The Workshop Brewing Company

The Workshop Brewing CompanyThe Workshop Brewing Company
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3.65 w/ 97 ratings
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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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by DannyDan:
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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zonian1
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Stopped by one night walking around town for a couple pints. Located just off the main drag in the Warehouse District, Workshop was slow and inviting. Two rows of tables and chairs are outside, while the rolling doors were open leaving a good chunk of the interior exposed to the great weather. Orders are placed at the small bar inside. Beer is served there, and food is brought out. I wish we hadn't just eaten, because the kitchen constantly emanated ridiculously delicious aromas. Some people had plates of nachos that were arranged in extremely appetizing ways. Service was friendly and quick, and the three beers we shared were good to very good. Definitely coming back and having a meal.

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Photo of Cotton_27
2.41/5  rDev -38.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of Danielr26
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Frosty-J
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of ljc973
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Finally got to check this place out a couple of weekends ago. Lots of people enjoying themselves, good music, and some games to play with friends. Decent selection of beers on tap and to go. Had one of the best grilled cheeses of my life. I'm not a fan of the "over the counter" style ordering you find at some breweries, but it's not a deal breaker for me. I'll definitely stop by again the next time I'm in Traverse City. Would recommend!

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.96/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Beers is always solid, the staff are very beer savvy. You can get in early iI find the time to chat about the beer. The local patrons are nice to. Very tidy place and all the beer names are workshop related. I like the blackboard info on their beers.

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Photo of HardyA
4.35/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mwinek
3.84/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of morimech
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +6.1%
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 +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jjk0211
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Segnem5
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +1%
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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Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Hawkster316
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of sjroseen
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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The Workshop Brewing Company in Traverse City, MI
Brewery rating: 54.6% out of 100 with 97 ratings
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