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Mackinaw Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Mackinaw Brewing CompanyMackinaw Brewing Company

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.08%
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 84
Beer Avg: 3.11
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

161 East Front Street
Traverse City, Michigan, 49684
United States
phone: (231) 933-1100

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Reviews by ChappyCubsFan:
Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

This is the farthest north I traveled while touring Michigan's brewpubs and major league (Detroit) and minor league ballparks. I actually thought I was heading toward North Peak Brewery and was very surprised to see the Mackinaw sign on the building. I guess when I asked for directions, some guy pointed me to the nearest one. Both are on Front Street, but as I later found out (at Jamesport Brewing), there is a huge difference in quality between the two. The place is clean and upscale with the brewing system right there in glass as you walk in. Very classy place. I tried the sampler and as I often do, settled on the hoppiest beer I could find. That ended up being the pale ale. It was a mistake. It hardly had any hop taste, and was lacking anything interesting in the way of a malt. The bartender was hilarious and made the visit fun, but he couldn't change the fact that their beer wasn't up to par. He did give me good directions to a mom and pop store in Traverse City that had an incredible selection of jerky (beef, elk, deer, buffalo, you name it and it was there). I wish I had found North Peak Brewery just down the street. It was a shame to be that close to it and not know it.

ChappyCubsFan, Jan 03, 2004
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Atmosphere: not much to it. chalk drawings along the edges, and not really a motif to the decorations. has just an average restaurant feel to it.

Quality: their beer was not so impressive. seems like another company riding the craft beer wave

Selection: about 6 beers on tap and nothing worth mention. seem to have a variety of hard liqours and wines to select from though

Service: it wasn't busy at all when i was there but we had no problems with the service

Food: good standard pub fair. good fries.

Overall: not a place that a beer advocate needs to go. if they want to earn it from me they need to actually put some focus on their beer

SportsandJorts, Aug 21, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

This is a restaurant first, brewery second. Their beer selection is limited, and rather generic: gold, red, IPA, and just a few others.

The food is good, and great for the price. They have their own smoker, so I tried their smoked meat sampler. The brisket was really, really good. The ribs and sausage were OK.

Mackinaw is a fun place to hang out. It is a long, narrow restaurant with a back, outdoor patio. Since it is located on the main strip in town, it gets a lot of visitors. It feels a lot like a tourist destination, but without too many campy gimmicks.

If you are in the area, it is worth stopping by, but do not seek it out to try the beer. And if you do go, and you are not a vegetarian, get some smoked meat.

dorianmarley, Sep 09, 2011
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Mackinaw Brewing Company in Traverse City, MI
80 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.