut.asp.