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The Livery

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The LiveryThe Livery
BEER AVG
3.67/5
Based on:
42 Beers
99 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 57
Visits: 91
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

190 5th Street
Benton Harbor, Michigan, 49022
United States
phone: (269) 925-8760

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

My wife and I stopped here for dinner and beers while on a mini-pub crawl on a Sunday afternoon. The place was not busy at all. This was our third visit here, but no review was done from the previous visits, both of which were over two years ago when the pub was located in the basement of this building. The main floor setting is much better for some pub vibe, and it also has more space (including a stage) and more natural light. The third floor is a mezzanine area that overlooks the main floor, and it provides some extra seating space. A patio is also available for those who want outdoor seating. There was a very good selection of recorded music playing, which is something that I've never commented about in any review.

We ordered a sampler flight of 6 beers of our choosing that I thought would give us a good representation of the entire beer menu. I was not disappointed at all in these beers. All of them were brewed to excess for their style, and we ended up giving them an overall score of a 4.0 rating (out of 5). We felt that the Polar Vortex Imperial Maibock was very notable, and the others were not far behind. If someone is not a beer lover, this pub also offers 4 wines too.

The food menu is mainly pizzas and deli sandwiches, but the pizza was better than I've had in any pub before. The combo of ingredients on the menu-listed pizzas (you can also build your own) was very original, and the one that we selected was the tops.

This was just a great place for for some beer and food, and we'll have to make it a point to come here more often. (1,569 characters)

Photo of thaghost
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This place is a hidden gem. Tried a few of their brews and all of them were great. The food is excellent as well. The food was decently priced, but some of the pours were a bit steep (upwards of $12 for a 10oz pour. The atmosphere is great. Would definitely recommend. (268 characters)

Photo of BertSugar
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Almost the first ones through the door on a mid-winter Saturday for our first visit. Just us outsiders and a couple of locals. The bartender could not have been a nicer guy. Super friendly and more than willing to offer up information and tasters. A good jokester too. We sort of did the whole line up from a big cherry aged Belgian to a nice pilsner. The Freak Show red Belgian was a standout. The line up moves regularly apparently, and we were happy with the selection. I guess, not having been here before, that the bar used to be in the basement. Not anymore. It's upstairs in a big, high ceilings space with a big old hay elevator in the middle, a stage, and more seating on an upper level.

Even though Benton Harbor is like a scruffy little cousin to Gary IN, the Livery is a must stop if you are in the area. I would probably keep my Spidey senses on alert at night though. (883 characters)

Photo of JVB
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

From the outside the place looks great. You walk into the basement, and the atmosphere is like cheers... enjoyed the fact that they had a foosball table out that allowed me to get a workout. Unfortunately there was nothing bottled at the time and had growlers only. This didnt work out for me as it was a long drive home and the beer would have been warm. Beer was delicious! (375 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

The Livery is a hidden gem in the old deserted downtown of Benton Harbor, MI. You're greeted by an old, brick building that's extremely well kept and street parking right in front has never been a problem. There is a smaller, cozy bar downstairs with maybe 10-12 seats and a handful of tables. This bar seems to be the one open during the day. The upstairs bar is also small, 12 to 15 seats, but the seating area is much larger and there's a stage over in the corner. Both bars are nice, the basement is a little darker and drearier while the upstairs is better lit and better decorated.

The service has always been great here. No fuss, order and get your beer with the occasional Chicago Bears talk. The taplist is pretty extensive with 10-12 house beers, 2 or 3 ciders and a barrel aged option or two. The lines are well kept and the pours are proper. There are three different options for pour size so you can try however many or few you'd like in whatever amount you'd prefer.

I've always been a big fan of The Livery. It's a comfortable place to hang out for a while and the taplist always has a few interesting beers while all are well made. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Twal
2.23/5  rDev -46.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5

Stopped in for lunch and to sample some brews.I hate to say a place is not worth a visit but this was really a poor experience.
The bar was empty and service was still deplorable,the bartender was taking orders from people that were behind us after she clearly watched us seat ourselves at the middle of the bar (many) minutes before.There was a local behind us and she was literally looking over our head to take their order 1st and more than just once and not only to us.
Had a flight (Overpriced) amounted to 3 10 oz beers (5oz pours we were told...) at a cost of around $15 or $5 / 10 oz. If the beer was good that would be fine...
Had 6 beers,3 were astringent as could be,one was an ESB that was an american red ale/amber one was earthy beyond what the beer should be and the "grand Reserve" a 2 yr barrel aged Bier de Garde was flat out infected / sour ,I can't imagine on purpose either.
Ordered 2 pizzas.12 and 15 each for a frozen pizza.One came out in 25 minutes the 2nd one we were told they ran out of pizza sauce and they were making more...IT WAS A FROZEN PIZZA !!!!
The pizza magically appeared when we told the bartender that we wanted the bill we needed to be somewhere else...
The building was fantastic...
I'm not sure who is rating this place 4-4.5 stars but seriously,if you would like a nice beer this is not the place to go especially with so many other GREAT breweries so close.

I know people will write the review off because there are so many other great reviews for this place but seriously,I have traveled quite extensively to breweries and with so many other great offerings in the area ,Bell's,New Holland,Greenbush,Dark Horse and Paw Paw brewing your time and pallet will thank you for heading somewhere else. (1,742 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by right around opening (11:30) en route to Chicago from Grand Rapids for FoBAB 2012.

Really glad I made the stop. I've been wanting to stop here for a couple years now, but just haven't made it thru that far south west in Michigan. Glad I stopped. I was greeted by some crunchy Widespread on the jukebox and a very friendly Mikey G behind the bar. He was very helpful and just a great overall host. It's great a great atmosphere, and a fairly well rounded tap list (bit heavy on the Pale ale side). Had a couple meads on tap as well.

Did not try any food, but looked like a fairly basic menu, probably just what a small place like that needs. Worth a shot, it's a bit off the free way, but well worth it. (717 characters)

Photo of janedoe
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is great. Its like going over to your friend's house and hanging out in their basement. But in a good way. Passing through, I went there on a weekday when only the downstairs was open, but it had a great local feel that was real and welcoming. I imagine that on the weekends, or when they have live music upstairs, the whole atmosphere changes a great deal. The staff were great too, and quite responsive to my questions -- it was apparent that they took real pride in their brews. The Red Canoe is a must. A definite stop if in the area. (549 characters)

Photo of jale
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The brewpub area is in the basement and feels rather cozy despite seating for 70 or more. The have a counter with thin crust pizza you can order. I did'nt see any other food, but the pizza was very good. The wait staff were very friendly and happy to answer all my beer questions. Nice to see a couple of hand pulls along with a decent selection of styles. They have an upstairs area with music/bands on weekend evenings. The beer here is done well and a place I will stop whenever in the area. Not far off the I-94 corridor and worth the slight detour. (553 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped in the Livery on 10/23/2011. I had three beers while the wife enjoyed a beer and two ciders. On this afternoon, there were only about a half dozen patrons so the service was exceptional. The proprietor spent time talking to me about the brews and some the brews from my part of Indiana. He seemed very knowledgeable and was only mildly distracted by the football game.

Though the menu was small, the pizza was certainly better than average. While the styles I was most hoping for were not on tap, the beer was above average. The selection was a little disappointing. The cider were quite unusual and had a nice flavor. All of the beer were reasonably priced, as was the food.

The Livery is certainly worth the trip if you are in Michigan. My advice would be to plan when something on tap interests you. Some of the offerings I missed sound exceptional and I look forward to trying them on future trips. (914 characters)

Photo of chetripley
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Livery was introduced to me by a good friend who spends his weekends and summers looking for good beer, and he found this one, in a rather unkempt area of town, with an unimpressive looking facade and not much potential at first glance.

Tradition is remembered here with its old cans and bottles of old breweries that are long gone but they are trying to start their own with such a knockout of selections, trying to appeal to all tastes. They do something I don't see at other brewpubs-they only sell their beer and a small handful of wines and ciders, and all local.

When I looked at their website I saw their beer list and how extensive it was, but it wasn't until I arrived there that I saw they weren't just listing the beers they sometimes have. The list on the chalkboard included 13 of their beers currently available such as their Red Lager, American Pilsner, Bohemian Pilsner, Imperial Honey Pilsner, ESB, Strong Ale and various Pale Ales. Also included were 4 of their own ciders.

I had the Runemeister, the Imperial Honey Pilsner, which I thought was world class, the Mandau Man, and English Red Ale, and the Red Canoe for a night-cap later.

My visit did not include dinner, but we did eat nearby and tasted another of their brews that the restaurant carried and the pub didn't, the Bungtown Export Lager, so we were able to include it in the tasting tour that night.

I recommend going here for the beer enjoyment and the experience of spending time with customers who are brewers or, at least, experienced in beer. I guess I wasn't too surprised to see an old timer wearing a shirt embroidered with hop leaves there that night. (1,650 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Met up with Kzoobrew here last Friday before the CBS release the next day.

Arrived at the bar at 11:15am and was able to go down to the bar despite it not opening officially until 11:30. The few workers there were more than happy to let me in early and were quite friendly. The downstairs bar was simple at best, though it had a redeeming quality about it. The service was fantastic. Mikey was a great server – very friendly, talkative, and knowledgeable. We were also able to talk to one of the brewers. Very cool.

There was a good line up of beers there. I was able to try their farmhouse ale and 5th anniversary; both quite nice. The BBQ pizza I had was awesome. Overall, the experience was quite nice. Will definitely come here again. (744 characters)

Photo of kenm2118
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went there on Labor Day with my fiance and our two dogs. I was not sure if the dogs would be allowed but they were welcomed to stay outside in their beer garden. Any place that welcomes dogs is very cool in my opinion.
As we walked in, the beer garden was to the left and there were stairs to right went up and down. The beer garden was nice. It seemed to double as a food Co-op. The dogs were able to run around without their leashes. Downstairs, the bar did seem a bit odd in regards to the setup. There was a bunch of tables in between the bar and the kitchen. The place seemed like it was a work in progress. We did not venture upstairs.
The service was great. Not only were they friendly about us bringing the dogs in, they got us our drinks and food quickly. In addition, everyone I spoke with was extremely pleasant and willing to answer any questions.
My fiancé and I each ordered food. I had the Italian beef and she had the turkey avocado wrap. We also shared the pretzel basket. All were very tasty.
The only issue I had was that the prices were a bit much. The bill with tip for two beers and the food was just under $50. Much of the bill was spent on the beer. I had the Carvaeous, which was a combo of their Carvana and Jak aged with Jack Daniels. It was awesome, but $11 for 12oz was a bit much. The food was fairly priced.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Livery and would go back. They really seem to put a good amount of care into making their beers. They could probably use a new design plan of their place. (1,526 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

So I had heard great things about this place... And then I arrived.

It is in a pretty run-down area and I figured I would be harassed by homeless pan-handlers on my way in... To my delight, I wasn't.
Then we walked in... And wait, the bar is downstairs? Ok...

So, welcome to a highschool party in some one's finished basement. Small handbuilt bar that was overly tall on one end, a pool table on the other, and drop frame ceiling tiles everywhere I look.
I'm confused. I thought they had bands here-- where do they play?!

I order a beer-- I start with an IPA and huh, this is mediocre at best. I'm REALLY starting to think I'm being Punk'd.
My wife insists we order some food and have another drink. We do. The pretzel bites arenas too bad. The cider is decent.

I begin to feel a little better about this place. I chat with the bartender-- a man in his 50s that looks strikingly like a young, thin, and intense Neil Young, replete with army issue jacket.
We talk for a while and he is great-- really knowledgeable and friendly. I asked a few questions regarding my concerns and he laughed...
It was then that he told me to follow him upstairs-- to a REALLY nice bar that looked as if it had been costum built by the Swiss Family Robinson with lots of stuff ordered from the Cabella's catalogs. I like it MUUUUCH better than the basement!

If he hadn't shown me upstairs, I would have written the place off and never returned... Now, I really do have an interest in returning. I'm always looking for a good concert to use as an excuse! (1,542 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A= Went on a Sunday Afternoon place was really laid back with just a tv on and a couple of people playing pool. The bartender talked about the different styles and was very knowledgable.

Q= The quality of the beers that I tryed where all pretty good really enjoyed my conversation with the bartender.

S= Service was great we where really taken care even when the day started to pick up.

S= The Selection was decent various styles on draft and I tryed most of the beers that where on tap that day.

F= Food prices seemed to be very good. I did end up buying the pork nachos they where good and you got a good serving for about six bucks so you couldn't go wrong there.

V= Very reasonable worth the visit and I will be back to visit! (735 characters)

Photo of chromemittenman
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visited the Brewery on 5/8/11 for the first time. I didn't have much time to spare, but was able to try 2 pints and then 2 small samplers of a couple others I wanted to try. All the beers were GREAT I thought. Growing up in Southwest MIchigan, its great to see businesses like the Livery thriving in the old downtown of Benton Harbor....hopefully they will set the precedent for the community and other businesses to follow their high level of quality they produce. Being the first time I went there, I felt very at home and very welcomed and leaving after just 1 hour of being there, I felt like an old friend to the bartender. The crowd was a mix of "locals" and "out of towners", I would really like to see the mix on a busy summer's day. I can't wait to go back soon.

My only complaints was that 1. I didn't have alot of time and 2. some of the specialities were pretty expensive, to where they scared me away from trying them, although the normal list was very reasonable. The chalk board was very hard to read and understand, with very similar colored smiley faces denoting prices and other info. (1,105 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Wow, driving through Benton Harbor was a little depressing with lots of boarded up windows and an overall feeling of being "down". I started to think that making a side trip to The Livery was a mistake but I was pleasantly surprised! As you walk inside, there are stairs leading up and down, down being the bar area and up being additional seating and a stage. As we went down we were greeted by a nice gentleman behind the bar. We were there during Friday lunch and the bar was filled with patrons so we grabbed a table. My girlfriend and myslef both grabbed some samplers and ordered up a pizza. The beers were mediocre to really good and the food was tasty as well. As we were on our way out, we ventured upstairs to peak at the stage. Why in the hell is the bar downstairs in the basement!? The upstairs is awesome with old exposed brick, a grain elevator and plenty of seating. There is a small barr too but I'm not sure if they have draft lines all the way up there. This place to me just screams potential and hopefully the surrounding town can support them, I know I'll be back next time I'm headed that way. (1,116 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped on a fortunate day, when the IPA was only days old. You could have poured the beer in a sort of respirator device so that I could have breathed it all day and I would have been happy. Blurted out I think I like it better than Pliny.... was I in euphoria?

As for the rest of the line up, they were all solid although I also liked what I believed to be called a Norwegian Brown. I didn't have a growler and they were out but alas the bartender asked the masses if anyone had an extra growler. Into the night one went and minutes later I had my growler. This is a great place, which would be even cooler if they had a few unique or weird beers available and seems a little tiny bit pricey, but those are minor crimes when talking of the magnifitude of the mighty Livery. Will definitely go back, as I have been there 4 times already. (839 characters)

Photo of goast8127
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Reviewed 10/29

We visited this place on the way to Chicago. It was early afternoon, so there wasn't much of a crowd. Mike, our bartender, displayed an excellent knowledge of his products and the brewing process and industry as a whole. He was able to provide insight into how his beers were made, give an indication as to why we tasted things the way we did, and encouraged criticism and feedback from us. He is a perfect example of someone you'd want presenting and serving your beer. We sampled all 13 beers on tap. My favorite was the barrel aged Dixie O'Flynn Irish Stout.

We only visited the basement portion of the bar. It was clean and serviceable, and what you'd expect from a brewery in the basement. (712 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Reviewed on 6/27/2010.

This is an odd place. It is located in a very poor town with lots of abandoned buildings and a general dingy overtone. Inside was not much better (at least the downstairs, which is where I was). There is a small bar and the rest of the space is taken up by cafeteria/mess-hall style round tables. Even the bathrooms were dingy- metal stalls (which clanged loudly and felt like a prison-bathroom) and thin metal sinks. As far as the patrons, they were all locals. You'd think that with the kinds of beers the Livery puts out, they'd be more used to beer travelers but I definitely felt out of place. The one bartender there was odd although attentive I suppose. The food was pretty good (I got the potato soup) although the menu is not too extensive. I'm not sure what they make themselves as there didn't seem to be much of a kitchen. Anyway, the beer was fairly good (or at least interesting), they also make their own cider, and there is a lot to choose from. But overall, an odd place and I don't think I'll be visiting again. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Dogstooth5
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After hearing about this place for several months, my wife and I decided to give it a try one Sunday afternoon on our drive back home from a visit to South Haven, Mi.

When we first walked in, we could tell it was a local bar. We walked down to the basement to see two people sitting at the bar, and the barkeep. I thought to myself, "what did I just drag my wife and baby into." We took a seat at the bar only to discover you can't judge a book by its cover. I tried two of their beers and we ate lunch. The beer selection was unique and the beers I tried were above average. The staff was extremely friendly.

When finishing up, I asked the barkeep for a growler, to my dismay, they were out and it would be a few weeks until more came in. This was a bummmer, because the following weekend, a group of friends and I were planning a brewpub/camping weekend in southwest Michigan and a few growlers from The Livery would pair well. Mike, the barkeep, generously offered to leave two of his personals for me to pick up that next Friday.

Fast forward to Friday. The Livery had a decent number of people in there. There were two growlers with my name on them, We sat played games, drank lots of delicious beer, and were able to take the two growler camping. We had a couple handpulls and several beers from the tap. The weekend was a success and The Livery played a nice part.

I highly reccomend this place to anyone who is passing by Benton Harbor. Good Food, Good Beer, Great Atmosphere, and Great people. (1,508 characters)

Photo of djmitche
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I wasn't sure what to expect here - from the other reviews, this is something of a neighborhood bar in a fairly small town. I was even more worried when we walked in - big round communal tables, pretty brightly lit, and no table service. A great chance for a city kid to make a fool of himself.

But my worries were unfounded! We plunked ourselves down at the bar and ordered up some beers. The 'tender was happy to talk to us about the beers, and although we didn't need any, he offered sips to a number of other folks while we were there.

This seems to be growler central for the area - we must have seen a dozen growlers filled while we were there, and everyone seemed into the beer.

The food is nothing to write home about, although the veggie sub was perfectly fine, and we managed to make a meal out of it.

Two of the beers were "hand pulls", which I take to mean a beer engine. This is usually less carbonated than a tap beer, but the beers we got were completely flat and warm. Maybe I'm ignorant of "hand pull", but we didn't finish those samples.

You'd be remiss to skip this brewery. Creative, exciting brews, taking some risks, and local fans drinking locally. (1,176 characters)

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a work trip to Buchanan MI, but I used to live in St. Joseph, unfortunately this was not here at that time.

Three levels to the place, basement which has the pub, beer garden which has a small food co-op in it during the summer/fall, and an upstairs room they conduct trivia and other larger events in. Beer garden is nice, but I imagine only usable about 6 months out of the year. Basement was nice and cozy, yet spacious enough. 1 pool table, bunch of board games, 2 tv's. About 10 tables, some round and a few smaller high tops along the wall. L shaped bar with maybe 12 seats.

Beer and ciders. Large selection of stuff that looks to change quite frequently. Looked like the brewers put a lot of interesting stuff out their, not just 6 regulars and 1 or 2 unique ones. Biggest problem for me is that eveything is an IPA, Belgian or some mix of the 2. Going with the rescent trends I suppose. From reading some reviews, all their stuff has fruity and or hoppy tones, even if it really shouldn't. Tilt Kilter and Steel Wheels Stout I had were not exception. Both good, just hops and fruit where more maltiness are required.

St Joe/Benton Harbor are kind of small communities, I find most people to keep to their little groups. The 5 years I lived there I learned their is a ton of animosity towards outsiders(Chicago or FIPS). Mostly the people that live in the area couldn't get out and are angry they are still there doing service careers. Still enough friendliness here and the service was knowledgeable and efficient.

Sandwiches looked good, Turkey Club I had was more than adequate. Pretzels and some other small items available also, don't remember what they are.

A bright spot in an otherwise depressed area, though the area is certainly trying. (1,769 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Came here about a month ago on a big brew trip.

A- When we were there it was only a couple of people on a Sunday. The place was dim and open. A tv was on and that was about it. I think there were 2 pool tables there and some boardgames. Just very laid back overall.

Q- The quality of the beers I had (and I had a bunch) were all fantastic. You could tell someone took the time to make sure these brews came out right.

S- The service was par for the course. Nothing over the top but always made sure to get what we needed. Also, took the time to chat for a quick second with us when he had a chance.

S- The selection was very good to say the least. A huge selection overall of everything you could imagine. Cask, barrel aged, and the rest were all included on tap.

Overall this place was a nice change of pace from the crowded brewpub with some ok if that craft beers. The overall price for everything was some of the most cheap I had seen that day. And personally I can't wait to get back there. (1,002 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Visited The Livery on business in mid June 2010.

The atmosphere is very, well, different. This is definitely a locals bar in a small town. However, the staff and clientele were very inviting and willing to strike up conversation. They had open mic night, and I was VERY impressed by the talent. This place was apparently an old livery (go figure), and the feel of the building was very interesting.

These beers were great. I had a sampler, and by the end of 2 visits (I had to come back the following night), I ended up tasting a total of 7 beers. All were very unique and none typical to style (which I enjoy and appreciate - not for everyone).

The service was good, not outstanding. I had no issues here. The bartender was willing and able to discuss the beers in detail.

The selection is where this place shines. They had 3 casks, 4 ciders, 2 barrel aged beers, and had interesting takes on a scotch ale and coffee doppelbock. This may just be the most interesting beer selection I have ever seen at a brewpub. Everything is very unique, and it looks as though they rotate pretty much everything, too.

The food was mediocre - definitely an afterthought. However, come here for beer, not food.

Everything was reasonably priced.

I would come back here anytime I was in the area, and would add this to the list of brewpubs I'd like to visit during a Michigan roadtrip. This would be a great day trip from Chicago, too. (1,426 characters)

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The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI
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