Greenbush Brewing Company

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3.83/5
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PLACE INFO

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

5885 Sawyer Rd
Sawyer, Michigan, 49125
United States

(269) 277-1091 | map
greenbushbrewing.com

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Added by emerge077 on 07-04-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
99
Reviews:
819
Ratings:
5,691
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.23/5
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
201
pDev:
8.75%
 
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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by mynie:
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Right over the IN-MI border, in little lakeshore toursity town that kind of reminds me of Galena, only if Galena had stuff in it that was worth visiting.

The inside is really cute, tin and woody with a good number of vintage beer things, including a badass NattyBo sign. The vibe overall is touristy and caucasian, with a good mix between hip youngsters and sun-burned older people just coming off the lake. Not exactly my scene, but there's nothing wrong with it.

The aesthetic is okay but a little Dave Matthews-y: it appeals to frat boys who only recently turned over to superficial hippiedom. NPR-type music blasts on the stereo. Some bartenders have whiteman dreads.

The food was okay but not great. The beer was... inventive? Nothing was normal, there were tons of offerings, an excellent pricing scheme, and a couple of the beers I tried were outta sight good.

You'll be hearing about these guys before too long, so you better stop by now, before they get packed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Parkchrisdoug
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Penguins66
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.

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Photo of Tjb14
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of jsher1112
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Beginner2
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.

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

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

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

Photo of Rjk00
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

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of San_Adan
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.

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

Photo of JasonR1975
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.

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Photo of FlaviusG
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of TheCzarof85
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of SMH_NWI
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Cotton_27
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of BLZR
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of 2beerdogs
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.

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Photo of kevanb
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.

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Photo of Steve_S
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Poloplaya
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of noreenmi
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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Greenbush Brewing Company in Sawyer, MI
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 5,691 ratings