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Muskegon Breweries Tour

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.

Pigeon Hill brewery Grand Opening today

Pigeon Hill Brewing Company is opening Friday, March 21! The brewery, located at 500 W. Western Ave,
Muskegon, Michigan 49440, will open its doors to the public from 7-11 p.m. Friday, March 21st and from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, March 22nd. After the weekend updated hours will be added to their facebook page as they determine demand and their beer supplies.

Pigeon Hill’s tap list will feature the Walter Blonde Ale, the 1762 Russian Imperial Stout, the Besto Bohemian Pilsner, the LMFAO (Let Me Fetch An Oatmeal) Stout, the Shifting Sands IPA and the Petite Soleil Saison. The brewery will also offer non-alcoholic pink lemonade and glass bottle Faygo. The brewery will not serve food.

During opening weekend they will be limiting the number of people in the taproom to allow for the best experience possible so depending on demand you might have to wait in line outside. Also their bathroom facilities aren’t finished yet so they have provided port-a-potties outdoors as well but they will have beer and they didn’t want to wait for contractors to finish building until they could serve you!

Once inside Pigeon Hill brewery look for interesting features brought back and preserved from the local history including tables made with wood salvaged from the bottom of Muskegon Lake from the Lumber Era, a pool table built by Brunswick that was reportedly played on by silent film star and Bluffton vacationer Buster Keaton and light fixtures recycled from S.D. Warren (the Sappi paper mill), Continental Motors Co. and Brunswick Bowling.
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