Say Cheers at These 5 Northern Michigan Breweries

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Calling craft beer drinkers! Northern Michigan is the perfect place to enjoy the lakes while sipping on a delicious Michigan craft beer. If you're looking for a fun Michigan brew tour, look no further than these local breweries.


1. Lake Charlevoix Brewing CompanyCharlevoix


Located in downtown Charlevoix, the Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company is an eight tap brew-pub featuring four mainstays and four ever-rotating tap handles of quality Michigan craft beer. During the warmer months make sure to get a seat in the beer garden overlooking Round Lake. Visitors thoroughly enjoy the seasonality of different beer styles, drinking darker beers in the winter and lighter beers in the summer. Some rotating favorites include Our-Levoix, a rhubarb red ale that is both tart and sweet brewed in collaboration with Our Brewing Co. Hopheads will love the El Trubador, a citrus noted Imperial IPA made from Michigan Cascade Hops. The food menu provides shareable apps, simple tacos and sandwiches that perfectly accompany the beer choices.


2. Petoskey Brewing CompanyPetoskey Area


It’s hard to miss the Petoskey Brewing building on M-119, which was built in 1898 and brewed until 1915. In 2012, the brewery was restored and reopened. The seasonal Cranium Crush Waffle Cone Raspberry Cream Ale is a great blend of fresh raspberries and actual waffle cones. This unique brew is a great seasonal beer that’s smooth and great for summer. If you are a IPA fan, Hopsessed Double I.P.A. is a bold blend of citrus and Simcoe dry hop. This beer’s high bitterness is somewhat toned down by the caramel used in the malted barley. Petoskey Brewing also offers a full menu with delicious burgers and sandwiches.


3. Beards Brewing Company – Petoskey Area

Nestled in downtown Petoskey, Beards has a unique concealed backroom location. With a vibe like your neighborhood coffee shop, the low-key feeling is ever-present. Looking for a good summer beer? Look no further than the Luna, a classic brewery staple that is a saison-styled American wheat ale with amazing undertones of citrus. The Serendipity Porter offers a smooth chocolatey flavor, a perfect blend of sweetness and subtle undertones of sherry and smoke for those seeking a darker option. Grab a bite from the stationed Happy’s Tacos food truck if you’re feeling hungry.

4. Shorts Brewing Company – Bellaire


Shorts is a Northern Michigan staple. This local brewery has gained state and national recognition for their innovative beer names. Known for its Soft Parade, Bellaire Brown and Huma Lupa Licious, the brew pub also offers numerous unique beers that cannot be found in stores. Try their Chocolate Wheat ale for an amazingly smooth and drinkable porter style beer. Gitchy Gitchy Ooh La La is brewed with nontraditional ingredients such as cucumber, lemon and lilac. This interesting blend creates a fun tasting experience. Shorts always has tons of new beers rotating through their tap list. Make sure to save room for food, as their menu does not disappoint (our favorite is the White Pepper sammy).


5. Stiggs Brewing Company – Boyne City

Located downtown Boyne City, Stiggs Brewing Company can be found in the historical Alpena Railroad building. This once bustling railroad depot promises to be the next great addition to the Michigan craft beer scene. The Screaming Tree IPA is an American hops and barley ale that’s well balanced and smooth. The Boyne Logger is a Vienna Style Lager that is lightly hopped and gives visitors a chance unwind after a busy day.  The Swoopy Swallow is a Weizenbier that has a wheaty malt flavor with an extremely crisp finish. Stiggs serves pub food with a twist derived from local farmers and vendors paired with Stiggs handcrafted beers and other Michigan wines and spirits.