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Old 08-07-2009, 08:45 PM   #1
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I'll be vacationing in Traverse City, MI for a week and would like to visit some of the local breweries there. Anyone have any recommendations?


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It's not "in" TC, but if you're that close, make the trip to Bellaire and visit Short's Brewery. Well worth it IMO.


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Old 08-07-2009, 10:18 PM   #3
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I haven't been there, but I have been told that Right Brain Brewery is really good.
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Short's is the best in the area. In Traverse City I know of three. Right Brain Brewery is very good. Then there is Mackinaw Brewing Company, and North Peak Brewing Company, the beers aren't very good.
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Short's is the sh!t, and I've heard very good things from Right Brain. RB does whole wet hop beers, from locally grown hops from the peninsula, Mission Point. Short's is just a killer all around highly admired brewery.
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Right Brain is awesome....one of the best beers I've ever had was their Bourbon Barrel vanilla porter. Kinda hard to find, off a side street, small little place but very trendy. Macinaw had ok beers...your basic microbrew selection, nothing exciting, but decent. Kilkenny's is an irish pub under a microbrew...kinda two pubs in one. I don't remember what the upper brewpub was called...I never went upstairs, but spent an entire night downstairs. The irish pub was a blast...I think the atmosphere was amazing. The beer was great, but then again that was the last stop of a pub crawl!

Also, don't miss Bubba's Burgers!! It's a little bar/restaraunt that opens early for breakfast, and serves THE BEST burgers I've ever tasted. All their food was great, and I ate there like 6 times in a week. Beer selection is great, too. It's right near the start of the downtown area. Good stuff!!
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Didn't have a chance to check this thread while I was in TC so I unfortunately did not go to Shorts. I did make it to North Peak, Right Brain, Mackinaw, and Jolly Pumpkin.

There were slim pickins at the cottage (I didn't do the grocery shopping!):


Tuesday night started out at North Peak. I had the sampler:


Afterwards, got dropped off at Right Brain where again I started with the sampler:


1) Raspberry Ale
2) Lemon Wheat
3) Willpower Pale Ale
4) Scarborough Fair Spiced Ale - Brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (but of course). Very interesting beer, but nothing I would have many pints of.
5) Ethel the Frog ESB - by far the best beer that I had in TC!
6) Posh Poter - Chocolate porter laid down on local organic red raspberries - was not for me... The raspberries added to much tartness.

I was debating having The Exception Barleywine or a pint of Ethel the Frog. I finally decided on Ethel the Frog, but the friendly bartender made an exception and gave us a 5 oz sample of The Exception Barleywine. It was really medicinal, and I don't think I could have had much more than 5 oz of it.




We made our way to Union Street bar where my friends had Bell's Olberon and I took a break.

We walked over to Mackinaw brewery where I had the Summer Love wheat beer.



I don't remember it being to spectacular, but I was pretty drunk by then.


I took a day off to recover then went on a 40 mile bike ride around the peninsula saw some hop fields. Stopped at the Jolly Pumpkin for pizza and a sour beer on the way back down to Traverse City.




All in all a great time in TC. I emailed Right Brain for the recipe for Ethel the Frog ESB... We'll see if they respond. I hope so.


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