Petoskey Brewing Company

Petoskey Brewing CompanyPetoskey Brewing Company
Petoskey Brewing CompanyPetoskey Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1844 Harbor-Petoskey Rd
Petoskey, Michigan, 49770-9341
United States

(231) 753-2057 | map

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Photo of Quackershnoc
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I really love this place. Great food and beer, but what really sets it apart is a truly amazing staff. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and treat their customers very well. It has a nice feel inside as well, pretty casual and fun. It's a good place to go solo or bring the whole family. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

A historic building just outside of the downtown. Tall ceilings, brick walls, look like a deck/patio in back. Beers were good and our server friendly, would have ate a burger but just ate. Parking looked plentiful.

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Photo of valdicosmo
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

We were "up north" for a week in 2014 and stopped by 5 times. The beer was great. The world cup was on the tube. The soft pretzels were the bomb. 2016 the flights were a bit flat but we find this happens frequently for some reason. I however found my favorite all time beer. Cranium Crush. We heard numerous people around town praising this beer. It is a raspberry waffle cone cream ale. Smooth finish great taste and 8 %. Sit at the bar and get to know the locals. Great vibe. Love that beer!

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Photo of yungbrew
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Food is great, good sandwiches. Some of the beer is shit, some is pretty good. Great staff, awesome atmosphere. Plenty of beers to choose from, reasonably priced. Probably best to get a flight because there are a few beers that you may not finish.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.51/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Petoskey Brewing, where do we start?!?

I'm reading some of the reviews below, and I'm going to piggy back on atone's (Nicks) notes...We stopped in and got 6 pours of beers, of course two were the barrel aged beers. When arriving at the table, by appearance, we had a very hard time determining which beer was the Impy Stout and which was the BW. Obviously after some further investigation it was fairly easy enough to tell...Neither the BB BW or BB Impy Stout stood out to us. The one beer that really stood out was the Imperial Pislner. Very clean tasting beer, and clocked in at a good 9% ABV. Good work on that one.

The atmosphere on this day was very interesting. As Nick also noted, the servers didn't really appear to give two shits. Now, I know you're up in Northern Michigan...I know it's hard to find people to work for you that give two shits about their job...but it's all about breeding that culture into your staff, and I feel like they lacked it. Short's has it, why can't you and other local breweries?
There were many many TV's turned on, all of which were showing the Michigan vs. Ohio State football game. Now I'm a football fan, but out of our group of 4, I was the only one. The other three took note of the poor atmosphere due to the fact that everyone in the pub was glued to a TV, with no emotional contact with each other. The beer was very much an after thought, at least on this day.

I liked having the back room sort of separate from the pub. I thought the taproom was a good size, and good use of space.

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Photo of JoeZZ
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

Had a Oktoberfest on Tap. Bartender stated they use artesian water it has a nice finish to it!
Food was only light offerings. Service was great with the first bartender, each glass is rinsed before the beer from the tap is drawn? ...Shift change next bartender so-so? Neat Brewery well worth the visit. The art work on the chalkboard was outstanding!
The flavor is a very good mix of malts, drinkable and well worth repeat tastes. Also tried "Horny Monk" this was smooth with a great finish by far a better choice!

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Photo of atone315
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here 10-8-13 during a week long vacation to the Traverse City area. The building this brewery is housed in is IMPRESSIVE!!! 4 stories tall, and only 30' deep, make it a very unique building. According to the story on the menu, it was a brewery at the turn of the 20th century and has been a bunch of different businesses since then...once again becoming a brewery in 2012.

We walked in, and took a couple of seats at the bar. First thing we noticed, it was cold in there!! 60 degree Fall day and they had the AC on. No big deal but other patrons did say something to the staff and they didn't seem to care and/or do anything about it. In fact, my wife and I noticed that the staff didn't really seem to care much about anything. 5-10 minutes after we ordered our appetizer of pretzels and dipping sauces (absolutely delicious!!!) they were sent to the bartender. He had a very (stoned?) confused look on his face and after 1-2 minutes of contemplating, asked us if we ordered them. Why yes, didn't you take our order???

The beer selection was decent, half a dozen standard brews on tap, 2 barrel aged offerings, and 1 cider. My wife got 4oz pours of their standard brews, plus the cider. I got 8oz pours of the 2 barrel aged beers, an Imperial Stout and a Barleywine. The Barleywine came 2nd, along with some dribble from the bartender as to why Barleywines are called as such...I was more curious why my B-wine was black as a night sky! Left me wondering if he even poured me the correct beer! The other offerings were par for course, nothing exciting.

Overall, cool place in a cool location. Service, for the most part, was ok. In all honesty, I can accept average beer if excellent service comes with it. Unfortunately, I have read that everybody that works here seems bored...I cannot agree more.

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Photo of ScottWKelley
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

good beers I like monk myself as most beers are rated on the bitter scale this one was just right. Great dark beers, good service and a comfortable atmosphere. I am looking forward to the summer on the back deck over looking Spring Lake. We have not tried the sliders yet and they have pints to go. Thge bike path runs right up to the front and back door. This will be my fav place to ride my bike to, that is for sure.

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Photo of PapaGoose03
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This brewery just opened in the Summer of 2012, but different from many new breweries that open before they should and consequently have low quality beers, the brewer here at Petoskey Brewing has their beers pretty well dialed in for what I think is the right taste for each style. There are 12 taps, but because the brewery is new they do not yet have all of them in use (which is why I rated the Selection a little low). They are also currently installing a larger brewing system so that they can keep up with anticipated demand and future bottling/canning and distribution, and that is taking up a lot of the brewer's time. As good as their beers are right now, demand should be very good.

My wife and I ordered a sampler flight and got all 6 of their current beers on it: an IPA, a Maple Brown, a Mocha Java Stout, a Black IPA, a Pale Ale, and a Belgian Dubbel. I liked some better than others, but I graded all of them on a scale that ranges from a B- to a B+. The Dubbel and the Black IPA were our favorites.

There is only light food available at the present time (which is why I rated the Food a little low, i.e. number of offerings), but we were told that the kitchen will expand its offerings in the future. We had a sampler of their three different sliders on pretzel rolls, and they were very good.

We really liked the ambiance of this place. It is absolutely perfect with a lot of old exposed brick and wood trim inside this big old building. (There is resurrected history to the building going back to the early 1900's when it was also Petoskey Brewing.) There are a couple of over-stuffed sofas so that you can get real comfy and stay a while. A deck at the rear of the pub is available for outdoor enjoyment on nice days. (I think there was a lake and wooded area in the view from out there.)

Prices are reasonable at $4 pints, $1.50 per sampler, and $9 for a growler fill. While you are there you need to pay attention to the chalkboard beer menu - it's a work of art.

Another thing that I thought was a nice touch was that one of the owners came to our table and chatted for a few minutes to get our feedback. We gave him two thumbs up. This brewery is VERY worthy of a visit, and we'll return when we're in the area again.

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Petoskey Brewing Company in Petoskey, MI
Brewery rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 649 ratings