Mackinaw Brewing Company

Mackinaw Brewing CompanyMackinaw Brewing Company
Mackinaw Brewing CompanyMackinaw Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

161 East Front Street
Traverse City, Michigan, 49684
United States

(231) 933-1100 | map
mackinawbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.26
Beers:
11
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
167
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.45
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
61
pDev:
12.75%
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Reviews by bigleague:
Photo of bigleague
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

I usually avoid this place when I get to Traverse because it's usually summer and tourists seem to really like this place. In October it seemed to be the only place big enough and not too busy on Front Street to accommodate our party.
Bottom line, it's okay. They serve their six ales, which are just okay. The food was decent enough. I wouldn't call it a destination to seek out, but if you find yourself here you'll be all right.

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Photo of Coho11
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of ESchweers
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of redleg64
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Photo of jimbofish
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.75

TC's first brewpub. The brewing room used to be right up front in the street window, but was moved downstairs to add more seating. The oak and glass doors from the brew room are now used on the restrooms in back. Decor is Great Lakes freighter. Bar and hi-top tables up front, booths and regular tables in back with a new deck out back overlooking the Boardman River and West Bay. Several TVs in the noisier front section where the bar is usually filled with locals. The aroma from the smoker fills the room and drifts out to the sidewalk.

Menu beers are fine. I don't think they've changed in the 20 years he's been brewing here. They now have a couple of seasonals that are usually interesting. Pricing is reasonable with happy hour pricing during the off-season.. Growlers and mug club memberships available.

Service and food here are excellent. Smoked meats and fish are the specialties, particularly the ribs. One of the few places that serve Lake Perch dinners year-round. Couple of specials every day, usually some sort of seafood. Potato options include baked sweet potato with maple honey butter and the best fries in town.

During the summer it's crowded with tourists as it's right in the heart of downtown TC. We go for the food, mainly during the off-season, with the beer as a bonus, sit by a window, and watch the city go by.

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Photo of Tjb14
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Danielr26
4/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of HardyA
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of pat61
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

I stopped in heere a few times during the afternoon to hydrate with some beer after dragging grandchildren up and down the street. the beer is decent and the clientel mostly tourists. I can't say much about the night time vibe.

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Photo of Bearshawks85
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

nice little brewpub in TC. Not a large selection, but good quality.

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Photo of DbbC
3/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Shaskins80
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of JDoHo
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Samurai_Jesus4
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of king75
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Agentveba
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of irish6174
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Indianpaleale
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of rjcoy06
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of crossi83
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of PhilMiller
3.52/5  rDev +2%

Photo of deakin
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Mackinaw Brewing Company in Traverse City, MI
Brewery rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 167 ratings