Get a taste of Michigan with our readers’ favorite state breweries.
Recently, we asked a question to our followers on Facebook: What’s the best brewery in Michigan?
Many Michiganders answered the call. This story highlights breweries that got the most love, but you can see the full comments here (plus add any favorites you think we missed).
Locations: 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo and 8938 Krum Ave, Galesburg
Bell’s Brewery is one of the oldest and largest craft breweries in the United States. Bell’s is known for its wide range of beers, from traditional styles such as lagers and porters, to unique seasonal beers like the highly popular Oberon wheat ale. Bell’s has won numerous awards over the years and is widely recognized as one of the leading craft breweries in the United States.
We suggest trying: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Short’s Brewing Co.
Locations: 211 Industrial Park Drive, Elk Rapids and 121 N Bridge St, Bellaire
Short’s is one of the largest craft breweries in Michigan and distributes its products both within and outside of the state. Short’s is well known for its creative and innovative flavors, like the higher-ABV and very fruity Soft Parade fruit ale, which appeals to a wide range of beer drinkers.
We suggest trying: Soft Parade Fruit Ale
Location: 2321 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor
HOMES Brewery specializes in hoppy and sour beers. The craft brewery also features a “HOMES Campus,” which is a creative community of businesses that are centered around HOMES.
We suggest trying: Paradox of Plenty IPA
Keweenaw Brewing Co.
Location: 408 Shelden Ave, Houghton, MI 49931
Keweenaw Brewing, located on the Keweenaw Peninsula, offers a wide selection of
beers everyday. No worries if you’re unable to make it to the Upper Peninsula, because Keweenaw Brewing distributes its specialty ales and other beers across Michigan and Wisconsin.
We suggest trying: Red Ridge Citrus Ale
Odd Side Ales
Location: 41 Washington Ave STE 160, Grand Haven
Odd Side Ales began as a microbrewery but quickly expanded. Ever since, it’s become a favorite destination for craft beer lovers in the area and across the country. The brewery produces a wide variety of ales, hard seltzers, barrel-aged beers, and other specialty and seasonal beers. The brewery also has a sidebar created just for artisan
We suggest trying: Bean Flicker Blonde
New Holland Brewing
Locations: 417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids/ 66 E 8th St, Holland / 64 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek/ 201 Culver St., Saugatuck/ 253 Center St., South Haven
New Holland Brewing is a widely recognized leader in the craft brewing and distilling industry. It produces and sells beers and spirits across the United States and around the world. The company has multiple locations in Michigan, and even its own spirits lounge.
We suggest trying: Dragons Milk
Old Nation Brewing
Location: 500 Grand River Ave, Williamston
Old Nation Brewing works is deeply rooted in a German style of brewing, pumping out both year-round and seasonal beers. Old Nation has won numerous awards for its beers, and prides itself on creating high-quality brews.
We suggest trying: M-43 IPA
Black Rocks Brewery
Location: 424 N 3rd St, Marquette
Black Rocks Brewery has become a local favorite for its wide variety of craft beer styles, ranging from IPAs to ales, lagers, and more. The brewery also hosts live music, making it a popular destination for music-lovers who want to take in a show, beer in hand.
We suggest trying: 51K IPA
Ore Dock Brewing Co.
Location: 114 W Spring St, Marquette
Ore Dock Brewing focuses on traditional brewing methods and premium ingredients. It’s less focused on creating innovative flavors and more focused on creating a signature style with favorites you can come back to. Ore Dock has a wide variety of beers to choose from—plus hard seltzers.
We suggest trying: Berserker IPA
Dark Horse Brewery
Location: 11 S Kalamazoo Ave, Marshall
Once the subject of a History Channel show, Dark Horse Brewery rotates seasonal taps and keeps its classics around year-round. The Marshall-based craft brewery produces 18 different beers, specializing in stouts, ales and IPAs.
We suggest trying: Reserve Special Black Ale
Location: 5885 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer
Greenbush Brewing specializes in small-batch beers. Its flagship offerings include ales, stouts, and IPAs.
We suggest trying: 400 Divine Rabbits Pale Wheat Ale
Right Brain Brewery
Location: 225 E Sixteenth St, Traverse City
If you’re looking to try something new, Right Brain Brewery loves to experiment with unconventional ingredients. It brews with unique styles and materials, like whole pig parts. Its unique take on beer may not be for everyone, but it also has some home run hits.
We suggest trying: Thai Peanut Butter Brown Ale
Original Gravity Brewing Co.
Location: 440 County St, Milan
Known for its great beer, Original Gravity is a family-friendly microbrewery. From classic styles to experimental brews, it has a wide range of beers to choose from.
We suggest trying: Primordial Porter
Hop Lot Brewing Co.
Location: 658 S W Bay Shore Dr, Suttons Bay
Hop Lot focuses on traditional ales.
Besides the brewery, Hop Lot also has a beer garden perfect for embracing Up North’s outdoors. The beer garden has campfires, picnic tables, outdoors games, igloos you can eat in, and much more.
We suggest trying: Uncle Green Guy IPA
Location: 1401 Abbott St., Detroit
Brew Detroit creates artistic craft beers. It has 12 original beers (eight core, four seasonal) to choose from and is one of the most sought-after beer brands in the region.
We suggest trying: Cerveza Delray Mexican-Style Lager
Drafting Table Brewing Co.
Location: 49438 Pontiac Trail, Wixom
Drafting Table Brewing is a microbrewery that serves 16 beers and two hard ciders.
Unlike many breweries, this drafting table chooses not to have a kitchen. The owners encourage visitors to bring food from local dining spots or grab a bite from visiting food trucks.
We suggest trying: Rezolute IPA
Dog and Pony Show Brewing
Location: 14661 W Eleven Mile Rd, Oak Park
Dog and Pony Show Brewing offers many craft beers and an open environment perfect for socializing. It doesn’t have a kitchen but often has plenty of food trucks present.
We suggest trying: Coconut Prophet Porter
Homegrown Brewing Co.
Location: 28 N Washington St., Oxford
Homegrown brews its beers in small batches using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Homegrown has six year-round beers and seasonal, as well as experimental, beer collections throughout the year.
We suggest trying: Oxford Ale
Location: 14600 E 11 Mile Rd., Warren
Founded in 1997, Dragonmead is a microbrewery. Dragonmead offers 40 different styles of beers. Besides beer, it also makes its own wine, vodka, and flavored vodka.
We suggest trying: Final Absolution Trippel
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