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 tmcarter23:
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tmcarter23 from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Mar 24, 2014
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

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.

Oct 10, 2019
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Coho11 from Ohio

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

Jul 08, 2018
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ESchweers from Michigan

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

Apr 07, 2018
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redleg64 from Michigan

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

Dec 20, 2017
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jimbofish from Michigan

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.

Mar 13, 2017
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Tjb14 from Michigan

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

Dec 07, 2016
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Danielr26 from Michigan

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

Oct 12, 2016
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Billydoughnuts from Michigan

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

Feb 03, 2016
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chuckgietzen from Michigan

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

Sep 24, 2015
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bigleague from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Aug 11, 2015
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HardyA from Michigan

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

Aug 10, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Jul 19, 2015
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Bearshawks85 from Illinois

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.

Jul 14, 2015
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DbbC from Illinois

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

May 21, 2015
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Shaskins80 from Michigan

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

Apr 09, 2015
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JDoHo from Michigan

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

Feb 14, 2015
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Samurai_Jesus4 from Michigan

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

Jan 15, 2015
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king75 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -13%

Dec 15, 2014
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Agentveba from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Dec 03, 2014
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irish6174 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -13%

Oct 31, 2014
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Indianpaleale from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Oct 07, 2014
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rjcoy06 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -13%

Sep 15, 2014
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crossi83 from California

3/5  rDev -13%

Aug 29, 2014
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PhilMiller from Indiana

3.52/5  rDev +2%

Aug 22, 2014
Mackinaw Brewing Company in Traverse City, MI
Brewery rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 167 ratings