Anything Worthwhile Between Three Floyds and Grand Rapids?

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  1. mcrago

    mcrago Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    In February, my brother is getting married and I'm treating him to a 3-day beer tour. On the first day, we're traveling to Three Floyds. From there, we're going to Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

    When we leave Three Floyds, we're taking 196 up to Grand Rapids. My question is simple, any GREAT bars or breweries on or near our route to Grand Rapids?
  2. shirtless_mike

    shirtless_mike Maven (1,376) Aug 4, 2010 Indiana

    i would hit Chicago since it's only 30-40 minutes away. i think Half Acre, Revolution, a stop at Binny's and pint at Goose Island is always well worth it. maybe start your trip off with that. is New Holland on the way up there? or Kuhnhenn?
  3. mcrago

    mcrago Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    New Holland is on the way, good suggestion.
  4. ahq514

    ahq514 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2010 Illinois

    Greenbush in Sawyer, Mi is a must
    Shoreline in Michigan City, In is worth a stop too
  5. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    Traveling up 94 towards 131 you will be very close to Greenbush, The Livery and Paw Paw. Depending on the taplist all three could be definite stops. Bell's has been running a lot of cafe exclusives as of late.

    196 is not my preferred route for beer, Greenbush and The Livery could still be hit with slight detours. Saugatuck may be worth a look as well as the previously mentioned New Holland.
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  6. Hopopotamus53

    Hopopotamus53 Devotee (312) May 16, 2011 Illinois

    When I make the haul out to Founders from Chicago I hit 3floyds, green bush, dark horse, and bells. Green bush is usually the lunch stop for their amazing beef brisket. Dark horse is kind of out of the way but the brew pub is a favorite and also has great pizza.
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  7. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,291) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    In Grand Rapids I highly recommend Brewery Vivant and Perrin.
  8. Dcv

    Dcv Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2009 Michigan

    Virtue Farms is a short drive away from Saugatuck, and worth a stop if you like cider. You will also be passing White Flame and Pike 51 in Hudsonville, and Osgood Brewing in Grandville.
  9. founder26

    founder26 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2009 Michigan

    Honestly I think the only places worthwhile are bells and hopcats, perrin is good as well.
  10. BreakfastStout

    BreakfastStout Zealot (715) Oct 15, 2013 Michigan

    Greenbush is good, and New Holland is a must stop.
  11. EseLocoSS

    EseLocoSS Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2010 Illinois

    18th Street Brewery, Shoreline Brewery, Green Bush, The Livery, New Holland. I'd say 18th Street and The Livery are must stops.
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  12. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Pooh-Bah (2,561) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    You forgot Shorts and the ones in the UP. :sunglasses:
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  13. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Mission: Three day bro down brew trip.
    Corridor: Three Floyds to the GR.

    What I would do:
    D1: Three Floyds --> Shoreline --> Greenbush --> The Livery --> Odd Side --> Holiday Inn DT GR
    D2: Grand Rapids Brewing for lunch (they open at 11:30) --> Perrin --> Odd Side --> New Holland --> Our Brewing --> Pike 51 --> White Flame --> Vivant for dinner --> HopCat for drinks
    D3: Founders for Lunch --> Latitude 42 in Portage --> Bell's Eccentric --> Three Floyds for dinner -->disappear.
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  14. miwestcoaster

    miwestcoaster Grand Pooh-Bah (3,635) Jan 19, 2013 Michigan

    The most accessible to I-196 are Greenbush, Saugatuck, New Holland and Our Brewing, two doors down from New Holland. After those four you will be ready for GR.
  15. willth

    willth Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2013 Illinois

    I like big lake brewery better then our brewing co but if you are going to new holland it is 2 buildings down to our brewing. Check out 8th street grill, best tap list besides hopcat.
  16. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,291) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    One other place that I'll suggest is in downtown St. Joe is The Buck Burgers & Brew. It has an extensive tap list and good pub-style food.

    If you decide to go to The Livery, then this place is fairly close by to it.
  17. Talkie85

    Talkie85 Initiate (0) May 14, 2013 Zimbabwe

    Be careful you don't get sued while at vivant
  18. kodt

    kodt Pooh-Bah (2,010) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    18th Street in Gary, IN
    Hunters Brewing in Chesterton, IN
    Shoreline in Michigan City, IN
    Greenbush in Sawyer, MI
    Round Barn in Baroda, MI
    The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI
    Tapistry Brewing in Bridgman, MI
    Saugatuk Brewing in Saugatuk, MI
    New Holland Brewing in Holland, MI
    Our Brewing Company in Holland, MI

    Option A:

    Big Lake Brewing in Holland, MI
    Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI

    Option B:

    Pike 51 in Hudsonville, MI
    White Flame Brewing in Hudsonville, MI

    Grand Rapids

    bold are my recommendations, have fun
  19. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Savant (1,126) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    One Trick Pony is just a few minutes from FFF. Good beers, good atmosphere, and friendlier people than Three Floyds. Not that I'd choose it over FFF, rather I'd choose it in addition to...
  20. beercity_chris

    beercity_chris Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 Michigan

    I dont get it. What is it that you are referring to here?
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