Are you a beer buff? An ale enthusiast? An IPA aficionado? Then you may have what it takes to become a Beer City Brewsader®!
Get the Brewsader app and check in to eight local breweries to earn a FREE, exclusive Beer City Brewsader t-shirt. Check in to 40+ breweries to become an Ultimate Brewsader.
You can also use the app to complete different challenges and earn fun badges, find local beer events and tours, get notifications on beer news and specials, and more. If it relates to beer in Grand Rapids, it’s probably in the app!
Get the NEW Brewsader app
A brand-new Brewsader app was launched February 13, 2024. It replaces the previous app released in 2018. If you have the previous app on your phone, you’ll want to get the new app to enjoy enhanced features and content – whether you’ve already earned your Brewsader t-shirt or not. Here’s how to upgrade:
First, make sure you have automatic updates enabled on your mobile device. This will trigger the Brewsader app update and disable the old app. If you already have automatic updates enabled, the app will update on its own sometime on February 13.
Open the new app once it’s been updated and follow the prompts.
Tap the “I Have An Account” button.
Enter the email address associated with your account and tap “Send Now.”
Open your email app to find the email just sent to you. Click on the link in the email.
Tap on the Sign In button to complete the process. All your existing brewery check-ins will transfer to the new app.
If you don’t have the previous app on your phone, you can simply download the new version from the Apple Store and Google Play.
Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Brewsader
Become a Beer City Brewsader!:
How do I become a Beer City Brewsader?
Download the Beer City Brewsader app at the Google Play or App Store (click on either icon above). Use the app to check in to any eight (8) of the 40+ Brewsader breweries in and around Grand Rapids. Once you do, we’ll award you an exclusive Brewsader t-shirt to commemorate your adventures.
Do I need the new app if I’m already a Brewsader?
Yes! The new app is filled with exciting new features and functionality, including the opportunity to tackle new challenges and earn fun new badges.
Get badges for checking in to breweries in different areas of the city, visiting assorted beer events, tackling 3-day and 5-day Brewsades®, and more. You can earn these badges even if you’re already a Brewsader.
You’ll also need the new app to check in to additional breweries on your quest to become an ultimate Brewsader.
Will my check-ins transfer to the new app?
If you follow the steps under “if you have the previous app on your phone above,” all your existing check-ins will be transferred to your new account. If you think any are missing, or if you have any trouble installing the app, reach out to BeerCity@ExperienceGR.com for help.
Can I still use the old app?
No, sorry – the previous app is as obsolete as a discontinued beer. It will no longer register brewery check-ins.
How do I know which breweries are Brewsader breweries?
They’re all listed in the app and at the bottom of this page. Most every brewery in Kent County participates … and a few in neighboring counties, too!
How do I get my t-shirt?
You can claim it digitally or in person. Answer the survey that pops up on your screen after checking in to 8 breweries or click on the word “Brewsader” under Current Level on your screen. Follow the instructions and we will mail your shirt to you.
Alternatively, you can pick up your t-shirt in person at the Company Store inside Founders Brewing Co. (235 Grandville Ave. SW). Fill out the form in the app and then show your confirmation email and app status to the staff at the Company Store to redeem.
One t-shirt per person.
Can I earn multiple t-shirts?
Sorry, only one t-shirt per person – it wouldn’t be very exclusive if people could get their hands on three or four and give them away to just anyone. But you can continue to check in to additional breweries to become an Ultimate Brewsader.
Is there an age requirement?
Yes – you must be at least 21 years old so you can legally drink at a Brewsader brewery. But there’s no upper age limit, centenarians are welcome!
I’m visiting the area. Where should I stay when I’m working my way through your breweries?
A number of local hotels offer Beer City Packages that include special rates and beer-themed perks. You can also choose a hotel that matches your location, budget and amenity preferences
Can I visit breweries without having to drive myself?
Guided beer tours are a great way to visit multiple Brewsader breweries without getting behind the wheel. A variety of transportation services – including public buses, free shuttles, rideshare, taxis and more – are also available.
Why is Grand Rapids the home of the Brewsader?
Because Grand Rapids is Beer City. We won that title in a nationwide poll of beer-lovers. We’ve been named America’s Best Beer City and America’s Best Beer Town by USA Today. This truly is a global beer destination – and people from around the world have joined the Brewsade®!
How can I share my Brewsade?
What’s this about a Brewsade?
The Brewsade is the global movement to patronize Grand Rapids-area breweries and become a Brewsader. Yes, we said global – there are currently more than 20,000 Brewsaders across every state of the U.S. and around the world. Will you be the next member of this elite crew?
Check in to at least 40 Brewsader breweries and you’ll attain Ultimate status. Once you check into your 40th brewery within the app, your status will change to "Ultimate". Show this status within the app to receive exclusive deals, discounts and other perks.
Click on the widget below to explore current perks – and stay tuned for some incredible new ones to come!
What if I already have an Ultimate Brewsader wallet card?
We have retired the wallet card and now use the app as your digital pass to access perks. If you have the original wallet card and were not a previous app user, please download the Brewsader app, create a login under “Breweries” and then email BeerCity@ExperienceGR.com with your:
• full name
• year you became an Ultimate Brewsader
• photo of your wallet card
We’ll arrange for in-app certification of your Ultimate status.
The other option is to transfer all 40 of your paper stamps to the app via the Image Capture method outlined above. That may take awhile, we suggest having a beer at the ready!
If you already attained Ultimate Brewsader status within the app, there is no need to follow the steps above.
Official Beer City Brewsader Breweries
The following breweries are official Beer City Passport participants. Download the Beer City Brewsader app and get started today!
We're celebrating the launch of our new app with a Brewsader Giveaway to Beer City USA! Prize includes hotel, hopscyle beer tour and gift cards to local breweries. Enter by March 31.