Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 60
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Mitchster:
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Have been coming here for years since it opened. Talked with the brewmaster at the time of opening, Scott, and he was very friendly and took the time to yap about beer. He has probably since been replaced, but the quality of the beers has remained consistent. The service is usually poor when I stop in...I usually try to get a growler filled on tuesdays or wednesdays when they are 4$, and it always seems to take a long time as there is only a solitary bartender trying to take care of too many people plus the waitresses. The food is excellent with a great selection but way overpriced. The beers are consistently good and above average in quality...the stout is silky smooth on nitro-tap. The decor is interesting with hunting themes, and there are lots o' big-screen TV's making the place noisier than I prefer. I can always find a place away from somebody's cigarette smoke, thank heavens. Always a nice place to drop by for a pint or two.
03-07-2003 20:18:13 | More by Mitchster
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3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Second stop on a 10 brewpub in 10 days visit to Michigan!
Visited Big Buck on the way to the UP and had some lunch and beer. The place was huge and like a hunting lodge...ahh the name finally makes sense. Sat at the bar which had some funky seats with wood carvings that would have inhibited easy food and beer ingestion. Perusing the beer menu one notices that they had a couple of beers with 16% abv plus. Really? Also, they had two separate beer menus. One with their standard beers and another with their "gourmet" beers which were served in smaller glasses and were more expensive. You could tell that even the bartender thought this was strange.
I opted for the non-gourmet beer which I can only assume they consider swill? It was actually pretty good! Had a sandwich on a pretzel roll which was really good too. I liked this place but I did not care for their "gourmet" beer menu. Are not all of their beers gourmet?
07-11-2012 00:57:51 | More by Caesar1pup
4/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I stop here 4-5 times per year, and have always liked most of their beers, all of them being average or better in my judgement. I especially like Doc's ESB, which I think tends more toward a sweet, malty bock-like taste rather than like an ESB. For my visit last week I chose the Red Ale, which I think has been tweaked since the last time I had it, and I liked it better.
The food here is always good, and this being a steakhouse, they have nice-sounding entrees in that category, but I typically only want a sandwich for my meal. Everything I've had has always been good. Some items seem a bit higher in price when compared to similar offerings at other brewpubs, but maybe their servings are larger, etc.
Like the previous reviewer mentioned, I also discovered that they have a line of beers that they call "Gourmet Brew Collection" that consists of beers that are all high-gravity brews. They are a bit pricey for a pint, ranging from $6.75 to $11 (not all of them are offered in a pint), but all of them are offered in a 4 oz pour (a couple are available in 8-oz).
The ABV on these beers ranges from 11.7% for the Classic Porter to 17.7% for Campfire Joe (a coffee stout). In between there are: Belgian White (14.8%); Banana Bourbon Barrel which is a summer ale (16.3%); Cascade, listed as a pale ale (14.5%); Triple Rye IPA (15.3%); Auburn Ale, listed as a red ale (13.7%); and an Imperial Stout (15.6%). I decided 4-oz of three of them would be enough alcohol for one sitting, and I was right. I tried Banana Bourbon, Classic Porter, and Campfire Joe and I enjoyed them all.
There is not a hint of the high alcohol in the taste of these beers, and only when I went to get up did I feel the effects. So these beers are sneaky - use caution. But it was an enjoyable experience to try a selection of these high-gravity beers without overdoing the budget and the alcohol limit on the ol' body.
08-08-2011 02:41:20 | More by Mothergoose03
Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse in Gaylord, MI
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.