You voted for the Top 7 Breweries in each region of Northern Michigan and the results are in! Whether you prefer IPAs, classic stouts, or hard ciders, Northern Michigan has a brewery perfect for you. Find yours by checking out our 2021 Red Hot Best winners below!
A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan!
Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.
Above the Bridge
Full of rustic, woodsy Upper Penninsula Michigan charm, Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub is a necessary stop while visiting Tahquamenon Falls. Fill up on delicious pasties, a UP staple, and try one of several types of beers brewed on-site. The indoor atmosphere reflects the beauty and natural landscape that sits just outside of the microbrewery’s doors – you just might not want to leave!
Benzie & Leelanau
Experience one-of-a-kind microbrewing right off of M-22 at this year-round beer garden in the woods. Reserve your own igloo during the winter or grab a seat next to a fire pit and stay warm with one of their delicious craft beers on tap! With plenty of delicious small plates available and a beer for just about every taste palette, a good time is nearly guaranteed at Hop Lot!
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Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington
Ludington Bay Brewing Co. is all about local. Striving to locally source their ingredients and materials, Ludington Bay brews their beer right on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Ludington. A brewery with a more modern industrial atmosphere, you can order one of the 20-24 brews on tap daily while enjoying the outdoor patio deck in the summer. Dogs are welcome!
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Charlevoix & the Chain of Lakes
Although they have since grown into one of the largest brewing companies in Michigan, Short’s Brewery Company has not forgotten the hands-on, mom-and-pop shop approach to brewing that got them started. Enjoy live music, delicious pub eats, and plenty of fun when you visit Shorts and order one of the 20 made-in-house beers on tap. Feel free to purchase and take home as many bottles, cans, growlers, or half-gallon jugs that will fit in your car!
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Gaylord, Kalkaska & Grayling
Just two blocks away from the kayaking haven on the AuSable river sits Paddle Hard Brewing; a woodsy-industrial chic gastropub in the heart of downtown Grayling. Whether you come via car, kayak, or snowmobile, Paddle Hard’s 20 taps featuring in-house and regional craft beers and unique artisan flatbreads make it a must-stop destination.
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Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits
Located inside a historic brewing building built circa 1898, Petoskey Brewing decided to get the beer flowing again by opening another brewing company and restaurant inside the very same building in 2012. Their industrial taproom right off of M-119 serves up unique in-house craft beers and some of the best burgers in Northern Michigan.
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This flatbread-microbrewery combo inside of a historic train depot is a favorite among Traverse City natives and tourists alike. Order from delicious wood-fired flatbread pizzas and the 20 microbrews on tap, both made from the freshest ingredients possible.
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