Right Brain Brewery
Active Beers: 95
Beer Ratings: 1,092
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 15 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by AylwinForbes:
3.13/5 rDev -21.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Traverse City was a pitstop on our way to Shorts a few miles north. Thank God we didn't stay in Traverse since it was awash in vacationers. We had received several endorsements of the Brain and so made our approach with optimism and enthusiasm. That a bit dented by its slightly hidden quality and trying to find a parking spot. Also a little taken aback by the first impression being that of a hair-dresser. Fortunately we managed to discern that the bar was behind. I guess it is a unique claim to be made to be the only bar where one can gaze out onto people having their hair dyed.
First impression was favourable: liked the slightly hip, west-coast casual ambiance. Encouraged by sign saying no one under 21 (except that's only true after 9, so yes there were babies in there). Bar staff pretty friendly. Happy hour prices really reasonable. Here's the thing though: beer just not that good. My own brewery is better. Spiny Norman not so bad. Will Power not so good. Something on the cask, a stout with cinnamon, truly awful; it would take a lot of ice cream to banish the taste of that one.
Another disappointment was the complete absence of real food. Chips and hummus that are delivered in the packages that came from the store...
A lot of marketing goes into this operation with its funky shirts and stuff. Also it tries to create a reputation of edgy and off-the-wall creations - like beer made with asparagus. Take a tip from Barry at Saugatuck: do the simple things well.
08-06-2010 02:51:47 | More by AylwinForbes
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