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The Livery

Not Rated.
The LiveryThe Livery
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

75 Ratings
Ratings: 75
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.22%
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 284
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
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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(Place added by: CRJMellor on 11-14-2005)
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Reviews by chetripley:
Photo of chetripley
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

chetripley, Oct 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Cool little place that are starting to pump out some really good beers, keep up the good work!

BryanA, Nov 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Awesome little place. They keep the history of the building which adds to the atmosphere perfectly. Great beer!

ksbuell, Sep 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

kevinbest19, Jun 16, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

thaghost, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

CraigTravor, Mar 12, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

BertSugar, Mar 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

leprakhan, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Zaphog, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of JVB
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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!

JVB, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

joe1510, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Twal
2.23/5  rDev -46.8%

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.

Twal, Sep 01, 2013
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The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.