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own charm, it’s New Holland’s high- gravity series that have patrons wanting “just one more.” Out of the series, we recommend Dragon’s Milk and Pilgrim’s Dole. Not only has New Holland mastered the art of beer, it also offers handcrafted distilled spirits.


North Peak Brewing Company 400 W. Front St., Traverse City (231) 941-Peak / northpeak.net This cozy brewpub offers a small range including stout, ales, and light in a former candy factory. It also features live music almost every weekend in the summer.


Odd Side Ales


41 Washington, Grand Haven (616) 935-7326 / oddsideales.com As the name implies, they’re a little on the odd side with fan favorite Peanut Butter Cup Stout, as well as Banana Hammock HefeWeizen. This brewery only serves beer, but encourages its patrons to bring in their own food while they grab a pint.


Old Boys Brewhouse 971 Savidge, Spring Lake (616) 850-9950 oldboysbrewhouse.com This canine-friendly microbrewery provides food suitable for the whole family and beer suitable for grown- ups. Standards include Connor’s Kolsch, Dogtail IPA, Kennel King Imperial IPA and Old Boys Brown Ale. Also be sure to check out Old Boys’ hand crafted sodas.


Old Hat Brewery & Grill


114 North Main St., Lawton (269) 624-6445 / oldhatbeer.com Light brews aren’t just for the mass market. Take Old Hat’s Station 1300 Light Lager, which the brewery describes as its “lawn mowin’ beer.” It’s a simple 3.4% ABV for easy drinking. If you’d rather step it up to the extreme, order a Doppelbock, which is close to 9% ABV.


Olde Peninsula Brewing Company 200 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo (269) 343-2739 / oldepenkazoo.com


This downtown Kalamazoo brewpub features not only diverse brews, but a diverse menu as well. The eight beers on tap range from stouts, ales and IPAs, while the menu has everything on it from steak and vegetarian to sandwiches, fish and chicken.


Patchwork Brewing


103 N. Phelps St., Decatur (269) 436-8052 patchworkbrewing.com By rotating four brews on the tap, Patchwork keeps things flowing smoothly in the tiny village of Decatur (pop. 2,200). Because the microbrewery is new and experimental, sometimes only one keg of a particular beer may be made, never to be repeated again.


Paw Paw Brewing 929 E. Michigan Ave., Paw Paw (269) 415-0145 pawpawbrewing.com Paw Paw serves seven draft beers that range from the hoppy and bitter end of the spectrum (2 Paws IPA,


75 IBUs) to the golden and smooth (Paw Paw Wheat, 14 IBUs).


Right Brain Brewery 221 Garland St., Traverse City (877) 944-2337 rightbrainbrewery.com This brewery serves its name right (no pun intended) by making creative brews that are quite out of the ordinary. Take for example its special summer brew, Cherry Pie Whole, which was brewed with 50 whole cherry pies from Grand Traverse Pie Company.


Round Barn Brewery


10983 Hills Rd., Baroda (800) 716-9463 roundbarnwinery.com Don’t let the “Winery” in Round Barn’s name fool you; this is also a haven for microbrew lovers. Its styles include stout (make sure to try the Cocoa Stout), wheat, Kolsch- style and amber ale.


Saugatuck Brewing Company 2948 Blue Star Highway, Douglas


(269) 857-7222 / sbrewing.com Not only can you sample the range of beers on tap including stouts, pale ales, bitters; SBC also offers “brew it yourself” beer. Hang out with a brewer and learn how to brew. Or, hang out and watch a regional band while sipping on a brew.


Schmohz Brewing Company 2600 Patterson SE, Grand Rapids (616) 949-0860 / schmohz.com This neighborhood brewery not only features handcrafted ales (Cream, Pale, IPA), stouts and bitters, but also has its own root beer. Take part in its Achilles Ale 5k run every April where there are water stations and beer stations.


Short’s Brewing Company


121 North Bridge St., Bellaire (231) 533-6622 / shortsbrewing.com A wide range of microbrews are featured including ales, pilsner, lager and ESBs. Spring for the specialties, however, as Short’s gets creative with brews such as Black Licorice Lager, Key Lime Pie, PB&J


Stout, S’Mores Stout and Strawberry Short’s Cake.


Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro


105 East State St., Hastings (269) 945-4400 walldorffbrewpub.com This pub may have small batches, but don’t let that fool you. Try the IPAs and stouts, but come for the specialty brews such as the Chai Spiced Hefeweizen and Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Ale. n


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