I visited Atwater Brewing Oct 13th on their first official day open at about 5:00pm. First you’ll notice the exterior of The Rowe and Atwater on the ground floor look really great after the renovations and with outdoor seating on the sidewalk along Monroe Ave it creates an inviting space. Inside was crowded on opening day but because I brought a dog I would be sitting outside anyways so it wasn’t a concern though without exterior heaters it got chilly as the sun went down. Indoor space was a mix of high tops, tables and bar seating with lots of windows this will be a great spot to sit and watch pedestrians while you sip a beer.
I got a waitress outside and she was prompt bringing both beer and food menus. They had already sold out of a few beers but with 40 taps there were still plenty to try. Next visit I will probably do a sampler and the cocktail menu has some interesting concoctions too. The food menu features ‘wieners’ that as you can see in the pictures are like sliders that cost $4 each. I sampled the Michigan Blueberry Chucker Clucker, Johnny Appleseed, and the Ball Parker with the Ball Parker being my favorite due to the classic flavors. With a side of waffle fries that are just basic tasting it would be a modest meal. As you can see on the food menu there are more substantial offerings at a higher price as well as appetizers, salads, and pizza so plenty to choose from. You might want to try going at lunch to get a cheaper combo price. They also provided sauces including; ketchup, mustard, barbecue, and hot sauce that all tasted pretty basic which was nice.
Overall a good first impression with the service, food and building. I only tried one beer so can’t give a good review but with the variety of options and Atwater’s success around the state I suspect they will create some good beers here in Grand Rapids.
Atwater Brewing opens a new location in Grand Rapids TODAY! Inside The Rowe at 201 Michigan Street NW, this new brewery has a prime location and with 40 taps you’ll want to check it out asap. Atwater is known as a Detroit brewer but now with a presence in Beer City USA they’re bridging the two biggest cities in Michigan. This Grand Rapids location will allow Atwater to experiment with new recipes and test them in a refined beer loving city before possibly brewing larger batches in Detroit.
The brewery also has food including German theme wieners as well as their own liquors and wine.
Check it out and let us know what your favorite Atwater beer is!
Elk Brewing: Comstock Park location officially opens for business Sept 15th, 2016. Right across from the Fifth Third Ballpark this new brewery location from Elk Brewing fills a geographically dry area and expands Elk’s brewing capacity from its original Wealthy st brewery. Thursday you can get your Elk beers from 11am-11pm and fill up on amazing food from 11am-9pm!
The Knickerbocker brewery location in Grand Rapids from New Holland Brewing is set to open to the public on September 15th, 2016! This brewpub is in a completely new building, built to New Hollands specifications so it should be amazing. I’ve heard the kitchen has its own butchery area and you can see some of the brewing and distilling from the restaurant areas. I’m excited about the beer garden during this fall weather and for Art Prize visitors to try.
I visited Creston Brewery a day after their grand opening and sampled all 11 beers on tap! They have a range of beers from fruity to hoppy to coffee flavored. All were easy drinking and low alcohol content. While there is lots of indoor seating the place was packed and it’s seat yourself so we made friends with someone that already had a table with empty spots. I suspect it won’t be so busy during the week.
After trying all those beers we needed a snack and tried their beef empanadas, as you can see from the picture they aren’t very fancy and the dip didn’t have much flavor but they were ok tasting.
The beers are reasonably priced ranging from $4 to $6 for a pint and samples were $1.50. You should be aware that when we visited they would sell you a growler but were unable to fill it for you, unsure of when they will actually offer growler fills!
Overall a nice neighborhood brewery in an under served area in Grand Rapids.
Bier Distillery is set to open August 18th, 2016 according to social media. As far as I can tell this will just be spirits and not beer. Located at 5295 WEST RIVER DR. NE, STE 100, COMSTOCK PARK, MI 4932 get ready for some liquor!
Creston Breweries grand opening is set for August 10th, 2016! The hours will be 11:00am-Midnight every day of the week.
On opening day there will be 11 different beers on tap. Creston Brewery will offer live music and food including gluten free and vegan options.
Checkout Mlives video report pre-grand opening
We visited Muskegon, MI recently on a sunny summer afternoon to hit up the beach and try their local breweries (Unruly and Pigeon Hill). The beach was free, clean and not too busy for a Friday afternoon though the wind blowing off Lake Michigan was chilly.
After a few hours in the sun nothing sounds better than locally brewed beer so we hopped in the car and drove downtown to find Pigeon Hill Brewing. It was easy to find and the outdoor seating had a few patrons enjoying the sun. Inside Pigeon Hill there was plenty of table seating and some open seats at the bar which we promptly utilized. They had a nice selection of beers so we bought a sample flight that cost about $13. The Walter Gets Buzzed was a great coffee tasting beer that we got a howler filled with so you know it was good!
Next we walked a few blocks to find Unruly Brewing and try their beers. They too had an outdoor seating area and upon entering the building I was impressed by the size and open format. Inside the same space there is a coffee place and a pizza joint so you have all your vices covered under one roof! Unruly had some interesting beer names but I had a hard time finding descriptions of the beers beyond what was written on the chalk board. Nevertheless I ordered a flight and found that their beers are tasty too. At only $8 for 4 samples it’s a good deal and should help you find your favorite Unruly brew!
Muskegon might only have two breweries but they are good ones and if you want a nice day of sun, waves and beer a trip to the west coast and Muskegon should satisfy.
Greyline Brewing opened today April 26th at Noon with first come, first serve seating and a limited menu! As the first brewery on Alpine Ave I expect it will be busy especially with the experienced brewers behind this project.
Updated April 28th:
I visited Greyline on a Thursday in the afternoon and was able to get a spot at the bar. I had high expectations because the owners are experienced brewers and the beers I sampled all exceeded my expectations! They already have a nice variety of beer styles and I expect they will continue to produce high quality brews as they ramp up production.