Right Brain Brewery

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3.78/5
Right Brain BreweryRight Brain Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

225 E Sixteenth St Ste E
Traverse City, Michigan, 49684-4181
United States

(231) 944-1239 | map
www.rightbrainbrewery.com

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Added by Mitchster on 12-15-2007

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BEER STATS
Beers:
101
Reviews:
328
Ratings:
1,808
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
134
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Taps:
15
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 134
Reviews by Mitchster:
Photo of Mitchster
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

These guys have been open for about 2 weeks now. I don't know where the parking is, so I just parked out front. It's a typical open industrial look, with unfinished ceilings, exposed air ducts, etc. No food for right now, unless a bag of premade popcorn counts. They had about 12 beers on tap or so, with room for about 5 more. I tried the ESB, Raspberry pale, Hefe Weizen, IPA, Porter (on nitro), and Stout. They were all good, but none stood out as really, really good. The Hefe weizen and IPA were probably my favorites. I spoke with John, the brewer, for a while. He used to brew for Traverse Brewing Company in Elk Rapids. Very nice and knowledgable guy who seemed to enjoy talking shop. Plenty of seating (the license says 81) with local art on the walls. Big see through window to the beauty shop next door. Bathrooms out in the hall are shared with the other businesses in the building. They don't currently have a sampler tray, and it seemed the bartender was irritated by my requests to try the beers, despite the fact I was paying for them. When I was there, they had happy hour from 3-6p with $2 pints.

These guys have promise. The beers are decent for an early start, and I hope to see them grow.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jaszucs
3.78/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited while on vacation in Northern Michigan. The kids had passed out for the night, and the in-laws volunteered to take watch so the wife and I could head out. Right Brain was one of two breweries open till midnight instead of 11,so we headed there (it was already 9:30). Location threw us off a little ; besides being dark out, the pub is located in what looks like a combo warehouse /office suite from the outside at the end of a residential street adjacent to railroad tracks. We checked the address twice (almost thought it might be the production facility and not the pub), and headed in.

Pub is wide and high-ceilinged, with art and memorabilia everywhere. There was a small room set aside with games and kids toys for families. Being a late hour during the week, we were two of only about a half dozen people there. Kitchen was closed, so we missed out on the waffle sandwiches ; the Cherry Kiss hummus made up for it.

Service was fast, friendly, and informative. Beer was good to excellent. Will hit again when in town.

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Photo of stadmo1
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Mwinek
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bethaz83
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of msumike89
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Hrodebert
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5

Pretty disappointing visit. The selection of beer on tap was very mediocre, nothing terrible, but nothing great either. Mostly just flavorless.
The food is below average in quality with portions being very small, and the waffle used for a bun on every sandwich was not a very good substitute, being flavorless and almost mushy.
The locals do seem to like the beer, as I saw quite a few bring in the clear growlers used by Right Brain.
One thing for sure with this place is the employees have the neck-beards down pat.

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Photo of zacky_U
4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of magicsqurill
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of mklisz
3.98/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of tnelson1
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great vibe, retro arcade games and lots of beers to choose from.

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Photo of Gemini6
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited here today with Da Boss while touring Northern Lake Michigan.

Vibe was interesting, definitely eclectic with mannequin heads on stereo speakers, Homer Simpson suspended from the ceiling...you get the picture.

Quality of the beer was good. The two brews i had were pretty solid and Da Boss enjoyed her Irish ale.

Service was mostly self serve but will give credit for the friendliness of the gentleman that prepared our burgers and drew our brews.

Selection was solid as i believe there was 20 taps.

Food was good. Da Boss and i actually enjoyed our waffle bun burgers. Portions were smaller but that is OK as bigger is not always better.

Overall this was a nice place to visit and if i lived in MI i would definitely visit again.

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Photo of cards22
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of clager
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Interesting place inside. Variety of seating options including an old dentist chair and dialysis chair. Lots of cool artwork. Board games available. Not a fan of the waffle sandwiches. Great beer and selection. No table service which is ok. No outdoor seating at the end of August which was surprising, we would have enjoyed that.

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Photo of mgavin
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.25

Photo of Sexton
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Doublicious
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mcrawford
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, MI
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,808 ratings.
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