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tjb 11-19-2010 03:33 PM

Michigan Land of good beer- List your favorite Michigan Brew pubs/Brews
 
I thought I would start a thread for michigan beer lovers.
lets see what is your favorite michigan brew pub or brew Top five list are cool too

tjb 11-19-2010 03:38 PM

Here are mine.

Brew Pub
Arcadia Brewing Company - Awesome food Great beers

Favorite beers
1. Bell's Two Hearted
2. Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA
3. Founders Cenntennial IPA
4. Bells Amber Ale
5. Arcadia Starboard Stout

SFsorrow 11-19-2010 09:06 PM

I haven't enjoyed many brew-pubs in Michigan, then again I've not been to that many.
As for beers,
Bell's Two Hearted is great, Crooked Tree is amazing too while Founders Dirty Bastard is godly (and can give you some god awful hangovers).

neovox 11-20-2010 07:59 AM

There are quite a few good breweries in Michigan that are worth checking out whether you're a local or a visitor. Check out the Beer Mapping Project for a pretty extensive list.

Below are just a couple that I've really enjoyed.

Traverse City Area:
Shorts - Bellaire, MI
Right Brain - Traverse City, MI
Jolly Pumpkin - Traverse City, MI

Grand Rapids Area:
Founders Brewing - Grand Rapids, MI

Metro Detroit:
Dragonmead - Warren, MI
Atwater Block Brewery - Detroit, MI

Battle Creek:
Arcaida - Battle Creek, MI

mvdilts 11-20-2010 05:36 PM

Dark Horse in Marshall is awesome. Double Crooked Tree and Beat Your Wheat are awesome beers. Arbor Brewing has some great beers as well. I really need to get to West Michigan to hit up the breweries out that way (Bells, etc)

jp-in-holly 11-20-2010 11:45 PM

New Holland Dragon's Milk
Bell's Two Hearted
Founder's Breakfast Stout

Happysag 11-21-2010 05:26 PM

HopCat as a place to drink is unmatched. Their own beers not so much. Not terrible, but not great.

Frankenmuth Brewery has a perfect combo of a great looking place and outstanding beers.

Redwood Lodge has a look a lot of women and hunting men love, and I like--plus award winning beers.

Two Hearted is pretty darn good.

interfacemike 11-22-2010 04:33 PM

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout - Hands down, the most delicious beer I have ever tasted!

My buddy makes a Hoegaarden clone that is the most fantastic Belgian Wit I have ever had. I tried an all-grain version of it. Bottling it tomorrow.

Rikadyn 11-22-2010 04:45 PM

Hrm...

New Holland Dragon's Milk
Bell's Winter White
Bell's Cherry Stout

rkzink 11-22-2010 05:59 PM

I was in Battle Creek a couple of months ago for a little mountain biking and we stopped by Arcadia for some dinner and a few beers. Does anyone know if their beers are available outside of Michigan (I live in Indianapolis)? I really enjoyed several of them and wouldn't mind trying to find them again.

Morning_Dew 11-22-2010 06:09 PM

1. Anything New Holland makes is amazing!
2. Bell's Naturally but I usually stay focused on Two Hearted Ale and their Amber.
3. Olde Penisula in downtown Kzoo has a very good Pumpkin beer on tap and I like their ChocoStout as well.
4. Jolly Pumpkin

That's it for me but I'm watching this thread to try some others.

mlyday 11-23-2010 07:35 AM

Well Im a huge fan of the bells amber, all the founders stuff is good. And a not so well know brewery in bay city, mi, Tri-city brewing, make a great helles called helles half mile.

burglar 11-23-2010 08:50 AM

Downtown Detroit has three great totally different brewpubs:

Detroit Beer Co - Polished bar food, great beers brewed. Try the Detroit Dwarf or whatever the seasonal is.

Motor City Brewing - Small hole in the wall near Wayne State. Incredible wood fired gourmet pizzas, and pretty good beer too. Ghettoblaster English Mild has a pretty unique taste.

Traffic Jam and Snug - Older than dirt near Wayne State. Super eclectic ambience and menu (with great vegetarian options too). They make their own beer, bread, cheese and ice cream on site. Usually only 4 beers on tap though, and they rotate often.

There's also Atwater on the east end, but I don't care for it as much particularly.

neovox 11-23-2010 03:46 PM

Love Motor City's Nut Brown Ale. Ghettobaster is hugely popular but I just don't get it. I can't stand the stuff.

MIpatriot 11-23-2010 04:38 PM

I enjoy Keweenaw Bays' Red Jacket and Widow Maker.

bigc3031 11-23-2010 05:25 PM

New Holland
Founder's
Bell's
Dragonmeade

ejwheeleriv 11-24-2010 05:38 AM

New Holland (and not just because I can walk there)

Their beer is great and the food is usually pretty good too.

ejwheeleriv 11-24-2010 05:38 AM

Founders would be a close second for me too. Reds Rye is really really good.

kloe120 12-03-2010 06:19 AM

These are my 5 favorite breweries that I have been to along with my favorite beer(s) from there. Too hard!

Founders: Breakfast Stout/Curmudgen
Shorts: HumaLuma Licious
Bells: Two Hearted/Hopslam
Schmohz: Amber Tease/Hopknocker
Right Brain: Hot Pepper Porter

Jennybeeb 12-03-2010 05:38 PM

Oh man, great thread!

My favorites:

Bell's - Oberon, and Amber

Frankenmuth Brewery - Red Sky, Munich Dunkel, or Harvest Ale

Keweenaw Brewing Co. - Red Jacket Amber, Coal Porter or Pick Axe Blonde

Leechdemon 12-07-2010 06:59 AM

Kuhnhenn's Brewery in Warren is, In my opinion, the best brewer in Michigan. They don't distribute, so they're not as well known as the rest, but their selection beats any other brewery in the state, except maybe Bells or ABC. They also have a ton of wines and meads, a brew store next door, and sometimes even live entertainment.

Check them out online at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., or you can also check them out at the Michigan Beerfest; they usually come to impress. ^_^

psychobrawler 12-07-2010 08:13 AM

Another plug for Arcadia for great food and beer - and usually something interesting on cask. Their Hop Rocket is superb. North Peak in Traverse city also has great food and draft beer, but their bottled stuff is not so great (different brewery).

Favorite Michigan beer at the moment is Founder's Backwoods Bastard. Best wood aged beer I've ever tasted.

Others -
Celis Grand Cru - Michigan Brewing Company
Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse
Two Hearted Ale - Bell's
Founders Porter, Red's Rye, and KBS
New Holland Night Tripper - an imperial stout no longer in production, but still sometimes found on shelves nicely aged.

Banjoman76 12-07-2010 05:09 PM

Founders
Arcadia
Sullivan's Black Forest - Frankenmuth
Kuhnhenn's
Schmozz

ALBEERPOE 12-09-2010 08:46 PM

Fort Street Brewey
 
Super great brewer Doug serves really great new beers monthly

Brewmiker 12-10-2010 03:09 PM

Black Forest: Real good robust porter and IPA last trip!
Bells: Two-Hearted and Expedition Stout come to mind
Founders: Centennial and all the Dirty Bastards
Khunnenns: DRIPA, and many others, including their meads
Fort Street: A cask ale tapping each week?!?!

Michigan truly is the great beer state!

sm0key 12-10-2010 06:34 PM

New Holland
Bells
Founders
Arcadia

they all have wonderful brews!

I know mead kinda falls somewhere between beer and wine, but B. Nektar is fantastic!!!

msu05 12-21-2010 11:04 AM

Bell's
Founders

Would like to get to Arcadia, Right Brain, and Short's sometime soon.

Chelsea 12-21-2010 02:41 PM

My personal favorites that I've been to so far are Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton, Right Brain in Traverse City, North Peak in Traverse City, and Founders in Grand Rapids. I love New Holland, but I haven't had a chance to actually visit yet.

Chelsea 12-21-2010 02:43 PM

Also, I hear the Big Buck Brewery in Gaylord has good food and great beer, haven't stopped in there yet though.

office888 12-21-2010 03:18 PM

Kalamazoo is an eden of the wonderful golden beverage.

Bell's Eccentric Cafe is in downtown. Lots of rare / prototype beers on tap!

Olde Peninsula has great beer as well as their own brew on tap (not available anywhere else!)

HardcoreNinja69 12-21-2010 09:45 PM

Michigan Brewing Co. pops out some quality brew(located in Webberville.)

Bells in Kzoo is also a great place to check out

Harper's in Lansing is a fun Brew Pub that offers some great beers and good specials

96Bronco 12-23-2010 09:40 AM

Dragonmead
Bell's
Kuhnhenn's
Royal Oak Brewery

rchase559 12-24-2010 04:51 PM

While I can't legally drink and haven't been to this place, many friends of mine enjoy the Keweenaw Brewing Company. It is in Houghton in the UP.

mancavebrew 12-28-2010 04:27 PM

Rochester Mills Brewey. They have a great ESB!

Burton 12-29-2010 06:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leechdemon (Post 50188)
Kuhnhenn's Brewery in Warren is, In my opinion, the best brewer in Michigan. They don't distribute, so they're not as well known as the rest, but their selection beats any other brewery in the state, except maybe Bells or ABC. They also have a ton of wines and meads, a brew store next door, and sometimes even live entertainment.

Finally got a chance to check this out a few weeks back. GREAT brewery!

I love Bells, Arcadia, Dark Horse as the standards...
When I'm looking for something different, Walldorf in Hastings has a cool atmosphere, and Saugatuck Brewing Company is nice too.

There are two new breweries that I've been hitting up lately... Michigan Beer Cellar (in Sparta, small town north of Grand Rapids) and Paw Paw Brewing Company (Paw Paw is another small town west of Kalamazoo on I-94). Both have a lot of promise for the future.

bigguy12321 02-02-2011 09:18 PM

[QUOTE=neovox;41186]There are quite a few good breweries in Michigan that are worth checking out whether you're a local or a visitor. Check out the Beer Mapping Project for a pretty extensive list.

Below are just a couple that I've really enjoyed.

Traverse City Area:
Shorts - Bellaire, MI
Right Brain - Traverse City, MI
Jolly Pumpkin - Traverse City, MI


Shorts and Right Brain 4-sure!!!


Toivo 02-02-2011 09:29 PM

Keweenaw Pick Axe Blonde Ale
From Keweenaw Brewing in Hougton Michigan which is way up north in the UP

Chelsea 02-08-2011 06:15 PM

I visited the Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company last weekend. They've got some good beers if anyone is in the area. If you go, pick up the sampler. They are quite generous compared to other places I've been to - you get about a 1/2 beer of each style. I think they have 10 different beers. The Gambler's Golden was my personal favorite.

Right Brain in Traverse City is another I'm fond of.

Chelsea 02-08-2011 06:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toivo (Post 78708)
Keweenaw Pick Axe Blonde Ale
From Keweenaw Brewing in Hougton Michigan which is way up north in the UP

The Pick Axe Blonde is very good. The Red Jacket is great too!

Spicy_McHaggis 02-12-2011 11:34 AM

STROH's!!!!


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