Arcadia Ales on tap for next Entrepreneurship Forum

Contact: Alyssa Gapske
| WMU News
Photo of Arcadia Ales' Tim Suprise.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The founder and president of Arcadia Ales will be the next speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.

Tim Suprise will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct2, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (269) 387-6059 or at Free parking is available in the Fetzer Center lot, 72F.

Suprise and Arcadia Ales

With nearly 20 years in the craft brewing industry, Arcadia Ales Founder and President Tim Suprise has stories to tell. While traveling throughout the United States and overseas for his former career in the paper industry, Suprise became interested in local and craft beer. Through his continual travel, he was able to tour different breweries, connect with others who shared the same interest and learn more about the industry and the craft brewing process.

Seeking another career, Suprise turned his interest in craft beer as a consumer into a passion for creating world-class ales. In 1996, Suprise opened Arcadia's first location in Battle Creek. The pub quickly became a well-known location for craft beer enthusiasts, serving British-inspired beers with an American craft twist.

Arcadia has since expanded to Kalamazoo, opening the brewery, pub and kitchen in 2014 along the Kalamazoo River at 701 E. Michigan Ave. The brewing company has received medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup.

About the Entrepreneurship Forum

The Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series hosted by WMU’s Haworth College of Business to bring stories of entrepreneurial success to the greater Kalamazoo community. The series is devoted to entrepreneurs and unique stories of startup success. To learn more about the series, visit

Future Entrepreneurship Forum speakers

  • Nov. 13, Garrick Pohl, Zipments.
  • Dec. 11, Ben Martin, Soil Friends.
  • Jan. 15, Ryan Vaughn, Varsity News Network.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Caitlin Smith at (269) 387-6059 or register at To suggest an entrepreneur who should be considered for the series, contact Stacey Markin at

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