Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse

BEER AVG
3.56/5
Big Buck Brewery & SteakhouseBig Buck Brewery & Steakhouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

550 S Wisconsin Ave
Gaylord, Michigan, 49735
United States

(517) 732-5781 | map
bigbuck.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
18
Ratings:
122
Reviews:
43
PLACE STATS
Score:
85
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
5.84%
 
 
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Mitchster:
Photo of Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Have been coming here for years since it opened. Talked with the brewmaster at the time of opening, Scott, and he was very friendly and took the time to yap about beer. He has probably since been replaced, but the quality of the beers has remained consistent. The service is usually poor when I stop in...I usually try to get a growler filled on tuesdays or wednesdays when they are 4$, and it always seems to take a long time as there is only a solitary bartender trying to take care of too many people plus the waitresses. The food is excellent with a great selection but way overpriced. The beers are consistently good and above average in quality...the stout is silky smooth on nitro-tap. The decor is interesting with hunting themes, and there are lots o' big-screen TV's making the place noisier than I prefer. I can always find a place away from somebody's cigarette smoke, thank heavens. Always a nice place to drop by for a pint or two.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brandonparrent
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Eric1Mess
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Absolutely beautiful on the inside, but poor food service and management has slowed it down. Holds one of my all time favorite beers Citron though on tap!

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Caesar1pup
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Second stop on a 10 brewpub in 10 days visit to Michigan!

Visited Big Buck on the way to the UP and had some lunch and beer. The place was huge and like a hunting lodge...ahh the name finally makes sense. Sat at the bar which had some funky seats with wood carvings that would have inhibited easy food and beer ingestion. Perusing the beer menu one notices that they had a couple of beers with 16% abv plus. Really? Also, they had two separate beer menus. One with their standard beers and another with their "gourmet" beers which were served in smaller glasses and were more expensive. You could tell that even the bartender thought this was strange.

I opted for the non-gourmet beer which I can only assume they consider swill? It was actually pretty good! Had a sandwich on a pretzel roll which was really good too. I liked this place but I did not care for their "gourmet" beer menu. Are not all of their beers gourmet?

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stop here 4-5 times per year, and have always liked most of their beers, all of them being average or better in my judgement. I especially like Doc's ESB, which I think tends more toward a sweet, malty bock-like taste rather than like an ESB. For my visit last week I chose the Red Ale, which I think has been tweaked since the last time I had it, and I liked it better.

The food here is always good, and this being a steakhouse, they have nice-sounding entrees in that category, but I typically only want a sandwich for my meal. Everything I've had has always been good. Some items seem a bit higher in price when compared to similar offerings at other brewpubs, but maybe their servings are larger, etc.

Like the previous reviewer mentioned, I also discovered that they have a line of beers that they call "Gourmet Brew Collection" that consists of beers that are all high-gravity brews. They are a bit pricey for a pint, ranging from $6.75 to $11 (not all of them are offered in a pint), but all of them are offered in a 4 oz pour (a couple are available in 8-oz).

The ABV on these beers ranges from 11.7% for the Classic Porter to 17.7% for Campfire Joe (a coffee stout). In between there are: Belgian White (14.8%); Banana Bourbon Barrel which is a summer ale (16.3%); Cascade, listed as a pale ale (14.5%); Triple Rye IPA (15.3%); Auburn Ale, listed as a red ale (13.7%); and an Imperial Stout (15.6%). I decided 4-oz of three of them would be enough alcohol for one sitting, and I was right. I tried Banana Bourbon, Classic Porter, and Campfire Joe and I enjoyed them all.

There is not a hint of the high alcohol in the taste of these beers, and only when I went to get up did I feel the effects. So these beers are sneaky - use caution. But it was an enjoyable experience to try a selection of these high-gravity beers without overdoing the budget and the alcohol limit on the ol' body.

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Photo of wingedeel
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by at Big Buck Brewing for about the fourth time on my way to the UP.

They have recently added some new, more cutting edge beers.They had a Triple Rye IPA, and a Belgian Wit and a couple others now to go along with their regular lineup of true session beers (4 at under 4% ABV).Both the rye IPA and the wit were surprisingly good, but the prices were really out of control.The wit was $6.75 a pint,and the rye IPA a whopping $11.00 a pint (8.5 ABV).For laughs I asked if they filled growlers of the IPA, and was told they did for $66.00 !! Wow. In their defense some of their staple beers were only $3.75 a pint.They probably had 10-12 different beers on tap.

Food is higher end bar food,and not bad.Food prices were reasonable.

We sat at the bar and had great service.

There could be real potential for this place, but some of those prices need to come down.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.13/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Reviewed on 6/30/2010.

This was an odd place off of the highway. It is really more of a restaurant that happens to brew their own beer. When I visited, there were 5-6 taps, all your most basic styles (stout, pale ale, IPA, a lager I think, etc). The food was ok, but pretty much just what you'd expect at an Applebees or something like that. I also found it a little weird that all ~5 of the TVs were showing the same odd airshow. A very touristy place as there is tons of decorations to make the place look like an old lodge with lots of antlers and animal heads. They also have a large giftshop. If you are passing by and want a quick drink or meal, this would be an ok place. But it isn't a place I would actively seek out.

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Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse in Gaylord, MI
3.56 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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