Right Brain Brewery

BEER AVG
3.75/5
Right Brain BreweryRight Brain Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(231) 944-1239 | map
rightbrainbrewery.com

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Added by Mitchster on 12-15-2007

BEER STATS
Beers:
112
Ratings:
2,040
Reviews:
372
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
138
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of MikeZ9654
5/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great fun every time I go there!! Beer is delicious!! Can't wait to go again!

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A real gem in Northern Michigan. Right Brain distributes throughout the state, so be sure to grab a bottle (or can!). If you're touring Traverse City, it's a must visit brewery, without question.

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Photo of beerguru15
4.94/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My better half and I took a trip to Traverse City this past weekend to get away and to stop at the local breweries. We ended up stopping at the Right Brain in the evening, and I have to agree with just about everyone that it was a very odd and hard to get to location. Upon walking into the building you have to pass a hair salon. You notice the walls covered with art and designs when stepping into Right Brain, plus get a "artsy" feel with practically everything involved.

The waitress we had was quite pleasent, courteous and energentic. The beers are listed on a large chalk board on the wall, giving a name, a slight description and style of the beers available.

I ended up trying a sampler, which contained 6 samples at 6 oz each for $15. The beers I had included: Naughty Girl Scout which was a stout containing a "thin mint" taste, a Beer called Wicked Garden Roasted Beet Wheat, which was basically what the name said as that's what it looked, smelled and tasted like. A LIttle Italy Honey Basil which had a Strong Basil taste and smell. A Burgundy Ale which was your typical Amber Ale. A Sun Cup American Wheat which wasn't bad and tasted like a usual American Style Wheat, and finally a beer called "Stoch Buddler Michigan Common Copper" which was quite interesting, though different at the same time.

One of the flaws of this place was that there was no food, which was surprising as you usually don't see this too often. But being that it was a small establishment it was understanding in a ways, and nice at the same time as you can bring a sandwich with no hassle.

Overall I found this place to contain a great environment, a great selection and a place I'd definitely return to and recommend.

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

Photo of GordonQuid
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Right Brain Brewery is located in Traverse City Michigan's warehouse district. Located in a renavated buildingalong with some other neiboring businesses. One of which is a hair salon in which you can have a Right Brain Brew while getting your hair cut. Cool.
The atmosphere is very west coast casual. The place has a bit of nostalgia from the building and a bit of family fun with board games to play whist sipping on a quality brew. It is a mixed bag as far as patrons; some older folks, some younger too but all have a good appreciation for quality beer.
The service is outstanding. Considering you have to get in line to order your beer the staff moves the line along quickly. They are all knowledgeable of what they serve and are very friendly and accomodating.
The beer selection is fantastic! Rye cream Ale, Stouts, Porters, IPA's, APA's, and Barley Wine.
I sample three while I was there and all were very good within their class; CEO Stout, Hopping Frog Creamy Rye and the Posh Porter. I hope to be back soon to sample their other offerings.
If you want good craft beer on a budget this is your place. I was very impressed that on a Saturday they had all day happy hour. Pints were $3 and growlers were $12. They have a wide selection of RBB wear and collectables as well. Again all reasonably priced.
If ever in the TC areas RBB is a must visit!
Cheers to RBB!

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4.84/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of hosehead83
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Located in the warehouse district in Traverse City, Michigan. A bit tricky to get to but well worth a little effort! Located behind a hair salon that is actually part of the bar. You can get a haircut and sample a brew at the same time.(What a great idea!) If you don't need a haircut, just walk past the salon into the brewpub. There is an "L" shaped bar and various tables with one having actual barber chairs to sit at.
The place has a kind of Bohemian, coffe-house eclectic feel to it. There are no t.v.'s, but there are numerous old-school board games to play, if you are so inclined, and some unobtrusive rock/pop music plays over the whole scene. The pub is smoke-free, and although there is no food served, there are snacks such as popcorn and pretzels. But you don't come here for the food. At any one time there are 12 different taps, all with an eclectic sampling of various house brews, ranging from an English hand-pulled stout, to a 14%ABV barleywine and everything in between. On the day I was here, everything was just $3 a pint all day!!
The "beertenders" were very knowledgeable and helpful, and provided samples (just ask!)
Everything on tap is written on a huge blackboard and may change daily, depending on how fast a particular offering sells out. There seemed to be only one waitress, so you pretty much had to stand in line to get a beer, but it moved fairly quickly and gives you time to read the blackboard and figure out what you want to try. The beers run the gamut from average to exceptional. All local ingredients are used, with no extracts. On most days the owner is behind the bar and will answer any questions you have when he gets the chance, as this place can get pretty busy.
Overall, if you are in the Traverse City area the Right Brain Brewery is a must for all craft beer lovers. It offers a unique atmosphere and equally unique brews that must be tasted to be appreciated. Growlers are also available to take your favorite (or favorites) beer home.

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4.76/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.76/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of DCdevyl78
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Anitrak
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I come to Traverse City a couple times a year and always make it a priority to come to Right Brain. Their beer ranges from traditional/textbook recipes to crazy and out of the box. I wish I could get their beer on tap in Indiana.

The bar is off the beaten path and is a few blocks out of town. However, when I go on a bar crawl, it's only about 8 blocks from Ferment. So it can be a nice little walk between the two. Inside it is wide open and spacious. Even though it can be packed, it's not hard to find a place to sit and have a nice conversation. They also have a few video game machines that you can play while you drink. Depending on what time of year it is, they often have artwork from local artists for sale on the walls.

If you're into beer, this is definitely a must if you're in Traverse City.

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

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 RocPorterFanatic
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This very eclectic brew pub is nestled in the warehouse district of Traverse City. The overall theme seems to be industrial meets geek. Patrons seem to come from every walk of life. There's a nice long bar with comfortable stools, as well as tables of all heights and sizes scattered around the place. The patio, was large, but packed. Not a seat to be found.

My fiance and I settled into our barstool and took a gander at the white board displaying the day's selections. There was a style for everybody. From the Owl Hawk made with Maris Otter to the Black Eye PA.

I had a flight of 6 beers, 6, 6oz. pours for $15. A bit pricey as far as flights normally go, but for my first time there, a great way to sample the majority of beers that piqued my interest.

My fiance had the Fuzz Face Peach Wheat, reasonably priced with a 20oz. pour for $3.50.

Merchandise was on par with other brewpubs, a T-shirt running $23.

Overall, a great experience with delicious, well crafted beers.

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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 d_locks_MI_beerlove
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, MI
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,040 ratings.
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