Beards Brewery

Beards BreweryBeards Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar

207 Howard St
Ste A
Petoskey, Michigan, 49770-2411
United States

(231) 753-2221 | map

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Added by BeardsBrewery on 09-29-2012

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Photo of elNopalero
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

A craft beer stop in downtown Petoskey? I had never heard of it before but as luck would have it I ended up staying a block away for a few days over the summer so a visit was in order. The place itself is tucked away at the end of a dark hallway… it felt like walking into a Midwestern pool hall or something, minus the smoke and pool. But there’s tables with board games and beer magazines as a trade off.

Great logo, as I am known to rock a hearty beard myself from time to time, but it seems like the branding—a beard-shaped taster tray, bearded growlers and howlers, etc—took precedence over the beer itself. I hate to say it but this was a disappointment. Less than stellar beer across the board and an ambiance which has so much underutilized potential. Here’s hoping they get things together. I’d love to visit again sometime on another ‘round-the-lake’ trip and rave about this unassuming place I came across…

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Sept, 2015 UPDATE: After a second visit to this brewery, I found the beers to be much improved over the review below, so I'm revising the quality part of the scoring to reflect the new scores for the beers that I tried on this visit.


This brewery just opened in 2012. It is located along the main downtown street in Petoskey, but it has only a door front that opens to a hallway that leads to the pub that is behind the retail stores that flank the front door. So it's easy to miss this place unless you're looking closely. The pub area is a fairly small space, but it's kind of cozy. You can see the brewing system in an adjacent room.

My wife and I stopped in several weeks ago and had a sampler of 4 of their 7 beers that were available - a stout, a brown, a rye and a porter. The other three were not styles that I like (a wheat ale, an IPA that was said to have the flavor of bananas (?), and a pomegranate-flavored pale ale) so we passed on them. (I like IPAs, but bananas? I wasn't feeling adventurous.)

The beers that we tried need some tweaking to get them into the style taste range that would suit me. (They were kind of weak-flavored too.) I'll give them a grade rating of a C- to a D+. The price for less than average beer was $4 for a 12 oz pour, and $5.50 for 20 oz. For the pomegranate pale (which they considered a Specialty beer) the prices were $4.75 and $6.25 for the 12/20 oz glasses.

I'll probably go back again when I'm in the area to see if there is any improvement because I want to give a new brewery the benefit of the doubt and some time to get their beers dialed in to the taste that I think is correct for the style. Who knows, maybe the three beers that we didn't try could have been right-on.

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Beards Brewery in Petoskey, MI
3.66 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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