Traverse City Beer Guide: Your Traverse City guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Traverse City

84 /100 1796 S GARFIELD AVE
“Great Mexican food with a good selection of craft beers.“
bpar73 654 days ago
76 /100 12719 S W BAY SHORE DR
“Modern/rustic place with good food, a decent beer selection and great views of West Bay.“
bpar73 712 days ago
84 /100 439 EAST EIGHTH STREET
“New place sharing a building with a video store. Nice use of the space. Friendly staff and solid brews.“
bpar73 728 days ago
72 /100 400 WEST FRONT ST.
“Really nice looking restaurant with good service and good food. They offer their own brews which are solid if not spectacular. Good place for a meal and a pint or two. Had a cask ale which you can’t get everywhere.“
KPD 795 days ago
56 /100 300 E. FRONT STREET
“This is a cider place and seems pretty good in that score. Only 3 beers on tap and a few bottles, lots of cider, some wines, cocktails, food was good. So good drinking establishment, beer wise not so good.“
KPD 796 days ago
82 /100 1371 GRAY DR #200
“Hidden in an old historic Hospital complex building right under a water tower makes it tricky to find but worth the trip. nice beer garden view, Staff was friendly and able to talk to you about the beer. All five ales we tasted were refined and solid. Will visit again when in the area.“
BlackBeerPG 903 days ago
56 /100 642 RAILROAD PL
“Nice outdoor seating area. Live music on our Saturday visit was unexpected. Pizza’s are some of the best in TC. The beer selection was good with a smattering of IPA’s, pils, saisons, porters and stouts.“
jambapotato 929 days ago
90 /100 128 S UNION ST
“Several years after opening this is still the clear beer destination in town. Great selection with lots of Internationals and American micros. A very good selection of bottled beer as well. Staff was very friendly as were other bar patrons. This is a gem of a place, if you are in northern Mi it is a must visit. They should stay open later on weekends in the summer - close at midnight.“
KPD 949 days ago
62 /100 225 EAST 16TH STREET
“First visit in a few years and in new larger space. Lots of quirky beers flavored up, kind of like a shorts wanna be. Had a really bad citrus cream ale. Had a flight of decent beers, most of the fairly large list I had no interest in like asparagus beer.“
KPD 949 days ago
76 /100
Beverage Company (Beer Store)
1116 CARVER ST
“Unexpectedly good selection, mostly local stuff, but also a fair amount from the rest of the US, plus a good selection of International stuff.“
Ktwse 962 days ago
76 /100 13512 PENINSULA DRIVE
“Nice place with good food and a decent selection on tap: 6 JP, 6 Mission and a few others. Friendly staff. The bottle selection to go was quite good and decently priced.“
Ktwse 962 days ago
76 /100 221 GARLAND STREET SUITE A
“Very original craftbeer theme. Surprised none of the reviews mention that theme...kind of a 60's/70's Russian communist thing going on...(comrades, pour to the people, lots of red...workshop theme)...I like it as a play off of those cold war times (I'm old enough to remember...lol!). They have this whole thing going on where you buy ahead a beer for a friend...they put it up on this big chalk board...and you could walk in to find you have a free beer or two waiting...and I'm guessing the idea is to then pay it forward (love the concept). I really like the design of the place...the openness to the outside...the patio...all good. Beers were decent...a few above average (nothing amazing). If you're in Traverse City...this is the other place to go after Right Brain...much nicer place to hangout in nice weather...but beers are much better at Right Brain.“
PRBeer 1000 days ago
88 /100 225 EAST 16TH STREET
“Definitely the preeminent craftbeer destination in Traverse City. Pulled into town here first...just passing thru...first question after ordering a flight was...(wait for it)..."don't you guys have like a cherry festival around here or something?" Well after cracking up and me being bewildered as to why...I'm like..so what's the story...and she's like...you can't possible be in town asking about a cherry festival on the weekend of "the freakin biggest and best cherry festival in the whole US of A" (explains why I got the last room in Traverse City at a Hampton Inn for for over $300!). People were great...décor is eclectic and cool (love the Tie Fighter hanging from the ceiling). Believe it or not they had 18 beers on draft the night we arrived...tried 12 via flights. Being the cherry festival...everyone in town makes something with cherries...in this case a cherry pale ale (Cherry Bomb) that was pretty decent. Also loved the Willpower crisp citrus pale ale, the chocolate espresso stout (CEO Stout), spicy cilantro nutty brown ale (Thai Peanut). There were also a couple of interesting IPA's...rye chocolate citrus (Concrete Dinosaur), and Calypso Hops Hoppy IPA (Spinal Tapper). As I said above...Right Brain is the one must visit while in Traverse City ("Workshop" is a close second though)...and definitely hit "Shorts" when heading north. (PS...great hamburger food truck the night I visited!)“
PRBeer 1000 days ago
80 /100 2032 US-31
“Nice little place with a large patio, great food and a nice selection of craft beers.“
bpar73 1050 days ago
68 /100
Olive Garden (Restaurant)
2800 N. US HWY. 31 S
“Standard Italian fare with a few good beers.“
bpar73 1089 days ago
72 /100
Minerva's (Bar)
300 E STATE ST
“Nice bar and restaurant in the Park Place Hotel downtown.“
bpar73 1104 days ago
72 /100 221 GARLAND STREET SUITE A
“Came in a drank several beers here had a really good time chatting it up with locals. The flights are 8oz pours- had some good beers- well worth a stop.“
KPD 1114 days ago
76 /100 642 RAILROAD PL
“Stopped in and sampled most drafts range was ok to good- most were pretty nice, my favorite was the imperial stout. Staff were nice and the food was really good. Nice beer stop.“
KPD 1114 days ago
78 /100 329 EAST STATE STREET
“Part of the State Street Marketplace that includes food vendor and souvenir shops. Brews seem to be solid.“
bpar73 1253 days ago
78 /100 1752 US 31
“Good BBQ place with a large beer menu,“
bpar73 1258 days ago
76 /100 642 RAILROAD PL
“Nice converted Railroad station with a scenic look at Boardman Lake. Plenty of outside seating. They have flatbread Pizza. The samplers we had were good, especially the stouts and Porter. Newer brewer has the chops.“
BlackBeerPG 1264 days ago
76 /100 329 EAST STATE STREET
“This brewery shares open space in it's taproom with food and t-shirt vendors. Brand new. Bartender Sami was very informative, We tired 3 beers they brew and one guest beer. In downtown Traverse City it is walking distance to other breweries.“
BlackBeerPG 1265 days ago
84 /100 300 E. FRONT STREET
“Very nice ambiance; the Petoskey stones in the natural wood tables are an excellent touch. The drinks are focused primarily on a good variety of Michigan ciders from several different cideries, including one of their own (as of my visit). There are also quite a few cocktails on the menu (including several cider cocktails) as well as some Michigan wines and a handful of quality Michigan beers. Food was well done and had a good variety to it. Overall a place to return to, at least if you like cider and good food!“
flatmatt 1335 days ago
70 /100 229 LAKE AVE
“Doesn’t seem big, but long and narrow, it probably is. Kinda dark. Trivia was starting right as I was leaving. Fairly packed at 615 but not insane. 7 house beers, 6 of them quote good, one overly sweet. 4 of 7 were super-hoppy IPAs, which gets a bit tiresome. Overall the beer is good. Service was a bit passive. Did not try the food. A bit pricy for the flight, but not terrible. Guests taps were solid. Overall, solid place, good beer. Stop by when you’re hitting Right Brain.“
Drake 1381 days ago
88 /100 225 EAST 16TH STREET
“MASSIVE place. Big, bright, cinder block. Lots of tables, decent sized bars. Nearly 30 things on tap. I tried 11 beers, which included beers containing asparagus, cherries, pig heads, lavender, peanut butter, cilantro, and pineapple. So yeah, they like to play with adjuncts. However, it works. Beers are all quite good. The Peanut Butter CEO was probably the best beer I had on this entire trip, and I’m not even a big fan of peanut butter! Food was tasty. It was fun trying the pork beer while eating a ham sandwich. Tons of bottles to go, including some stuff not on tap. Bartenders were amazing. Pull a beer out of the back that hadn’t even been labeled yet so the bar patrons could try it. Did an expert job helping an "I only drink Bud" guy. Prices are a tad bit steep. Overall, destination brewery.“
Drake 1381 days ago
70 /100
Apache Trout Grill (Restaurant)
13671 S. WEST BAYSHORE DR.
“Really nice clean atmosphere, I thought I was going to have dress up and wear a tie and all that jazz, nope. My then-father-in-law said, just don’t wear your AC/DC t shirt and ripped jeans, which I don’t own a AC/DC t shirt, but anyways. Food is quite good here. I had rainbow trout served on a plank once and the other time was a NY strip steak, both were pretty good. Bell’s Two Hearted on tap, just make sure to ask for a non-frozen glass if you want it.“
Bulk_Carrier 1409 days ago
70 /100 963 E HAMMOND RD.
“Just as the name says, yes, and just like where I live now, Michigan tends to be like Vermont in the same respect (both states stuff beer wherever they damn well please), so hardware stores are no exception. Go buy a chainsaw and a shovel while browsing over a fairly good selection of beers, haha, good times.“
Bulk_Carrier 1413 days ago
62 /100 539 W 14TH ST
“Decent place with a good selection of beers, though I find Tilley’s to be just a touch cleaner. It’s the same value everywhere you go in TC land, so you’ll get it if you go to this little city.“
Bulk_Carrier 1413 days ago
68 /100 617 RANDOLPH ST
“Pretty cool little store full of all kinds of liquor, not just beer. Yes, there’s BMC beers but anything with the name "party store" in it in Michigan means that it’s going to say that.“
Bulk_Carrier 1413 days ago
68 /100 400 WEST FRONT STREET
“Pretty authentic styled Irish pub house from what I remember. Their beers are pretty good. They serve some other beers that aren’t theirs. Pretty clean and good service. Oddly enough, for both times I was there, all I ever had was some pub burgers which were good.“
Bulk_Carrier 1413 days ago
80 /100 221 GARLAND STREET SUITE A
“A neat little place, though not a traditional restaurant-style brewery. You seat yourself at one of the makeshift tables and serve yourself at the bar (they do bring out your food for you). There is a huge number of beers to choose from, and a good variety of styles, though most of them are some form of IPA. The flights as someone mentioned are huge - four 8-ounce pours for $12. Pretty good deal. I enjoyed all the beers I tried, and their potato leek pizza was great. They seem to have some kind of event every night. There was a DJ when I was there who awarded prizes such as a free pint of beer to anyone who could guess the song he played. And there are games and other activities. Saw lots of young ones enjoying themselves. Nice place.“
chucklemation 1419 days ago
66 /100 161 EAST FRONT STREET
“Used to visit my ex father in law here when I was married and living in the Soo. Always had great service here, food was always great. Never got to try their beers, but service was always good when I used to go here.“
Bulk_Carrier 1449 days ago
78 /100
Union Tap & Grill (Restaurant)
127 S UNION ST
“Nice place in Old Town was good food and a good selection of craft beer.“
bpar73 1468 days ago
88 /100 13512 PENINSULA DRIVE
“Absolutely beautiful location out of town on the old mission peninsula, drove from m37 down island view to peninsula drive and the view was stunning. The restaurant is a rustic lodge. Food excellent. The beer menu was half dozen JP beers same number of old mission brews, a couple north peak. Great beer and other adult beverage place, if you are looking for hard core JP tasting head to Dexter or Ann Arbor.“
KPD 1468 days ago
88 /100 1371 GRAY DR #200
“Newly opened in the Grand Traverse Commons area. Nice conversion of the State Hospital woodworking shop into an inviting space. A solid line up of beers to start with. Had a nice conversation with one of the brewers and her passion for the craft is obvious. A bit tucked away but well worth finding.“
bpar73 1497 days ago
86 /100 13512 PENINSULA DRIVE
“I will go here just for the pizza alone. Nice chill place, but that pizza though“
Hopper8 1548 days ago
84 /100 400 WEST FRONT ST.
“It can be a bit crowded and it’s a bit weird of an ambiance, but the food and the beer are both of extreme quality. My parents don’t drink but we’ll go for just the food.“
Hopper8 1548 days ago
70 /100 642 RAILROAD PL
“Old train station turned into brewpub pizzeria. Not a bad idea. The beers were quite alright and the pizza somewhat tasty. Everything here was quite alright. 11 beers on tap. Flights of 4 or 6 available. Why not.“
rosenbergh 1606 days ago
86 /100 225 EAST 16TH STREET
“Really nice atmosphere of garage, butcher, industrial hall and art gallery melt together. The walls filled with artwork, all for sale. 19 beers on tap. Some pretty damn tasty. Flight of 6 available. Very nice experience.“
rosenbergh 1606 days ago
78 /100 221 GARLAND STREET SUITE A
“Pretty nice place hidden in the warehouse district (where Right Brain used to be). Had four beers, good to great. A word of caution, though: the pours in their flights are huge! Some good food, too. Will be back at some point.“
flatmatt 1608 days ago
72 /100 2959 HARTMAN RD
“In a very quiet area - large bar area with a nice selection of beers. Relaxed place to enjoy a few beers.“
shrubber85 1621 days ago
78 /100 642 RAILROAD PL
“Nice place located in an old train station. Lots of outdoor seating with bar (if the weather cooperates). Nice selection of beers. A very pleasant place.“
shrubber85 1621 days ago
82 /100 221 GARLAND STREET SUITE A
“Beers is always solid, the staff are very beer savvy. You can get in early iI find the time to chat about the beer. The local patrons are nice to. Very tidy place and all the beer names are workshop related. I like the blackboard info on their beers.“
BlackBeerPG 1632 days ago
80 /100 229 LAKE AVE
“Came in for a lunch stop and enjoyed a sampler of the rare bird beers. I thought the rare birds beers were solid. My favorite was black IPA. Food was good and service was good. Really good beer location. Enjoyed the guest taps as well. Staff were really cool.“
KPD 1655 days ago
78 /100 642 RAILROAD PL
“First, I really enjoyed the atmosphere here. Take a seat inside or outside of the old train station (tons of outside seating), next to the tracks. Service at the bar, but again, there’s both an indoor and an outdoor bar. Very friendly staff. A nice range of beers on the menu; I had a couple and they were both solid. Food was pretty simple, but good. Overall a place I’d like to go again.“
flatmatt 1677 days ago
88 /100 229 LAKE AVE
“Stopped in for a quick pint and left with a smile. Industrial setup with great beer, great service, great selection...“
MrBunn 1700 days ago
80 /100 300 E. FRONT STREET
“Nice new place downtown with a good variety of cider and beer.“
bpar73 1757 days ago
50 /100
Walmart (Grocery Store)
2640 CROSSING CIR.
“We stopped here on a boys trip and were very pleased to come up with a few local 6 packs, including some very tasty cheboygan.“
jb 1826 days ago
70 /100 161 EAST FRONT STREET
“Nice clean place pretty standard decor, medium sized. Staff seemed reasonably well informed. Both beers I got were pretty mundane, but the food was fantastic, had the whitefish sandwich. Not really a beer nerd spot more of a unique restaurant with some of their own brew.“
bigtaster 1927 days ago
80 /100 229 LAKE AVE
“Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the are not afraid to recommend other local breweries they have on tap. I had many talks with each visit. Good beers, good patrons. I did eat their food and found it tasty and progressive. Due to location parking can be a little tough.“
BlackBeerPG 1939 days ago