Life just plain tastes better when Pure Michigan local food, unique cuisine or award-wining brews are on the menu. Come along for a tour of some of our great eateries and cool off at one of our spirited watering holes.
With entrees, snacks and appetizers like parmesan-garlic popcorn with your Sandstone Pale Ale, Lumberjack Root Beer Floats, or Lake Superior whitefish, youre in store for a real Pure Michigan foodie treat. Or, perhaps you just want to tease your pallet with refreshing brews like Authentic Bavarian Wheat Ale with hints of banana and clove at the Mount Pleasant Brewing Company, or Superior Single Barrel Aged Rum from the New Holland Brewing Company, or the many distillery favorites that youre find at Jolly Pumpkin Brewpub hotspots in Traverse City, Ann Arbor and Dexter.
Artisan brewers are making a comeback and Michigan is no exception. Michigan ranks sixth in the nation in number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, and hosts many tasting events and celebrations. The Great Lakes State is living up to its nickname, The Great Beer State.
Check out our sampling of Great Brew Pubs that make up Michigans fast-growing craft brew scene:
ARBOR BREWING COMPANY -- The first microbrewery on the Ann Arbor regions fast-growing craft brew scene offers up to 12 house beers on tap and a vegetarian-friendly menu featuring seasonal, natural foods.
FRANKENMUTH BREWERY-- This storied brewing company crafts beer the Bavarian way, as it has since it was established on the bank of the Cass River in 1862.
JOLLY PUMPKIN BREWPUB-- See if you agree with Mens Journals top rating for Bam Biere, one of the artisan ales at this rustic setting on Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City.
KEWEENAW BREWING COMPANY -- You know youre in Copper Country when theres a miners mug on your can of Red Jacket Amber Ale. Craft beers are on tap at the downtown Houghton microbrewery.
LAKE SUPERIOR BREWING COMPANY -- Munch parmesan-garlic popcorn with your Sandstone Pale Ale or sit down for whitefish fresh from the Great Lakes outside the door of the Dunes Saloon in tiny Grand Marais.
MICHIGAN BREWING COMPANY-- Theyre pouring Peninsula Porter, Superior Stout and authentic Belgian Celis Beers at the Webberville Brewery Pub as well as at the sleek second location in downtown Lansing.
MOUNT PLEASANT BREWING COMPANY -- Names like Hobos Breath Brown and Trainwreck Ale hint at the humor on hand at this mid-Mitten Tap Room. Mix and match favorite brews for a six-pack to go.
NEW HOLLAND BREWING COMPANY-- The chalkboard menu of whats on tap doesnt list ambiance, but its there in the award-winning beer, rave-worthy menu, and industrial chic renovation of this downtown Holland hot spot.
ODD SIDE ALES-- Count on creative craft beer from a former CPA who turns out small batches of flavorful brews in a former piano factory in Grand Haven.
WILTSES BREW PUB-- The old logging town of Oscodas family-friendly restaurant satisfies all ages with an extensive menu plus Lumberjack Root Beer Floats and hand-crafted beers like Paul Bunyan Ale.
Michigan is known for great restaurants and some qualify as simply Pure Michigan. Below, weve list a few that youll want to check out on your next foodie excursion.
Check out our sampling of Top Pure Michigan Tastes:
THE COOKS HOUSE -- The five- and seven-course tasting menus are a popular way to sample the abundance of locally grown and artisan food products that inspired this Traverse City cafe.
EVANS STREET STATION-- This is worth-the-drive dining on ingredients gathered from a network of area growers. Specialties are prepared in the open kitchen and beautifully presented in Tecumsehs former firehouse.
THE FRESH PALATE -- A bright spot in Alpenas renovated, century-old Center Building serves appetizing breakfast wraps, salads and sandwiches using homegrown lettuce, veggies, eggseven shitake and oyster mushrooms.
FOREST GRILL-- A smart Birmingham setting showcases seasonal menus featuring simply prepared foods such as free-range chicken, heirloom beets, wild mushrooms, house-made charcuterie and clay oven baked pizza.
GRANGE KITCHEN & BAR -- Even the shrimp are Michigan grown at this Ann Arbor dining room. Chef Brandon Johns transforms whats at its peak into monthly family-style Grange Sunday Dinners.
MARIE CATRIBS-- Sample world flavors at this lively Grand Rapids gathering spot where from-scratch specialties include baked goods and Lebanese, Finnish, vegan and gluten-free foods.
SALT of the E EARTH-- Savor the flavors of the Fennville region on the rustic American menu of pork belly, oven-roasted trout, wood-fired pizza and bread warm from the house bakery.
SWEET WATER CAFE-- Marquettes source for comfort food and multicultural cuisine has long featured UP eggs, maple syrup, naturally raised beef and Lake Superior whitefish on its eclectic menu.
THE VANCAMP HOUSE -- Former firefighter Andy Fabian opens the doors to his classic Port Sanilac farmhouse only on weekends and serves a changing menu dictated by whats best that week.