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The Livery

Not Rated.
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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Place added by: CRJMellor on 11-14-2005

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Reviews: 57 | Visits: 91
Reviews by chetripley:
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)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mikehojo
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of Sexton
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Doublicious
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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 NJB145
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of saulgoodyo
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is a hidden little jem! Friendly staff, killer beers (amazing sours) great food. What more can you ask for! (118 characters)

Photo of Jas45678
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of indianabeerman
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Lilbums1
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of king75
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BryanA
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Cool little place that are starting to pump out some really good beers, keep up the good work! (95 characters)

Photo of ksbuell
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Awesome little place. They keep the history of the building which adds to the atmosphere perfectly. Great beer! (113 characters)

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of tmclain
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Keelin
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.