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Right Brain Brewery

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BEER AVG
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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BEER STATS
Beers:
99
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
1,730
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
89
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
17.05%
 
 
Taps:
15
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by SpdKilz:
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have been here three times in the past three days.

Walking in was a hint confusing seeing as there is a salon out front. For those who are not locals or familiar with this location it might be a bit odd. But after the first time you know exactly where to go.
One is welcomed by a very nice and modern décor brew pub. Lots of open seating, a long L shaped bar, and a wonderfully transcribed board telling what is on tap. The three times my brother-in-law and I cam here it was a bit of off hours but the atmosphere was still great and the employees were eager to banter and BS with us about the beers. My brother-in-law and I both had a flight and then a couple other beers (at the other various times) that we enjoyed. They had some interesting beers (some I wouldn’t get again but was glad to try) but others that were solid for sure that I have enjoyed a few times.

The prices were overall good, and service great (sorry for the old fogies that feel they were not served well or are “out of the loop”…maybe they are). The selection was great, as in they had tons of RB’s own beers (no guest taps which would have been nice I will admit). We had plenty to choose from.

All in all, I have had an enjoyable experience and would recommend people to come here. The only downside was there was no real food avaliable.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Mwinek
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bethaz83
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of msumike89
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Hrodebert
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
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 +17.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.01/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of magicsqurill
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of mklisz
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of tnelson1
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of arizcards
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +13.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of clager
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.25

Photo of Sexton
4.56/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Doublicious
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mcrawford
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, MI
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