in the Michiana area for a couple weeks...
I'm up here in Mishawaka with work for the next two weeks.
Anybody have some must do beer activities. I'm gonna hit some liquor stores for beers that aren't available in Kentucky, but are there any great pubs or even breweries in the area?
I would make the drive to Bell's in Kalamazoo.
3 Floyd's is close ish, bells, new Holland is good too. Holland,mi is a neat area for a day trip anyway. Dark horse isn't too far either.
A few years back we did a beer vacation in that area:
In 5 days :drunk:
I would say do not miss Founder's if you can get to Grand Rapids. Also, the Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids is pretty cool.
Paw Paw Brewing Great new brewery, I was there when they opened less than two years ago.
The Livery- Great beer and atmosphere
The Round Barn
Bells- Is less than an hour and they have a nice homebrew store.
New Holland Brewing
Chubby Trout -Great 1 lb. Bluegill dinner, fresh sushi , excellent steaks and quite a few craft taps.
Taste of Asia- The best Chinese I found, I ate here at least once a week the entire time I was there.
Belmont Beverage- The two I found in the area to have the best selection were:
1102 East Ewing Ave
South Bend, IN 46613
1621 South Bend Ave
South Bend, IN 46617
If you have a smart phone I would recommend these two apps. I travel 6 states for business and I have very rarely been disappointed with the information from either of these resources.
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I will post more as I recall them. Enjoy our stay.
You can ignore everything said so far because no one mentioned shorts.:D
Skip bells, the fact that they are popular always astounds me, biggest beer myth perpetuated..."yeah...but 2 hearted". Lol
Jolly pumpkin, founders, shorts, and find your way to 3 Floyd's it is one of the best breweries anywhere.
Xpertskier...Oh No you dint! (just bash Bells)
I've been with you on other occassions but this one just aint right. Bells Two Hearted and Bells Oberon are elixirs of the Gods my man -throw the old man's stout in there as well!
I've studied the Shorts HumaLupaliscious and the Pandemonium at lenght. I side on the side of the previous mentioned Bells products.
Check out Bare Hands Brewery in Granger, IN (basically in Mishawaka) and Iechyd Da in Elkhart, IN. Both are great new breweries in our fine area. If you want some great beer and food, there is Fiddler's Hearth in South bend, IN. Great tap list and great pub food (I love the scottish burger). All less than 15-20 minutes out of Mishawaka. There is also Greenbush Brewing Co about an hour away in Michigan.
Also, I disagree on Taste of Asia, I would favor J. W. Chen's in South Bend, IN for the best Chinese food in the area. The lady that run's the place is amazing as is her cooking. Khun-Daeng Thai Kitchen is also amazing for Thai food, I could live on that place alone.
Also, the Potawatomi Zoo's Zoo brew is sept 7th. http://potawatomizoo.org/Zoo_Brew.asp it's a nice little beer event for local breweries and helps out the wildlife.
I do like two hearted, it is a quality beer. For me though, it stops there.
Oberon just isn't my kind of American wheat and I have had years of hopslam(fresh) that are solid and some that are anything but.
Bells amber, pale ale, and some others even less memorable "standard" are about as meh as beer gets. I have not had some of their specialty stouts(would like to) but have heard mixed things. That's like, just my opinion man...
Long and short of it is, I LOVE Michigan(especially the UP and west coast of the hand) and they have a more than respectable beer scene with lots of good beer, you'll have a blast.
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