The Workshop Brewing Company

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The Workshop Brewing CompanyThe Workshop Brewing Company
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12 Beers
50 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

221 Garland St
Ste A
Traverse City, Michigan, 49684-2271
United States
phone: (231) 421-8977

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @workshopbrewing

Place added by: TMoney2591 on 08-19-2013

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Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by DannyDan:
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4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I been to this place three times. It is in the warehouse district of Traverse City, Michigan in the same spot Right Brain used to be in. They have 7 beers on tap that are year round beers and each beer is a tool name. I do not remember the exact name of each beer, but I really liked the ESB which is their most popular beer. It is really good and so is the saison on tap. I did not care much for the IPA which is an english style and thought it was not hoppy enough. They do have a pumpkin ale on tap right now which had hints of a saison since it is the saison with pumpkin and spices added to it and is really good. The service id friendly and had food once which was very good and is a relaxing place to enjoy a beer. I never went to this spot when it was Right Brain, but very glad I did go to the Work Shop.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Segnem5
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Great atmosphere and service. Laid back. Enjoyed the beer and food.

Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

With an Soviet era Eastern European theme (I know, right?), The Workshop feels foreign by design. Don't worry, the beer is excellent, all brewed by traditional European standards. Bring you're appetite, the food is OUTSTANDING! Traverse City's most underrated restaurant. -Joe

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped here as part of a pub crawl in northern Michigan and the UP to visit the newer brewpubs (plus several others) that have opened since our last trip to this area. This brewery opened in 2013 in the same building where Right Brain Brewery was formerly located. (Essentially right around the corner from North Peak Brewing.) Extensive interior remodeling has occurred since Right Brain moved out, and I like it better. A patio is located street-side at the front of the building, but it was a chilly, rainy day and we could not attempt to enjoy it. Beer and food is ordered and picked up at the bar (or brought to your table if they are not too busy, which they weren’t on this weekday, late-afternoon visit).

We chose five 5 oz. beers (they do not have smaller ‘samplers’) that were served in snifters ($3 each) of the 10 beers that were available that day (7 regulars, 3 seasonals, plus one “master” beer offering that was not ready yet but was on the menu board). All of the beers that we chose were okay but none were very exciting to us, so we assigned individual grades that ranged from a C+ to a C. However, this grading is not bad for a new brewery, and the “master” beer that was not available (a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter) is an indication that the brewery is trying to step it up a bit. I look for better things to come.

The food consists of “one-handers” for sandwiches that all had great-sounding ingredients, plus there were a couple of soup choices. The two sandwiches that we chose were very good, plus we tried one soup and it was excellent. Being small sandwiches, the prices were a bit lower than regular-sized sandwiches found at other eateries, but the value seemed to be there (unless you are hungry and want more than one).

We enjoyed our visit here and will stop back in the future when in this area again.

Photo of joe1510
3.24/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

The Workshop... I just kind of happened upon this place on a recent trip to Traverse and while it looked totally empty from the street I decided to stop in and check it out. The interior is spacious and rther strangely laid out, cold. A few rows of church pews act as booths while uncomfortable chairs are used on a few tables. A couch faces a big screen and a foosball table sits over in the corner. It seems everything was thrown into the building with no thought as to where it should go. You walk to the bar, order, pay, and get your beer before taking a seat. The taplist had 8-10 beers available.

I ordered a saison and IPA while my friend ordered a pumpkin saison and a raspberry wit "Biere Blanche". All of the beers had a very similiar flavor whether they use the same yeast, I would hope not, but something just wasn't right. All the offerings I sampled tasted like generic beer, a little hoppy, a little estery, similiar bodies, and the fruit beers had no trace of pumpkin and very little of raspberries. I wanted to like this place, the list looked promising, but the beer didn't do much for me. It wasn't terrible or good, it was just beer. Unless, I hear something has changed at The Workshop I probably won't be back.

The Workshop Brewing Company in Traverse City, MI
89 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.