World of Beer: Ultimate Breweries in Michigan

Michigan Craft Beer and Breweries- Pure Michigan

Microbreweries are becoming more and more popular by the day here in Michigan it seems. I am from Grand Rapids, MI and when I go to downtown GR I feel like I pass a microbrewery on every block and thats just in Grand Rapids. I have always been a beer drinker, but I have recently changed from Budlight, PBR and Red Dog to Soft Parade, Hopslam and Two Hearted. If you are unfamiliar to the last three beers I named, don’t by the end of the post you will know exactly what those beers are.

I am going to give you a list of some of the many breweries in Michigan and what beers those breweries are named for. If you are more into wines and cocktails, your mind might be changed by the end of this post. It is becoming more and more a world of beer!

Founders Brewing Company

Located in Grand Rapids, MI Founders has been bringing in a lot of attention within the last few years. For one, their range of beers is incredible. If you are looking for a beer with the perfect amount of hops, go with the All Day IPA. If you are looking for something with more citrus go with the Pale Ale. Whenever I go there I try to get something new and different. One time I had their watermelon ale and if you like wine this is the beer to get. For food, the beer cheese dip and Mug Clubber sandwich are my favorite. This brewery never disappoints from the food and beer all the way to the atmosphere.

The last time I went there I was with my dad and aunt. My aunt doesn’t really like beer and they don’t serve wine. We sat up at the bar and the bartender noticed that my aunt only ordered water.  He was not going to have that so throughout the night he would bring little samples of different beers he thought she might like, no charge. He went out of his way to make sure my aunt found something she liked. He asked her what kind of drinks she did like and my aunt told him scotch. Backwoods Bastard is what he brought her, which is a 10.2% beer with taste of scotch, bourbon and caramel in it. She loved it. If you’re looking for a place with live bands or trying to relax after work and play cards or sit by the outside fire pit, Founders Brewing Company is the place to try.



Short’s Brewing Company

Short's Brewery

Dad and I enjoying some Short’s!

This is my favorite brewing company of all time. Located in Bellaire, MI, Short’s serves my favorite beer, Soft Parade. 7.5% and full of flavor from the fermented blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. This beer has so much flavor and its not that heavy of a beer.

This brewery is known for their clever names of beers. To name a few; Snake Juice, Huma Lupa Licious, ControversiALE and The Liberator. Half the fun of drinking Short’s beer is saying the name and looking at the artwork on the bottles. This is one brewery that when you go there or drink their beer you know how much they care about creating new and innovative beer.

Bell’s Brewery

Located in Kalamazoo, MI this brewery is home to the beers Hopslam, Oberon and Two Hearted. Hopslam is a beer I have recently discovered and it became of my favorite beers instantly. It is 10.0% and has a variety of balanced flavors like honey, citrus and pine. To me when I drink Oberon I think of summer and vacation. It is the perfect beer to sip while you are out boating or camping. Two Hearted is good for anytime of the year. It is a stronger beer that I had to drink a few times before I got used to the taste. This brewery is known to deliver and Two Hearted was even named best India Pale Ale in the world. If you are wanting to try something new, Bell’s is the place to go.

Oberon and boating during the summer

Oberon and boating during the summer.

Breweries are becoming a big part of Michigan’s culture and microbreweries are popping up all around. Here are a few more breweries you should definitely check out!

Blackrocks Brewery– Marquette

Grand Rapids Brewing Co.– Grand Rapids

Brewery Vivant– Grand Rapids

Harmony Brewing– Grand Rapids

HopCat– East Lansing

Latitude 42 Brewing Co.– Portage

Perrin Brewing Company– Comstock Park

Arcadia Brewing Company– Battle Creek

Ore Dock Brewing Company– Marquette