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[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
190 5th Street
phone: (269) 925-8760
(Place added by: CRJMellor on 11-14-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 54 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Came across the Livery during our recent Dark Lord trek, and what a great find it was. I knew nothing about it, and wasn't really pumped about visiting. But once I got there, I changed my mind very quickly.
It's in a cool old restored building, and there are two floors. We went down to the basement and there were only a few people in there on a Friday afternoon. The brewmaster himself was tending the bar, and he was incredibly friendly and attentive. We tried beer after beer (there were 14 on tap that day I believe), and every one was excellent. Very clean and right on the styles as they were intended. I couldn't believe the quality of the beers here all the way across the board.
The atmosphere was very cool and laid back when we were there. They had a band playing that evening in the upstairs bar, and I really wanted to stay and drink more outstanding beer and listen, but we had a hotel booked closer to Three Floyds so we got some growlers and had to head out.
Definitely worth seeking out if you're in the area.
04-28-2008 19:52:24 |
More by cartdan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Driving into Benton Harbor, I started to get the feeling I get when driving through the North Side of Milwaukee in July or past Darbo in Madison after dark so I unbuckled my belt, locked my doors, and prepared to blow past red lights. It was a strange sensation to have in a small lakefront community just a few miles north of the Indiana line but each time I thought I was being a bit paranoid I would get another threatening look from folks standing on all the street corners.
Thankfully the Livery was located just a couple of miles off of 94 and after a short drive around Downtown Benton Harbor I arrive unscathed - although the undercarriage of my car wasnt so lucky. The dirt roads and potholed parking lots of Benton Harbor arent exactly kind to Honda Civics.
Once inside the Livery I felt like I had been transported into an alternate universe where Benton Harbor was filled not with boarded up old industrial warehouses but rather, well restored art galleries and music venues run by friendly artsy types. What an out of place establishment the Livery was.
The upstairs bar was closed so I made my way into the small cellar and took up a stool at the bar. I was immediately greeted by the most friendly people, offered samples and insight into the beers, and promptly served. A coffee stand behind me offered soups, simple sandwiches, and assorted snacks and although it was closing down when I arrived, they were more than happy to whip up a hummus plate for me that filled my belly and tasted great.
The beer that I was most interested in trying was the Wheat Triple Bock, a beer I had been one of my favorites at the 06 Great Taste. Sadly, this beer wasnt available but a whole assortment of other cask aged and high gravity beers were. I settled on a snifter of CA Hopplebock and then ordered a growler of Oktoberfest to go. Both were quite good. I was also offered plenty of samples from the kind staff who were just super excited about their product. It was great to see that level of enthusiasm from the staff and I thought that each sample I tasted was spot on for the style.
After leaving I took the business 94 loop south through St. John and a couple other lakeshore towns before reconnecting with 94 a bit north of New Buffalo. This route seemed to take forever and in the future I would recommend taking the business 94 loop back north, even if ones ultimate destination is Indiana or Chicago.
10-04-2007 16:48:31 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
First introduced to the Livery at the '07 American Beer Fest. There I tried a couple exceptional high gravity German beers, and was determined to go to the source.
Stopped by The Livery in Benton Harbor with the entire family on a Sunday evening. The top floor, the night club, wasn't open, but usually provides live music--a couple posters were for different bluegrass bands.
The lower floor, cellar bar, was occupied by a few regulars along with us out-of-towners. I had a flight of beers, lawnmower lager, McGilligan's IPA, hefe-weizen, Irish stout, Dark Czech. Then had a tulip glass of Cousin Jax. Complemented the beer with one of their selections of sandwiches, in my case roast beef--really excellent.
Hidden away in a revitalizing industrial area, The Livery is a great destination for light food and good beer.
07-08-2007 20:22:00 |
More by BattleRoadBrewer
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We took a trip up to the Livery this past weekend because it's probably the closest brewery to south bend that we hadn't already been to. Arrived at about 5pm and walked downstairs because that's where the food is. 3 or 4 small parties down there, including some young kids playing pool wiht their dad. Small bar with about 12 beers on tap, about 8-9 tables, and another place to order food. Tried the Liverator Dopplebock, a Cedar aged pale ale (on cask), an IPA, another Pale Ale, and a Hefe. All of them (except maybe the hefe, which was a bit sweet and unbalanced) were definitely above average, and I thought the cask ale and the dopplebock were fantastic. Food was above average too...we had some cheese beer soup, pita and hummus, pretty darn good sandwiches, and a pita pizza. Not bad, overall. Tried to go upstairs, but the bar there was closed and there was a amateur improv troupe performing to an audience of mostly parents and children so we didn't stick around. I dont know if we'd go back, mostly due to it being so far away, but i guess if i was from benton harbor or driving through i'd go and have a good beer or two.
05-28-2007 14:20:34 |
More by aforbes10
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Driving down the block in Benton Harbor Michigan, as we approach our destination, the area seems old and forgotten in time. The building one hundred years ago, was known as the Palace Livery. "This former horse stable has been brought back to life as The Livery." A tremendous amount of character inside a place that seems to have been a historic orra about it. Walking in the door we had to choose to head up or down; the stairs. When we walk down the stairs we were greeted by Eric. A very attentive and helpful bar tender. There was a dozen tables for dinner a pool table and a 10 stool cozy bar. There was outside patio seating as well as the beer garden and band stage up stairs. They had 12 beers on tap. All of them (excluding the adjunct lager, which I didn't actually try) are very tasty and worth drinking. I tried these:
The Double Paw IPA
Tom's Special IPA
Red Canoe Irish Red Lager
*Cherry Jubiliee - Aged a brandy cask *EXCEPTIONAL!!!*
The Liverator - Double bock, very good.
and on the hand pump was their ESB.
Eric even hooked us up with some extra samples. He gave us a rundown of all the options and did his best to answer beer geek questions though he admitted it was still new to him. Seriously, the Cherry Jubilee Brandy Cask Aged was worth the stop wow!
If you are touring Michigan brewpubs put this one on your list.
Hope this is helpful.
05-01-2007 23:00:58 |
More by Phatz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated BA brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.
My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. Im an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.
The Livery really is off the beaten path. I visited on a slow Monday at 4pm. It's in a promosing area which the bartenter told me was part of a revived area of Benton Harbor.Since it was the middle of winter and a terrible snowstom, I had to take her word for it. She told me the brewer came from Kraftwerk in Kalamazoo. They had a nice wide selection of beers on tap which included a beer engine not running on a Monday. I had the European Pilsner, Pale, Cherry Belgium, and Bourbon Belgium. The Cherry was amazing. The Paris-Roubox was solid, and the Bourbon was ok. Overall, these were all very well-crafted beers and excellent representations of the craft industry.
This place appealed to me because of the great space, well-crafted beers, nice people, and restricted smoking area. Yes, I am pro clean indoor air and it influences my ratings.
02-07-2007 03:21:27 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
While this is located in what appears to be a largely derilict portion of Benton Harbor, the over 100 year-old building that houses the Livery is very nice on the inside. The whole place is clean, warm, inviting, and has a sort of coffee-house feel. We went on a Saturday night and it was nearly dead, so atmosphere was very quiet, however there is sometimes live music in the upstairs portion of the building in a very nice looking music hall.
Service was good enough for me and the food was good, although the menu is less than 5 items. It is pretty much soups and sandwiches you order from this lunch-counter thing in the corner. Do not go here expecting a brew-pub or full service restaurant like I did. There were 8 or 9 of the Livery's brews on tap. I had a sampler, and they were all quite drinkable and some were interesting, but nothing exactly knocked my socks off. They have a fair number of lagers which I thought was cool.
This is a really neat place and I wish it well. At present, I would say its worth stopping if you're in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip if you're from out of town.
01-10-2007 15:50:52 |
More by JudgeRoughneck
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Livery is actually located in an old livery building. On this particular visit I sat in the lower level bar. The bartender, Mikey G, told me that the lower level used to be the stables for the livery business.
The lower level bar is fairly small in size with approximately 10 stools. There are three large tables and a pool table down here as well. There is also a sandwich and appetizer bar here.
The ground floor is the main bar area, much larger in size. There is a stage that hosts regional and national bands, the majority seems to be bluegrass acts. Artwork of all sorts is displayed along the walls. The original freight elevator still stands in the center of the space. It is a piece of art in itself with large wooden pulleys and leather belting, you should see it.
The upper level, or balcony, is lined with small table and chairs. This level is also home to Synapse Gallery and Center for Photography. The work of artist Hiroshi Hayakawa was on display at the time of this visit. Each month a different artist is featured.
The beers here are well crafted, the staff is friendly and knows their beers inside and out.
I plan to visit again and try a few more pints and give the food a try. This place is worth the trip.
10-22-2006 21:55:16 |
More by EvilKeith
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Livery had a great 1st Anniversary Party last Saturday 08-19-06. Lots of fun with BAs Beerinator, BeerPrincess, Rootscrewr and Tyee in attendance. They had a couple of bands which played in the Livery's cool 100 year old brick building. Livery beers on Tap were:
Ales-Hefewizen,Cask Aged Maillot Jaune Double Fermented French Pale Ale,Doubt Stout, and Cask Aged Batch 50 Triple Hopped IPA (yum).
Lagers-Bungtown Export Lager, Lawnmower Lager, Light American Pils and Dark Czech Lager.
Specialties-Bourbon Cask Aged Trippleweizen Bock (18%), Bourbon Cask Belgian Dark Tirpple (16%), Cask Aged Belgian Cherry Wheat (7.5%) and Cask Aged Bigford Brothers Kilt Tilter Scotch Ale (7.5%).
The stars of the lineup were the Batch 50 IPA, Cask Aged Trippleweizen Bock (extremely drinkable) and the Cask Belgian Tripple.
The beers were very clean and tasted great. We had a ton of fun with Steve and all the staff. Eventhough this place has been here for only one year, the beers and brewery are very well developed. A must stop if you are in Michigan.
08-21-2006 20:19:58 |
More by tyee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
BeerPrincess and I dropped by The Livery on our way down 94 from Ypsilanti to Chicago. We took Business 94 instead of bypassing Benton Harbor, and State Street is perpendicular to Business 94 (it becomes main street). The brewpub is only a couple of blocks off of main street. It was super easy to find, even without a map.
We did not eat, but there were soups, salads, simple sandwiches and some snacks (chips/salsa...) available for purchase.
The downstairs bar was open (the upstairs bar was not) so we consumed a couple of pints down there. They had 11 beers available on tap. I had a French Pale Ale (Maillot Jaune = Yellow Jersey; tour de france reference) and I also had the cask aged Scotch Ale. BeerPrincess tried the Batch 50 IPA and the Irish Stout. All four beers were tasty. I especially liked that the Scotch Ale was not overly sweet. It had a bit of roast and smoke which I found very pleasant. This isn't a beer review though, so I will move on.
The bar had about 10 stools and there were quite a few tables as well as a pool table. When we arrived there was only one other person drinking. But after two pints the bar was practically full. The bartender was very nice and helpful. She seemed very interested in beer and she talked passionately about an upcoming release that she was excited about.
I liked my visit to the Livery and because of it's fairly convienent location, I'm sure I'll be back!
07-24-2006 14:41:12 |
More by beerinator
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