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[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
190 5th Street
phone: (269) 925-8760
(Place added by: CRJMellor on 11-14-2005)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $
From the outside the place looks great. You walk into the basement, and the atmosphere is like cheers... enjoyed the fact that they had a foosball table out that allowed me to get a workout. Unfortunately there was nothing bottled at the time and had growlers only. This didnt work out for me as it was a long drive home and the beer would have been warm. Beer was delicious!
10-29-2013 22:13:35 |
More by JVB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Livery is a hidden gem in the old deserted downtown of Benton Harbor, MI. You're greeted by an old, brick building that's extremely well kept and street parking right in front has never been a problem. There is a smaller, cozy bar downstairs with maybe 10-12 seats and a handful of tables. This bar seems to be the one open during the day. The upstairs bar is also small, 12 to 15 seats, but the seating area is much larger and there's a stage over in the corner. Both bars are nice, the basement is a little darker and drearier while the upstairs is better lit and better decorated.
The service has always been great here. No fuss, order and get your beer with the occasional Chicago Bears talk. The taplist is pretty extensive with 10-12 house beers, 2 or 3 ciders and a barrel aged option or two. The lines are well kept and the pours are proper. There are three different options for pour size so you can try however many or few you'd like in whatever amount you'd prefer.
I've always been a big fan of The Livery. It's a comfortable place to hang out for a while and the taplist always has a few interesting beers while all are well made.
10-18-2013 02:41:19 |
More by joe1510
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$
Stopped in for lunch and to sample some brews.I hate to say a place is not worth a visit but this was really a poor experience.
The bar was empty and service was still deplorable,the bartender was taking orders from people that were behind us after she clearly watched us seat ourselves at the middle of the bar (many) minutes before.There was a local behind us and she was literally looking over our head to take their order 1st and more than just once and not only to us.
Had a flight (Overpriced) amounted to 3 10 oz beers (5oz pours we were told...) at a cost of around $15 or $5 / 10 oz. If the beer was good that would be fine...
Had 6 beers,3 were astringent as could be,one was an ESB that was an american red ale/amber one was earthy beyond what the beer should be and the "grand Reserve" a 2 yr barrel aged Bier de Garde was flat out infected / sour ,I can't imagine on purpose either.
Ordered 2 pizzas.12 and 15 each for a frozen pizza.One came out in 25 minutes the 2nd one we were told they ran out of pizza sauce and they were making more...IT WAS A FROZEN PIZZA !!!!
The pizza magically appeared when we told the bartender that we wanted the bill we needed to be somewhere else...
The building was fantastic...
I'm not sure who is rating this place 4-4.5 stars but seriously,if you would like a nice beer this is not the place to go especially with so many other GREAT breweries so close.
I know people will write the review off because there are so many other great reviews for this place but seriously,I have traveled quite extensively to breweries and with so many other great offerings in the area ,Bell's,New Holland,Greenbush,Dark Horse and Paw Paw brewing your time and pallet will thank you for heading somewhere else.
09-01-2013 20:51:32 |
More by Twal
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by right around opening (11:30) en route to Chicago from Grand Rapids for FoBAB 2012.
Really glad I made the stop. I've been wanting to stop here for a couple years now, but just haven't made it thru that far south west in Michigan. Glad I stopped. I was greeted by some crunchy Widespread on the jukebox and a very friendly Mikey G behind the bar. He was very helpful and just a great overall host. It's great a great atmosphere, and a fairly well rounded tap list (bit heavy on the Pale ale side). Had a couple meads on tap as well.
Did not try any food, but looked like a fairly basic menu, probably just what a small place like that needs. Worth a shot, it's a bit off the free way, but well worth it.
11-22-2012 14:07:46 |
More by MarcatGSB
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is great. Its like going over to your friend's house and hanging out in their basement. But in a good way. Passing through, I went there on a weekday when only the downstairs was open, but it had a great local feel that was real and welcoming. I imagine that on the weekends, or when they have live music upstairs, the whole atmosphere changes a great deal. The staff were great too, and quite responsive to my questions -- it was apparent that they took real pride in their brews. The Red Canoe is a must. A definite stop if in the area.
06-19-2012 18:48:57 |
More by janedoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The brewpub area is in the basement and feels rather cozy despite seating for 70 or more. The have a counter with thin crust pizza you can order. I did'nt see any other food, but the pizza was very good. The wait staff were very friendly and happy to answer all my beer questions. Nice to see a couple of hand pulls along with a decent selection of styles. They have an upstairs area with music/bands on weekend evenings. The beer here is done well and a place I will stop whenever in the area. Not far off the I-94 corridor and worth the slight detour.
11-15-2011 23:19:35 |
More by jale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in the Livery on 10/23/2011. I had three beers while the wife enjoyed a beer and two ciders. On this afternoon, there were only about a half dozen patrons so the service was exceptional. The proprietor spent time talking to me about the brews and some the brews from my part of Indiana. He seemed very knowledgeable and was only mildly distracted by the football game.
Though the menu was small, the pizza was certainly better than average. While the styles I was most hoping for were not on tap, the beer was above average. The selection was a little disappointing. The cider were quite unusual and had a nice flavor. All of the beer were reasonably priced, as was the food.
The Livery is certainly worth the trip if you are in Michigan. My advice would be to plan when something on tap interests you. Some of the offerings I missed sound exceptional and I look forward to trying them on future trips.
10-26-2011 00:09:07 |
More by JohnnyHopps
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Livery was introduced to me by a good friend who spends his weekends and summers looking for good beer, and he found this one, in a rather unkempt area of town, with an unimpressive looking facade and not much potential at first glance.
Tradition is remembered here with its old cans and bottles of old breweries that are long gone but they are trying to start their own with such a knockout of selections, trying to appeal to all tastes. They do something I don't see at other brewpubs-they only sell their beer and a small handful of wines and ciders, and all local.
When I looked at their website I saw their beer list and how extensive it was, but it wasn't until I arrived there that I saw they weren't just listing the beers they sometimes have. The list on the chalkboard included 13 of their beers currently available such as their Red Lager, American Pilsner, Bohemian Pilsner, Imperial Honey Pilsner, ESB, Strong Ale and various Pale Ales. Also included were 4 of their own ciders.
I had the Runemeister, the Imperial Honey Pilsner, which I thought was world class, the Mandau Man, and English Red Ale, and the Red Canoe for a night-cap later.
My visit did not include dinner, but we did eat nearby and tasted another of their brews that the restaurant carried and the pub didn't, the Bungtown Export Lager, so we were able to include it in the tasting tour that night.
I recommend going here for the beer enjoyment and the experience of spending time with customers who are brewers or, at least, experienced in beer. I guess I wasn't too surprised to see an old timer wearing a shirt embroidered with hop leaves there that night.
10-15-2011 13:59:02 |
More by chetripley
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Met up with Kzoobrew here last Friday before the CBS release the next day.
Arrived at the bar at 11:15am and was able to go down to the bar despite it not opening officially until 11:30. The few workers there were more than happy to let me in early and were quite friendly. The downstairs bar was simple at best, though it had a redeeming quality about it. The service was fantastic. Mikey was a great server – very friendly, talkative, and knowledgeable. We were also able to talk to one of the brewers. Very cool.
There was a good line up of beers there. I was able to try their farmhouse ale and 5th anniversary; both quite nice. The BBQ pizza I had was awesome. Overall, the experience was quite nice. Will definitely come here again.
10-03-2011 23:51:11 |
More by SpdKilz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Went there on Labor Day with my fiance and our two dogs. I was not sure if the dogs would be allowed but they were welcomed to stay outside in their beer garden. Any place that welcomes dogs is very cool in my opinion.
As we walked in, the beer garden was to the left and there were stairs to right went up and down. The beer garden was nice. It seemed to double as a food Co-op. The dogs were able to run around without their leashes. Downstairs, the bar did seem a bit odd in regards to the setup. There was a bunch of tables in between the bar and the kitchen. The place seemed like it was a work in progress. We did not venture upstairs.
The service was great. Not only were they friendly about us bringing the dogs in, they got us our drinks and food quickly. In addition, everyone I spoke with was extremely pleasant and willing to answer any questions.
My fiancé and I each ordered food. I had the Italian beef and she had the turkey avocado wrap. We also shared the pretzel basket. All were very tasty.
The only issue I had was that the prices were a bit much. The bill with tip for two beers and the food was just under $50. Much of the bill was spent on the beer. I had the Carvaeous, which was a combo of their Carvana and Jak aged with Jack Daniels. It was awesome, but $11 for 12oz was a bit much. The food was fairly priced.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Livery and would go back. They really seem to put a good amount of care into making their beers. They could probably use a new design plan of their place.
09-08-2011 05:06:07 |
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