It’s no secret that West Michigan is known for its many breweries, and what better time to try some new ones than summer. No matter what area you find yourself in, there’s sure to be a great brewery nearby where you can raise a glass and toast to the warm weather. Not sure where to start? Check out some great options across West Michigan!
Check out our Carefree Travel Guide for more local brews.
Southern Michigan Brews
Battle Creek may be known for cereal, but they’ve got plenty of locally brewed beers to try in their new Social District. Drinks are allowed outdoors with their special Live It Up cup, so take you can take happy hour outdoors!
Downtown Coldwater is getting ready to welcome its first brewery this August, bringing a variety of crowd-pleasing beer and mouth-watering pub grub. Stay tuned for updates as they approach opening day!
Saugatuck is home to some great local breweries as well. Guardian Brewing Company has a welcoming environment where you can try any of their 22 craft beers on tap, or even take a class from their Beer School on a variety of brew-related matters! Saugatuck Brewing Company, with locations in both Saugatuck and Kalamazoo, is another great spot to grab a pint.
Head to South Haven to try their three craft breweries and fulfill your taste for unique, flavorful beers. Visit one for a flight and hand-crafted food that pairs perfectly with your beer of choice- there’s sure to be something for everyone!
Michigan’s oldest brewery and first microbrew pub is Bell’s Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo. Bell’s Eccentric Cafe offers a great space in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo to try all that they have to offer. While in Kalamazoo, check out the Give a Craft Beer tour program through West Michigan Beer Tours, where you can visit eight breweries in the area and earn some fun swag!
In the Greater Lansing area you can find 15 great craft breweries along their Makers & Shakers Trail. On this tasting trail full of delicious libations, you can quench your thirst and find hearty meals at a variety of unique Lansing breweries.
New Buffalo’s Ghost Isle Brewery makes beer with a single goal: make it enjoyable (responsibly). There is a beer for everyone and the important thing is that you enjoy a product made with care. With a focus on quality, simplicity and tradition, our beer is made without pretension. From classic German lagers to high octane stouts, modern hazy IPAs and hard seltzer to wheat beer with watermelon and basil. Paired with exceptional food and a laid back, family-friendly atmosphere, our beer is made for the people and the people are why we make beer.
Taste the best of pure Michigan in St. Joseph with Silver Harbor Brewing‘s newest beer, a kettle sour, Five O’ Clock Parfait. Is this actually a fruit parfait? You’ll second guess it after a few sips. Generous additions of blackberry and boysenberry, while using vanilla beans and lactose to get a vanilla yogurt like taste, and granola in the mash to round it all off. Not into sours, no worries try one of their other 14+ award winning beers, local wine or craft cocktails.
River Saint Joe offers certified organic beer, often utilizing hops grown on-site by their partner farm, Flatwater Farms. The beer garden at RSJ overlooks the beautiful rolling landscape of the farm, which you can enjoy while sipping on their flagship beer, the Farmhouse Pale Ale. It has a firm bitterness balanced by flavors and aromas of orange zest and showcases the terroir of Southwest Michigan with Flatwater Farms’ Chinook and Cascade Hops.
The Livery in Benton Harbor is celebrating summer fun! They’re releasing the fan-favorite, “Easy Keeper” (New England Pale Ale) in early July to coincide with the return of live music to the brewpub. This easy drinking beer offers bold flavors of pineapple, orange zest, and hints of pine from the Citra and Berrien County-grown Chinook hops. And, of course, don’t miss The Livery kitchen’s fresh pizza, sammie, and soup specials!
Other beer destinations in South West Michigan:
- Great Mead Hall & Brewing Co., Bangor
- Round Barn Brewery & Public House, Baroda
- Round Barn Filling Station, Coloma
- Round Barn Tasting Room, Union Pier
- Virtue Cider, Fennville
- Waypost Brewing Co., Fennville
- Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro, Hastings
Central Michigan Sips
Looking for a new way to enjoy your brews in Beer City, USA? Great Lakes Pub Cruiser is a 16 person party bike that offers pub crawls, corporate events, or a fun way to spend a few hours in Grand Rapids!
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids is back offering tours once again! Offering multiple public tours weekly, as well as private options, Founders offers a great opportunity to learn more about their famous brews and take the intimidation out of beer.
Summer is a great time to try seasonal favorites, like Mango Gold from The Mitten Brewing Co. Mango Gold is a sessionable wheat ale with tart and sweet mango flavors that taste like summer. Stop by to try it at their Northport location, or in Grand Rapids where they’re also offering pizza flights!
Visitors to Holland have many options for those who seek craft beer. Holland’s three breweries offer their brewed-on-the-premises beers and ciders, while their local beer bar has more than 60 beers on tap, offering the best microbrews from around the country. Local favorite New Holland Brewing Company also offers a Production Campus tour on Saturdays for those looking to learn more about the brewing process.
In Mount Pleasant, you’re sure to find some great brews at their two local breweries, which together craft more than 70 styles of beer. Beer lovers, be sure not to want to miss the annual Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival annually, featuring beer and cider from 25 different breweries. There’s sure to be something for every beer drinker!
Perrin Brewing brews Michigan-made beer for Michigan-made adventure. Fill your cooler with Perrin Brewing 59-10 IPA and fuel your tummy with their new locally crafted menu in the Perrin Pub – enjoy Michigan summer with Perrin Brewing! The 59-10 IPA takes its name from the brewery’s Comstock Park address, and celebrates Michigan roots, and the local craft beer community. It’s a traditional IPA with a modern twist – a blend of old-school and new-age hops are perfectly balanced with a sweet, malty backbone.
Visit Old Boys’ Brewhouse in Spring Lake for some new brews! They’ve just released their Michigan Heritage IPA, a proprietary hop grown only in Michigan. It’s slightly malty and generously hoppy without being too bitter. Also try their Pelo Del Perro (Cerveza), a golden lager brewed with a larger part of the grain bill being corn and a yeast strain used in many popular import beers. Try it with a lime!
More great places to grab a drink in Central West Michigan:
- Atwater Brewery, Grand Rapids
- DeHop’s Brewing Co., Grand Rapids
- Harmony Hall, Grand Rapids
- The Knickerbocker, Grand Rapids
- Pike 51 Brewing Co, Hudsonville
Tastes of Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan is nationally recognized for its local food scene, and coupled with locally-made microbrews, it’s a perfect pair. Just a short distance from Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, don’t miss Short’s Brewing Company and experience their inventive spirit, beer recipes, and commitment to quality food and craft brews.
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.
Find a great new place to tap into some of the best Michigan beer around when you visit Downtown Ludington. Don’t miss Jamesport Brewing Company, a local area staple with 12 house-crafted beers on tap and a great view of the harbor!
In Petoskey you can find several breweries where the beer is crafted by people as passionate about making it as you are about enjoying it. You can even sit back and relax on a driven tour to enjoy multiple local breweries on your trip.
Calling all craft beverage drinkers! Charlevoix invites you to try their two local breweries, and nine others in the surrounding area. Check out the beverage map created by the Charlevoix Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Additional breweries in Northern West Michigan:
- St. Ambrose Cellars, Beulah
- Stormcloud Brewing Co., Frankfort
- Rusted Spoke Brewing, Mackinaw City
- The Mitten Brewing Co., Northport
- Brewery Terra Firma, Traverse City
Looking for more info about great brews in the Mitten state? Check out the Michigan’s Great Beer State Podcast, from the Michigan Brewers Guild. This weekly show shares conversations from the passionate people who contribute to the vibrant Michigan beer community. Definitely a must-hear for beer lovers across the state! Also be sure to check out Michigan Brewers Guild’s July “Michigan Beer Month” promo for a free pint glass!