Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
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Active Beers: 30
Beer Ratings: 419
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 6 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
4.55/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place was a pleasant surprise. Contained within a dingy looking building inside is a renovated, friendly brewpub and all the charm of what it once was and still the amenities of a first class destination. I tried the sampler and their beers were very good but probably the Sum Nug was the best. I also tried some eggs covered in sausage that was fried... not probably very healthy but something different and it was very good. Beyond the great quality there was also a decent selection. I will go back here if given the chance, and perhaps find it even more appealing than the brewpub not that many miles to the southwest.
01-13-2011 05:13:05 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.96/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a big, open-spaced place that cranks country music and has a laid-back attitude.
It is a wildly popular place, it was completely filled to capacity at 2:00 pm on a saturday.
We sat at the bar and got prompt service. Tried all their beers, they were decent but not spectacular. Some were failures and some where really tasty.
Didn't stick around for any food but it looked like standard pub fare.
Overall a decent stop if you need something to do between Chicago and Grand Rapids, not amazing but solid.
09-03-2012 03:35:51 | More by crossovert
4.45/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
03-03-2011 19:34:24 | More by bigkingken
2.38/5 rDev -39.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
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.
09-19-2011 14:13:20 | More by jale
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place was kind of hard to find b/c it's tucked away and the signage isn't all that prominent. It's a red brick building that looks like an old warehouse. Also, the entrance isn't all that prominent.
Once inside, it's very nice. Large windows allow you to see all the brewing operations. Chalkboards on the far wall tell you what's on tap and what's in the fermentation tanks. High ceilings and light colored wood all around make for an open and bright atmosphere.
Looks like they have local bands in on a regular basis too.
The food is typical pub fare. Nothing that really jumped out at you but they have some nice meals. Overall the beer is good and pairs well with the food.
This is definitely worth your time to stop and check out. Didn't seem all that busy when we were in so getting seated and having good service wasn't a problem. Recommended.
10-08-2006 14:44:08 | More by mattcrill
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 Ive 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 brewers 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.
05-15-2006 15:17:36 | More by meathookjones
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
07-10-2011 03:52:23 | More by WoodBrew
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant in Michigan City, IN
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