Northern Michigan’s famed wine scene has lately been the talk of the town, but don’t neglect the up-and-coming microbrew scene, only a few miles from vineyard-covered Old Mission Peninsula. While the brews are the stars on the menu, order up some tasty appetizers or a hearty burger and enjoy a complete dining experience at these Traverse City institutions.
A newcomer to the Traverse City microbrew scene, housed in the city’s old train depot. The focused menu of homemade ales and wood-fired flatbreads complements a comfortably minimalist decor. 642 RAILROAD PLACE, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.8168, THEFILLINGSTATIONMICROBREWERY.COM.
Watch a video on the art of dark beer brewing at the Filling Station!
North Peak, another longtime local favorite, has house-made beers that run the gamut from aggressive, hoppy IPA’s to smooth stouts. Picking a dish from their huge restaurant menu is hard, but we recommend the Monte Cristo with fries. Outdoor deck with live music all summer long. 400 W. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.7325, NORTHPEAK.NET.
At any one time, you might find as many as 50 microbrews on the constantly rotating menu at this hip microbrewery. A menu offering light snacks ensures you won’t drink on an empty stomach. New location on 16th Street. 225 E. 16TH ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1239, RIGHTBRAINBREWERY.COM.
MBC has been a local favorite for more than 15 years. Full line of house-made craft beers, even fuller restaurant menu (pulled-pork from on-site smokehouse!), and some of the best and biggest burgers in town. 161 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.933.1100, MACKINAWBREWING.COM.