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Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse

Big Buck Brewery & SteakhouseBig Buck Brewery & Steakhouse

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 60
Beer Avg: 3.59

Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
very good

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

550 S Wisconsin Ave
Gaylord, Michigan, 49735
United States
phone: (517) 732-5781

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Reviews by nortmand:
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Nice place to stop on your way to Michigan's north. Large buiding with big steel beer bottle next to it. Inside lots of cabin deecorations, including, but not limited to deer antlers, deer heads, deer hooves and at least one deer ass.
The beer is generally OK, nothing special, but better than some. Pretty much just approachable, but not mindblowing for a seasoned BA. It took awhile to get a waitress, but after that service was good enough. For being a small time brewpub, they had an amazing beer selection. I think at least 10 beers, all with gravity, alcohol and IBU's listed.
Food is very good, but a little expensive. I had the fish and chips, which ended up being about two pounds of food.
Nice place to stop every once in awhile, if you're up north, stop in.

06-30-2004 02:59:42 | More by nortmand
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-17-2014 01:44:57 | More by StoutHunter
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

02-13-2014 02:48:55 | More by Dshep1340
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

12-02-2013 22:17:10 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-25-2013 02:23:58 | More by Danielr26
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

11-13-2013 23:29:15 | More by Rons35
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-11-2013 19:32:46 | More by jemarent
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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
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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
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Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse in Gaylord, MI
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.