Mackinaw Brewing Company | Traverse City, Michigan
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Mackinaw Brewing Company
Good based on 17 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

161 East Front Street
Traverse City, Michigan United States 49684 [ print map ]
231 933 1100



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17 reviews for Mackinaw Brewing Company
 Ambiance  62%
 Service  71%
 Selection  53%
 Food  74%
 Value  65%
 Overall  66%
 Rating  67%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85  (238) Greenville, Indiana | July 28, 2014
Very good food but pretty standard beers - a great place for the family to eat before going out on your own for the rest of the cityís beer scene.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73  (77) Bellaire, Michigan | November 9, 2013
Nice downtown location. Not a huge beer selection but the stout I had was solid. The food was very good as was the service. More of a restaurant experience than some of the funky local brewpubs, but a pleasant place to visit nonetheless.
52
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 10/20
574deadzone  (11) North Central, Indiana | October 14, 2012
Stopped in for a flight. This place has a decent menu and is cool enough on the inside, but the beer just isnít that good over all. Only three of the beers I tried did I like at all. Service is decent and prices are all right, but this just isnít a place for fans of better beer. The beer is almost incidental. Still an ok place, but compared to North Peak, thereís no real reason to go here.
62
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt  (65) Northville, Michigan | September 12, 2012
Great, great barbeque. Beers are pretty average, but with such great food itís kind of hard to care. Very friendly server as well.
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  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Johnsense  (71) , | August 15, 2012
A bit run down, though we were seated fairly quick. Staff was knowledgqble though fairly fast as it is tourist season. The food is decently priced and fairly good. The beer is average, with the IPA slightly above average. Better to give this a try if the 4 better bars are full with long waits.
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
bruwery  (21) Lowell, Michigan | November 16, 2011
This place seems to get kind of a bum rap for some reason, but I enjoy stopping in here when I get to Traverse City. The beer selection is fairly typical of restaurant type brewpubs, and the beer quality is about what you expect from that type of place. In other words, itís good, but unremarkable. Thereís a definite house flavor to all their beer, but again, that should be expected in a place like this. The food is quite good, and a decent value. Mackinaw Brewing is right on the main tourist drag, so it gets quite busy at times, but lunchtime on weekends is typically quiet enough that one can relax at the bar, sip through the beers, watch a ballgame, and chat with the bartender. They do a mean Bloody Mary here, or so I gather by the number of them that I see the bartender make. Iíve never had a bad experience in here. If youíre in town, itís worth popping in.
54
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
miketd  (125) Cleveland, Ohio | July 24, 2011
Chain store feel and fairly dirty. Service was average and food was slightly above for a brewpub. I only had one beer and it wasnít very good(IPA). No need for return.
54
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 11/20
kseecs16  (209) Naperville, Illinois | May 3, 2011
The least interesting of the brewpubs in the Traverse City area. More of a restaurant feel and nothing really exciting on draft. Service was not that great for two guys stuck standing at the bar.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF  (204) Cleveland, Ohio | July 7, 2010
Located right on front street in the heart of it all. A slightly more upscale brew pub than average. Nice hardwood bar as you enter and more seating to the rear. The beer is actually very good (I guess it has to be in this part of the country) - served in nice full sized pints. Only a few house drafts, though. Definitely worth a stop when in T.C.
50
  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
LilBeerDoctor  (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | June 27, 2010
This is a very tourist-friendly, family-friendly place (plenty of children) in the center of Traverse City. It is basically a restaurant that also makes their own (mediocre) beer. When I was there there were only 5 or 6 taps, all your most basic of styles (stout, pale, IPA, witbier, etc). I would skip this place unless you have nothing else to do, but there is better beer elsewhere (ie Right Brain) and better atmosphere as well (unless you have lots of young annoying children). What was also annoying was that when sitting at the bar you could only see the TVs by leaning back and craning your neck. Why??

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