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North Peak Brewing Company

Not Rated.
North Peak Brewing CompanyNorth Peak Brewing Company
Based on:
38 Beers
2,173 Hads
Place Score: 85
Reviews: 15
Visits: 74
Avg: 3.56
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

400 West Front St
Traverse City, Michigan, 49684
United States
phone: (231) 941-7325

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @northpeakbeer

Place added by: cosco on 11-10-2009

Production facility:  http://northpeakbeer.com 
Place: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 15 | Visits: 74
Photo of Jjk0211
2.44/5  rDev -31.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

Beer is very passable. Food is meh. Big time tourist destination. They are one of the oldest brewpubs in Traverse City and do very well given their location. Nice building. Staff is young and while helpful, kinda douchey. Menu is joe average fare from frozen food supplier without much creativity (if Applebee's is your thing, you'll be fine eating here). Buy the beer in any local store without disappointment or astonishment if you want to try it. Many better choices in town for food.

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Photo of PhilMiller
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Walked in on a summer Saturday evening and got seated right away. The place is clean and bright, with the industrial look that others have mentioned.

Our waitress was prompt, courteous and knowledgable about the menu but she see didn't really seem at ease. She seemed confused about the beer sampler, but it came quickly once ordered.

The food came out fast, hot and delicious. I had the skirt steak which came out exactly medium rare as ordered, my wife got the fish. Both entrees were delicious, although the fish was a little too greasy.

Overall, it was a fun place with good food and nice beer.

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Photo of joe1510
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

North Peak sits at the edge of the Warehouse District in what appears to be an old brewery. As soon as you walk in you're greeted by stainless tanks, glassed off, on your left along with stone and wood leading up to the dining room/bar. The interior is very cool and reminds me of something you'd encounter in a Colorado ski town with a lot of stone and large timbers. The bar is oval shaped surrounded by seating, the lighting turned low, and the bartenders running around like mad trying to keep up with the crowd. The bartenders are efficient, if overworked.

There was an Oktoberfest celebration going on the entire week when I stopped in and a special menu was printed for the occasion that looked fantastic. Everything from pork knuckle to sausage plates were available and a couple German beer releases were in the works as well, an alt and dunkel. I sampled a couple beers while there and while they didn't blow my hair back they were solid. The atmosphere, coziness, and delicious looking menu will keep me coming back to North Peak while the in-house beer is just an added bonus.

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Photo of henrichsj
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Located in an old candy factory. Nice outdoor patio section and indoor atmosphere. Wait staff was a bit snobby. Knew their job, but didn't feel like they wanted to be there. Food was good. They only had 5 of their own beers on tap, I got a Siren Amber and a Diabolical Pale Ale. Both were very good. Bought a 6-pack of Siren for $11.99 which I thought was a bit pricey. Wanted a t-shirt too but the girls at the front desk weren't very helpful. Overall, cool place. Would definitely go again if I was in town, but wasn't world-class by any means.

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Photo of theecaleb
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Pretty cool set up and building. Open layout, and floor plan. Lots of bricks and windows.

Food was about average for a pub, nothing great.

Personally I do not like their beer. I think they all taste over produced and watered down. Beer selection was nothing to write home about, maybe two special brews you can't find in the local liquor store.

Service was good, better than the average pub.

Overall, nothing fancy. Seemed like more of a family friendly joint/chain restaurant than a craft brew pub. If you are in the TC area and have the time, stop by. If your hurried, check out Right Brain Brewery instead.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I'm pretty up in the air about North Peak pub. It has a real corporate feel to me. I didn't feel as though the restaurant and bar had alot of character.

It's got a great location though, right on the intersection of two very busy TC streets, not far from the Warehouse district and Right Brain brewing. It's an old manufacturing building possibly, so it has a very open floor plan with tall ceilings, fairly industrious feeling. The staff were mostly younger people, who didn't really go out of their way to make you feel comfortable.

The beer was OK, I'm not a huge fan of that product either. Nothing outstanding, but nothing horrible. Just your average brew pub beer available nowadays.

Didn't try the food.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The menu did a great job of putting a signature twist on local fare, i.e. Lake Michigan Whitefish and cherries. I had whitefish encrusted with honey mustard pretzels. It was good combination, but a dish that just about anyone could prepare.

The beer menu only had a few options that you cannot find in stores. They did have a cask option, which was nice.

The restaurant is large and open, with an open window into the kitchen. The place is loud and boisterous, but in a good way. It isn't crowded; just a happening place.

A cool feature of the place is the Irish pub beneath the restaurant where you can have a drink while you wait for a table. They buzz you when your table is ready, allowing you to relax at a bar instead of an entryway.

I would absolutely recommend going to North Peak if you are near Traverse City and are a fan of their beer.

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Photo of clint1019
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We visited North Peak while vacationing in Traverse City during the Cherry Festival. The atmosphere was great. Kind of an upper class brewery/restaurant. Kind of a similar feel to New Holland Brewing Co.

I ended up ordering a beer sampler so I could try a little of everything. Most of the beers were great beers, not exceptional, but pretty darn good beers.

The food however was indeed exceptional. Their cheddar ale soup is a must try. It is a combination of creamy, salty, & cheesy goodness that is fantastic.I also tried their Reuban, which was exceptional as well.

Overall we had a great experience at North Peak.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here last night with the family while on vacation in Traverse City.

Walked in and it was pretty busy for a Monday night. Great setup, awesome décor, very neat restaurant. I ordered a Caesar salad and the Ruben. Both were fantastic and the fries were damn good too. I ordered the Diabolical and also their Mission Point Porter (called North Peak Porter on this website).
Both were solid beers, but nothing special (I’ve really only been impressed with North Peak’s Black IPA thusfar).

Overall an enjoyable experience with great food, atmosphere, and beer. Would go back here again.

I will say, I wish they had a few more beers on tap, but that's really it. Service was as expected.

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Photo of augievikings
4.13/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We stopped here on a recent trip through Traverse City. Excellent variety on tap, including a very good cask conditioned Red ale. We shared a pizza which was very tasty as well as a couple of beers. Food was good, although it was a bit loud in the place. We liked the fact that it had several televisions that you could watch while eating. We did not go to the Irish pub in the basement, however. Overall, we really liked the atmosphere and enjoyed every beer we tried from North Peak. We had both the Fury IPA and standard IPA, the special Red that was on cask, and a stout, all of which were solid brews.

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Photo of qua17
3.95/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I stopped here with the family for lunch on vacation and liked the place. NPBC is more of a restaurant than a ber/brewery, but I left satisfied. I tried the sampler and the beer was good - not great. I liked the fact that they had a good range of beers from golden ales to cask brews. The food was not great - my burger was overcooked, but the waitress was nice. She didn't know a ton about the beers but was kind enough to go and as the brewer. I wish I could have tried more beers as they had a great selection (lots of beers that have yet to be reviewed).

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Photo of BradDurbin89
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The best brewpub in Northern Michigan. No question. North Peak has a great selection of really adventurous hand crafted ales. The Cask selection has been really good, and the rotating taps are always unique. I've also tried some of their seasonals that are only offered in the bottle and they were amazing. Furry Black IPA, and Vicious Wheat IPA were particularly good! I visit Traverse City often, and I always stop at North Peak. It is a definite favorite! It is also very rare to find a Brew Pub that has so many amazing beers, and also has an exceptional menu and a really cool atmosphere. I can recommend with 100% confidence!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/27/2010.

This is a brewpub/restaurant (but more of a restaurant) in downtown Traverse City. There is a large wraparound bar and several TVs, giving it a sports bar look as well. There were not that many taps on when I was there (maybe 8 at most but I think there were less than that) and all were the basic beer styles (amber, pale ale, stout, etc). The beer was not that great either. I ordered a pizza and it was pretty tasty, so at least there was that. But overall, not a beer destination (definitely just go to Right Brain and skip Mackinaw and North Peak, unless you are in Traverse City for a long time and are running out of things to do).

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Photo of AylwinForbes
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Day two of our fifth Big Beer Adventure took us to Traverse City. While the main objective was Right Brain, the convenient colocation of North Peak meant that we could not ignore it, even if we felt no overwhelming urgency to visit. Having visited, we understand the original sentiment.

While the building itself is charming and industrial archeology, not far from the water front, the interior is rather bland and, it must be said, more along the lines of TGIF. I'm always a bit suspicious when large plasma TVs play too prominent a role in the decor.

We confess to not giving the complete beer list a fair shot but rather based our critique on a couple of pours; that and the somewhat defensive disinterest of the bartender. He seemed rather offended by my observation that the imperial red needed to be a bit warmer (not a negative statement but merely one saying I think I will like it better as it warms up).

Given that Traverse City is a big vacation town, or so it seems, i imagine that a lot of business comes from occasional visitors rather than a hardcore base. I couldn't imagine being a regular there myself.

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Photo of beerguru15
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped By North Peak for the first Brewery on our trip to Traverse City. When walking in, you're presented with the vats and beer area. The walls are mainly all wood with some brick, giving the building a welcoming atmosphere

I ended up getting a sampler which was fairly priced at $12 I believe, the sampler included 5 beers at 5 oz apiece and I ended up getting: Northern Light, North Peak Pale Ale, Mission Point Porter, Steelhead Red and Shirleys Irish Stout. All the beers weren't bad, though was a little disappointed with the Stout and Porter. They had 2-3 other beers that were seasonals also.

Also ended up getting some food, which there was also a nice selection of, got some pretzel bread for a appetizer that included Cheese made from the ale and it was fantastic.

The service was great also. The waitress we had was very helpful and courteous. Each of the waitstaff seemed nice and welcoming.

Overall this was a nice brewery to go to, and would be perfect for a night out or get togethers. I really enjoyed the wood interior and would come back/recommend.

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North Peak Brewing Company in Traverse City, MI
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.