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3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
So I had heard great things about this place... And then I arrived.
It is in a pretty run-down area and I figured I would be harassed by homeless pan-handlers on my way in... To my delight, I wasn't.
Then we walked in... And wait, the bar is downstairs? Ok...
So, welcome to a highschool party in some one's finished basement. Small handbuilt bar that was overly tall on one end, a pool table on the other, and drop frame ceiling tiles everywhere I look.
I'm confused. I thought they had bands here-- where do they play?!
I order a beer-- I start with an IPA and huh, this is mediocre at best. I'm REALLY starting to think I'm being Punk'd.
My wife insists we order some food and have another drink. We do. The pretzel bites arenas too bad. The cider is decent.
I begin to feel a little better about this place. I chat with the bartender-- a man in his 50s that looks strikingly like a young, thin, and intense Neil Young, replete with army issue jacket.
We talk for a while and he is great-- really knowledgeable and friendly. I asked a few questions regarding my concerns and he laughed...
It was then that he told me to follow him upstairs-- to a REALLY nice bar that looked as if it had been costum built by the Swiss Family Robinson with lots of stuff ordered from the Cabella's catalogs. I like it MUUUUCH better than the basement!
If he hadn't shown me upstairs, I would have written the place off and never returned... Now, I really do have an interest in returning. I'm always looking for a good concert to use as an excuse!
08-21-2011 15:48:10 | More by AleWatcher
4.18/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A= Went on a Sunday Afternoon place was really laid back with just a tv on and a couple of people playing pool. The bartender talked about the different styles and was very knowledgable.
Q= The quality of the beers that I tryed where all pretty good really enjoyed my conversation with the bartender.
S= Service was great we where really taken care even when the day started to pick up.
S= The Selection was decent various styles on draft and I tryed most of the beers that where on tap that day.
F= Food prices seemed to be very good. I did end up buying the pork nachos they where good and you got a good serving for about six bucks so you couldn't go wrong there.
V= Very reasonable worth the visit and I will be back to visit!
08-20-2011 05:53:20 | More by LiquidBread219
4.71/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited the Brewery on 5/8/11 for the first time. I didn't have much time to spare, but was able to try 2 pints and then 2 small samplers of a couple others I wanted to try. All the beers were GREAT I thought. Growing up in Southwest MIchigan, its great to see businesses like the Livery thriving in the old downtown of Benton Harbor....hopefully they will set the precedent for the community and other businesses to follow their high level of quality they produce. Being the first time I went there, I felt very at home and very welcomed and leaving after just 1 hour of being there, I felt like an old friend to the bartender. The crowd was a mix of "locals" and "out of towners", I would really like to see the mix on a busy summer's day. I can't wait to go back soon.
My only complaints was that 1. I didn't have alot of time and 2. some of the specialities were pretty expensive, to where they scared me away from trying them, although the normal list was very reasonable. The chalk board was very hard to read and understand, with very similar colored smiley faces denoting prices and other info.
05-25-2011 00:04:45 | More by chromemittenman
3.85/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Wow, driving through Benton Harbor was a little depressing with lots of boarded up windows and an overall feeling of being "down". I started to think that making a side trip to The Livery was a mistake but I was pleasantly surprised! As you walk inside, there are stairs leading up and down, down being the bar area and up being additional seating and a stage. As we went down we were greeted by a nice gentleman behind the bar. We were there during Friday lunch and the bar was filled with patrons so we grabbed a table. My girlfriend and myslef both grabbed some samplers and ordered up a pizza. The beers were mediocre to really good and the food was tasty as well. As we were on our way out, we ventured upstairs to peak at the stage. Why in the hell is the bar downstairs in the basement!? The upstairs is awesome with old exposed brick, a grain elevator and plenty of seating. There is a small barr too but I'm not sure if they have draft lines all the way up there. This place to me just screams potential and hopefully the surrounding town can support them, I know I'll be back next time I'm headed that way.
04-04-2011 17:01:00 | More by kbutler1
4.86/5 rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped on a fortunate day, when the IPA was only days old. You could have poured the beer in a sort of respirator device so that I could have breathed it all day and I would have been happy. Blurted out I think I like it better than Pliny.... was I in euphoria?
As for the rest of the line up, they were all solid although I also liked what I believed to be called a Norwegian Brown. I didn't have a growler and they were out but alas the bartender asked the masses if anyone had an extra growler. Into the night one went and minutes later I had my growler. This is a great place, which would be even cooler if they had a few unique or weird beers available and seems a little tiny bit pricey, but those are minor crimes when talking of the magnifitude of the mighty Livery. Will definitely go back, as I have been there 4 times already.
01-13-2011 07:29:09 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.21/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
We visited this place on the way to Chicago. It was early afternoon, so there wasn't much of a crowd. Mike, our bartender, displayed an excellent knowledge of his products and the brewing process and industry as a whole. He was able to provide insight into how his beers were made, give an indication as to why we tasted things the way we did, and encouraged criticism and feedback from us. He is a perfect example of someone you'd want presenting and serving your beer. We sampled all 13 beers on tap. My favorite was the barrel aged Dixie O'Flynn Irish Stout.
We only visited the basement portion of the bar. It was clean and serviceable, and what you'd expect from a brewery in the basement.
01-07-2011 18:47:48 | More by goast8127
3.2/5 rDev -23.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Reviewed on 6/27/2010.
This is an odd place. It is located in a very poor town with lots of abandoned buildings and a general dingy overtone. Inside was not much better (at least the downstairs, which is where I was). There is a small bar and the rest of the space is taken up by cafeteria/mess-hall style round tables. Even the bathrooms were dingy- metal stalls (which clanged loudly and felt like a prison-bathroom) and thin metal sinks. As far as the patrons, they were all locals. You'd think that with the kinds of beers the Livery puts out, they'd be more used to beer travelers but I definitely felt out of place. The one bartender there was odd although attentive I suppose. The food was pretty good (I got the potato soup) although the menu is not too extensive. I'm not sure what they make themselves as there didn't seem to be much of a kitchen. Anyway, the beer was fairly good (or at least interesting), they also make their own cider, and there is a lot to choose from. But overall, an odd place and I don't think I'll be visiting again.
12-23-2010 21:54:21 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.58/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
After hearing about this place for several months, my wife and I decided to give it a try one Sunday afternoon on our drive back home from a visit to South Haven, Mi.
When we first walked in, we could tell it was a local bar. We walked down to the basement to see two people sitting at the bar, and the barkeep. I thought to myself, "what did I just drag my wife and baby into." We took a seat at the bar only to discover you can't judge a book by its cover. I tried two of their beers and we ate lunch. The beer selection was unique and the beers I tried were above average. The staff was extremely friendly.
When finishing up, I asked the barkeep for a growler, to my dismay, they were out and it would be a few weeks until more came in. This was a bummmer, because the following weekend, a group of friends and I were planning a brewpub/camping weekend in southwest Michigan and a few growlers from The Livery would pair well. Mike, the barkeep, generously offered to leave two of his personals for me to pick up that next Friday.
Fast forward to Friday. The Livery had a decent number of people in there. There were two growlers with my name on them, We sat played games, drank lots of delicious beer, and were able to take the two growler camping. We had a couple handpulls and several beers from the tap. The weekend was a success and The Livery played a nice part.
I highly reccomend this place to anyone who is passing by Benton Harbor. Good Food, Good Beer, Great Atmosphere, and Great people.
10-27-2010 15:20:07 | More by Dogstooth5
3.95/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I wasn't sure what to expect here - from the other reviews, this is something of a neighborhood bar in a fairly small town. I was even more worried when we walked in - big round communal tables, pretty brightly lit, and no table service. A great chance for a city kid to make a fool of himself.
But my worries were unfounded! We plunked ourselves down at the bar and ordered up some beers. The 'tender was happy to talk to us about the beers, and although we didn't need any, he offered sips to a number of other folks while we were there.
This seems to be growler central for the area - we must have seen a dozen growlers filled while we were there, and everyone seemed into the beer.
The food is nothing to write home about, although the veggie sub was perfectly fine, and we managed to make a meal out of it.
Two of the beers were "hand pulls", which I take to mean a beer engine. This is usually less carbonated than a tap beer, but the beers we got were completely flat and warm. Maybe I'm ignorant of "hand pull", but we didn't finish those samples.
You'd be remiss to skip this brewery. Creative, exciting brews, taking some risks, and local fans drinking locally.
10-15-2010 04:39:38 | More by djmitche
4/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on a work trip to Buchanan MI, but I used to live in St. Joseph, unfortunately this was not here at that time.
Three levels to the place, basement which has the pub, beer garden which has a small food co-op in it during the summer/fall, and an upstairs room they conduct trivia and other larger events in. Beer garden is nice, but I imagine only usable about 6 months out of the year. Basement was nice and cozy, yet spacious enough. 1 pool table, bunch of board games, 2 tv's. About 10 tables, some round and a few smaller high tops along the wall. L shaped bar with maybe 12 seats.
Beer and ciders. Large selection of stuff that looks to change quite frequently. Looked like the brewers put a lot of interesting stuff out their, not just 6 regulars and 1 or 2 unique ones. Biggest problem for me is that eveything is an IPA, Belgian or some mix of the 2. Going with the rescent trends I suppose. From reading some reviews, all their stuff has fruity and or hoppy tones, even if it really shouldn't. Tilt Kilter and Steel Wheels Stout I had were not exception. Both good, just hops and fruit where more maltiness are required.
St Joe/Benton Harbor are kind of small communities, I find most people to keep to their little groups. The 5 years I lived there I learned their is a ton of animosity towards outsiders(Chicago or FIPS). Mostly the people that live in the area couldn't get out and are angry they are still there doing service careers. Still enough friendliness here and the service was knowledgeable and efficient.
Sandwiches looked good, Turkey Club I had was more than adequate. Pretzels and some other small items available also, don't remember what they are.
A bright spot in an otherwise depressed area, though the area is certainly trying.
08-21-2010 19:15:41 | More by Bung
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The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI
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