Transient Artisan Ales

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Brewery, Bar

4229 Lake St
Bridgman, Michigan, 49106
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Ratings by Gagnonsux:
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Rated by Gagnonsux from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jul 09, 2017
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Rated: 4.64 by MJSFS from Florida

Saturday at 03:25 AM
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
I’ve been enjoying Transient’s beers for a while now. Their taproom is in a small town located about halfwayish between Chicago and Kalamazoo, nestled along a series of other boutique shops, breweries, and places of interest. Inside you’ll find a pretty straightforward selection of cans to go, along with beers on tap and, um, seltzers, if that’s more your thing.
Jul 01, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Oct 08, 2021
Rated: 4.55 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Jul 20, 2021
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Rated by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I love this Brewery! I go there every time I have a chance. Great stouts and sours!
Jan 19, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Aug 28, 2020
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Decent parking adjacent to the brewery. Indoor and outdoor seating avalable. Only stopped in to pick up some cans. Good selection of cans and bottles available. I 'll have to plan to visit the grandkids in Chicago when they are doing a special release. So far that hasn't worked out.
Jul 29, 2019
Rated: 4.8 by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Apr 15, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Apr 07, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by Kraz from Indiana

Aug 07, 2018
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Rated by Pgronset from Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
The crew at Transient appreciate and do everything they can to make us happy!!
Jun 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Magus_Of_Beer from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Most people I talk to about beer seriously say that this is the best brewery in Southwest Michigan, and I would definitely concur.

A cozy, spartan taproom with a ~60 person capacity, and a tiny patio. No bar, but plenty of of tables and barrels to hold your beer. Theres no kitchen either, but as of writing this review, you are free to bring your own (and your dog, if you'd like).

The beer quality is phenomenal, far and away the best beer from any microbrewery I've had, and easily beating out a majority of big breweries.
They specialize in sours, New England IPAs, and they produce killer stouts when they make them. They usually have at least 10 beers on tap, at least 1-2 ipas, usually one "hefty" 10%+ beer, a pilsner and a couple brett beers or wild ales. Pint Cans to go are stacked on pallets near the entrance, and bottles of specialties (mostly some sort of wild ales or sours, but some stouts appear) are located in between the pallets on the wall.

Service is kind and generous with tastings, however there are no flights here.

Highly recommended to anyone passing through the county.
May 04, 2018
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Reviewed by larryarms847 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Loved the little taproom in the downtown area of this tiny Indiana town.

The brews are delicious!

The service was welcoming and friendly.

The selection is a little lax, but the brews make up for it.
Apr 22, 2018
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Smaller place, but the vibe is laid back and cool and the selection is PHENOMENAL. Tap list included the obligatory stuff (fresh Juice, etc), but the carryout selection was staggering - Juice, 3 or 4 other can selections, 3 imperial stout bombers, and a truckload of sours.

Absolutely incredible.
Feb 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Beerprotnasty from Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
By far best brewer around this area and all of Midwest, possibly all of America, can't say for sure because I haven't been lucky enough to try them all. But I know I have had many many different beers being in the industry over the last 10 years and no one has stood out in my mind like Transient Artisnial Ales. Everything I have ever tried from then is beyond amazing.
Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by Muss42 from Michigan

Nov 15, 2017
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Reviewed by spacecake9 from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Transient is a fun little tap room. Very basic, just a handful of tables inside and a few outside. Beer to go and trinkets on one wall. Get in line, pick your OUTSTANDING beer, then go and enjoy it. Nothing fancy. Then buy as much beer as they will allow and take home to your friends. Nice place, great beer.
Oct 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by tommy5 from Michigan

Aug 25, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Aug 13, 2017
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Reviewed by springheeljack from Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
A true work of art. Simple place that makes work class beers. Minimal design and not chessy at all. Feels like an authentic small Belgium/ Walloon brewery, MY favorite in State.
Jul 29, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jun 23, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by That_Bearded_Guy from California

Jun 14, 2017
Rated: 4.59 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

May 29, 2017
Rated: 4.39 by Filabee from Michigan

Apr 24, 2017
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Reviewed by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Hip, white painted brick, rustic wide open room with a brewing facility somewhere in the back. 10 taps or so, specializing in all that's popular right now. Barrel-aged stouts, fruits, and sours, cloudy pales and IPAs. Bottles to go available, and periodic can releases. Nice spot to stop, especially with Tapistry right across the street.
Apr 06, 2017
Rated: 4.87 by deakin from Michigan

Mar 18, 2017
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Reviewed by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25
This brewery has been open for about a year, and I have heard many good things about the sour beers that are brewed here as well as more recently-heard hype about their IPAs, so a visit was put onto the schedule. The brewery is in a nondescript building along the main downtown area of this small community. (Across the street from Tapistry Brewing.) The small interior area has the basic needs of a taproom, but not much else. There is seating for about 50 people, plus the front wall has an overhead door where I suspect more seats can be set up on the sidewalk.

There are only 8 taps here but they had a nice spread of styles to include an IPA, a DIPA, a sour saison, a BA Biere de Garde farmhouse ale, a mead, a gose, a sour ale with grapes, and a BBA imperial stout. Sampler flights are not available here, so we chose small pours (5-6 oz.) of 4 beers so that we could try a viable sampling of the available offerings from which to rate the overall list. We rated these four beers at a B grade, and the notable one was the Bad Hombre Vanilla Imperial Cream Stout, but the others were close behind.

No food is available here, and I did not ask if they are food-friendly. There were 12 different beers available to-go that are in 22-oz. bottles. Also to go is a small (22 oz.) swing-top bottle that was filled from the tap. If this place was not so far from home, I'd be here often.
Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by DanGeo from Michigan

Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by Inglewood from Illinois

Jan 09, 2017
Rated: 4.87 by spointon from Illinois

Jan 02, 2017
Rated: 4.63 by mcrawford from Michigan

Dec 22, 2016
Rated: 4.32 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Nov 30, 2016
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Reviewed by JasonR1975 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Let's just go ahead and call the space Spartan - but I actually don't care if they're serving the beer out of a Chuck Wagon, beer is fantastic, small but tight tap list and service for a very large muling order was spectacular.
Nov 18, 2016
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75
This is a relocation as they brewed beers at One trick pony in Lansing, IL. Small warehouse garage feel, minimal, and bit young millennials vibe. Not so welcoming staff. We went to Tapistry Brewing across the street soon after where they seem to be pro customer. I will have to visit again here to see if i can talk to brewer.
Oct 10, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Sep 24, 2016
Rated: 4.94 by JonnyRebel from Michigan

Sep 17, 2016
Transient Artisan Ales in Bridgman, MI
Brewery rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 4107 ratings