Start your adventure at Bell’s Brewery (355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, 269-382-2332) at noon. Lunch may seem early for an Oberon wheat ale, but lines form by 1 p.m. on weekends. With its manicured beer garden (opening with a big party on June 4), Depression-era theater, and walls hung with antiquities from far-flung places, the operation’s brewpub, Eccentric Cafe, feels like a place Ernest Hemingway would have frequented.
Around 2 p.m., call Yellow & Checker (269-349-9300) for a ride about an hour north to Founders Brewing Company (235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, 616-776-1195). Its Breakfast Stout scores a rare 100 (perfect) on beeradvocate.com, and the Double Trouble IPA isn’t far behind at 94. On June 20, Founders Fest shuts down the streets around the brewery.
By 5 p.m., call Metro Cab (616-827-6500) for a 25-minute trip to New Holland Brewing Company (66 E. 8th St., Holland, 616-355-6422), where hopheads crowd the curbside patio—particularly on Hatter Days, a June 13 celebration of the flagship Mad Hatter IPA. Holland sits on an inlet to Lake Michigan, so it’s a perfect place to catch the sunset over the water. Call Rosebud Taxi (866-699-6975) when you’re ready to call it a night.