Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 43
Beer Avg: 3.43
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by buschbeer:
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in on my way to my grandfather's place for a growler fill. It is the second visit for me. The place couldn't be easier to find. It sits right off I-75. It looks like a big hunting lodge that should be sitting out west in the mountains. The ceilings are huge and it has the lodge feel inside as well. The bar wasn't comfortable because there were animals carved into the bar that protruded up. My brother had a duck right in his face.
I asked the bartender for a sampler. He set out the three beers that they had on tap, an amber, a raspberry wheat, and a light lager. I noticed that a stout and an ipa were listed on the board and inquired. The bartender told me that they were out and that they hadn't had a brewer in a while, but the liquor guy (they distill too) was taking over brewing.
I had an appetizer. The food is pretty good. I would recommend this place more as a steakhouse than as a brewpub. I hope they get a full time brewer and bring the beer up to par with the food. I did not sample the spirits, so they may be worth a try.
09-11-2010 01:12:18 | More by buschbeer
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3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
4.03/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped by at Big Buck Brewing for about the fourth time on my way to the UP.
They have recently added some new, more cutting edge beers.They had a Triple Rye IPA, and a Belgian Wit and a couple others now to go along with their regular lineup of true session beers (4 at under 4% ABV).Both the rye IPA and the wit were surprisingly good, but the prices were really out of control.The wit was $6.75 a pint,and the rye IPA a whopping $11.00 a pint (8.5 ABV).For laughs I asked if they filled growlers of the IPA, and was told they did for $66.00 !! Wow. In their defense some of their staple beers were only $3.75 a pint.They probably had 10-12 different beers on tap.
Food is higher end bar food,and not bad.Food prices were reasonable.
We sat at the bar and had great service.
There could be real potential for this place, but some of those prices need to come down.
06-02-2011 01:52:52 | More by wingedeel
Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse in Gaylord, MI
86 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.