Nicknamed Beer City, there’s a ton of competition as far as breweries in town are concerned. That being the case, there are many more worth trying out than what is discussed below. These are just our votes for the absolute best that Grand Rapids has to offer.
Schmohz Brewing Company
2600 Patterson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
When first walking into Schmohz Brewing Co., the place gives off the air of a charming dive bar. And for most of us beer lovers, that means it’s a hot spot that you just have to visit in Grand Rapids. While the beers brewed in house at Schmohz are great (especially the Schwartz), what really makes this place stand out is the atmosphere. Everyone there was warm and friendly, including the locals who you can tell frequent the establishment quite often.
Unlike most breweries you will find throughout Michigan, you aren’t going to be able to get a bite to eat here. However, they make up for this with free popcorn and also craft a couple of their own sodas that’re worth trying out.
The happy hour at Schmohz Brewing Company is on Friday from noon to 3pm, but they also have specials that happen every night of the week. Except for Sundays – they’re closed on Sunday, so plan accordingly.
1504 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
There’s something undeniably cool about Creston Brewery. Where the Schmohz Brewing Company is more of a down-home dive location, Creston offers a contemporary take on the beer scene that’s accented with neat touches like the sampler trays being old vinyl records and a very modern aesthetic overall. Don’t let that scare you away, though, the staff here is wonderful and they’ll make sure you are more than well taken care of, just don’t expect to have many random conversation with random patrons since the layout here is a bit more like a restaurant than a bar.
That being said, the beers at Creston are creative but not to the point where you’ll question their intent. If you go, make sure to give the Cheshire Wit a sip or three.
Food-wise, they offer up fusion-Mexican fare with the fusions coming from places like Korea, Turkey and the deep American south. Nothing wrong with that whatsoever.
They don’t seem to have a happy hour to speak of, but their prices are decent enough that you won’t have to plan around one.
1727 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Greyline Brewing’s setup offers a minimalistic take on decor that fits the location’s atmosphere really well. It’s not a loud location, making this a good date spot or somewhere you’d go with friends if you’re not looking to get all riled up.
If you’re looking for one of the best stouts you’ve ever had the pleasure of gulping down, Greyline’s Shaky Knees is absolutely phenomenal. It truly is a standout among a selection of great brews.
Their food menu offers up some great appetizers as well as a good selection of well-priced sandwiches for you to sink your teeth into. They also have a charcuterie menu, which is a nice departure from a lot of breweries and the cheeses, meats and breads are wonderful alongside a couple beers.
There’s not a happy hour at Greyline Brewing, but, like Creston, the prices are pretty good all the time so the lack of a happy hour won’t leave you wishing there was one.
925 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Brewery Vivant was built in an old funeral home, which makes for yet another interesting atmosphere for partaking in excellent craft beers. Stained glass windows, classic arching and subdued lighting make for the perfect place to drink and eat with whatever kind of group you might have with you.
As far as their beers are concerned, you’re in for a real treat when you visit Brewery Vivant. In particular, you need to give their Big Red Coq a try, which is a bold belgo-american red ale and it’s magnificent. Not a fan of red ale? They’re sure to have a house brew on tap that fits your preferred style.
The meals served there are a little eclectic in that there isn’t any one theme to latch on to, which is cool if you’re down to get a little experimental and try something like Goat Pot Pie, Risotto or their Pork Tenderloin.
Like a lot of the breweries in Grand Rapids, Brewery Vivant also doesn’t have a happy hour. However, the prices are already great to start with.
The People’s Cider
600 Maryland Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Alright, I know, this isn’t a brewery like the one you’re looking for, but you have to give The People’s Cider a shot. They craft their own ciders and the place is an absolute stellar addition to the brew scene in Grand Rapids. Their awesome selection of ciders are served in seats set up around casks and the whole place makes you feel like you’re a real part of the process.
No meals or happy hour at The People’s Cider, just great drinks!
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