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Right Brain Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.78/5
Based on:
99 Beers
1,599 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 49
Visits: 122
Avg: 3.99
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

225 E Sixteenth St Ste E
Traverse City, Michigan, 49684-4181
United States
phone: (231) 944-1239 | map
www.rightbrainbrewery.com

Notes:
Place added by: Mitchster on 12-15-2007

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Reviews: 49 | Visits: 122
Reviews by Mitchster:
Photo of Mitchster
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

These guys have been open for about 2 weeks now. I don't know where the parking is, so I just parked out front. It's a typical open industrial look, with unfinished ceilings, exposed air ducts, etc. No food for right now, unless a bag of premade popcorn counts. They had about 12 beers on tap or so, with room for about 5 more. I tried the ESB, Raspberry pale, Hefe Weizen, IPA, Porter (on nitro), and Stout. They were all good, but none stood out as really, really good. The Hefe weizen and IPA were probably my favorites. I spoke with John, the brewer, for a while. He used to brew for Traverse Brewing Company in Elk Rapids. Very nice and knowledgable guy who seemed to enjoy talking shop. Plenty of seating (the license says 81) with local art on the walls. Big see through window to the beauty shop next door. Bathrooms out in the hall are shared with the other businesses in the building. They don't currently have a sampler tray, and it seemed the bartender was irritated by my requests to try the beers, despite the fact I was paying for them. When I was there, they had happy hour from 3-6p with $2 pints.

These guys have promise. The beers are decent for an early start, and I hope to see them grow.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of magicsqurill
4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of mklisz
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of tnelson1
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great vibe, retro arcade games and lots of beers to choose from.

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Photo of Gemini6
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited here today with Da Boss while touring Northern Lake Michigan.

Vibe was interesting, definitely eclectic with mannequin heads on stereo speakers, Homer Simpson suspended from the ceiling...you get the picture.

Quality of the beer was good. The two brews i had were pretty solid and Da Boss enjoyed her Irish ale.

Service was mostly self serve but will give credit for the friendliness of the gentleman that prepared our burgers and drew our brews.

Selection was solid as i believe there was 20 taps.

Food was good. Da Boss and i actually enjoyed our waffle bun burgers. Portions were smaller but that is OK as bigger is not always better.

Overall this was a nice place to visit and if i lived in MI i would definitely visit again.

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Photo of cards22
4.47/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of clager
4.23/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Interesting place inside. Variety of seating options including an old dentist chair and dialysis chair. Lots of cool artwork. Board games available. Not a fan of the waffle sandwiches. Great beer and selection. No table service which is ok. No outdoor seating at the end of August which was surprising, we would have enjoyed that.

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Photo of mgavin
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.25

Photo of Sexton
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Doublicious
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mcrawford
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

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

Photo of DbbC
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MikeZ9654
5/5  rDev +25.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great fun every time I go there!! Beer is delicious!! Can't wait to go again!

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Photo of Segnem5
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Enjoy certain beers within the signature series but more recent offerings at brew pub have not appealed to my personal preference.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of JDoHo
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A real gem in Northern Michigan. Right Brain distributes throughout the state, so be sure to grab a bottle (or can!). If you're touring Traverse City, it's a must visit brewery, without question.

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Photo of Brandonparrent
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of moshea
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hawkster316
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%

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Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, MI
90 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.