Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

BEER AVG
3.72/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

208 Wabash St.
Michigan City, Indiana, 46360
United States

(219) TRY-HOPS | map
shorelinebrewery.com

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Added by zerk on 08-09-2005

BEER STATS
Beers:
30
Ratings:
608
Reviews:
185
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of yock
5/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Our first time there. Met Sam, the head and only brewer. I like it when the head brewer takes the time to talk to the patrons. It shows he takes pride in his work. He's on the right track with his brewing, but he's carrying a lot on his plate with this new opening. An assistant brewer may be necessary to help keep up the great quality and quantitiy he's already brewing. His staff is very friendly and the food is chef quality, hence my comment that it's a bit (but not by much) pricier than other brewpubs I've been to. The food selection is much better than I've seen in other brewpubs. This place is worth the stop. Sam told us he has some "experiments" coming up in the next month and he let us sample some Drunken Toad Small & Hoppy. Hop lovers, you'll love this one!!! The inside is very very nice. And it's across the street from the Lighthouse Mall. Guys take note, you can drop the wife/girfriend off to shop while you go across the street and sample some beers. It's a win-win situation.

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Photo of acknight
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of sativen
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I went and had a sampler and food with a few other people. Out of 12 beers, there were only two I wouldn't order again, some sort of flavor I didn't like (it may have been the style of hop, I couldn't put my finger on it).

Awesome service, Jim, the assistant brewer, took care of us, and answered our technical questions about the beers, and made sure we had everything we needed.

If you like calamari, try the buffalo calamari rings, it makes a nice sweet and spicy addition to the little critters....mmmm....

They have a rotating selection, so there's always something new coming up.

If I'm in the area, I will definitely be back. Great beer, great food, great service. Thanks Jim and Sam.

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Photo of mgobrew
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We stopped in for a brew on the way to Chicago. The brewery is an old warehouse type building with pale pink painted bricks on the outside. The brewery logo is a take-off of the train system that runs to Chicago and fits the place well. We arrived around 3PM and the place was pretty much empty. We sat at the bar and the bartender went through the whole list of ten beers and explained and described each one with great detail. His favorite was the Singing Sands Oatmeal Stout, so that is what I tried. It was as advertised sweet and creamy with a dry hop finish that had me wanting more, next time I'll drive to Michigan City and take the train to Chicago so I can have more than one. My companion had the Sesh Wheat Ale and that was very smooth and refreshing and true to the “Sesh” moniker as several would go down easy enough. We did not have any food but the menu looked pretty solid. I will definitely make a stop here the next time I'm traveling to Chicago or beyond. I also purchased a logo pint glass, in case you collect like me.

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Photo of gljenso
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This brewpub is in an old warehouse. The inside is one large room and there is patio seating basically in a fenced-off part of the parking lot. It is close to the nuclear power plant but there is not much else around there. There is plenty of room for parking and I hope they need it since the beers were exceptional. This is especially true if you like hoppy ales, as I do. They generally have 3 or 4 pale ale/ipa's on tap in addition to a good selection of other beers (a Belgian Wit, a Scottish Ale, an Oatmeal Stout, etc.) The Sum Nug IPA and the 3 Sum Imperial IPA were both fantastic. The food is nothing great but the atmosphere is that of a bar rather than a restaurant. This is a nice change since so many brewpubs have a chain restaurant type atmosphere.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place was a pleasant surprise. Contained within a dingy looking building inside is a renovated, friendly brewpub and all the charm of what it once was and still the amenities of a first class destination. I tried the sampler and their beers were very good but probably the Sum Nug was the best. I also tried some eggs covered in sausage that was fried... not probably very healthy but something different and it was very good. Beyond the great quality there was also a decent selection. I will go back here if given the chance, and perhaps find it even more appealing than the brewpub not that many miles to the southwest.

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Photo of B1G
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great little "gem". I love their BA beers that you can purchase to go. Hopefully they stay relatively under the radar so I can continue to stop by EVERY time i'm nearby to buy some BA bottles and enjoy a great meal and a beer.

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Photo of birdsellam
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of goethean
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I've been intending to try out this place for years, but just never made it over here. Now that I finally have, I'm impressed and wish I had done so sooner. Didn't eat here, and only had time for one beer. I chose their Scottish ale, and I'm not sure that it could have been improved upon. Menu looked delicious and extensive, ambiance was good, cool artisan glass mugs, nice woodwork, nice view of the brewery, good service, good location, everything was nice. I like their train theme, too.

Sitting at the bar with other customers was very pleasant until an employee, who may have been a brewer, started washing glasses and talking really loudly and pointlessly right in front of us, and kept giving us these looks of death. Not sure what his problem was. Next time we'll grab a table.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.45/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Driving up to ShoreLine through the streets of Michigan City is a bit of an experience. I came in from the east and was a little perturbed by the terrible condition of the roads, the lack of any real sort of town and the giant nuclear power plant looming just hundreds of yards away. Luckily, any fears were quickly abated by one awesome experience.

I really like the feel of ShoreLine. The interior is clean, crisp, made mostly of wood and not overly decorated. The bar is long and comfortable. There are a few televisions hanging in the corners - not enough to make it a viable option during football weekends or March Madness, but enough to see the big game. It's an old, stand-alone red brick building that has been reclaimed to make any kind of diner feel at home, which I appreciate.

Whatever "it" factor that the location lacks (and it does slightly), it is more than made up for by the beer and the food. The menu features a decent mix of pub entrees like fish and chips or pasta and sandwiches and burgers. But these aren't your normal deli sandwiches. Pulled pork, Cajun shrimp, crap cakes, falafel and avocado aioli are just a few of the things you can find featured on their creations. I had a Cajun shrimp wrap that wasn't overly spicy and definitely hit the spot. My favorite part of the experience, though, was the house-made vegetable chips. Besides the typical russet potatoes, they're slicing up yams and beets and frying them to perfection themselves. Yum!

The beer is also top quality with plenty of selections to choose from. From lighter lagers and English pale ales to imperial scotch ales and whopping 15% honey oatmeal stouts, none of their selections are light on flavor. The one detraction, in my opinion, was their IPA, which was a little bitter up front without much floral complexity as a payoff. But past that, all the beers were very good, with special recognition of their Big Bella heavy Scotch Ale, which was superb.

I was in a little past lunch time, so there wasn't a big crowd, but the girl behind the bar was pretty attentive. She had no problem helping me choose between dishes and took an active interest in which beers I was enjoying. All in all, a great find.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ok this is a little bit unfair since Jim used to be an employee of mine. Anyways, I have been here a couple of times and after tonight I figure I will review it. Nice big open area when you first walk in. Good view of the brewery from behind the bar. The bartender was friendly and was quick to ask if I needed another beer after I was about done with mine. Looking around I noticed that the waiters/waitresses were quick and people didn't have to wait to get things they wanted. I still have not had food when I have been here which next time I will. Nice selection on beers to have here. There is not just a couple of different styles but many and I think there were about 8-10 tap handles here. There are a couple of different BA beers that are for sale. I'm not sure about other selections. Overall this is a fantastic brewery that people might overlook in the area but they shouldn't. The beers are above average and should be in a league above "local" brewery.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Made a short detour here going from the Livery to Chicago. Located just off the Shoreline of Lake Michigan in an old ware house or industrial building. We were greeted at the front door by a dog tied out up front that was less friendly than you would expected as it barked at us as we approached and sounded like it could use a beer. We entered and pulled up to the bar which had a decent sized group of people there. The place was very well lit and open with not too much decoration. The website also has some good pictures of the setup. Above the bar was a row of shelves with a collection of growlers from other brewpubs, which I donated 2 of mine before leaving. Behind the bar was all glass which all the brewing equipment could be seen through and the brewer was currently brewing while we were there. The menu covered a nice variety of food which we had a couple of the appetizers. The Sourdough Pretzels were just about the best I’ve had and our other appetizer was solid as well. Looks like it would have been a great place to get a meal. The bartender was the brewer’s brother and was extremely friendly and we talked to him about the place the whole time and the place seems to be doing extremely well since its opening in August 05.

Now onto the beer of which there were 10 of on tap. There was a good variety of styles available Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stouts, Pilsner, Porter, Lager, IPA, Spiced Ale and a second runnings of their barley wine mild. I started with the Sum Nug IPA which was a great hoppy IPA hopped with Summit and Nugget hops that I ended up getting a growler of. The doppelbock was solid as was the oatmeal stout. The Drunken Toad Small and Hoppy beer was great stuff as well. It was made from the second runnings of the barley wine and he “Hopped the shit out of it” as the bartender put it. I would agree, it was hoppy and bitter and would make an excellent hophead session beer. Solid beers all around with some very good ones, I was a bit disappointed that coming soon was there Scottish Ale which is supposed to be great. Very nice little spot that was not out of the way at all if you are going by with good beer and very friendly service. I can see why they are doing so well and will stop by any time I am in the area.

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Photo of mzahn95
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of rudylaw
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My new favorite brewpub now that Flossmoor Station is on a downward spiral of late.

Spending quality time here today. Sure Michigan City is a little wanting, but this place is terrific. Big, old building that looks like a cabin, or a barn in which one would participate in the local sock hop.

Had the thistle sticks and also had some buffalo calamari which was worth the trip by itself. For lunch, tried their SSLT, which is a salmon BLT on marble rye. The wife had a burger with bacon on a pretzel roll which was outstanding.

They had about 13 of their beers on tap, the 6 of which I had were great (our server was awesome and had no problem fetching me as many samples as I wanted). These included Discombobulation barleywine, Sum Nug IPA which was hoppy as heck! Big Bella wee heavy, BA Froggy Loggy lager which had some sour notes from the barrel and a sampler of BA Lost Sailor, their 2007 Imperial Stout, which is among the best BA stouts I've ever had (had some at Great Taste in August as well). You can still buy bottles ($20/ea. 750cl) of their barrel aged series. There are 8 different offerings. I'm taking home two Lost Sailor's on the real. They do growler fills as well.

Bathrooms: They have 'em... didn't use 'em.

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Photo of rw1992
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of cd34
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Was at the shopping mall one day and decided to find it, it wasn't that hard. The place looks great, an old warehouse converted into a brewpub with a nice wood panelling on the inside with a very sturdy bar. Sat at the bar. The bartender was knowledgable and she talked about the beer and their flavors. Had the dopple bock which was very good. It was in the middle of the day, so there were very few people at the brewpub itself. I would love to go back again and have a full meal, I saw that they had hummus on the menu.

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Photo of HabaJohn
4.29/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of numbers
4.25/5  rDev +6%

I dont know why this listing says no" on carry out. you can get growlers there. I recommend "sum nug" or "queen mum". Both great IPAs

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant in Michigan City, IN
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