These Traverse City Beer Tours Let You Sip, Paddle and Roll

Wedged between the waters of West Grand Traverse Bay and the Boardman River, Traverse City’s proximate local microbreweries offer ale enthusiasts easy Saturday afternoon sipping. Here’s a handful of essential stops on a self-guided Traverse City beer tour, plus local outfitters offering bike and kayak beer tours.  

THE FILLING STATION MICROBREWERY

Filling Station’s Neapolitan style wood-fired pizzas are a tasty bulwark against the beer flood enabled by 18 rotating taps of house-brewed ales. // 642 Railroad Pl., 231.946.8168

MIDDLECOAST BREWING COMPANY

Sip MiddleCoast’s brews at The Market Bar inside State Street Market—also home to Midland Burger Co., Crepes & Co., TC BBQ and Grind Coffee Company. Grab a bite to eat and find plenty of seating inside and on the patio. // 329 E. State St., 231.943.1606

RIGHT BRAIN BREWERY

Keep it conservative with RB’s session-worthy Satisfaction ESB or explore the world of avant-garde sour infusions like the Who Goes There Celery Juniper. // 225 E. Sixteenth St., 231.944.1239

SILVER SPRUCE BREWING

Refined, dangerously drinkable ales like the oat pale and Michigan pale make for a chill lingering session in Silver Spruce’s industrial-chic 8th Street environs. // 439 E. Eighth St., 231.252.3552

WORKSHOP BREWING COMPANY

Plunder the swank warehouse district boutiques, refuel with an espresso at BLK MKT then cap your brewery tour on Workshop’s patio with a roasty pint of Pry Bar Nitro Porter. // 221 Garland St., 231.421.8977

Traverse City Beer Tours

These outfitters are ready to guide you through the TC suds scene.

BOAT // KAYAK BREWERY TOURS

Bask in the perfect synergy of pints, pfd’s and paddles on the Boardman River Kabrew trail.

BOAT + BIKE // PADDLE TC

To cover good ground and even burn a few calories between taprooms, hop on a cruiser or electric assist bike for Paddle TC’s ‘Brewbi’ tour.

BOAT + BIKE // KAYAK, BIKE & BREW

Pedal and paddle along TC’s TART Trail, West Bay and Boardman Lake and River.

BUS // GRAND TRAVERSE TOURS

Load a cooler with provisions and hit up the breweries like a baller in one of Grand Traverse Tours’ tricked out Mercedes Benz shuttles.

Traverse food and drinks editor Tim Tebeau writes from Petoskey. dining@traversemagazine.com // Dave Weidner is a freelance photographer based in Traverse City. dweidnerphoto@gmail.com.

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