Right Brain Brewery
Active Beers: 95
Beer Ratings: 1,068
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 15 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by kovolev:
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I made a special trip to Traverse City in late December to visit the newly opened Right Brain Brewery. It is located about ¼ of a mile north of North Peak Brewing Co. in the burgeoning Warehouse District of town. The Brewery is in an old warehouse which also houses the Salon Saloon, where you can order a beer from the Brewery while getting your hair done. The vibe of Right Brain Brewery is simple, yet stylish and unpretentious. It has kind of a basement feel to it because it is darkly lit and there are few windows. Piping is exposed, and the walls are adorned with paintings, many of them for sale (at exorbitant prices). There are no TVs, which I found incredibly refreshing. The music wasnt too loud but was loud enough, and played an eclectic mix of Bob Marley, Oasis, Ben Harper, ect.
As for the Beer, the selection was good, around 10 to 12 on tap. Pints are $4.50 unless priced otherwise (when I was there several were $2.00). My drinking buddy and I had 5 pints, which ranged from below average to slightly above average. The Chocolate Mint Stout was okay but the mint was a bit strong. The Organic Pale Ale was okay but could have benefited from more hops. The Brown Ale had a bad aftertaste. The Nitro-infused Porter was a little weak, a bit too watery. The Honey Gingered IPA had good flavor but also needed more hops, it being an IPA and all.
Although I found their beers somewhat lacking (though decent for sure), I liked and respected the ambitious, experimental quality of their beer. I think that with time the brews at Right Brain will improve. Keep in mind they JUST opened. The pub and their beer remind me of a new band that has a lot of potential but hasnt quite found their sound yet. I found the atmosphere far superior to most breweries I have been to, a real smart, intellectual place for the beer enthusiast. When their beers improve (and I believe they will), this will be one of the best Breweries in Michigan.
01-08-2008 17:07:43 | More by kovolev
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