20 Michigan breweries that are worth the drive from metro Detroit

There is just something about a beer by a lake or fire pit that screams Pure Michigan. With a growing number of craft breweries throughout the state, we've compiled a list of taprooms we think are absolutely worth the drive. (Just don't, y'know, drive after having one too many.)

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Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo; 269-382-2338; bellsbeer.com
Is it even a Michigan summer if you don’t have at least one of Bell’s Oberon Ale? Probably not. As Michigan-famous as its signature beer is, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe taproom offers more than 20 brews on tap, with rotating seasonal flavors, as well as live entertainment — including upcoming shows by big-name acts like KT Tunstall and Bob Mould. Bell’s is also set to host the 2021 Bell’s Homebrew Competition later this month.
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Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo; 269-382-2338; bellsbeer.com

Is it even a Michigan summer if you don’t have at least one of Bell’s Oberon Ale? Probably not. As Michigan-famous as its signature beer is, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe taproom offers more than 20 brews on tap, with rotating seasonal flavors, as well as live entertainment — including upcoming shows by big-name acts like KT Tunstall and Bob Mould. Bell’s is also set to host the 2021 Bell’s Homebrew Competition later this month.

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Saugatuck Brewing Company
2948 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas; 269-857-7222; saugatuckbrewing.com
Lakes and beer are two things that go together, don’t argue with us, they just do. The Saugatuck Brewing Company’s location in Douglas is not too far from Kalamazoo Lake. Won’t get to experience Disney World this summer? That’s OK. You can get a taste of Disney without ever leaving home: Saugatuck’s Bonfire Brown is being featured this year at Disney World’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
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Saugatuck Brewing Company

2948 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas; 269-857-7222; saugatuckbrewing.com

Lakes and beer are two things that go together, don’t argue with us, they just do. The Saugatuck Brewing Company’s location in Douglas is not too far from Kalamazoo Lake. Won’t get to experience Disney World this summer? That’s OK. You can get a taste of Disney without ever leaving home: Saugatuck’s Bonfire Brown is being featured this year at Disney World’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

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One Well Brewing
4213 Portage St., Kalamazoo; 269-459-9240; onewellbrewing.com
This family-friendly brewery not only serves up craft beer on tap, it also offers hard ciders and seltzers. If you really want to flex some muscle, enjoy a game of pinball or sign up for One Well’s pinball league. (It starts next month!)
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One Well Brewing

4213 Portage St., Kalamazoo; 269-459-9240; onewellbrewing.com

This family-friendly brewery not only serves up craft beer on tap, it also offers hard ciders and seltzers. If you really want to flex some muscle, enjoy a game of pinball or sign up for One Well’s pinball league. (It starts next month!)

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New Holland Brewing Co.
66 E. 8th St., Holland; 616-355-6422; newhollandbrew.com
After a facility fire halted production earlier this year, New Holland Brewing Co. reopened doors in April, just in time for the warm weather season. While the Watermelon Spritz sounds like a great way to cool down this summer, if you’re looking for a harder punch, they offer a variety of other spirits, too.
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New Holland Brewing Co.

66 E. 8th St., Holland; 616-355-6422; newhollandbrew.com

After a facility fire halted production earlier this year, New Holland Brewing Co. reopened doors in April, just in time for the warm weather season. While the Watermelon Spritz sounds like a great way to cool down this summer, if you’re looking for a harder punch, they offer a variety of other spirits, too.

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Greyline Brewing Company
1727 Alpine Ave. NW, Grand Rapids; greylinebrewing.com
This brew spot is only for adults ages 21 and older, and is quite different from some of the others on this list. There’s no phone number, all inquiries have to be emailed, and it operates strictly on a first come, first served basis. It sells growlers and cans and offers limited snacks (but you CAN bring in outside food). It all sounds strange, but each week, Greyline offers a variety of live entertainment from local bands — think cool coffee hangout, but make it beer.
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Greyline Brewing Company

1727 Alpine Ave. NW, Grand Rapids; greylinebrewing.com

This brew spot is only for adults ages 21 and older, and is quite different from some of the others on this list. There’s no phone number, all inquiries have to be emailed, and it operates strictly on a first come, first served basis. It sells growlers and cans and offers limited snacks (but you CAN bring in outside food). It all sounds strange, but each week, Greyline offers a variety of live entertainment from local bands — think cool coffee hangout, but make it beer.

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Thornapple Brewing Company
6262 28th St. E., Grand Rapids; 616-288-6907; thornapplebrewing.com
This Grand Rapids brewery offers a variety of ciders, mead, seltzer, and of course, beer. Aside from serving Brown Eyed Girls and 6 Foot Blondes (their ales), the bar menu serves typical pub food with gluten-free and vegan options.
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Thornapple Brewing Company

6262 28th St. E., Grand Rapids; 616-288-6907; thornapplebrewing.com

This Grand Rapids brewery offers a variety of ciders, mead, seltzer, and of course, beer. Aside from serving Brown Eyed Girls and 6 Foot Blondes (their ales), the bar menu serves typical pub food with gluten-free and vegan options.

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Five Shores Brewing
163 S. Benzie Blvd., Beulah; 231-383-4400; fiveshoresbrewing.com
The name isn’t just for shits and giggles, Five Shores Brewing is located right off Crystal Lake (not to be confused with the camp in Friday the 13th). The brewery updates its tap list daily so you never have to guess what they have on hand. 
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Five Shores Brewing

163 S. Benzie Blvd., Beulah; 231-383-4400; fiveshoresbrewing.com

The name isn’t just for shits and giggles, Five Shores Brewing is located right off Crystal Lake (not to be confused with the camp in Friday the 13th). The brewery updates its tap list daily so you never have to guess what they have on hand.

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Stormcloud Brewing Company
366 Parkview Ln., Frankfort; 231-352-0118; stormcloudbrewing.com
The name might sound gloomy, but it’s quite fitting for a brewery whose most famous beer is its Rainmaker ale.This brewing company specializes in Belgian-inspired brews you can enjoy in their taproom, no umbrellas required.
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Stormcloud Brewing Company

366 Parkview Ln., Frankfort; 231-352-0118; stormcloudbrewing.com

The name might sound gloomy, but it’s quite fitting for a brewery whose most famous beer is its Rainmaker ale.This brewing company specializes in Belgian-inspired brews you can enjoy in their taproom, no umbrellas required.

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Mackinaw Brewing Company
161 E. Front St, Traverse City; 231-933-1100; mackinawbrewing.com
In a serious plot twist, the Mackinaw Brewing Company is not in Mackinaw, but in downtown Traverse City. The family-friendly brewpub has a Mug Club that allows you to get discounted food, special 22 oz. mugs to chug from, and a nice bronze plaque displayed in the restaurant with your name. Immortality might be the best way to drink beer. 
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Mackinaw Brewing Company

161 E. Front St, Traverse City; 231-933-1100; mackinawbrewing.com

In a serious plot twist, the Mackinaw Brewing Company is not in Mackinaw, but in downtown Traverse City. The family-friendly brewpub has a Mug Club that allows you to get discounted food, special 22 oz. mugs to chug from, and a nice bronze plaque displayed in the restaurant with your name. Immortality might be the best way to drink beer.

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Wax Wings Brewing Co.
3480 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo; 269-459-9494; waxwingsbrewing.square.site
The pandemic hit a lot of smaller businesses hard, and Wax Wings was no different. Due to the size of the small taproom, Wax Wings adjusted its hours to curbside pickup only and currently the taproom is only open on the weekends. Still, the brewing company is pushing out IPAs and recently dropped a fruited sour for the summer. 
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Wax Wings Brewing Co.

3480 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo; 269-459-9494; waxwingsbrewing.square.site

The pandemic hit a lot of smaller businesses hard, and Wax Wings was no different. Due to the size of the small taproom, Wax Wings adjusted its hours to curbside pickup only and currently the taproom is only open on the weekends. Still, the brewing company is pushing out IPAs and recently dropped a fruited sour for the summer.

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