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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 morimech:
Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I heard that people that have TomTom or some other navigation devices have a hard time finding this place. Using Google maps on my smart phone brought me right to the front door. The location and building is nowhere near what you expect for a brewpub. In a commercial area in pretty much an alley. Right Brain shares a building with several tennants, one being a hair dresser that you can look upon via the windows. So if your wife wants to get her hair done, go with her, you are all set to drink some beer. All orders are done at the bar. I ordered a sampler with 6(?) choices. All the beer was good but nothing really grabbed me. My favorite was Dead Kettle while Bone Crusher was my least favorite. Beer from straight forward to out in left field. They had a smoked porter made with smoked pig bones but I did not try it. Sounds interesting though. The bartender was sure to tell me it recently won a reward. They do not do food besides bar snacks. I thought it was a bit expensive. If I remember correctly, it was $15 for the sampler.

2015 Update: Since my last visit, they have moved to a new location. Strangely the beauty saloon accompanied them so it must be a SO's business. Much larger and open space. They could fit a lot of people into this space. I heard that the beer quality has dropped off in recent years, but I did not notice any poor quality beers. And in fact, had the best beer during my recent visit to TC.

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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.