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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
190 5th Street
phone: (269) 925-8760
(Place added by: CRJMellor on 11-14-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
We headed here after lunch at New Holland not knowing what to expect since its a relatively new place that wasnt reviewed much. After driving a bit in Benton Harbor we werent sure we were in the right area until we noticed the small sign hanging in front of the doorway. This area seemed a bit run down but we were later told there was an effort now to revitalize the area and some newer places had opened up with this brewpub being a great addition in my opinion. When you first walk in you there is an upstairs area which was closed and a downstairs bar which we pulled up to the bar at. It was around 3 or so and we were the only ones there at the time except the Bartender and someone preparing the food. The downstairs was a cozy smaller area with 12 or so tables a pool table and food counter/coffee bar. There were big wood beams all across the ceiling and tree post columns coming down from them around the room. Definitely a chilled out atmosphere I could see coming to if I lived close. After talking a bit with the bartender she gave a tour of the upstairs which on the way shed showed us a small beer garden that was between the bar building and the adjacent building where all the brewing was done. The upstairs area was huge with a similar feel to it. There was a lot more seating, a stage and a DJ booth in the middle of the floor that was made from some old contraption from the old horse livery. There was also a third floor which provided balcony like seating that you could view the stage from and had plenty of seats. The total seats upstairs were 5 times the smaller downstairs. Also there was an art exhibit on around the walls of the balcony level of a local artist. I imagine this place would be perfect to catch some live music and great beer at. Very unique and cozy feel to it that would make a great regular hang out for me.
Now on to the beers, which there were 12 on tap at the time and a hand pump that wasnt being used. They had a nice variety of style on 2 IPAs, a double IPA, Tripple Bock, Helles Lager, Irish Stout, Cask Aged Belgian Raspberry Wheat, a Pale Ale, Bitter and a few other. I started with the Double IPA which was great, nice and juicy with hops. I had a sample of the Tripple Bock next which was very unique and tasty and I would have got a glass if it wasnt 13% and I was driving so I opted for the Cask Aged Belgian Cherry wheat. It also was delicious and quite unique, no overly sweet or artificial tasting at all. My girl tried both IPAs and their stout which were all good and few got a growler of one of the IPAs to go. I should have got a growler or 2 of the three I tried but they were a bit more expensive, the Tripple bock would have been 40. Which is understandable for such a small operation and a cool experimental beer. Nothing bad to say about any of the beers I have tried, I was very impressed. I enjoyed everything about this place and highly recommend it. By the time we left an hour and a half later there were 10 or so people there.
05-13-2006 15:05:36 |
More by meathookjones
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited the Brewery on 5/8/11 for the first time. I didn't have much time to spare, but was able to try 2 pints and then 2 small samplers of a couple others I wanted to try. All the beers were GREAT I thought. Growing up in Southwest MIchigan, its great to see businesses like the Livery thriving in the old downtown of Benton Harbor....hopefully they will set the precedent for the community and other businesses to follow their high level of quality they produce. Being the first time I went there, I felt very at home and very welcomed and leaving after just 1 hour of being there, I felt like an old friend to the bartender. The crowd was a mix of "locals" and "out of towners", I would really like to see the mix on a busy summer's day. I can't wait to go back soon.
My only complaints was that 1. I didn't have alot of time and 2. some of the specialities were pretty expensive, to where they scared me away from trying them, although the normal list was very reasonable. The chalk board was very hard to read and understand, with very similar colored smiley faces denoting prices and other info.
05-25-2011 00:04:45 |
More by chromemittenman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Visited late on a rainy Thursday night on the way to Madison for Great Taste. Called ahead to make sure they would be open.
Sierrags and I had been here once before and enjoyed ourselves very much, we were anticipating a return. Plus it was nice to share the experience with our fellow BA travelers dashirey and brewslut.
Located in the basement of an old brick building in "downtown" Benton Harbor, a place that has that "We have seen better days" feel. Once inside though all that changes with three beer engines and the ability to have 15+ beers on tap!
For entertainment a pool table adds to the interior brewerania decor.
Mikey, our old school, punk rock loving, tender was the shit! He was generous, like saving us a few hits of what was on cask....he had shut the engines down for the night before we got there..:-( To being simply delightful and talkative about how great Southern Tier Creme Brulee' is, to how STUPID it is that some places wont fill a growler if they arent "their" growler...that rant was priceless!
We even got to see Wally, another tender, to whom Sierrags and I had given a bottle of Troegs Nugget Nectar to last time through. He remembered us and let us know how awesome he thought NN is!
All in all, the Livery is a MUST stop if you find yourself anywhere in southwestern Michigan. The beers are top notch and the ambiance and staff are simply an added bonus!
09-29-2008 06:51:06 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Livery had a great 1st Anniversary Party last Saturday 08-19-06. Lots of fun with BAs Beerinator, BeerPrincess, Rootscrewr and Tyee in attendance. They had a couple of bands which played in the Livery's cool 100 year old brick building. Livery beers on Tap were:
Ales-Hefewizen,Cask Aged Maillot Jaune Double Fermented French Pale Ale,Doubt Stout, and Cask Aged Batch 50 Triple Hopped IPA (yum).
Lagers-Bungtown Export Lager, Lawnmower Lager, Light American Pils and Dark Czech Lager.
Specialties-Bourbon Cask Aged Trippleweizen Bock (18%), Bourbon Cask Belgian Dark Tirpple (16%), Cask Aged Belgian Cherry Wheat (7.5%) and Cask Aged Bigford Brothers Kilt Tilter Scotch Ale (7.5%).
The stars of the lineup were the Batch 50 IPA, Cask Aged Trippleweizen Bock (extremely drinkable) and the Cask Belgian Tripple.
The beers were very clean and tasted great. We had a ton of fun with Steve and all the staff. Eventhough this place has been here for only one year, the beers and brewery are very well developed. A must stop if you are in Michigan.
08-21-2006 20:19:58 |
More by tyee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As others have said its in a part of Benton Harbor that is run down and is a bit of a ghost town. There's a lot of road construction going on and its a bit hard to find, but well worth it.
The Livery is just across the river from the revitalized downtown of St. Joseph, if the bar was over there it would fit in perfect and see alot more traffic. There were maybe a 8 people in the bar when I showed up and I was the last to leave. So it was me and the bartender - needless to say I got some great service!
I got an earful of history about the bar, the brewery, and the beer from the bartender (Mike - an awesome guy to BS with for an hour or two). Great atmosphere, friendly barflies, and some great brew. I got the sampler when I was there and Mike added a few on that didn't come with it. Overall I sampled about ten of their beers.
The Telewhacker stood out to me for its hoppiness and citrus aftertaste. I went there for the triple Weizenbock but unfortunately it was not available (should be by June 08) so I tried the Liverator Doppleback. A fantastic beer high ABV beer.
They have about 15 beers on tap including a couple of pulls. You can find any type of beer here that you're looking for and they are all of very high quality. I'm a bit of a hop guy and they had several that went down with a big smile. But if you're into stouts, bitters, pale ales, english ales, lagers, hefes, they have it all on tap and they will fill you a growler to go.
Definitely stop by if you're in the area. The beer is more than worth it.
05-02-2008 11:48:45 |
More by Emarq
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped by on Saturday right after Dark Lord Day, so going from a crowded area to next to no one was a little odd, but very rewarding and relaxing. Benton Harbor itself seems like an abandoned town, but lucky for us The Livery isn't. With plenty of parking in the lot behind the place as well as street parking, there shouldn't be a problem finding a spot.
Walking to the downstairs bar area, I'm reminded of that basement bar I want to build but keep postponing. Several tables in varying sizes with plenty of chairs and a bar that can hold around 12 or so. Decided to sit down at the bar right in front of the taps, in which there are 16 of them, 4 of which are cask only. All sorts of styles, from several lagers to porters, stouts, wheats, IPAs, and even meads and wines. Nice that they serve everything in several sizes too, for those who want to sample lots of different things to just enough to really enjoy it all the way to pints and bigger, and all of the beers are worth getting the biggest size, if you can handle it.
Service was great, our bartender was very attentive, perky, and passionate about the beers she serves and really made us feel welcome, even taking us on a quick tour of the upstairs before we left. We didn't have any room for food, but they did have a kitchen in the back. Also, they've got merchandise in the form of tie dyed shirts ($30) as well as pint glasses ($5).
Well worth the stop if you're anywhere in the area, the place is very welcoming, has great brews, and a laid back atmosphere.
05-03-2008 02:20:59 |
More by HopDerek
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The bar is located in the basement of a brick building in a somewhat run down section of town full of old brick buildings. Behind the bar there are three beer engines, a nitro tap, and 12 more taps. Excellent beer. Wide selection of their own brews. There is one pool table and an outdoor beer garden with live music. There are firkins opened on certain days expanding the range of available brews. Tasting Flights of 6x4oz for $14. Higher gravity beers cost a bit more but seem to be worth it. Red Canoe was my favotite along with the Malliot Juane and Belgian Amber.
06-10-2008 17:43:04 |
More by kaos14
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
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
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