This article of the 8 Underrated Beer Cities, came out yesterday in the Huffingtonpost and Kalamazoo was mentioned!


In 2013, Kalamazoo, Michigan, added six new breweries to its growing roster of local beer purveyors. But the tradition of fermenting grains is far-reaching: The state's first commercial brewery opened in Kalamazoo in 1837. (For a more thorough history of Kalamazoo's sudsy saga, check out this record put together by the Kalamazoo Public Library.) If you're in K-zoo for the beer, your first stop should be Bell's Brewery, Michigan's oldest microbrewery. After taking the free, half-hour long tour, sample some Bell's Amber Ale or Bell's Kalamazoo Stout on tap at the Eccentric Café, located right next door. For a more diverse sampling of Kalamazoo's brew scene, opt for aWest Michigan Beer Tour. The three- to four-hour walking tour provides the opportunity to sample beer at several downtown breweries and meet local beer producers. Tours in Kalamazoo, which cost $19 per person, start June 7, and take place every Saturday through summer. If you're visiting in the winter, plan your trip around January's Kalamazoo Beer Week. During this week-long beer bacchanalia, you can sample Kalamazoo's local brews with special tastings, dinners and events, like pub crawls and beer obstacle courses.