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Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week is right around the corner! The week long celebration is set to kick off this Friday, January 29 and run through February 6! We’re excited to provide our readers with a sneak peak to this event, along with a list of the participating establishments.

Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week is the rebranded name of Kalamazoo Beer Week, which has been a staple in the Kalamazoo area for years. John Liberty, the Beverage Week Ambassador with Discover Kalamazoo and owner of West Michigan Beer Tours, said the new name and purpose helps promote multiple craft beverage establishments in Kalamazoo and the surrounding area. He said he was very excited to announce the name change and all of the nuances it brings.

As Michiganders know, February 1 is a big deal for restaurants in Michigan. The first will be the first day that indoor dining will be permitted in restaurants and breweries since indoor dining was shutdown in late 2020. Indoor dining will be limited to 25% capacity and a curfew of 10:00 pm.

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John said that plans may change as the week gets closer with all of the restrictions being updated. As of the publication of this post, this is the current plan. The best place to get the most up-to-date information is KalamazooCraftBeverageWeek.com and to follow #KBW2021 on social media.

On the website there are a few tabs to pay special attention to. The “Specials” tab showcases all of the specials that establishments are having the week of. The “Events” tab is being constantly updated to show when and where special Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week events will happen. Additional tabs include a blog and information on the week, including lodging.

When it came to having locations participate, John said that any establishment that wanted to participate could. By making the week into more of an umbrella celebration of craft beverages, all bars and restaurants are able to participate. Breweries, distilleries, and wineries will be at the forefront of the celebration to shine and show what they have to offer. These locations include:

John said he is excited to see the week-long celebration continue in such uncertain times. His passion for the event, Kalamazoo, and West Michigan shone through during my conversation with him. A trip to Kalamazoo may be in the works for me to see what the week is all about. Thankfully, virtual events will be taking place for those of us outside of the Kalamazoo area. Consider checking it out for yourself!

Cheers!

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By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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