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
greenbushbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.87
Beers:
109
Reviews:
900
Ratings:
6,003
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.23
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
209
pDev:
8.98%
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Reviews by kevanb:
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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
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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
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Dkloubec from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Oct 25, 2020
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Buck_Jones from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Aug 28, 2020
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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
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spiejak from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nov 05, 2018
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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
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Eman17 from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jul 26, 2018
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Berknerj from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jul 21, 2018
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vande from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Jun 30, 2018
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Parkchrisdoug from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Jun 01, 2018
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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
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Tjb14 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

May 26, 2018
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Giggy from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Dec 02, 2017
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jsher1112 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Oct 22, 2017
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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
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onlymurderers from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Sep 10, 2017
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Jun 13, 2017
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

May 20, 2017
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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
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Mar 10, 2017
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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
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MI_beerdrinker from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Nov 30, 2016
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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
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TheCzarof85 from Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Aug 19, 2016
Greenbush Brewing Company in Sawyer, MI
Brewery rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 6003 ratings