The 10 Best Craft Breweries In Michigan

A variety of beer
A variety of beer | © TheNerdPatrol/Flickr
Samuel Spencer

Once upon a time, Michigan meant motors. Increasingly though, the Great Lake State is becoming the Great Beer State, with dozens of craft beer producers making some of the boldest and best brews in the country. Everything goes into the beer in Michigan – clever ideas, hard work, and even in one case, bacon. Discover the finest and most unique breweries with our guide to the best ale makers in the state.

1. Odd Sides Ales

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American

A fairly young and small upstart on the scene, Odd Sides has all of the local charm that many bigger establishments are now losing as Michigan beers are increasingly demanded across America. Their regularly packed small bar still manages to offer 15 taps though, through the standard favorites are their Grapefruit Beer or their Hipster BrunchStout – a maple, coffee and bacon beer that is a smoky delight. Each beer has a totally unique flavor that will see you working your way through the taps in no time.

2. Jolly Pumpkin

Bar, Cafe, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub

Though many will be put off by the idea of Jolly Pumpkin’s country-inspired selection of sour beers, they are guaranteed to convert you with their rustic charms. Across their three gastro-pubs and tap/tasting room in Dexter, they have an impressive selection of handcrafted beers, plus some of the best food of any of Michigan’s microbreweries, with their food a perfect accompaniment to their unassuming, homely brews. From their Detroit pizzeria to their Traverse City grill, complex flavors rule, meaning that after a visit the pumpkin will not be the only one who is jolly.

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