Aside from the great views and sceneries, Michigan is also popular for its world class beers and craft breweries. You can find different award winning IPAs, German-style lagers, French-style ales and mead made with Michigan honeybees.
Below are some of the best and finest craft breweries around the Mitten State that produces some of the finest beers you can find at the state.
Founders Brewing Company
Also known as Canal Street Brewing Co., L.L.C., is a craft brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founders Brewing Company philosophy states “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”
The company produces eight year-round beers and several seasonal and limited production beers. Throughout the course of the year, Founder’s produces a large number of other beers that can be had at their Taproom and beer festivals.
The company has been ranked in as one of the top breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com and they’ve won six World Beer Cup medals, four European Beer Star medals and three Great American Beer Festival medals.
A brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second facility in Comstock, Michigan. The company has grown into a regional craft brewery that distributes over a 22 state area, including Puerto Rico and Washington DC.
In 2011, the American Homebrewers Association rated Bell’s Brewery’s Two Hearted Ale (an India Pale Ale) the second-best beer in the United States. The AHA publishes an annual list of 50 ranking beers in its magazine, Zymurgy. Two Hearted Ale is an India pale ale named for Two Hearted River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
They currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as other small batch beers that are served at their tap room, the Eccentric Café, where you can stop by to taste unique beers, while enjoying the live music in their outdoor beer garden.
New Holland Brewing Company
Located in Holland, Michigan, this company operates a microbrewery, located on the city’s northside, and a distillery, specialty brew house, restaurant, and pub in downtown Holland.
The company’s beers are sold at its restaurant and are distributed throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Dakota, North and South Carolina, and Connecticut.
Short’s Brewing Company
A brewpub and microbrewery housed in a refurbished, 100-year-old hardware store located in Bellaire, Michigan. Short’s Brewing Company set a world record for the largest tap takeover when it served 100 Short’s draughts for the August 22, 2013 grand opening of HopCat’s new location in East Lansing, Michigan.
Short’s Brewing Company set a world record for the largest tap takeover when it served 100 Short’s draughts for the August 22, 2013 grand opening of HopCat’s new location in East Lansing, Michigan.
Short’s Brewing Company is distributed only in the upper and lower Michigan peninsulas. Short’s believes this is the best way to give back to the state that made it all possible for them to flourish as a company. Short’s beer is found in over 3,200 locations statewide including restaurants, bars and big box grocery stores, along with liquor/party stores.
Dark Horse Brewery
A brewery and tap room in Marshall, Michigan. The company brews a variety of beers and beer styles, including the Crooked Tree India Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Raspberry Ale, Sapient Trip Ale, Boffo Brown Beer, and Black Bier. The brewery has won several medals at various brewing competitions.
Dark Horse Brewery’s Taproom is located on South Kalamazoo Road in Marshall, Michigan. Unique features of the taproom include 3200+ mugs that fill the ceiling and walls owned by its mug club members. Members must purchase their membership with one, non-recurring fee. The members keep their mugs in a designated spot within the pub and are able to drink beer directly from their mug. Dark Horse employees claim that the mugs of mug club members are larger than the pint glasses by which beer is served to non-members, and thus, mug club members receive a higher value for their purchases. Only the owner of the mug is able to drink from his mug and members are required to verify their ownership with a recognized form of identification. Mug club members at Dark Horse have a punched-card system where every sixth mug is .50 cents.
The craft beer-rating website RateBeer ranked Dark Horse 29th in its 2013 list of Best Brewers in the World. More than 13,000 breweries were involved in the contest.
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