United States > Michigan > Traverse City
kseecs16 (209) Naperville, Illinois | May 3, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
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.
shrubber85 (281) Greenville, Indiana | July 28, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bpar73 (105) Bellaire, Michigan | November 9, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
574deadzone (11) North Central, Indiana | October 14, 2012
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
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.
flatmatt (69) Northville, Michigan | September 12, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Great, great barbeque. Beers are pretty average, but with such great food itís kind of hard to care. Very friendly server as well.
Johnsense (72) , | August 15, 2012
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bruwery (21) Lowell, Michigan | November 16, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
miketd (125) Cleveland, Ohio | July 24, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
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.
MikeF (204) Cleveland, Ohio | July 7, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
LilBeerDoctor (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | June 27, 2010
50 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
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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