Greenbush Brewing Company

Greenbush Brewing CompanyGreenbush Brewing Company
Greenbush Brewing CompanyGreenbush Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5885 Sawyer Rd
Sawyer, Michigan, 49125
United States

(269) 277-1091 | map

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Ratings by chillin:
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Rated by chillin from Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jan 29, 2015
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.1 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Jul 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Stooven from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Greenbush is a favorite stop, but be prepared to wait. Even with the annex open, don't think you'll be stopping on the drive from or to Chicago and getting a quick bite. Especially in the winter. And like any busy restaurant, you could swear they're chronically understaffed. That said, it's highly recommended.
Feb 11, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by Dkloubec from Illinois

Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Aug 28, 2020
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Reviewed by TmoneyMaker from Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
It is the best brewery and bar in a environment of great beer. A must stop for beer but beware it gets very crowded because popularity has been established. Bar atmosphere on one side of street and annex aka outside patio is on other side of street. #1 in sw Michigan
Nov 21, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by spiejak from Michigan

Nov 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Ottoj55 from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3
The place was incredibly busy, but be warned, this is treated as a "family" destination, so people are here with young children for lunch. The tap room has a large bar and walls completely lined with 1/2 liter glasses (beer club? nearly 800 mugs seems optimistic). Service was very attentive. Beer selection is limited to about a dozen beers, plenty for a couple of tasting flights.
Aug 28, 2018
Rated: 3.46 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by Berknerj from Illinois

Jul 21, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by vande from Illinois

Jun 30, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by Parkchrisdoug from Indiana

Jun 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Penguins66 from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Greenbush is a necessary stop on any SW Michigan brewery tour. It's in a great location, not far off the interstate. I dare say the food may actually be better than the beer. They sport some of the best BBQ in the area. The portion sizes are generous and prices seem reasonable. Beers are decent but nothing stands out. Service has been hit-or-miss but nothing so bad that it would keep us from coming back. On both our recent visits, the dining area seemed full of locals, including many just there for the food, which we consider a good thing.
Jun 01, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by Tjb14 from Michigan

May 26, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by Giggy from Michigan

Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by jsher1112 from Illinois

Oct 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
The predictions from 2011 about this place making it are proving true. From a near-dive bar when I visited in 2012 to 2017, Greenbush has taken off. They expanded and upgraded the bar, opened up another across the street and it has a nice beer garden. They have probably tripled their capacity for production and people. (I have a theory that crafters grow faster in tourist destinations, but save that for later.)

I went on October 1 to get a flight at noon. On the side of the street with the beer garden, the line had twenty people ahead of me and not that many chairs. I took the easy route and bought some bottles to see if the wisdom of the years was setting in. A good porter, but the other two were below grade... particularly the Belgian which, admittedly, I get snooty about.

Locals tell me the place is usually packed during the season, and often in the off-season. While I don't have a particular thirst for the hoppy beers Greenbush produces best, apparently a lot of people have that thirst.
Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by onlymurderers from Illinois

Sep 10, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

May 20, 2017
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Rated by Rjk00 from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75
Service is ok beer selection is vey good the foood is awesome
Apr 29, 2017
Rated: 3.54 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Mar 10, 2017
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Reviewed by San_Adan from Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Fantastic place with amazing vibe. Great selection of their own brews on tap and really nice meat and cheese platters and a few other dishes. You will get full, but don't expect a huge variety of meals. Still, the meats are really nice and the platters are great for sharing.
Feb 13, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Nov 30, 2016
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Reviewed by JasonR1975 from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Loved the vibe, beer quality has always been inconsistent in bottle but draft was excellent. Excellent service and awesome taplist. Make sure and visit annex across the street from taproom, where you can also drink and fulfill all your charcuterie needs.
Nov 18, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by TheCzarof85 from Wisconsin

Aug 19, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Aug 15, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by Cotton_27 from Michigan

Jul 11, 2016
Rated: 4.51 by BLZR from Michigan

Jun 30, 2016
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
Had tried a few of their beers prior to visit so I was pretty amped. Place is chill. Sat down on pation with a group of 4, and a 5th that came later. Waitress was very welcoming (and patient with our beer geek tendencies). Food was excellent. Pastrami to die for. Beers were good to excellent. Not a clunker in the bunch. Standout beers were: Remnant of Dragon Imperial Red IPA, Brother Benjamin Imperial IPA with honey, Monopolipa, and Star Chicken Shotgun. And across the street at the Annex, RAGE.
Jun 24, 2016
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2
Stopped at Greenbush on June 4th on our way back to Chicago from Michigan. Very easy to get to, right off I-94 with decent parking on the main drag of town. This was my 3rd time at Greenbush and was pretty similar to past experiences. The vibe is always a big plus, friendly, not too loud, but always "happening", beautiful space in a cool old garage, though this past time the A/C was cranked up to the max on a cool 60 degree day, wasn't too pleasant. The quality is pretty decent, I've never been blown away by the beer at Greenbush, but it's certainly never offensive, solid stuff that is easy to drink. The servers work hard, but every time I've gone I've always thought another server was needed, service is typically slow though the staff is always friendly and as helpful as they can be. The beer selection is great always a wide variety of things availability across all styles, I think there were about 15 different beers on tap this past visit. The food however, has consistently been a bummer, the menu reads well, sounds good, but every time I've ordered something it's been either bland, burned or just unappetizing. This past visit we ordered a soft pretzel that was burnt to a crisp, and my club sandwich was rubbery and a chore to eat.

Verdict: I like Greenbush beer but their taproom is a let down. The prices are great for drafts and growlers don't seem too expensive either, but the food just isn't worth stopping for to me. I'll continue to pick up Greenbush at the store to enjoy at home, but sadly, I don't think I'll make a point of returning to the brewery soon.
Jun 07, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by Steve_S from Michigan

May 21, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Poloplaya from Illinois

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by noreenmi from Michigan

Apr 02, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by Azz from Illinois

Mar 15, 2016
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Rated by MichaelCoyne from Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Great please to stop if you are heading to Chicago from Grand Rapids. The BBQ is awesome, beer is great, overall awesome place
Jan 26, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by tommy5 from Michigan

Jan 13, 2016
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Reviewed by Mxsluis from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Just a couple of blocks east of I-94, it is very easy access. I had the brisket sandwich and it was very good, not Texas quality, but extremely good for Michigan. The place was busy and our waitress was occupied by a needy table of twelve. Another waitress helped her out and ensured we didn't go dry. A little loud because it was crowded but we could talk at our table of four. The beer selection had something for everyone and I loved the Star Chicken IPA. I can't wait to go back.
Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 4.39 by simplejj81 from Wisconsin

Jan 01, 2016
Rated: 4.59 by AndyEdgar from Illinois

Dec 16, 2015
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