Being in the top five states for the number of craft breweries, you could say that Michiganders know (and love) good beer. In alphabetical order (we’re not trying to show favoritism), here are some of our favorite breweries in northern Michigan.
Founded in 2012, they have created over 100 tasty recipes over the years. Recently, they moved from their original location to a new space on Lake Street overlooking Little Traverse Bay. They now have 24 taps and offer a wide variety of food options to pair with your beverage of choice. Make sure you check out their website because they constantly have fun events and concerts happening there.
With taps shaped like the historic red Charlevoix South Pier Light Station, Lake Charlevoix Brewing represents their roots. With two taprooms in northern Michigan – Bridge Street Tap Room in Charlevoix and Boyne City Tap Room in Boyne City –you can easily find a place to enjoy their brews and bite to eat. For those who really love craft beers, they also offer “Carbonated Vows” so you can have a custom brew for your wedding reception. You and all your guests will be saying “I do” to Lake Charlevoix Brewing!
Established in 1997 and is located in the Straub Brothers and Amiotte “Big Daylight Candy Factory”, North Peak Brewing Company is a northern Michigan staple. This sustainably focused company cares about taking care of our beautiful state. They live by the philosophy “give back to the environment and Mother Nature will be very good to you” and their company mantra is “get outside”. With strong ties to our great state, they even brew beers for the big Michigan vs Michigan State rivalry fittingly named Hail and Sparta. Perfect choice for the house divided.
Located in Petoskey’s “Old Brewery” that was built in 1898 and served Petoskey Sparkle beer until 1915, this brewery is rich in history. Even though there were many tenants in between, Petoskey Brewing Co moved into the space in 2012. They have three year-around beers, including one that pays homage to the Petoskey Sparkle beer of the past, and a long list of limited time pours to choose from. If you’re a true Michigan craft brew fan, you’ve probably heard of the other two year-around beers – Mind’s EyePA and Horny Monk. Don’t worry if you’re not able to make it to their brewery (which if you have the chance you should go), you’ll find their brews at pubs and stores state-wide.
With a seemingly endless list of beers to choose from, Right Brain has a beer option for everyone who likes enjoying a cold brew. We’re not kidding! They have nearly 40 beers on tap at all times and are constantly experimenting with new and unusual ingredients. If you find a beer you like, make sure to check your local stores. They sell their beers (draft, cans, and bottles) at hundreds of retailers across the state.
One of the most well-known breweries in Michigan is tucked away on the main street of the quaint town of Bellaire. The brewery opened its doors in 2004 and has grown exponentially. They now distribute their beers and alcoholic ciders throughout the state of Michigan, and multiple other states across the nation. Don’t think this brewery has gotten too big for its britches. It’s still owned by Joe and Leah Short, and their love of creativity and ability to create a tight-knit family atmosphere make the pub a one-of-a-kind place to visit. If you ever find yourself near the Bellaire area, stopping by Shorts for a drink (or two) is a must!
Located in a historic building in beautiful downtown Boyne City, Stiggs has over 30 beers on tap. They use locally-scored ingredients for their custom, hand-crafted recipes. Looking to learn how to make your own brews? They also offer brewing classes for those who want to make their own craft beers at home.
Which northern Michigan brewery is your favorite? Did we miss one? Let us know!