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Brewery Guide

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Revue’s compendium of breweries in West Michigan

Grand Rapids Area

5 Lakes Brewing
1638 142nd Ave., Dorr
5lakesbrewing.com

5 Lakes has become well-loved for its solid brews and self-distilled spirits. Start off with a Citrus Vodka, then move on to the Huron Gold and a burger, pizza or other entree from the food menu. Open: 7 days.

Atwater Brewing
201 Michigan St. NW, Grand Rapids
atwaterbrewing.com

This Detroit-based brewery joined downtown Grand Rapids’ ranks two years ago, serving up classics like the Dirty Blonde, a pale wheat ale, and the Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale. The brewery has a nice patio along Monroe, upon which to eat pizza, sandwiches and appetizers. Open: 7 days. 

Bier Distillery
5295 W. River Rr. NE #100, 
Comstock Park
bierdistillery.com

In the taproom and brew room alike, spirits and beer go hand in hand — it’s right there in the name of Bier Distillery, owned by Joel and Sara Bierling. Alongside its large selection of original liquor and cocktails, Bier offers a wide variety of brews. You’ll find classics like the IFB Pale, a refreshing pale ale, as well as unique beers like the Strawberry Fields, a strawberry wheat beer. Open:  7 days. 

Big Boiler Brewing
318 E. Main St., Lowell
bigboilerbrewing.com
Big Boiler is the first to bring self-brewed malt, hops and yeast to Lowell, with simple styles like hefeweizens, brown ales and IPAs. Meanwhile, the food menu is ambitious, featuring all kinds of sharables, burgers and sandwiches. Open: 7 days.

B.O.B.’s Brewery
20 Monroe ave. nw, grand rapids
thebobsbrewery.com

B.O.B.’s Brewery, located in the lower level of The B.O.B., offers a variety of different food options, but the real treat lies in the multitude of beers available year-round. Be sure to check out the Hopsun, a Belgian summer wit, or the Grapefruit Song, a citrus IPA. Open: Thursday-Saturday. 

Brewery Vivant
925 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids
breweryvivant.com

Since 2010, Brewery Vivant has been making farmhouse beer and promoting the sustainability of beer in cans. Lately, the brewery has stood out with its Plein de Vie project, a series focusing on special wood-aged and wild-fermented brews. On top of that, Vivant has taken second place for Best Burger and Best Fries in Revue’s Best of the West awards three years running. Open: 7 days.

Brew Works of Fremont
5909 S. Warner, Fremont
thecommonsoffremont.com

Alongside its beer, this brewpub has a full food menu featuring bratwurst, stuffed burgers and quesadillas. As for beer, you’ll find a wide range of ales and stouts from Brew Works itself and other breweries all over Michigan. The taproom is adjacent to a bowling alley, arcade and golf course. Open: 7 days.

Cedar Springs Brewing
95 N. Main St. NE, Cedar Springs
csbrew.com

This German-centric brewery is all about authentic Bavarian food and light, refreshing lagers and weissbiers. The big beer hall-style taproom creates an atmosphere of socialization as well, making Cedar Springs a destination spot for beer lovers from all over the region. Open: 7 days.

Cellar Brewing Co.
133 E. Division St., Sparta
cellarbrewingco.com

Cellar is a business of many talents. With more than 20 beers on tap, the brewing company also has a winery and onsite distillery. Stop in for brews like the Maine Squeeze, a New England IPA, or the Mango Tango, a fruit blonde ale. The brewery also recently added a full food menu, with burgers, entrees and appetizers like the Irish Nachos — a plate of hand-sliced Russet potatoes with corned beef, cheddar cheese and green onion. Open: 7 days. 

Creston Brewery
1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
crestonbrewery.com 

Grand Rapids’ love of craft beer can’t be contained within the confines of downtown. Creston Brewery has brought delicious Latin American fare to its eponymous neighborhood, along with a wide variety of brews. The menu (and brewmasters) describe the beer by flavor profile and color, not style. It’s both innovative and tasty. Open: 7 days.

 Elk Brewing
700 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Elk Brewing Comstock Park
400 Dodge St., Comstock Park
elkbrewing.com

Despite being tucked in a very competitive crevice of the Wealthy Street District, Elk Brewing has thrived since opening in 2014, expanding to a second location with three times more brewing capacity in Comstock Park. Head to Wealthy for a more cozy atmosphere with local music and games, or to Comstock Park for a full food menu and patio overlooking West River Drive. Open: 7 days. 

Founders Brewing Company
235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
foundersbrewing.com

The Colossus of Craft needs no introduction. In fact, Founders has seen so much success on an international level that it recently ascended the ranks beyond the official craft designation. The brewery’s footprint continues to grow as it sends out classics like the Breakfast Stout and new favorites like the Mosaic Promise. Open: 7 days.

Fountain Hill Brewery
151 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids
grcc.edu

Owned by Grand Rapids Community College, this brewery is only open on specific dates, when the general public gets to taste the exciting results of the Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations certificate program. Open: Check website for dates.

Grand Rapids Brewing Co. 
1 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
grbrewingcompany.com

GRBC reinvented itself last year, bringing on a new brewmaster and new head chef, as well as building a free game room in the back. Fill your pint with a piece of Michigan history: the Silver Foam Lager, or try something new like the Sur La Lune, a tart farmhouse saison aged in Chardonnay barrels. Open: 7 days.

Gravel Bottom Brewery
452 Ada Dr., Ada
gravelbottom.com

Earlier this year, Gravel Bottom opened its new location, expanding from six taps to 20, along with a larger production facility, more room for customers and a new kitchen. Don’t miss brews like the Heart of Darkness, a massive Belgian quad. Open: Tuesday-Sunday.

 Greyline Brewing Co.
1727 Alpine Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

When it opened two years ago, Greyline Brewing garnered a reputation instantly, winning Best New Brewery in Revue’s Best of the West poll. Since then, the brewery has continued to release solid beers like the Mosacca IPA and the Humblebee, a honey oat ale. Open: 7 days.

Harmony Brewing Company
1551 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
Harmony Hall
401 Stocking Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
harmonybeer.com

This year meant some big changes for Harmony, including a huge expansion at its Eastown location and a move away from sausages at Hall. The two locations are now on more equal footing, offering the same award-winning pizza and reliable beer, such as the Fiddlestix, a juicy IPA with grapefruit flavors. Or be adventurous and try the Los Conejos, a Mexican hot chocolate stout brewed with marshmallows, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and cayenne. Open: 7 days.

 

Hideout Brewing Company
3113 Plaza Dr., Grand Rapids
hideoutbrewing.com

Where else can you go to play Super Mario World, practice your disc golf putt and have nearly 20 different batches of original beer to choose from? Stop in for creative brews like the Blueberry Vanilla Cheesecake Stout or the Butterscotch Toffee Brown. Open: 7 days. 

HopCat
25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
hopcatgr.com

Rated as one of the best beer bars in the world by Beer Advocate, HopCat just keeps on spreading its winning concept around the country. This brewpub’s house-made beers have always been top-notch, and unique brews like the sour Unicorn On Acid and Brett Not Bite have drawn more eyes to the in-house section of the menu. Open: 7 days.

Jaden James Brewery
4665 Broadmoor, Kentwood
jadenjamesbrewery.com

Jaden James lacks the usual bravado-laden atmosphere of West Michigan breweries, but it makes up for that in spades. Regardless of whether you prefer beer, wine or cider, Jaden James has the perfect adult beverage to oblige your thirst. Open: Monday-Saturday. 

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
428 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids
13512 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City
jollypumpkin.com

If you seek a pleasant sour, look around you. Jolly Pumpkin has been brewing up approachable sour and wild ales for years now, offering beers like Oro de Calabaza, an oak-aged golden sour, and Clementina, an oak-aged sour fruit saison. This year, the brewery opened in Grand Rapids with pizza, sandwiches and salads. Open: 7 days.

Kitzingen Brewery
1760 44th St. SW, Wyoming
kitzingen-brewery.com

This brewery’s owner, Rommie Bailey, was stationed in Kitzingen, Germany when serving in the U.S. Army in the 1980s. The building’s interior is meant to tell the story of the relationship between Americans and Germans, with a military twist. Not surprisingly, the beer and food focus on those cultures as well, with both IPAs and authentic Hefeweizens on tap. Open: Monday-Saturday.

Mitten Brewing Co.
527 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids
329 Water St., Saugatuck
112 W. Nagonaba St., Northport
mittenbrewing.com

Pizza and beer seems to be a popular duality in Michigan, and The Mitten Brewing Co. does both superbly. Head in for a flight of both, mixing and matching classic beers and specialty pizzas like the Westerdog, with chili bean sauce, all-beef franks, Colby-Jack cheese, diced white onions, shredded kosher pickles, ketchup and yellow mustard. Open: 7 days. 

New Holland Brewing Co.
417 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids
New Holland Brewing Co.
66 East 8th St., Holland 
newhollandbrew.com

While not at all identical, both of New Holland Brewing Co.’s locations offer well-loved beer, killer cocktails and beer gardens. The brewery has become known for its Dragon’s Milk, a bourbon barrel-aged stout released with a number of different flavors, but the Mad Hatter IPA and Poet oatmeal stout are West Michigan mainstays as well. Open: 7 days. 

New Union Brewery
400 W. Main St., Lowell
newunionbrewery.com

More than 150 years ago, Union Brewery opened in downtown Grand Rapids. The beer scene may have changed a bit since then, but New Union is trying to keep the spirit and history alive in Lowell with beers like the Citra Revival Session IPA and Red Arrow Amber. Stop in throughout the week for community events, Geeks Who Drink and live music. Open: Tuesday-Sunday.

 

Newaygo Brewing Company 
19 State Rd., Newaygo 
newaygobrewing.com

Newaygo Brewing Company continues to grow as a cornerstone of the community and a key destination along M-37. The atmosphere is welcoming, located in a building with decades of history, and the farm-to-table pizzas have made the taproom a go-to choice for a night on the town. Plus: quality brews, both true-to-style and wholly unique, including a cask ale selection. Open: 7 days. 

OpenRoad Brewing Co.
128 S. Main St., Wayland
openroadbrewing.com

Wayland’s been yearning for a brewery for some time now, and OpenRoad satisfies that need pretty perfectly. The beers span the gamut of classic styles, and the in-house coffee shop means the space is welcome to all from sunrise to after dark. Open: Tuesday-Sunday.

Osgood Brewing
4051 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville
osgoodbrewing.com

The people of Grandville demanded a brewery and were not disappointed when Osgood Brewing rose from the ashes of Hiram Osgood’s legacy in 2012. Since then, the brewery has maintained quality craft beverages and imaginative pizza creations. Open: 7 days. 

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Perrin Brewing 
5910 Comstock Park Dr., Comstock Park
perrinbrewing.com

Since opening, Perrin has made tremendous strides with releases like No Rules, a 15-percent ABV Vietnamese Porter, and Lotsa’ Problems, a bold double IPA. Meanwhile, Perrin Black has become a mainstay in just about every bar in Grand Rapids, thanks to its unique but extremely approachable character. Open: 7 days. 

Railtown Brewing
3595 68th St., Dutton
railtownbrewing.com

This year, Railtown expanded in a huge way to a building next to its original strip mall location. The new space has two floors, an outdoor patio, twice as much seating as the last taproom and an in-house kitchen, for the first time in the brewery’s life. The rotating tap list features quality selections from top to bottom, but be sure to check out mainstays Citra Warrior IPA and Bike Ride Blonde. Open: Monday-Saturday.

Rockford Brewing Company
12 E. Bridge St., Rockford
rockfordbrewing.com

Huge advocates for West Michigan agriculture and multi-year winners of our Best of the West poll, Rockford means local and they mean business. The American pale, Paradigm, is Pure Michigan approved, with all ingredients sourced from Michigan soil. The farm-to-table kitchen is serving up nothing but quality as well, with dishes like the Braised Pork Belly BLT. Open: 7 days. 

Schmohz Brewing Company
2600 Patterson SE, Grand Rapids
schmohz.com

Schmohz is the proud home of Michigan’s first female head brewer and offers up to 20 different unique draft beers with the coziness of your favorite dive bar. Open: Monday-Saturday.

Speciation Artisan Ales
3720 W. River Dr. NE, Comstock Park
speciationartisanales.com

When it came on the scene last year, Speciation instantly made a name for itself with wild, sour and spontaneous ales. The small brewery’s methods take time and consideration, resulting in a monthly release schedule and limited purchases per person so that no one gets left out. It’s a good move, since beer lovers go wild for these unique ales, such as the Protoconsciousness, a mezcal barrel-aged golden sour with grapefruit, limes and salt — just for example. The owners hope to have a taproom open in the near future Open: Monthly.

Steele Street Brewing
300 S. Steele St., Ionia
steelestreetbrewing.com

Steele Street aims for quality, true-to-style beers without too many frills in the heart of Ionia. Stop by for a cask ale, homemade soda and great pizza on homemade bread. Open: Tuesday-Sunday.

Thornapple Brewing Co.
6262 28th St., Grand Rapids
thornapplebrewing.com

Thornapple was opened by two Steelcase workers who decided to get out of the office and into the brewhouse. The brewery offers its own beer, cider, mead and wine, alongside spirits and cocktails. You’ll find creative brews like the Salted Caramel Brown and BA Tr3y Way, a brandy barrel-aged Belgian trippel. Open: 7 days.

Trail Point Brewing Company 
6035 Lake Michigan Dr., Allendale 
trailpointbrewing.com

As Allendale’s first brewery, Trail Point focuses on creating straightforward beers with quality and care. Beers like the CIPApotamus, a citra IPA, and the Henry Lee, an old ale, focus on nailing classic flavors in a nuanced way. Open: 7 days. 

Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro
105 E. State St., Hastings
walldorffbrewpub.com

Walldorff recently changed its food menu, adding sandwiches and entrees to its wood-fired pizzas, but the real star here is the beer. IPA fans will love Hopnoxxious and Cobain’s Double Dark, or head to the lighter side with BS Honey Rye and Bistro Blonde. Open: 7 days.

 

LAKESHORE 

Big Hart Brewing Co.
4086 W. Polk Road, Hart
bighartbrewing.com

Offering a full spread of “beer & food made with Hart,” it’s especially hard to forget some of this brewery’s unique names, like Gluten For Punishment, a German style wheat ale, and Screeching Sands, an amber ale brewed with blue agave syrup. Open: 7 days.

Big Lake Brewing Co.
13 W. 7th St., Holland
biglakebrewing.com

Big Lake is one of Holland’s longest-running breweries, starting out strong and only improving over the years. The tap list is robust, with styles ranging from a signature rye IPA to a blood orange NEIPA and a chocolate wheat with toasted coconut. Open: 7 days.

Brewery 4 Two 4
321 Douglas Ave., Holland
brewery424.com

Brewery 4 Two 4 pumps out top-notch beer on a system only slightly larger than most homebrewers. The 20 taps host a wide variety of brews like the Brute Sasquatch, a super dry, champagne-like IPA, and the Kings Cross, a smooth and malty ESB. Open: Tuesday-Sunday.

Fetch Brewing 
100 W. Colby St., Whitehall 
fetchbrewing.com 

Fetch Brewing focuses on great beer in a chill atmosphere and historic building, complete with a former vault open for seating. The brewery has developed a following on the lakeshore for its seasonal brews like the Smolder, a smoked chipotle porter that warms the town every fall. Open: 7 days. 

Grand Armory Brewing Company
16 S. 2nd St., Grand Haven
grandarmorybrewing.com

This Grand Haven brewery has paired up with Righteous BBQ and Aldea Coffee to cover all your bases in one room. The beer is solid, true-to-style and pays homage to the lake town’s history. Try the Wheezin’ The Juice IPA, which lives up to its name, or the Dewey Hill On Fire, an American amber ale flavored with serrano and ghost peppers. Open: 7 days. 

Jamesport Brewing Company
410 S. James St., Ludington
jamesportbrewingcompany.com

Jamesport operates from a piece of historic Ludington real estate. The Victorian storefront was constructed in 1890 for the purpose of running a saloon. So, in a way, opening up a brewery was the most faithful way the owners could have honored its memory. Open: 7 days. 

Ludington Bay Brewing Co.
515 S. James St., Ludington
ludingtonbaybrewing.com

Ludington Bay has one focus: Good beer. Stop in for a plethora of true-to-style brews, from an Oktoberfest to an American wheat, West Coast IPA and tropical stout. As for food, you’ll find burgers, pizza, tacos, mac & cheese — just about everything. Open: 7 days.

Macatawa Ale Company
20 W. 8th St., Holland 
macatawaalecompany.com

It’s the classic homebrewer goes pro story at Macatawa. The family-run brewery operates out of 8th Street Grille and brews beers ranging from IPAs to wheats, stouts and blondes. Open: 7 days. 

Odd Side Ales 
41 Washington Ave., Grand Haven
oddsideales.com

As the name suggests, Odd Side is enamored with crafting creative and experimental beer, while providing a unique atmosphere. We can’t think of another place in the Midwest where you can drink a Mexican hot-chocolate stout and play bubble hockey as you watch a dart-throwing league compete. Open: 7 days. 

Old Boys’ Brewhouse 
971 Savidge St., Spring Lake
oldboysbrewhouse.com

A man should never have to choose between his dog and his beer. At Old Boys’ Brewhouse, this crisis is not only averted, it is disregarded completely with its walls adorned with the pictures of patrons’ canine companions and a patio section perfect for the pooch. Open: 7 days. 

Our Brewing Company
76 E. 8th St., Holland
ourbrewingcompany.com

At Our Brewing Company, you can count on a tap list that never stays the same for very long. The brewers are always trying new styles, from passionfruit goses to cream ales with pineapple and coconut. Open: 7 days. 

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
500 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
pigeonhillbrew.com

Pigeon Hill is well known for its Oatmeal Cream Pie ale, made with oats, marshmallows and “other secret ingredients,” but the lakeshore brewery also excels in cream ales, IPAs and more. Open: 7 days.

Pike 51 Brewing Company
3768 Chicago Dr., Hudsonville
pike51.com

Having 16 beers on tap is impressive, considering that Pike operates as the on-site brewery at Hudsonville Winery. You won’t want to sip, sip, pass the dank Kush IPA, but if you’re trying to take it easy, Pike 51 has you covered with its homemade root beer. Open: 7 days. 

Saugatuck Brewing Company
2948 Blue Star Highway, Douglas 
saugatuckbrewing.com

This expansive microbrewery combines the charm and character of an Irish pub with the bold, contemporary elements of a gleaming microbrewery. You’ll find Saugatuck’s beers on just about any shelf in the region, including the Oval Beach Blonde and Blueberry Maple Stout. Open: 7 days. 

Starving Artist Brewing Co.
634 S. Stiles Rd., Ludington
starvingartist.beer

Starving Artist’s brewhouse and storage facility is roughly the size of most people’s first apartment, but owner Andrew Thomas has shown you don’t need much space to create some of the best beers in the state. Beers like Blood Forge, a blood orange double IPA, show how an artist approaches the craft — with creativity, balance and boldness. You won’t find a taproom, but feel free to stop by for a few tastes Friday and Saturday, or call to make an appointment. Open: Friday-Saturday.

Tripel Root 
146 East Main, Zeeland
tripelroot.com

Tripel Root has swiftly grown a reputation for its commitment to sustainable business practices and handcrafted stonebreads. Head in for classic brews like the Perception Defines Reality, a Belgian tripel, or the Ace in the Valley, an IPA brewed with hops grown in Ada. Open: Monday-Saturday.

Unruly Brewing Company 
360 West Western Ave., Muskegon 
unrulybrewing.com

The people who created Unruly Brewing don’t just love beer — they love beer, music and art. Unruly Brewing Company combines all three to create a lively atmosphere all bundled up in a restored 1890s building. Open: 7 days. 

White Flame Brewing Company
5234 36th Ave., Hudsonville
whiteflamebrewing.com

The tap list at White Flame offers a little bit of everything, but you’ll want to head there for the brewery’s killer selection of IPAs, including the Lupulunatic, a big and juicy IPA, or the Hard Ball, a triple IPA. Open: 7 days. 

KZOO AREA & BATTLE CREEK

Arcadia Ales
701 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo
arcadiaales.com

Arcadia may have begun in America’s cereal capital, but this brewery has since expanded to Kalamazoo and specializes in handcrafted British-style ales. By combining the best malted barley across the pond and the best hop offerings of the Pacific Northwest, Arcadia produces beer with exceptional character and flavor. Open: 7 days. 

Bell’s Brewery
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
bellsbeer.com

Bell’s has become such a rock star of the industry that the perennial Oberon release is somewhat of a Michigan holiday, and Two Hearted Ale has been receiving constant accolades as the best IPA in the world for years. Simply put: Bell’s is the proverbial high bar of craft beer in the Midwest. Open: 7 days

Boatyard Brewing Company
432 E. Paterson St., Kalamazoo
boatyardbrewing.com

If you enjoy the “sah-moooth” groove of yacht rock — or if you’ve ever harbored the desire to join a yacht club but always settled for drinking a cold one instead, Boatyard Brewing Company is just the place. Batches are brewed with local ingredients and artistic fermentation at this Kalamazoo microbrewery. Open: 7 days.

Bravo! Restaurant and Café
5402 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo
bravokalamazoo.com

Bravo! concentrates on pairing its stellar fine dining experience with small batch brews, featuring bold offerings like the Sour Power Berliner Weisse, a blackberry sour. Open: 7 days. 

Dark Horse Brewing Company
511 S. Kalamazoo Ave., Marshall
darkhorsebrewery.com

The History Channel was truly onto something special when it decided to film a 12-episode reality show about Dark Horse. The brewery’s attitude is crass and its beer is badass, from the Black Ale to the Smells Like A Safety Meeting, a hop-bomb of an IPA. Open: 7 days.

Distant Whistle Brewhouse
118 S. Main St., Vicksburg
distantwhistle.com

Distant Whistle has honed in on the four elements of what every brewery strives for: great location, great beer, great people and great times. The brewery wanted to be the go-to beer destination in Vicksburg and has accomplished just that. Open: Tuesday-Sunday.

Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewery
140 S. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
gonzosbiggdoggbrewing.com

Gonzo’s is all about dogs, and we’re all about that. Head in for about 15 beers to choose from, including the Cloak of Darkness Black IPA and the award-winning Geyser Brown Ale. Open: 7 days. 

Latitude 42 Brewing Company
7842 Portage Rd., Portage
6101 W. Main St., Kalamazoo
latitude42brewingco.com

If you want to bring back something interesting from Portage or Kalamazoo, pick up Latitude 42’s Nectar of the Goddess, a blood orange, passion fruit, honey and wheat ale. The cooks also know how to make a mean pizza. Open: 7 days. 

Old Mill Brewpub
717 E. Bridge St., Plainwell
oldmillbrew.com

In addition to its great handcrafted beer, Old Mill also serves some delicious food, along with wine and liquor, from the century-old Historic Eesley Mill, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open: 7 days. 

Olde Peninsula Brewing Company
200 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo
oldepenkazoo.com

The first brewpub in the ’Zoo, Olde Peninsula offers its own beer along with cocktails, wine and American food. With a tap specifically dedicated for hot pepper-infused brews, you know it’s worth the trip. Open: 7 days.

One Well Brewing 
4213 Portage St., Kalamazoo 
onewellbrewing.com

When it opened, One Well wanted to be a symbol for the prosperity of society (you know, like a well), and it has since doubled its taproom size with a robust food menu, pinball machines and loads of board games. The brewery also has excellent, unique beers like Sweet Water Street, made with donut holes and a special roast of coffee from Water Street Coffee. Open: Tuesday-Sunday. 

Rupert’s Brew House
773 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo
rupertsbrewhouse.com

Rupert’s has cheap beer, live music, pizza and lots of puppies. What more could you ask for? Check out the Multigrain Mutt Pale Ale or the Blackberry Sour. Open: 7 days. 

Territorial Brewing Company 
256 N. Helmer Rd., Springfield 
territorialbrewing.com

We don’t see many breweries in Michigan who are resolved to brew almost exclusively in the German tradition. Territorial not only does that, but focuses on German cuisine as well. And guess what? It’s all absolutely to die for. Try a Schnitzel and wash it down with a Kenny Lagers, which expertly showcases freshly milled malt. Open: Tuesday-Sunday.

Texas Corners Brewing Company 
6970 Texas Dr., Kalamazoo 
texascornersbrewing.com

Despite the name, TCBC regularly uses local ingredients to create its classic beers and ciders. Open: Monday-Saturday.

Tibbs Brewing Company
402 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo
tibbsbrewing.com

Tibbs set up shop in 2013, adding to Kalamazoo’s growing beer scene. While competing in an industry of typically deep pockets, the owners bootstrapped the business and now excel at delivering small-batch brews, many brewed in the Belgian tradition. Open: 7 days. 

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SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN 

Arclight Brewing Co.
544 N. Main St., Watervliet
arclightbrewing.com

Arclight may be tucked away in the small farming town of Watervliet, but its beers easily stand up to the standard-bearers of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Along with all the classic styles, Arclight is pumping out some killer sours with its two 40 BBL foeders, including a mango sour, a cherry sour and a kriek lambic. Open: 7 days.

Barn Brewers Brewery
114 N. Main St., Lawton
barnbrewersbrewery.com

Barn Brewers was established in 2014 by a group of friends who liked to congregate in — you guessed it — a barn. The brewery is their ode to camaraderie, live music and jovial libations. Open: Wednesday-Monday.   

Final Gravity Brewing Co.
103 N. Phelps St., Decatur
246 N. Burdick, Kalamazoo
finalgravitybrew.com

Now with two locations, Final Gravity is serving up beers of all styles, from the Uranos On Fire, an amber brewed with roasted jalapenos, to the Polski Szampan, an oak-smoked wheat ale. Open: Wednesday-Monday. 

Greenbush Brewing Co.
5885 Sawyer Rd., Sawyer
greenbushbrewing.com

Greenbush has always been known for its propensity for experimentation and a willingness to accept trial-and-error as an essential cog of the craft-brewing machine. Some breweries have an impressive gift shop — Greenbush has an entirely separate facility right across the street where you can get beers, charcuterie and other nibbles. Open: 7 days.

Haymarket Brewery & Taproom
9301 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman
haymarketbeer.com

Most breweries in West Michigan can’t boast to have another location in Chicago, but Haymarket isn’t most breweries. The brewery has won dozens of awards for its Belgians, Pilsners, barrel-aged beers and more. The taplist has something for everyone, from clean lagers to explosive double IPAs. Open: Thursday-Tuesday.

The Livery
190 5th St., Benton Harbor
liverybrew.com

Hand forged by the Benton Harbor brew gods, these guys pump out some of the best barrel-aged brews in the state, including the Bourbon Barrel Aged Trippel Weizenbock. Open: 7 days. 

North Pier Brewing Co.
670 N. Shore Dr., Benton Harbor
northpierbrewing.com

North Pier is all about that yeast, focusing especially on Belgian-inspired ales and other ester-filled styles like wits and saisons. It’s flavorful, modern and community-based above all else. Open: 7 days.

Paw Paw Brewing
929 E. Michigan Ave., Paw Paw
pawpawbrewing.com

Paw Paw has it all — beer, mead, cider. Try the seasonal Coconut Porter or a mainstay like the KUA American Pale Ale, and then pair that with a panini. Open: 7 days

Round Barn Brewery
9151 First St., Baroda
roundbarnwinery.com

Round Barn is a winery that just so happens to make beer too, and plenty of it. The staff uses more than 30 years of fermentation experience to create quality beer for customers who crave more than just wine. Open: 7 days.

Silver Harbor Brewing Co.
721 Pleasant St., Saint Joseph
silverharborbrewing.com

Alongside the tableside-smoked Kumbaya Brown Ale, there are plenty of great brews at Silver Harbor. Nearly 20 taps host scotch ales, sours, marzens, porters, belgians and more. Open: 7 days.

Sister Lakes Brewing Co.
92500 Co. Road 690, Dowagiac
facebook.com/sisterlakesbrew

The town of Sister Lakes has 10 lakes in a 5-mile radius, and now one brewery. They offer classic beers, live music and a whole fleet of soda floats — root beer, chocolate milk stout and more. Open: 7 days.

Tapistry Brewing Co
4236 Lake St., Bridgman
tapistrybrewing.com

While Tapistry looks like it’s aspiring to be Emerald City, it fits right in with the Midwest craft beer scene thanks to strong products that make it hard to click those heels and head home. (Hint: Don’t miss the kick-ass double IPAs.) Open: 7 days.

Transient Artisan Ales
4229 Lake St., Bridgman
transientartisanales.com

Transient’s brews are truly transcendent, specializing in beers that take time. The Buckwheat Saison, a farmhouse ale, is undeniably impressive, as is the Shepard, an oak-aged sour with blueberry and black currant. Do they have food? No. But can you bring your own, and your dog too? Yes. And that’s all that really matters. Open: Thursday-Sunday.

Watermark Brewing Co.
5781 St. Joseph Ave., Stevensville
watermarkbrewing.com

Watermark wants to serve good beer, plain and simple. The Leisure Ale description explains it all: “Nothin’ snooty. Just beer.” The taproom is large and welcoming, with an indoor and outdoor patio. Open: Tuesday-Sunday.

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Short’s Brewing Co.
121 N. Bridge St., Bellaire
shortsbrewing.com

You know Short’s. It’s pretty much impossible to get into craft beer without having downed a Soft Parade (or six) at some point, or even a Bellaire Brown, Huma Lupa Licious or Space Rock. That’s not to mention the more than 250 (we counted) beers the brewery has pumped out over 15 years. Open: 7 days.

Right Brain Brewery
225 E. 16th St., Traverse City
rightbrainbrewery.com

Right Brain is one of the best of the northwest, producing crushable brews like Cake Walk, which tastes just like its namesake without being too sweet, and Blue Magic, a perfectly balanced lavender wheat ale. If you’re looking for something heavier, the Concrete Dinosaur is a brown rye IPA that will do you right. Open: 7 days.

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