Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

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Shoreline Brewery And RestaurantShoreline Brewery And Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.76/5
Based on:
29 Beers
170 Reviews
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 35
Visits: 67
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

208 Wabash St.
Michigan City, Indiana, 46360
United States
phone: (219) TRY-HOPS

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Place added by: zerk on 08-09-2005

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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 67
Photo of goethean
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I've been intending to try out this place for years, but just never made it over here. Now that I finally have, I'm impressed and wish I had done so sooner. Didn't eat here, and only had time for one beer. I chose their Scottish ale, and I'm not sure that it could have been improved upon. Menu looked delicious and extensive, ambiance was good, cool artisan glass mugs, nice woodwork, nice view of the brewery, good service, good location, everything was nice. I like their train theme, too.

Sitting at the bar with other customers was very pleasant until an employee, who may have been a brewer, started washing glasses and talking really loudly and pointlessly right in front of us, and kept giving us these looks of death. Not sure what his problem was. Next time we'll grab a table. (788 characters)

Photo of sativen
4.7/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I went and had a sampler and food with a few other people. Out of 12 beers, there were only two I wouldn't order again, some sort of flavor I didn't like (it may have been the style of hop, I couldn't put my finger on it).

Awesome service, Jim, the assistant brewer, took care of us, and answered our technical questions about the beers, and made sure we had everything we needed.

If you like calamari, try the buffalo calamari rings, it makes a nice sweet and spicy addition to the little critters....mmmm....

They have a rotating selection, so there's always something new coming up.

If I'm in the area, I will definitely be back. Great beer, great food, great service. Thanks Jim and Sam. (696 characters)

Photo of tmitch75
3.83/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in on my way through the area for an early lunch on 7/8/08. Atmosphere was sufficient but nothing spectacular with (apparently) fake wood paneling, some exposed brick, and a long bar with windows behind it overlooking the brewing vessels. Various beer related photos and signs from other brewpubs.

I only had time to try the Beltaine Scottish Ale, a GABF medal-winner, which was good but served too cold for a Scottish Ale. It was pretty good, but could have been better if it were served warmer.

Service was friendly and attentive, but didn't appear to know a whole lot about the beers. They couldn't really offer a whole lot of advice on what beer to choose, but it was 11am on a Tuesday.

They had about 12 beers on tap with a decent mix (I remember Beltaine, Kolsch, Wit, APA, IPA, IIPA, Brown, Blueberry Ale, Wheat, Oatmeal Stout and Doppelbock). They offered a sampler (which includes some of the higher ABV offerings) and were more than willing to give me a couple samples prior to making my growler choice.

Menu was pretty standard bar food, I had the Thistle Sticks which are basically crab rangoon without the crab (with a couple of sauces). They were pretty darn good if you like that kind of thing.

Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend it to any beer fan. It was worth a trip slightly out of the way to make it happen and I am glad I went. (1,381 characters)

Photo of DunesBrewer
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I visited this place (for the third time) yesterday amidst cold, blustery weather that really made me realize how close to Lake Michigan I was. House in an old building close to Lake Michigan in Michigan City this brewery takes its logo from the South Shore Line of trains that service Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Inside, they have put up a lot of fake wood paneling that needs to go. Old, exposed brick (where one can see it) lends a warehouse ambiance to the place. There is a dart board, bar, small stage, and numerous tables for eating. Extremely high ceilings contribute to the overall openness (and somewhat drafty) architecture. A large, new bar is backed by plate glass windows exposing the large, copper brewing kettles in back. The bar itself serves a full liquor selection and eight or so micro brews. Prominently posted is a list of what is on tap and what is currently fermenting. That is a nice touch. Overall the beer tastes pretty damn good, although it is somewhat watery. The Beltaine (Scottish Ale) was good, as is the Sum Nug (IPA). Shoreline's beer selection could be a little more diverse; the beers primarily featured hops, although there was the Scottish Ale and a few tries at Barleywine, Porter, and a Imperial Rye Pale Ale. The food selection is standard pub fare although they have some creative appetizers such as a cream cheese filled deep fried wanton and roasted green tomatoes. We all had fish and chips; the fish needed some crispiness and the chips were excellent (although a bit soggy). The dish paired nicely with the Beltaine. The service was great and informative and the ambiance was quiet and warm.

All in all, a nice place to go for a decent microbrew and some decent food (especially in NW Indiana)! (1,747 characters)

Photo of JToad
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Well I was in Michigan City visiting some friends, so my wife and I decided to head here before we went home with a buddy of mine. I've had a few of Shorlines beers before, and was fairly impressed so I had high hopes. While it was late afternoon on a Saturday, the place seemed very dead. But we sat at the bar and checked out the beer list.

With as many taps as they had, it seemed that their selection was pretty weak. Had roughly 8 beers to choose from, nothing all that exciting. They still had their Oktoberfest on tap, which surprised me a bit. I asked the bartender what their hoppiest beer was, and she recommended the Queen Mum IPA. It was pretty hoppy, yet balanced and not over the top. Seemed very true to the style, yet nothing outstanding. My friend had their Scottish Ale, which he enjoyed. I asked about their Oatmeal Stout and she gave me a sample of it. Seemed very thin, almost more like a Porter.

We didnt really eat, just shared the sourdough pretzel appetizers. Which were fantastic BTW.

All in all, Im glad we made it out here. I enjoyed it, and had it been at night and busier, I think it would have been a lot better. I just wish they had some more exciting beers to try! (1,200 characters)

Photo of gljenso
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This brewpub is in an old warehouse. The inside is one large room and there is patio seating basically in a fenced-off part of the parking lot. It is close to the nuclear power plant but there is not much else around there. There is plenty of room for parking and I hope they need it since the beers were exceptional. This is especially true if you like hoppy ales, as I do. They generally have 3 or 4 pale ale/ipa's on tap in addition to a good selection of other beers (a Belgian Wit, a Scottish Ale, an Oatmeal Stout, etc.) The Sum Nug IPA and the 3 Sum Imperial IPA were both fantastic. The food is nothing great but the atmosphere is that of a bar rather than a restaurant. This is a nice change since so many brewpubs have a chain restaurant type atmosphere. (764 characters)

Photo of mgobrew
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We stopped in for a brew on the way to Chicago. The brewery is an old warehouse type building with pale pink painted bricks on the outside. The brewery logo is a take-off of the train system that runs to Chicago and fits the place well. We arrived around 3PM and the place was pretty much empty. We sat at the bar and the bartender went through the whole list of ten beers and explained and described each one with great detail. His favorite was the Singing Sands Oatmeal Stout, so that is what I tried. It was as advertised sweet and creamy with a dry hop finish that had me wanting more, next time I'll drive to Michigan City and take the train to Chicago so I can have more than one. My companion had the Sesh Wheat Ale and that was very smooth and refreshing and true to the “Sesh” moniker as several would go down easy enough. We did not have any food but the menu looked pretty solid. I will definitely make a stop here the next time I'm traveling to Chicago or beyond. I also purchased a logo pint glass, in case you collect like me. (1,042 characters)

Photo of BertSugar
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Shoreline can seem to be a bit difficult to find, but it's where it says it is...on the shoreline. Go as far north on 421 as you can and turn left. Look for the giant beer bottle.

This is an old warehouse that has been blasted clean on the inside to expose a cozy brick interior. A nice long bar is backed by observation windows that look into the brewhouse. Service is quick and friendly. The food is decent and fairly interesting.

The beer selection has a generic variety to it: Brown, IPA, Pale, Scottish, etc. Nothing unexpected or too exciting. In fact, there are no beers that make you say, "Wow, I've got to go there and have another {fill in the blank}". However, it is worth checking on every once in a while just to see. (737 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place was kind of hard to find b/c it's tucked away and the signage isn't all that prominent. It's a red brick building that looks like an old warehouse. Also, the entrance isn't all that prominent.

Once inside, it's very nice. Large windows allow you to see all the brewing operations. Chalkboards on the far wall tell you what's on tap and what's in the fermentation tanks. High ceilings and light colored wood all around make for an open and bright atmosphere.

Looks like they have local bands in on a regular basis too.

The food is typical pub fare. Nothing that really jumped out at you but they have some nice meals. Overall the beer is good and pairs well with the food.

This is definitely worth your time to stop and check out. Didn't seem all that busy when we were in so getting seated and having good service wasn't a problem. Recommended. (867 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This a place best not judged from the exterior. The building is large and barn-like and in a bygone era was probably a support service for the nearby power plant.
The interior is done up in red brick and knotty white pine paneling. There are high ceilings giving the place an open and airy feel. There is an enclosed non-smoking section, but the bar area was not overly smoky.
The bar is made of heavy dark wood with brass fixtures. Behind the bar are a variety of pint glasses from other brewpubs and breweries. The interior is very well done.
The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I found the food to be well above what I have come to expect as standard pubfare. The interesting appetizers we had were the Jamaican jerked mango wings and the fried green tomatoes.
The dinners we had were the Cajun blackened scallops and the Filet, both were quite excellent.
At the time of my visit they had nine of their beers on tap.The beers I tried were the Oatmeal Stout, Kolsch, and the Queen Mum, their English IPA. The beers were well crafted and thoroughly enjoyed.
I will be back to try a few more from another good brewpub in northwest Indiana.
One more thing, they also have their liquor license and a stocked bar. (1,237 characters)

Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Was at the shopping mall one day and decided to find it, it wasn't that hard. The place looks great, an old warehouse converted into a brewpub with a nice wood panelling on the inside with a very sturdy bar. Sat at the bar. The bartender was knowledgable and she talked about the beer and their flavors. Had the dopple bock which was very good. It was in the middle of the day, so there were very few people at the brewpub itself. I would love to go back again and have a full meal, I saw that they had hummus on the menu. (522 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Made a short detour here going from the Livery to Chicago. Located just off the Shoreline of Lake Michigan in an old ware house or industrial building. We were greeted at the front door by a dog tied out up front that was less friendly than you would expected as it barked at us as we approached and sounded like it could use a beer. We entered and pulled up to the bar which had a decent sized group of people there. The place was very well lit and open with not too much decoration. The website also has some good pictures of the setup. Above the bar was a row of shelves with a collection of growlers from other brewpubs, which I donated 2 of mine before leaving. Behind the bar was all glass which all the brewing equipment could be seen through and the brewer was currently brewing while we were there. The menu covered a nice variety of food which we had a couple of the appetizers. The Sourdough Pretzels were just about the best I’ve had and our other appetizer was solid as well. Looks like it would have been a great place to get a meal. The bartender was the brewer’s brother and was extremely friendly and we talked to him about the place the whole time and the place seems to be doing extremely well since its opening in August 05.

Now onto the beer of which there were 10 of on tap. There was a good variety of styles available Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stouts, Pilsner, Porter, Lager, IPA, Spiced Ale and a second runnings of their barley wine mild. I started with the Sum Nug IPA which was a great hoppy IPA hopped with Summit and Nugget hops that I ended up getting a growler of. The doppelbock was solid as was the oatmeal stout. The Drunken Toad Small and Hoppy beer was great stuff as well. It was made from the second runnings of the barley wine and he “Hopped the shit out of it” as the bartender put it. I would agree, it was hoppy and bitter and would make an excellent hophead session beer. Solid beers all around with some very good ones, I was a bit disappointed that coming soon was there Scottish Ale which is supposed to be great. Very nice little spot that was not out of the way at all if you are going by with good beer and very friendly service. I can see why they are doing so well and will stop by any time I am in the area. (2,259 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Shoreline brewery is located right next to a giant outlet mall. It draws its name or "theme" from the South Shoreline commuter train which runs from downtown Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan to South Bend, IN. As someone who has ridden this train quite a bit, I was hoping I'd see lots of cool old Southshore train memorabillia but the place is very sparsely decorated. It is very tidy and well-lit howerver, and there is an excellent non-smoking section with full-wall partician that clears the air pretty nicely for those who prefer it. The service was excellent.

The menue is all over the place and ranges from traditional pub food to sushi. Prices are very reasonable, as are protions. The beer is pretty good and maintains nice consistency in quality across the taps. I wasn't as into the darker selections. Their pilsner is probably the best brewpub lager I've ever had. My favorites were the brown and the American Pale. I'd say this place is definately worth a trip. (990 characters)

Photo of frohndaddy
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I recently made it to the Shoreline brewpub for the first time and I was extremely pleased. I tried all of the beers they had available and with one exception I was definitely impressed (the one exception being the Drunken Toad - small and hoppy. I'm a hop head, but this was like a hop kick to the jaw) can't get enough of the region rat red. The food is exceptional and resonably priced. Be sure to try the Spicy Tuna Maki! Another great feature is the frequent live music (I was told there is never a cover). All in all, I can't wait to get back. (549 characters)

Photo of yock
5/5  rDev +26.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Our first time there. Met Sam, the head and only brewer. I like it when the head brewer takes the time to talk to the patrons. It shows he takes pride in his work. He's on the right track with his brewing, but he's carrying a lot on his plate with this new opening. An assistant brewer may be necessary to help keep up the great quality and quantitiy he's already brewing. His staff is very friendly and the food is chef quality, hence my comment that it's a bit (but not by much) pricier than other brewpubs I've been to. The food selection is much better than I've seen in other brewpubs. This place is worth the stop. Sam told us he has some "experiments" coming up in the next month and he let us sample some Drunken Toad Small & Hoppy. Hop lovers, you'll love this one!!! The inside is very very nice. And it's across the street from the Lighthouse Mall. Guys take note, you can drop the wife/girfriend off to shop while you go across the street and sample some beers. It's a win-win situation. (999 characters)

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Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant in Michigan City, IN
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