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Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

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BA SCORE
89
very good

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 460
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 6
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of jale
2.38/5  rDev -39.9%

Located in a highly industrial area of town with a great view of a dirty old huge power plant. You are within a few blocks of the nuclear plant as well. Exterior of the building matches the surrounding area. Run down industry. The interior is nicely finished with new knotty pine on all the walls. Fairly bright and inviting. The food menu looks typical bar food. Huge downside was the price of two 5-ounce pours I tried, 3.50 each. Crazy price for beer that was so bad I could only stomach about 2 ounces each. Prices on beer are very high, probably making up for less traffic at the place. If the beer was free, I would never drink it again. Save yourself the wasted time and money and skip this place.

jale, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

The brewery is located in cosy Michigan City next to a large outdoor outlet mall. There was pleanty of parking available and had pleanty of seating. I guess due to Indian law, kids are not allowed in the bar area, so they had a spearate area for families....which was nice on one hand, but sucky on another. The atmosphere seemed alot better in the bar area than where we were. The menu was somewhat limited, but god for a brewery. I had teh pulled pork which was very good. They have pleanty of good beers on tap and I am sure that anyone could find something that they like. There were 12 of there own beers on tap. The service was good and they took old growlers in exchange for new ones....not every brewery would do that!! If in the area it is certainly worth a visit.

WoodBrew, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of MillRat
4.08/5  rDev +3%

Located in an old industrial building next to the NIPSCO Michigan City power plant (no, it's not a nuke, even if does have one of those giant venturi cooling towers), Shoreline brewery is convenient to both the Indiana Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore and State Park, and the Lighthouse Outlet Mall (this could save the sanity of those who find a pub far more relaxing than an outlet mall). It's one block north of US 12 and about 3 blocks north of the mall.

The decor does a decent job of covering up what could be fairly nasty-looking parts of the old building while letting the brick and concrete industrial feel ooze into the place in controlled doses. A smaller dining room adjacent to the main bar accommodates those parties with under-21 members, and they serve Sprecher sodas instead of the usual Coke or Pepsi products. Go all craft or go home.

Beers are good quality and brewed to-style, except for those that were intended to color outside the lines. Staff is all quite knowledgeable about the beers. Stout was very good, the Sum Nug IIPA left a good hop pucker behind as it should, and the Curse the Goat doppelbock did it all right. With roughly 12 taps, only the most single-minded and finicky could not find something to their liking.

Menu items were varied and mildly adventurous, with the veggie chips surprisingly good and the buffalo calamari quite nice. A few, but not all, of the appetizers seemed to be a slightly small for the price. The entrees were right-sized to even a bit generous.

Overall a spot well worth the detour.

MillRat, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
2.35/5  rDev -40.7%

They say first impressions are everything. Well, my first impression with Shoreline did me in. I wasn't impressed with the beers I did try. The other few I wanted to try weren't available, so I can't comment on those. The bar itself reminded me of an old western bar. I was expecting to see spit buckets in every corner. The waitress was nice, and gave us some help as far as the area was concerned. As for the food, I ordered their battered cod fillets. I took one bite made a face. My wife took a bite and made the same face. It was bland and mushy, with almost no flavor at all. The waitress said this was their best selling item, which kind of scared me. I sent it back. It killed my appetite all together, as I did not order anything else. I will not be going back to Shoreline.

1Adam12, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

A: not much to speak of, knotty pine, concrete floors, smokey
Q: good, clean, nothing offensive, beers are OK but nothing special
S: no one behind the bar when we sat down, sat for 5-10 minutes before the bartendress showed up and asked for our order, no one else (servers) asked us if we needed anything, once we placed our order everything was fine and attentive
S: nothing unusual but good selection of Shoreline beers (Stella Blue, Batch 300, Curse the Goat, Discombobulation, Big Bertha, Singing Sands, etc.)
F: I had a "lunch" fried fish which was three small pieces and french fries for $11.00 (way too expensive for what you received), a friend ordered french onion soup that was more like broth with onions added
V: I ordered 5oz samplers and noticed that the prices were a bit high for the beers
Curse the Goat ($3.00 for 5oz.)
Discombobulation ($3.50 for 5oz.)
Beltaine ($1.50 for 5oz.)
Imperial Pilsner ($1.75 for 5oz.)

wisrarebeer, May 30, 2011
Photo of EseLocoSS
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

Shoreline is a decent brewery. The beer and food is good but the atmosphere of the place is not always the best. It is good when they have bands that play

They have deals on Mondays to fill up growlers for $8

What I love about Shoreline is their service. It is excellent. I have never had a problem with the service at all. Also, if you bring a growler in to be filled, they will take it from you and wash it for you while you sit and have a beer. I took the time to wash and sanitize my growler before I went because I had no idea they did that but I was very surprised and confused the first time I went in and the bartender took my growler away and took it in the back.

EseLocoSS, May 06, 2011
Photo of bigkingken
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%

Driving up to ShoreLine through the streets of Michigan City is a bit of an experience. I came in from the east and was a little perturbed by the terrible condition of the roads, the lack of any real sort of town and the giant nuclear power plant looming just hundreds of yards away. Luckily, any fears were quickly abated by one awesome experience.

I really like the feel of ShoreLine. The interior is clean, crisp, made mostly of wood and not overly decorated. The bar is long and comfortable. There are a few televisions hanging in the corners - not enough to make it a viable option during football weekends or March Madness, but enough to see the big game. It's an old, stand-alone red brick building that has been reclaimed to make any kind of diner feel at home, which I appreciate.

Whatever "it" factor that the location lacks (and it does slightly), it is more than made up for by the beer and the food. The menu features a decent mix of pub entrees like fish and chips or pasta and sandwiches and burgers. But these aren't your normal deli sandwiches. Pulled pork, Cajun shrimp, crap cakes, falafel and avocado aioli are just a few of the things you can find featured on their creations. I had a Cajun shrimp wrap that wasn't overly spicy and definitely hit the spot. My favorite part of the experience, though, was the house-made vegetable chips. Besides the typical russet potatoes, they're slicing up yams and beets and frying them to perfection themselves. Yum!

The beer is also top quality with plenty of selections to choose from. From lighter lagers and English pale ales to imperial scotch ales and whopping 15% honey oatmeal stouts, none of their selections are light on flavor. The one detraction, in my opinion, was their IPA, which was a little bitter up front without much floral complexity as a payoff. But past that, all the beers were very good, with special recognition of their Big Bella heavy Scotch Ale, which was superb.

I was in a little past lunch time, so there wasn't a big crowd, but the girl behind the bar was pretty attentive. She had no problem helping me choose between dishes and took an active interest in which beers I was enjoying. All in all, a great find.

bigkingken, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%

This place was a pleasant surprise. Contained within a dingy looking building inside is a renovated, friendly brewpub and all the charm of what it once was and still the amenities of a first class destination. I tried the sampler and their beers were very good but probably the Sum Nug was the best. I also tried some eggs covered in sausage that was fried... not probably very healthy but something different and it was very good. Beyond the great quality there was also a decent selection. I will go back here if given the chance, and perhaps find it even more appealing than the brewpub not that many miles to the southwest.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of kencarman
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%

The food was good: we had a burger and they did do it rare as requested. The Scotch Egg was very good.

My wife and I are not lager fans, so we tried the ales, of course. We quickly switched to lager. The Russian Imperial was the one exception, which they wouldn't put into a growler due to abv. Either there's so much there the banana ester problem was covered over, or they used a lager yeast. I have seen that before, though not usual by any means.

The lagers did not have banana esters in them.

If these ales were wheat beers this might be a rave review. Banana esters are not unexpected in some wheat beers and can be part of the profile. But banana in an IPA? A Stout? A Scotch Ale? Eh, no. Seems they might need to get a new house yeast.

Could be too high fermentation temp, or not enough aeration, but I'm guessing it's a yeast problem. Why would more than one ale, and most of the ales, have a banana sense otherwise? Could be ferm temp off on all, but not as likely I would think.

I'd rather not get more specific: this could be a temporary problem. They do happen. Brewing may be a science, but yeast problems are always a risk. Might otherwise be great beer 99.9% of the time. So I didn't really dump on the brewpub, as I would have some I've known in the past that don't seem to care if there's a problem. From the other reviews, seems I may have just hit them during a problematic brew time.

kencarman, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of EricCioe
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

I didn't have a hard time finding the place. The room is big. It almost feels too big, with all kinds of vertical space that's just wasted. The paneling on the walls is kind of obnoxious, but the brick that's exposed is pretty nice.

There were about ten beers on tap, and two that were out. Unfortunately the two that were out, the English IPA and their Oatmeal stout, were two of the ones we wanted to try out. Instead I ended up with their Scottish ale, okay but a bit thin, and their American wheat, which was really good, almost Gumballheadish. She had the American pale and American IPA, preferring by a large margin the pale.

For food I had a Scotch egg and buffalo calamari, which were both really good. A couple next to us asked what I was eating and they ordered the same thing. Always nice to be able to talk to your temporary neighbors.

Our server was excellent and let us try all kinds of stuff, had good recommendations, and was prompt but unobtrusive. I'll be going back once their barrel-aged series comes out to try some of that, and hopefully we'll get a few more beers that match my interests next time.

EricCioe, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

For my whole adult life, if I wanted to got a brewpub, it was Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where I lived. I had to move away from that wonderful place, although I do get back several times a year. Fortunately for me, Shoreline is just 5 minutes from my work. More restaurant than Bells was, but still a nice, homey atmosphere. The bar is a wall of private, hand-blown mugs that be purchased and kept there (or taken home). The beers are good. the kids chicken tenders are made with Panko bread crumbs and are very good. The calamari is excellent. The pretzels are a treat. Service is always very good and if you ask, you can purchase some of their 750ml bottles of barrel-aged beer. My favorite of those is "3 Sum". It is an Imperial IPA and it absolutely rocks. I am going to add it to their list tonight. When they have bands on Saturday night, the place gets really cranking. I love to bring my family for appetizers or dinner and to bring my friends for good bar time.

Spica66, May 18, 2010
Photo of rudylaw
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

My new favorite brewpub now that Flossmoor Station is on a downward spiral of late.

Spending quality time here today. Sure Michigan City is a little wanting, but this place is terrific. Big, old building that looks like a cabin, or a barn in which one would participate in the local sock hop.

Had the thistle sticks and also had some buffalo calamari which was worth the trip by itself. For lunch, tried their SSLT, which is a salmon BLT on marble rye. The wife had a burger with bacon on a pretzel roll which was outstanding.

They had about 13 of their beers on tap, the 6 of which I had were great (our server was awesome and had no problem fetching me as many samples as I wanted). These included Discombobulation barleywine, Sum Nug IPA which was hoppy as heck! Big Bella wee heavy, BA Froggy Loggy lager which had some sour notes from the barrel and a sampler of BA Lost Sailor, their 2007 Imperial Stout, which is among the best BA stouts I've ever had (had some at Great Taste in August as well). You can still buy bottles ($20/ea. 750cl) of their barrel aged series. There are 8 different offerings. I'm taking home two Lost Sailor's on the real. They do growler fills as well.

Bathrooms: They have 'em... didn't use 'em.

rudylaw, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of thedrewski86
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

I've been to Shoreline 3 or 4 times this past year and it's starting to grow on me. The building is really cool, it's close to the beach so there's a good place to go at the end of those hot summer days. They have good fish 'n' chips but the portions are a little small and overpriced. They do taste good though. They seem to always have a good selection of their own brews on tap. I've seen people order mixed drinks, wine and even (gasp!) Bud Light. I can't comment on those, but their beer is certainly above average. Cheap too; only about $4 a piece. Service is a little slow, but that's pretty typical for a place like this. It's all part of the vibe. They have live music too which is always cool. Usually on Fridays. All in all, worth the drive out there from time to time. I live in Hammond so it's about 45 minutes for me. I would probably be there much more often if I weren't 5 minutes away from the best brewpub ever (Three Floyds in Munster).

thedrewski86, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%

Ok this is a little bit unfair since Jim used to be an employee of mine. Anyways, I have been here a couple of times and after tonight I figure I will review it. Nice big open area when you first walk in. Good view of the brewery from behind the bar. The bartender was friendly and was quick to ask if I needed another beer after I was about done with mine. Looking around I noticed that the waiters/waitresses were quick and people didn't have to wait to get things they wanted. I still have not had food when I have been here which next time I will. Nice selection on beers to have here. There is not just a couple of different styles but many and I think there were about 8-10 tap handles here. There are a couple of different BA beers that are for sale. I'm not sure about other selections. Overall this is a fantastic brewery that people might overlook in the area but they shouldn't. The beers are above average and should be in a league above "local" brewery.

alleykatking, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of goethean
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

goethean, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of sativen
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

sativen, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of tmitch75
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

tmitch75, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of DunesBrewer
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%

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)!

DunesBrewer, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of JToad
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%

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!

JToad, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of gljenso
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

gljenso, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of mgobrew
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

mgobrew, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of BertSugar
3.88/5  rDev -2%

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.

BertSugar, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

mattcrill, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

EvilKeith, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

HoboAGoGo, Aug 31, 2006
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant in Michigan City, IN
89 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.