Traverse City Ale Trail Celtic tours begin

Ale Trail participants load up on the Celtic tour bus.

Traverse City Ale Trail tours began in July, but now the Ale Trail has found a way to get people to and from its participating breweries safely: a Celtic Shuttles tour bus.

Saturday marked the first of its shuttled tours, with stops at North Peak, The Filling Station, Jolly Pumpkin, and Bravo Zulu.

The Ale Trail allows participants to sample beers at area breweries, providing a fun time and promoting local business. Each Ale Trail participant is given a passport to track their beer adventure; when each brewery has been stamped on the Ale Trail passport, participants can trade it in for a commemorative Silipint silicone pint glass.

Ale Trail Captain Troy Daily believes that Traverse City, recently named a top seven beer destination by Travel Channel, is the perfect spot to host these tours.

"There are 10 breweries currently open and there will be 11, hopefully, by the end of next month, so we're just really excited with all the awesome breweries that we have here and we really think this is going to be something really, really cool."

Ale Trail will offer shuttled tours on two Saturday afternoons each month through April. Each tour will be unique, as the participating breweries are rotated.