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Beer City Runner

GR’s Beer City Runner Brewery Shuttle is a Must-Ride

This post is going to give you a little insight into just how hip the Beer O’Clock team is. The shocking news is that we at Beer O’Clock GR don’t go out as much as we used to. (Thanks, children!) Despite our ever-expanding broods, when Chris from Beer City Runner invited us for a trip on his magic designated-driver bus, we knew we had to make it happen.

In short: The Beer City Runner is pretty much a dont-miss.

It has a route that goes to six of Grand Rapids’ breweries and gives you the chance to eat, drink, stay as long as you’d like. The bus comes about every hour (There is a schedule online), just catch it when you’re ready to head to the next spot.

We started at Elk Brewery, enjoying a couple of solid beers (though no one was very into the mead). No food there, so we moved onto Vivant, (after hopping out briefly to see just how busy Harmony was – another perk of the bus!) At a crowded Vivant we stayed, ate delicious burgers, drank our favorite European-inspired beer and enjoyed each other’s company, with no (or at least very few) thoughts of children running through our head.

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On our way to Mitten Brewing, we had the privilege of riding the Beer City Runner with a group of really drunk people. (I mean, we were a bit tipsy, but these folks were drunk.) Best part of the night: Watching drunk people talk to drunk people. Plus, thanks to The Runner’s excellent soundtrack — which Chris was only too happy to change on request — we (and our inebriated new friends) had a (more than) slightly awkward, but extremely fun, Wu Tang singalong.

Next stop: Mitten. Great place – more food, more drinks. Stole — okay, with permission — cupcakes from a 30-year-old’s birthday party, and we were on our way. (Is everyone is Grand Rapids 30-something? Seemed like it that night.)

The Beer City Runner dropped us off at our starting point, Elk Brewing, but we decided to end our evening at another favorite, the Winchester. More food, a couple more drinks, then, off to our homes on buses and in Ubers, to our mercifully sleeping children. All without even thinking of getting behind the wheel of a car.

Cost: $8 for the day (One price, ride as long as the bus is running!)

Hours: Friday 5pm to midnight, and Saturday noon to midnight (12 hours!) Full Schedule

How To Ride: Buy tickets from the Runner website or pay on the bus (cash or credit)

Our Take: Well worth your time on a weekend night when you feel like getting a taste of the best Beer City USA has to offer.

Learn More: Beer City Runner website and Facebook page

 

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