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Kalamazoo Beer Week returns for 6th year

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Kalamazoo Beer Week is back.

The week-long series of events officially kicks off Saturday, but in the morning, plenty of craft beer fans stopped by Boatyard Brewing to enjoy the All-American Breakfast.

The craft beer is flowing, but you know what they say: don't drink on an empty stomach.

It looks like the folks at Boatyard Brewing are taking that advice to a whole new level.

"Donuts and beer pairing, and it was standing room only," said Renee Newman, the VP of Marketing and Communications with Discover Kalamazoo. "You could not find a place to park at 9:45 this morning, the event started at 10."

You heard that right: beer and donuts.

"You typically don't think about pairing something quite as sweet with something you know like a beer, but this is Sweetwater's donuts so we know the donuts are fantastic," Newman said.

Kalamazoo Beer Week attracts people from across the country to Kalamazoo to enjoy craft beers and everything the city has to offer.

"I've run into people from Indiana, Washington D.C., we know we have people coming in from Rhode Island," Newman said.

It's a week-long opportunity with hundreds of events, including special tastings, dinners, interactive events, and a chance to meet the brewers.

But organizers stress: while you'll have plenty of fun, it's more than just drinking beer.

"One of the things that we really stress about beer week is it's not about the abuse of craft beer, it's about, it's about the responsibility. It's about the education of this beer craze," said Newman.

For more information on Kalamazoo Beer Week, click here. http://www.kalamazoobeerweek.com/