West Michigan is home to several breweries and pubs where you can raise a glass and appreciate the local craft beer scene that has made Michigan the “Great Beer State”. Grab a six-pack, fill up a growler, or order a pint at the bar, and say cheers to West Michigan beers!
Check out the 2020 Carefree Travel Guide for more places you can Drink Local.
South West Michigan Breweries
Enjoy views of beautiful, sweeping wetlands while enjoying a pint at Ghost Isle Brewery in New Buffalo. Ghost Isle takes its name from generations of residents who played there as children and teens, and who claim there is supernatural activity on the island.
Bell’s Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo is Michigan’s oldest brewery and first microbrew pub. They currently brew more than 20 beers for distribution, as well as a wide variety of small batch beers. Not a beer fan? Try their mead brewed specifically for Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. The Downtown Kalamazoo campus featuring the Eccentric Cafe offers a full-service restaurant with an eclectic menu, a spacious beer garden and patio, and an extensive collection of art, as well as a variety of entertainment.
South Haven is fortunate to offer three craft breweries in town to fulfill your taste for unique and flavorful beers. Harbor Light Brewery opened their doors at the beginning of 2019 and have continued to produce exciting flavors with a cozy, laid back atmosphere. Three Blondes Brewery opened in 2018 and serves locally-sourced food on top of their brews. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating at their establishment. South Haven Brewpub is South Haven’s first ever brewpub, and serves great pub food and has an extensive spirit menu on top of their craft beer. Indoor and outdoor seating are also available, and live music is often hosted outside during the summer season.
Saugatuck Brewing Company in Saugatuck and Kalamazoo is constantly creating new beer styles, along with maintaining a consistent year round profile. Featuring six mainstays, two seasonals, and a variety of specialty styles that range from Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts to Sessionable IPAs, grab a pint of your favorite or a 12-pack to go with your summertime plans.
Guardian Brewing Company in Saugatuck provides a welcoming environment where experiences are created by blending quality craft beer and cider, local wine, and freshly made food pairings within a unique brewpub. They focus on session and barrel-aged beers brewed on a 10-barrel Premier Stainless system, with all beer being sold fresh on draft, through 20 taps. Take home a crowler or growler to remember your trip!
Battle Creek is looking forward to the area’s newest craft brewery soon which will feature brews inspired by the history of the area, including a beer flavored with 15 pounds of Froot Loops!
More breweries & beer destinations to visit in South West Michigan:
- HopCat Kalamazoo
- West Michigan Beer Tours, Kalamazoo
- Greenbush Brewing, Sawyer
- New Holland Brewing Battle Creek
- Silver Harbor Brewing, St. Joseph
- The Livery, Benton Harbor
- Waypost Brewing, Fennville
- Hopcat Lansing
- Walldorf Brewpub & Bistro, Hastings
Central West Michigan Breweries
New Holland Brewing offers the perfect combination of great beer and delicious food in a casual, eclectic atmosphere. Visit the New Holland Pub on 8th Street in Holland or The Knickerbocker in Grand Rapids for a full drink menu including craft beer, artisan spirits, handcrafted cocktails, wine, and cider.
The Grand Rapids Brewing Company story began in 1893, when six local breweries joined forces to open a facility that ran successfully until Prohibition. The brewery in downtown Grand Rapids now offers up award-winning original brews alongside homemade food favorites.
Visitors and locals alike are tapping into some of the best Michigan beer around, thanks to popular places in downtown Ludington, including Jamesport Brewing Company. Check out area breweries and pubs that celebrate beer!
The Mt. Pleasant area is home to breweries perfect for all beer connoisseurs looking for local, homemade brews. Enjoy handcrafted brews and delicious chews, and learn more about Mt. Pleasant breweries.
More breweries to try in the Central Region:
- Atwater Brewery, Grand Rapids
- Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids
- Harmony Brewing, Grand Rapids
- HopCat Grand Rapids Downtown
- The Mitten Brewing, Grand Rapids
- DeHop’s Brewing, Walker
- Old Boys Brewhouse, Spring Lake
- Perrin Brewing, Comstock Park
- Rockford Brewing, Rockford
- Our Brewing Company, Holland
- HopCat Holland
- Hudsonville Winery/Pier 51 Brewing Co, Hudsonville
Northern West Michigan Breweries
The Traverse City area is home to 21 breweries, from the big names you know—like Short’s Brewing in Bellaire and Stormcloud Brewing in Frankfort—to the smaller ale houses just waiting to be discovered. The natural bounty of the region makes its way into amazing beers, from locally grown hops to fun and funky ingredients like spruce tips, carrot juice, asparagus, and even whole cherry pies. Build your own brewery tour or join one of several tours in the area. Wherever you go this summer, be sure to call ahead or check online for information about reservations, operations, and safety procedures. Cheers!
Find the perfect pour just minutes down the road from Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. Visitors are drawn to Short’s Brewing Company for their inventive spirit, beer recipes, and commitment to quality food and craft beers. Spend the day enjoying downtown Bellaire, the nearby lakes and trails, and spend the night at Shanty Creek Resort. Don’t forget to take advantage of the shuttle running from the resort to Short’s and other downtown Bellaire destinations.
More ideas to grab a drink while up north:
- Brewery Terra Firma, Traverse City
- The Mitten Brewing Co., Northport
- Cherry Public House, Glen Arbor
The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island is trying something new this year in light of the COVID-19 situation. The dining room and lounge are closed, but they are operating the Mackinac Island Food Truck & Beer Garden. Featuring a trendy, food-truck-type menu and Michigan craft beers, this offers a unique outdoor dining experience on Mackinac Island featuring panoramic views of the Straits of Mackinac!
Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba believes that life’s mission is to do what you love, where you love, with the people you love. For them, that means brewing the best beer they can, in the best place on Earth: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This summer, Upper Hand Brewery is releasing a special Delta Series: six beers inspired by the brewing history of Escanaba.
Home to eight and counting local craft breweries, Marquette County is the unequivocal beer capital of the Upper Peninsula. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy some of the Midwest’s most well-known breweries, each offering their own tailor-made beers and unique settings.
The Michigan Brewers Guild will host the annual U.P. Beer Festival in Marquette on September 12th, which brings together brewers from across the state together to share and enjoy their delicious beers in a fun and friendly event that keeps bringing people back year after year. Check the Michigan Brewers Guild website for other beer-related events throughout the year.
More ideas to grab a drink in the Upper Peninsula:
- Michigan House Cafe and Red Jacket Brewing Co., Calumet Township