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Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

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Shoreline Brewery And RestaurantShoreline Brewery And Restaurant
BA SCORE
89
very good

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%
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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(Place added by: zerk on 08-09-2005)
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Photo of 1Adam12
2.35/5  rDev -40.8%

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 jale
2.38/5  rDev -40.1%

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 l2oguel_emming
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

l2oguel_emming, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

enelson, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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 DunesBrewer
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

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 phishon6
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%

Stopped by Shoreline on the way from Chicago into Michigan. I had heard about the place for awhile and wanted to check it out. We arrived when they had just opened for the day. Atmosphere kind of reminded me of a chain restaurant or bar/restaurant you would find a new strip mall. The servers were nice enough but pretty standard service. The beers were ok. Many were not complex or bold. A couple were not were more satisfying. Because I enjoy frequenting microbrews, I would probably stop by again for lunch if I was passing through but none of the beers were so good as to make me go out of my way to stop in. The food seemed decent. The sandwiches most people got seemed ok. I tried the SSLT, which was thin smoked salmon in place of the bacon. As much as I like bacon, the smoked salmon was pretty delicious. Over all, not bad and decent value, but nothing to make it that memorable.

phishon6, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of kencarman
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

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 ddodger41
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

ddodger41, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of thedrewski86
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

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 JToad
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%

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 Jho3325
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Worth a trip if you are around Michigan City. A somewhat small tap list, but you are also able to get vintage series bottles and barrel aged bottles to drink or to go. Food was good and the prices were reasonable. I went for a late lunch and it wasn't crowded, but wasn't dead either. It had a setup for live music, so I imagine it gets going in the evenings.

Jho3325, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of JackRB
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

JackRB, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

ubenumber2, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Ncpogs
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Ncpogs, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

thaghost, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of warpig372
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

warpig372, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of rxthree
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

rxthree, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

egrace84, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

kodt, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of tmitch75
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

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 EseLocoSS
3.85/5  rDev -3%

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 TroopScoop
3.85/5  rDev -3%

A: lots of space for a seat at the bar, tall tables, and a separate room for more dining in the back. A screen drops down for Sunday football, windows for watching activity in the brewery, a few tvs, and a small stage for open micnight/bands.

Q: Full bar for mixed drinks, and plenty of taps. The place is clean, and everything was nicely eexecuted.

Ser: nothing bad, but nothing to write home about.

Sel: the full bar is nice for folks not crusading for beer. Not sure about wine. The only complaint on the beer is a total lack of guest taps.

Food: great stuff! Someone really knows what they're doing back there. I highly recommend the boneless wings & hopsauce.

Overall: if I lived in Michigan City, i'd probably come here a lot. Sadly, I just come when I have to run an errand inportage (or farther east). I suggest swinging by after shopping at lighthouse, or whatever you're doing outhere.

TroopScoop, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of frohndaddy
3.85/5  rDev -3%

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.

frohndaddy, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of BertSugar
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

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
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Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant in Michigan City, IN
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