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Weekend in Michigan (Sunday)

Sunday we grabbed some breakfast at our hotel and set on our way to Kalamazoo.  Overall, we ran into a lot of places that were closed/reduced hours since it was Sunday, but there are SO MANY micro breweries it didn't really matter at the end of the day.

Our strategy for visiting so many different breweries was most of them had 5 oz. taster glasses without a minimum.  This was perfect for us.  At a couple places we just ordered a few of the samples, shared them and moved on.  All the breweries were SO different.  It was kind-of crazy their all so close to each other.

I got the pumpkin beer anywhere they had one (which was most of them) and they were all so good!  My favorite had to be at Gonzo's where I wished I had my growler.  (Most of the breweries didn't have beer canned or bottled that you could purchase, they sold and did growler fills.)

We started out with brunch at Food Dance.  Two breakfasts in one day!  I was very happy.  Mike wasn't so much.  It had a fun vibe and the food was delicious and unique.

Then we walked over to Bell's for our first beers and tour.  I really liked this one.  We've taken quite a few brewery tours together and this had to be one of my favorites.  Bell's has such a cool story.

I grabbed some coffee beans from Water Street Coffee and we walked around to different breweries that were closed until we hopped in the car and ended up at Rupert's.

Gonzo's seemed like an old auto show room.  It was so bright an open.  As I mentioned their pumpkin beer was SOLID!  I let Mike have one sip and informed him the rest was mine (and I saved it for last).

One Well had a great vibe.  We ordered our taster..can I just say Xalapa was amazing.  It had jalapeno flavor, my friends.  Yum!  They had board games (which several of the others had too) and here we played.  Checkers.  We both won a game and we headed out.

We saw a Dry Hop growler on their mug shelf (see below)!

We stopped at Paw Paw Brewing in Paw Paw on the direction home and it was a nice, low-key ending to the day.  

Here we finally asked about the mugs, which we saw everywhere!  Apparently, in this area, it's typical for bars to have mug clubs.  You pay $60ish to have a mug, which is kept at the bar for you.  When you come in and use your mug you may get $1 off your drink.  The bar may have mug club parties, etc.  Each bar does their mug clubs a little bit differently.  Interesting though.  And quite a decoration.
And that wraps up our weekend in Michigan.

Did I mention it was beautiful?  Hello fall foliage!

P.S.  See Saturday here.


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