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The Workshop Brewing Company

The Workshop Brewing CompanyThe Workshop Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

221 Garland St
Ste A
Traverse City, Michigan, 49684-2271
United States

(231) 421-8977 | map

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Added by TMoney2591 on 08-19-2013

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Reviews by DannyDan:
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4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I been to this place three times. It is in the warehouse district of Traverse City, Michigan in the same spot Right Brain used to be in. They have 7 beers on tap that are year round beers and each beer is a tool name. I do not remember the exact name of each beer, but I really liked the ESB which is their most popular beer. It is really good and so is the saison on tap. I did not care much for the IPA which is an english style and thought it was not hoppy enough. They do have a pumpkin ale on tap right now which had hints of a saison since it is the saison with pumpkin and spices added to it and is really good. The service id friendly and had food once which was very good and is a relaxing place to enjoy a beer. I never went to this spot when it was Right Brain, but very glad I did go to the Work Shop.

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Photo of Mwinek
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

You have to order at the bar but my limited interaction was the bartender was very good. Atmosphere is intentionally industrial but nice, lots of open space and plenty of games including pinball, foosball, board games, etc. Beer was a bit low on flavor, even the barrel aged ones. Easy drinking but not tasty enough for me to want 8oz pours in the sampler/flight. Nothing offensive about the beers but even with two of us splitting a flight we didn't finish it.

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Photo of Loudog1411
4.08/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of morimech
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I rated this space once before when it was Right Brain, but gone is the beauty saloon sharing the building and now just a brewery/taproom. It works much better and is open and airy. Better furniture, fixtures, and decorating. Still maintains the industrial feel. Very slow during my visit on a weekday afternoon with maybe 10 people in the space. Solid lineup of ten American and British style beers available and everything I tasted was done very well. Would drink any of them again. Added a small kitchen that I do not believe Right Brain had, did not try any food.

I really enjoyed my visit and would return again if I found myself in Traverse City.

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Photo of SteveSly
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Work shop was an interesting little place. Apparently it is the sight of the original Right Brain Brewery. The inside is rather sparse with a kind of Russian cold war theme going on. Different, but I kind of dug it. I tried two of their beers and thought they were both good. The Ball Peen (ESB) was really tasty, and Wrecking Ball (Porter) was also quite good. We did not eat any food there. We were there on a weekday afternoon so there was just a bartender on staff and a few people sitting at the bar, but it was pretty slow. This place is in a warehouse district and a little hard to find, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Doublicious
4.35/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jjk0211
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Segnem5
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Great atmosphere and service. Laid back. Enjoyed the beer and food.

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Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

With an Soviet era Eastern European theme (I know, right?), The Workshop feels foreign by design. Don't worry, the beer is excellent, all brewed by traditional European standards. Bring you're appetite, the food is OUTSTANDING! Traverse City's most underrated restaurant. -Joe

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.88/5  rDev +26.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped here as part of a pub crawl in northern Michigan and the UP to visit the newer brewpubs (plus several others) that have opened since our last trip to this area. This brewery opened in 2013 in the same building where Right Brain Brewery was formerly located. (Essentially right around the corner from North Peak Brewing.) Extensive interior remodeling has occurred since Right Brain moved out, and I like it better. A patio is located street-side at the front of the building, but it was a chilly, rainy day and we could not attempt to enjoy it. Beer and food is ordered and picked up at the bar (or brought to your table if they are not too busy, which they weren’t on this weekday, late-afternoon visit).

We chose five 5 oz. beers (they do not have smaller ‘samplers’) that were served in snifters ($3 each) of the 10 beers that were available that day (7 regulars, 3 seasonals, plus one “master” beer offering that was not ready yet but was on the menu board). All of the beers that we chose were okay but none were very exciting to us, so we assigned individual grades that ranged from a C+ to a C. However, this grading is not bad for a new brewery, and the “master” beer that was not available (a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter) is an indication that the brewery is trying to step it up a bit. I look for better things to come.

The food consists of “one-handers” for sandwiches that all had great-sounding ingredients, plus there were a couple of soup choices. The two sandwiches that we chose were very good, plus we tried one soup and it was excellent. Being small sandwiches, the prices were a bit lower than regular-sized sandwiches found at other eateries, but the value seemed to be there (unless you are hungry and want more than one).

We enjoyed our visit here and will stop back in the future when in this area again.

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The Workshop Brewing Company in Traverse City, MI
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