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.
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
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
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
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
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.