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What is Raise A Glass Beer Tours?


Raise A Glass Beer Tours offers unforgettable beer and food pairing experience that's designed to give our guests a trip around the world through beer, food, and culture.

This upscale beer tour experience is designed for beer lovers, foodies and those new to both, but want to learn more. So whether you're brand new to beer or you're a Beer Cicerone, we have something special for you! We have partnered with some of the hottest beer and food venues around the country to create our own unique experience around beer, food and culture for our guest. We believe that beer tasting should be a fun, exciting, and also an educational experience that one can have with good company and conversation without it becoming a drunken bar hop excursion.

Raise A Glass Beer Tours is for you if you're looking for something new to do with friends, family, or coworkers. Or maybe it's for a special occasion, bachelor party, a company outing, or you're “out of towners” looking for good beer, food, and fun in a great city! Whatever the occasion, Raise A Glass Beer Tours is here to provide you with a memorable experience and “A Taste of Culture!”

"Our mission is to provide each of our guest with a fun, relaxing, and high-quality wine tasting experience that allows us to share our passion and appreciation for “good grapes” with wine lovers, foodies, and those new to both, but want to learn more."

Our Story:

While enjoying a tour with his wife in Traverse City, MI., Kris Mathis asked himself one question: “I wonder if this type of experience exist closer to home?”

A few days later, when Kris arrived back in Grand Rapids, MI. (2 1/2 hours away from Traverse City) he discovered that Grand Rapids, the second largest city in the state, had dozens of amazing wine and beer bars in the area, but a tour to them did not exist. He learned that the only way to visit some of these places was to drive yourself to each location which he felt took away from the true tasting experience.

As a wine and beer lover, and foodie, Kris wanted to share his passion for “good grapes” and craft beer with others. So he began visiting some of the hottest spots in the city, sharing his vision with the owners (and tasting their wine and beer, of course) as he searched for places that he felt embodied the upscale tasting experience that he wanted to create for others. From there, he knew it was time to bring a unique tour experience a little closer to home and that's when Raise a Glass Tours was born!

We are committed to providing our guests with a fun, relaxing and safe atmosphere as you tour some of the best beer cities in the country in luxury transportation with us.

Our goal is to give our guest a unique experience as we have a Beer Cicerone or Chef share a little knowledge of the beer differences (Lager to I.P.A., Ambers to Stouts) and food pairings coupled with the art of beer tasting! Check out our all-inclusive beer tour packages which include all beer tasting fees, gourmet cuisine pairings, and other surprises as you relax and enjoy “A Taste of Culture” with us!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is beer and food included on all of your tours?

Yes! Unlike some other tours, all beer tasting fees and dinner small plates are included in the ticket price.

Does my group need a reservation?

Yes, all tours will require a reservation.

Can you accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies?

Yes, we can accommodate some dietary restrictions and allergies. You will be asked for any dietary restrictions when you book your tour. So it is important to let us know if you do have these concerns when booking the tour. If we do not know this in advance we cannot make any guarantees that the beer tour stops will be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions and allergies.

What type of vehicles do you use?

All of our tours take place in the comfort of our luxury and featured filled Mercedes Sprinters vans. For couples and smaller groups, we use luxury SUV's.

How many locations will we visit?

Each tour will visit three locations over the course of four hours. We'll spend approximately 50 - 60 mins. at each stop.

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