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Heritage Hill bed and breakfast creates "beer weekend" package

Peaches Bed and Breakfast has created a weekend package called "Sit. Stay. Beer." that offers a full slate of activities for visitors wanting to explore Grand Rapids' growing beer culture.

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Brewery tours are included in the package

Brewery tours are included in the package /Courtesy of Peaches Bed and Breakfast

Brewing class at the bed and breakfast

Brewing class at the bed and breakfast /Courtesy of Peaches Bed and Breakfast

Gathering supplies at Siciliano's

Gathering supplies at Siciliano's /Courtesy of Peaches Bed and Breakfast

Jane Lovett, owner of Peaches Bed & Breakfast, has created a new way to celebrate the growing beer culture in Grand Rapids. "Sit. Stay. Beer." is a weekend package that includes three nights at the bed and breakfast with a limo tour of local beer supply store Siciliano's and local breweries, including Founders, Perrin, Brewery Vivant and The Mitten.

The weekend also includes a backstage brewery tour at The Mitten; hands-on brewing lesson with an award-winning local brewmaster and a beer-pairing dinner with Amy Sherman, host of The Great American Brew Trail. A happy hour on Thursday night upon arrival and breakfasts each morning will also be provided in the package. Guests then leave with a package of treats, information and recipes to take home.

"When we started to look into this, we realized that there's really nobody out there doing what we are, at least not as part of a beer/lodging/event package. We're going to be teaching people to home brew. And that they can do it in their own kitchen with a couple of pots & a cooler. It's science, but not rocket science," says Lovett. "And then there were so many other fun and cool things we could pair with it that it took on a life of its own. With all the amazing breweries, events and fun stuff to do in GR, it could easily have been a week-long package." 

The day long hands-on brewing lesson, from local award-winning brewmaster Doug Wondergem, is geared to help guests learn how to brew their own beer, whether they've never brewed a single batch of beer themselves or are long-time homebrewers. 

The four-course beer pairing dinner will be created by chef & beer expert Amy Sherman, host of “The Great American Brew Trail” TV show.

Cost for the three night package is $795 per room, for single or double occupancy. Upcoming dates include:
  • February 27-March 1, 2014 (only one spot left a time of publication)
  • May 8-10, 2014
  • September 18-20, 2014
  • October 16-18, 2014

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