Right Brain Brewery

Right Brain BreweryRight Brain Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(231) 944-1239 | map

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Added by Mitchster on 12-15-2007

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Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
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 +24.4%
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 GordonQuid
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
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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Photo of hosehead83
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
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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Photo of Anitrak
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
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 RocPorterFanatic
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Roeters
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Over the past year I have made the trip to Right Brain a few more times and I am a full believer in this place. The biggest thing with Right Brian is that they are always rotating they beer selection and they are pushing the envelope. I feel that the first impression was the day to day of this place.

Go in the spring early summer and that they do the asparagus ale again

You may want to check their website to see what's being served before you make the trip.

Old post --- A:4,Q:3.5,S:4,S:3.5

The atm osphere really fits in with the rest of downtown T.C. A little artsy and very interesting. i love that there are no TVs in this place. I hope to see more places moving in that direction as tv is the death of independent though.

But away, in my opinion they have the best brews in T.C. and they have a creative list of brews to chose from. Unlike the other breweries that I visited that had a watery summer wheat or a marginal cask IPA as their wildest brews. But, RB has a ways to go to compete with breweries out side of T.C.

The service was good other then the credit card machine not working and the brewery closing 1 1/2 early. Which is completely out of their control.

They had a list including 10 beers and 1 cask. The list was wheat heavy. Which I was expecting being a summer resort town. I enjoyed all the brews that I tried. I will be stopping in again and is a must if you'll be around the T.C. area, but not worth a special trip.

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Photo of Deuane
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Located in the up and coming, artsy looking, downtown area, Warehouse District. Some claim it is "hard to find", I guess it could be, but my trusty Garmin took us right to the spot.

Right Brain is located in an old warehouse that also houses Salon Saloon, drink RB brew and get your hair styled at the same time! A high end coffee shop is in the building too.

We visited during their 1st year anniversary party!

Nice, socially conscious place with no TV's, light background music and a few board games if you are so inclined!

A speakeasy feel with a large open seating area, exposed piping, local artwork (for sale) adorn the walls and a dim light ambiance.

12 on tap and one on the engine. A nice, across the board selection, and an interesting line-up. Some standards, a few tweaked brews and a few that go beyond style lines and use local produce.

Despite the busy goings on, the place was packed, the tenders did a fine job at keeping us flush with beer. Nothing outstanding, but solid and dependable service.

Limited food is available at RB, some local made gourmet popcorn, hummus and pretzels. So eat at Culver's down the way before you come if your hungry!

This place has a lot of potential. I was impressed with the innovative and interesting line-up, the conversational vibe and the general feel of local support for the place. With Short's being less than an hour away, Right Brain and Short's offer a can't miss, one-two punch for the beer traveler (and local alike) in the greater Grand Traverse Bay area.

EDIT--Second visit on 6/18/09-place continues to impress with "odd" and innovative beers....come on a pale ale with grilled asparagus and lemon peel? A full list of 13 beers--all solid---and two servers that were beyond nice! Thanks to C-note and Nate for a VERY fun evening!

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Photo of DRjester
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I just moved from Traverse City to downstate Michigan, and this is the place I will miss most of all. It's located in a sort-of artsy sub-district right in the hub of the downtown shopping area. It can be a bit hard to find if you're not familiar with the area, but ask around and locals can point you to the place.

The place has a sort-of hip coffee shop vibe, with couches, funky tables, lots of art on the walls, and an unfinished, converted-warehouse feel to the ceiling. There are board games and magazines available, and the place is non-smoking.

They run 12 rotating taps at all times, along with 1 on a cask. They don't have any "all-the-time" brews, so it's always a bit of a surprise as to what you'll find. That said, you'll pretty much always find at least some sort of IPA, stout, amber, and a few other common styles. They also do a good job of having 2-3 less common styles on tap, and they often go out of their way to use local ingredients if they can. Their beers are generally good and occaisionally excellent, although they also have the occaisional whiff, so to speak. Some of my favorites of theirs have been an oak-aged imperial stout, a belgian-style trippel, and a smoked porter.

The service is generally good; the bartenders are prompt, knowledgeable, and friendly. One thing I particularly like is that the head brewmaster is often in the house (they brew on-site), and he's quite friendly and will readily discuss beers (his or others) and brewing if he has the time.

The one downfall, in my opinion, is the food situation - they offer a few bar-snacks, like popcorn and pita chips with hummus, but otherwise nothing (although they don't mind if you want to have something delivered or bring your own).

Overall, this is a great place and one I would recommend without hesitation to anyone visiting the area.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The 3rd stop on our Traverse City brewery crawl. Located in the Warehouse District the exterior is non-descript and located on an alley-like street.

The interior is eclectic and fun with local art lining the walls. An impressive custom-mug club wall sits to the left of the bar. This place is a no-frills just beer establishment. I don't believe they offer food. Its a "Whadda Ya Want" type attitude but not unwelcoming. 12 beers were offered and a 6 beer flight comes in at $15. My flight consisted of their Empire Spear - an ASPARAGUS beer that was unique and refreshing when cold, a little off-putting as it warmed HA!, Will Power Pale Ale, Copper Grasshopper ESB, Out of Tyne Brown Ale, Ancho Chili Double Dutch Chocloate Porter and their Chocolate Espresso Oatmeal (C.E.O) stout. My favorite of the flight was the CEO stout but all were exceptional and tasty.

The world needs more places like the Right Brain Brewery where quality and creativity are top priority with passionate and devoted staff. I would frequent this place if I lived within 100 miles.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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 TCmichigan
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Right Brain is an eclectic place. There's no other way to put it.

2 story ceilings, cinder block walls, a salon to drink beers and get hairs cut. Old school arcade games, eccentric local art, those awesome cardboard building blocks from when you were a kid, but now can drunkenly play with and make inappropriate things out of... They have it all, but in a strange location.

16th street is a bit off the beaten path in TC, but RBB is well worth the trek from downtown.

The beers are plentiful, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly... I was even given a free pint just to try one of the staff members homebrews. He kept telling me I should order it b/c I'd love it, then finally said, "Hey, just take this, I know you'll enjoy". (P.S.- He was right)

The food ranges from typical taproom fare to the amazing waffle-sandwiches they make with pretty much whatever you want on them. If they have the foodstuffs as an option, you can customize your waffles and get it made.

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Photo of kbeals
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Place is sort of a hidden gem located in Traverse City. Definitely has a coffee house vibe like others have said. A lot of artsy people were there, or at least they were dressed like they were. Place was pretty noisy while we were there due to the limited amount of space. That's really the only thing it lacks is more space, and a finished ceiling. Their beer selection was excellent. Had plenty of beers ranging over a wide variety of styles. Some of the beers were very unique as well. Service was pretty good, a little slow but it definitely wasn't the bartenders fault, a lot of people are so indecisive about what kind of beer they wanted to order. Average age for the place was probably mid-30's or so. My biggest grievance, no food! Popcorn and pretzels were available but I would love to see them offer food eventually. They might have to move though as I doubt there is enough space for a kitchen. I would definitely come here again just because of their unique beer selection.

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Photo of sloppymoose
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Been to this place a few times now. I'm from out of town but come to Traverse quite often and make sure I bring both growlers each time I visit. The experimental taste of the beers gives a refreshing change of pace from normal Michigan beers. If you go, the CEO stout is a must. About 14 different beers always on tap, with a few specialty pours for a little bit more money. 2 cask/hand pull beers on tap which were great. Gotta check it out! No TV's, friendly staff, and average growler refill prices.

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Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Right Brain is located in the warehouse district of Traverse City, about a block from Grand Traverse Bay. Day 2 of the Michigan tour began here.

Atmosphere: Right Brain is in a rather artsy area of town, behind a salon. The inside is bright and inviting, large enough to handle summer crowds. A long bar sits at a right angle along the left of the entrance. Looks like mug clubbers get to design their own earthen mugs.

Quality: We were in as soon as they opened. THe staff was friendly and the beers were tough to beat.

Service: Service was a little slow at times (my glass sat empty for too long). Ksak and I had a nice discussion with Russell and he comped me a Distill My Heart.

Selection: Eclectic doesn't do it justice. A beer with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme? One with basil and honey? A sour barleywine that was barrel aged on vanilla beans? For real? All here and on tap. I could have spent the entire day here.

Food: They have snack food but no menu. That being said, visit this place for the beer. I can't say enough about how good it is.

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Photo of redleg64
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Atmosphere - Right Brain gutted a what looks like a warehouse and turned it into a beer mecca for NW Michigan. The walls are covered with lots of local art for sale and the place is family-friendly during the day. You can always find local musicians in there too.

Quality - Damn fine beer. That's all I have to say about that.

Service - I haven't had a complaint yet.

Selection - I haven't counted the beers available there, but there are always great selections available. There is always something new to try. Personally, I love Igor Takes a Digger.

Food - Almost non-existent, except for the typical bar snacks and pre-packaged sandwiches. Roaming Harvest, a great locally-sourced organic food truck does frequent Right Brain though, so that bumps the score up a bit. I did go to a beer dinner there before and had a great time. Right Brain teamed up with Roaming Harvest and put on a great evening for those lucky enough to score one of the limited seats.

Value - There is always a cheap pint available and nothing costs more than $6 or so last time I was in there, and that is for the premium pours.

Overall Right Brain is a great place with some great people making it happen. Next time you're in town make sure you stop by!

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Photo of clager
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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 gabrielsyme
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

As others have said, the place is a bit hard to find. It is one room in a larger building that houses a coffee shop et al., and there aren't too many signs to help, which is a shame because this place is pretty good.

The atmosphere was great - low lighting, a nice bar, plenty of room. Think hipster bar more than 'Cheers', which I am fine with.

We ordered samples of 8 of the beers (they had 12 total on tap, plus their DIPA on cask as well). The beers ranged from OK to GREAT - the Bourbon Stout was top notch, cherries and vanilla, and they had another stout that tasted like mint chocolate cookies, and a honey basil beer that was definitely unique.

Service was very friendly, and they seemed knowledgeable although we didn't get into a too beer-heavy discussion. I actually appreciate that they don't serve food as it keeps everything about the beer.

They have a membership program where you get swag + a discount - something I wouldn't pass up if I lived in the area.

Don't pass this place up if you're in Traverse City.

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Photo of theecaleb
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This review is for the Garland St location. I guess they just moved to a new location last week (Sep 2012).

In my opinion RBB has the best beer in Michigan. By all means it is a micro brewery. As far as I know they do not sell beer outside their pub. They brew beer for quality, not quantity, and it shows.

The setting was kind of weird. It is attached to a hair salon by two way mirrors. So basically you can sit in the bar and watch people get their hair done, but they can not see you threw the mirror. I thought that was super weird and somewhat creepy, but cool.

No food besides snacks are served, they have growlers of beer to go. They also sell some of their t shirts and stickers.

Overall, great beer, average service, and a weird environment. Definitely the best brewery in TC, if not the nest in Michigan.

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Photo of joe1510
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Right Brain's newish location is in warehouse down in SoFo. When I walked in the door the first thing that struck me was the sheer size of this place. I patronize a couple music venues in Chicago that are smaller than this place. Tables were sparsely spread and the bar seated about 15. There was a solid number of drafts up on the dry erase boards; 6 regular offerings, 5 middle tier beers, and 5 top tier offerings. I sampled a couple pints that were good and then hit the generous sampler to try most of the others.

All beer was good to excellent with some interesting combinations thrown in the mix. A couple harvest ales were on tap, a double IPA, two saisons (one with beets), and a handful of other unique offerings. The bartenders were a little stand offish at first but when they got talking they were super friendly and informative, chatting about everything from Traverse favorites to music to beer. In the end I couldn't have been happier with the stop at Right Brain. The service was great, the beer excellent, and the prices in line with any other brewpub. Without a doubt this place is worth a stop when i Traverse.

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Photo of Taffle
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere: I loved how it was socially-oriented, and had no T.V.'s or any other passive entertainment. It seemed like a beautiful rainbow of colorful brews flourishing upon a mellow, dimly lit chill spot. Not too large, but big enough for comfort and socializing.

Quality: Every brew I smelled, gazed, tasted, and made love to at Right Brain was unique in its own way. The Little Italy Honey-Basil Pale Ale had such bold basil notes that produced floral, spicy aromas paired with unique, honey-sweet hop flavors. I was also impressed by the Fearless Freep Belgian Golden. The perfect mouthfeel booted a deeply sweet, yeast blend with tropic fruit flavors ~ banana? Sipped and sampled a few others and was greatly impressed. If I was a more permanent resident, I would join the membership for sure.

Service: was great and respectful. Couldn't ask for better.

Selection: Certainly a variety of brews, all well done for what I tried. Perhaps a couple more strong ones to try in a half pint.

I tip my hat to Right Brain. I will surely be back.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I initially had trouble finding this place because it shares an entrance with a salon. Once inside, I notice the open ceiling where the piping and such is visible. Once we got the attention of one of the bartenders, we finally got our drinks. I don't know what was up because when I ordered some of their more intense offerings, I kept getting the "are you sure...?" question. Eventually the bartender ended up being pretty cool and even gave us directions up to the new Jolly Pumpkin restaurant on Old Mission Peninsula. The selection was pretty good and included a couple of barrel aged beers, a tripel, and a bunch of their 'regular' offerings. If I am ever up in the area again, I will most definitely make it a point to go back to this establishment.

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Photo of EricTKole
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Ok I'm gonna just check these off the list as they go...

First off pulling up to Right Brain is strange in and of itself as there is very little signage and lets face it anything to acknowledge that you're in the right place as parking is to the side. Once you make your way inside you'll find a reasonably large open space with picnic and high top tables as well as a bar. Mid day on a Saturday will find you in her with little to no light(hey somebody turn on the damn lights!!). I been to breweries at hot tub rental places and some weird shit but this was strange and by the placement of their coffee mug-mug club and artwork that's what they are going for.

Both food and drink were very good. No complaints here.

Once we got served at our table(we opted for a picnic table as we had a group of 8) it was good. Took a while to get a feel if we had to go to the bar or someone was going to come out to us.

Excellent here. 4-5 BA options and maybe another 12-16 after that. Everyone in our group was able to find something they liked.

This was a mixed review. I liked my waffle burgers(2/$9) only available on fri/sat but my wife did not care for her waffle sandwich. I like the originality her and enjoyed mine.

Lunch for 2, 2.5 pints and I think $35 after tip was good for me.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Stopped here on a summer beer tour after hearing great things about this place. Was difficult to find, in an office building behind a beauty salon. Could see a truck unloading fresh hops though, so this had to be the place.

Inside of the place looked modern and hip. Really liked the right brain man design and wanted to get it on a t-shirt but they were all out. Onto the beer... I got a flight of beers they had and they were good but not great. It appeared that I had picked the wrong day to come, as they did not have any of their more bold beers available... and bold is what I want. Growlers were cheap so I picked up one for the road as a memento. I really wish they had some of their wilder stuff and can see something great could happen there yet again in Michigan. Maybe some summer I can again drive around stupid Lake Michigan to give it another try, or maybe better yet they'll make the car ferries more afforable for a change.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.05/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A very creative brewery. I had beers made with whole cherry pies and ghost chilis. The beers were well-made and balanced. They were adventurous, but very enjoyable.

The atmosphere is eccentric. Right Brain is located inside of a building where all the other businesses are closed by sundown. The building is on a road/alley that also is home to a commercial baked good warehouse. The bar shares a bathroom that is located outside of the main area, like you'd find in an office building. The bar is very well-lit, There are plenty of tables, but no servers. You must stand in line and order your beers at a countertop. A beer list is written in dry erase marker on a white board. The entire experience feels more like a coffee shop, or a bakery, than a brewery.

All of the idiosyncracies feel deliberate. The beer is allowed to speak for itself. The beers are over-the-top statements, and they do not need an over-the-top delivery. Everyone inside is nice and friendly, and if you want to try some unique beers in an unassuming environment--perhaps while playing one of their several board games--Right Brain is your place.

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