United States > Michigan > Gaylord
Iphonephan (172) McLean, Virginia | July 7, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Large, new and neo rustic. Not cosy but attractive -- more steakhouse than brewpub. On tap are 16 beers -- 8 "traditional" and 8 "gourmet". Right next to the interstate. Beers are decent and all are available in 4 oz tasters. Only had a salad but it was quite decent. Worth a stop.
Mittenator (12) Michigan | March 17, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 8/20
All I can say is pretty much "tourist trap." Visible from the highway, a weird attempt to look like a Cabelaís on the inside and way overpriced run of the mill food. Their beer was ok but nothing special.
blackflag321 (45) Lansing, Michigan | December 7, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
The only big brewpub in the region. Met family for lunch on a trip. They offer a nice assortment of traditional styles, as well as some high ABV they call "gourmet seasonals." I was taken aback by what they were charging and stuck to the staple styles. Food and service was very good.
Johnsense (71) , | August 15, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Big place - family restaurant ambiance with loads of tourists. Long wait to get a table but once we got it the service was quick. Did a sampler of the beers - there was a good number of them that ranged from clean but bland light lager to a surprisingly potent (and tasty) barleywine. Food was delicious, though the prices are a bit high. then again, where else are you going to go in Gaylord?
Silphium (59) East Lansing, Michigan | September 18, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
Big Buck is pretty much the only place in northern Michigan outside the Lake Michigan resort towns to drink craft beer. Over the years, selection and quality of both food and beers has varied considerably, probably reflecting the financial fortunes of the tourist-dependent business. The large building with towering ceilings is probably expensive to heat. After a very limited beer selection in summer 2010, I was pleased this summer to find an expanded beer selection, with many of the new offerings classified as "brewerís reserve" beers marked at higher price points, some obscene. Most of these beers have been enjoyable, but the clumsy descriptions and outrageous ABVs listed on the menu unfortunately lend an amateurish quality to the experience. I hope the listed ABVs are a mistake (I would expect an experienced brewer to notice this, however), and not an attempt to deceive the drinker into spending $7 for 8 ounces of a cheap-to-brew beer. Outside the beers, the burgers are probably the most consistent food, and most everything else is overpriced and of marginal quality. Itís worth a visit, but also a head-scratcher, and I have to wonder if this business is in its ninth life, given the closure of the other locations.
LilBeerDoctor (335) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | June 30, 2010
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
This was an odd place off of the highway. It is really more of a restaurant that happens to brew their own beer. When I visited, there were 5-6 taps, all your most basic styles (stout, pale ale, IPA, a lager I think, etc). The food was ok, but pretty much just what youíd expect at an Applebees or something like that. I also found it a little weird that all ~5 of the TVs were showing the same odd airshow. A very touristy place as there is tons of decorations to make the place look like an old lodge with lots of antlers and animal heads. They also have a large giftshop. If you are passing by and want a quick drink or meal, this would be an ok place. But it isnít a place I would actively seek out.
vomit (4) Michigan | March 24, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Not a dump. But itís certainly not as atmospheric as "The HarborLite" in Escanaba!
mallons72 (4) livonia, Michigan | August 1, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Like this place alot. Almost too big. Great selection of beers in terms of quantity, quality is not exactly there.
CurtisBlow (2) South Haven, Michigan | February 5, 2009
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
I have to hit this place at least once a year for dinner and a couple of brew while I am there on vacation.
Dogbrick (701) Columbus, Ohio | January 11, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
(Visited 10/2006): Big Buck is right off I-75 in Gaylord, and is impossible to miss thanks to the 2-story beer bottle outside (not sure if that is a year-round attraction). There is plenty of parking in front of the establishment.
Inside the atmosphere is like a hunting lodge. Lots of rustic decorations and game animal themes. The chairs even look like they are hand made. The brewing equipment is fully visible in the rear.
The beer selection is solid. There are 11 offerings from a Light to Stout. A couple eclectic seasonals are available too like a Honey Rye and even a Grand Cru. All in all the beers are well-made, and samples are available for $1 each.
Our service here was pretty good on a Sunday afternoon. Our waiter was attentive and took care to explain all the different beers.
As for the food, it is pretty good. I had the Cajun Chicken Salad and it was large and tasted good. My wifeís beer cheese soup was particularly good too.
All in all this place probably leans toward the Steakhouse side of things a little more than the Brewery, but the variety and quality of the beers (all were at least average) makes it a worthwhile stop on the interstate in Michigan.
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