How to Brew Up a Good Time at a Northern Michigan Brewery

Between Mackinac Island and Traverse City, there are so many incredible things to see and do on a visit to the northern region of the Wolverine State. There’s no better way to kick back and relax after a day of exploring than at a Northern Michigan brewery. You’ll discover just about every beer under the sun and more during a trip to one of these local craft brew kings. 

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Where to Find the Best Northern Michigan Brewery

Beards Brewing Company – Petoskey

Great beer and food are the highlights of this small but trendy Northern Michigan brewery blocks away from Lake Michigan. Beards Brewing Company offers a selection of tasty year-round wheat ales, IPAs, and porters in addition to a rotating tap of seasonal beers. This is an excellent place to stop for lunch if you’re near Petoskey.

Shorts Brewing Company – Bellaire

The plain exterior and simple interior of Shorts Brewing Company pack a great selection of almost two dozen beers on tap and a tasty deli. Trivia and live music are just a couple of the fun nightly entertainment options you’ll find here.

Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company – Charlevoix

Visitors come to Charlevoix for the unique Mushroom Houses, but this lakeside community has an incredible Northern Michigan brewery in town. Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company has everything from pale ales to pilsners on tap (in addition to wine and cocktails for those wanting something a little different).

Stiggs Brewing Company – Boyne City

Tasty food options and locally brewed beer are the main draws at Stiggs Brewing Company. This quaint pub has an incredible menu, featuring items like smoked ribs and The Mighty Mac.

Petoskey Brewing Company – Petoskey 

The spacious taproom at Petoskey Brewing Company is the perfect place to spend your afternoon tasting one of their dozen beers on tap. This Northern Michigan brewery also packs in plenty of flavors with their menu.

Stormcloud Brewing Company – Frankfort

Stormcloud Brewing Company brings Belgian-inspired brewing techniques to Northern Michigan. Their brand new tasting room is one of the top places to grab a bite and a brew in the area!

The Mitten Brewing Company – Northport

Head north of Traverse City to the small village of Northport to sample the array of beers at The Mitten Brewing Company. Relax and sip a German wheat ale or Kolsch after visiting Leelanau State Park.

Silver Spruce Brewing Company – Traverse City

Silver Spruce Brewing Company sits just outside of the heart of Traverse City and has a fantastic selection of brews on tap. Sip their delicious Maple Brown on a cold winter day or enjoy a refreshing Bohemian Pilsner on a hot summer afternoon.

Right Brain Brewery – Traverse City

This quirky Northern Michigan brewery sports an interesting rotation of beers. Right Brain Brewery’s Thai Peanut, Cake Walk, and Nitro Muninous Lemon Ale are all incredible odd and tasty. Be sure to check this place out during your visit to Traverse City.

The Jolly Pumpkin Brewery and Cafe – Traverse City

The Jolly Pumpkin Brewery and Cafe has multiple locations around Michigan. This Traverse City brewery has an incredible selection of beers, specializing in sours. Oh, and they also serve some great grub.

Cheboygan Brewing Company – Cheboygan

The Cheboygan Brewing Company is arguably the best place to taste a fantastic selection of beer near the Mackinac Bridge. Enjoy one of their Blood Orange Honey or IPA #11 on the rooftop deck. Stop in before heading up to the Upper Peninsula or Mackinac Island.

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