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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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Visited The Livery on business in mid June 2010.
The atmosphere is very, well, different. This is definitely a locals bar in a small town. However, the staff and clientele were very inviting and willing to strike up conversation. They had open mic night, and I was VERY impressed by the talent. This place was apparently an old livery (go figure), and the feel of the building was very interesting.
These beers were great. I had a sampler, and by the end of 2 visits (I had to come back the following night), I ended up tasting a total of 7 beers. All were very unique and none typical to style (which I enjoy and appreciate - not for everyone).
The service was good, not outstanding. I had no issues here. The bartender was willing and able to discuss the beers in detail.
The selection is where this place shines. They had 3 casks, 4 ciders, 2 barrel aged beers, and had interesting takes on a scotch ale and coffee doppelbock. This may just be the most interesting beer selection I have ever seen at a brewpub. Everything is very unique, and it looks as though they rotate pretty much everything, too.
The food was mediocre - definitely an afterthought. However, come here for beer, not food.
Everything was reasonably priced.
I would come back here anytime I was in the area, and would add this to the list of brewpubs I'd like to visit during a Michigan roadtrip. This would be a great day trip from Chicago, too.
06-18-2010 14:46:36 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located in a turn of the century building near the heart of downtown Benton Harbor is The Livery. The brewhouse is located in an outbuilding across the beer garden from the main building. Ass you enter the building you'll find a split staircase up and down. Downstairs has a bar with 10-12 seats and bunch of pub tables and a pool table. In the future a coffee bar and deli will also be located down there. Upstairs is the main room, highlighted by an old elevator from the late 1800's fixed permanently in the up position. The room is a two story square with a stage at one end and ring of tables on the 2nd floor for good viewing of the bands. The place is light an airy for an older building. Beers are very solid as the brewer was one of the partners at Kraftbrau in K'zoo. Solid range of beers with something for everyone across the spectrum. They will likely add some cask offerings in th future from the sound of it. Benton Harbor has obviously seen better days but this is a nice step in the re-development effort. Located about 5 minutes off I-94, really easy stop on the way to or from Chicago.
11-14-2005 02:16:09 |
More by CRJMellor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Livery is a very cool, small brew pub??? Not sure, they do serve food; but it looked like a little cafe. I didn't try anything.
The beers were great, very unique to their style but all very nice. The bartender was very hippyish, they rocked out to some quality rock (i'm not a huge music guy but from his convo with another person that seemed to work there, he knew his stuff if your into it). For me, I didn't talk music, I talked beer and he knew his stuff. Tried to help me out on my brewery trip through MI, IN, and IL. So nice and helpful!
The bar itself was small and downstairs, it had a tv so i was able to look up and check a college game, it was small but at least it was there. Laid back with music jammin' and not too loud, very relaxed. They also have an upstairs that looks equally as cool and has a stage where they play live music. I was there at noon so nothing was happening up there; but I'll be it is pretty sweet.
If your in the area it is a must stop and it is basically in the middle of Bell's and Three Floyd's (2 of the best breweries in the country to drink and visit!)
12-04-2009 02:30:43 |
More by cpetrone84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Livery is a hidden gem in the old deserted downtown of Benton Harbor, MI. You're greeted by an old, brick building that's extremely well kept and street parking right in front has never been a problem. There is a smaller, cozy bar downstairs with maybe 10-12 seats and a handful of tables. This bar seems to be the one open during the day. The upstairs bar is also small, 12 to 15 seats, but the seating area is much larger and there's a stage over in the corner. Both bars are nice, the basement is a little darker and drearier while the upstairs is better lit and better decorated.
The service has always been great here. No fuss, order and get your beer with the occasional Chicago Bears talk. The taplist is pretty extensive with 10-12 house beers, 2 or 3 ciders and a barrel aged option or two. The lines are well kept and the pours are proper. There are three different options for pour size so you can try however many or few you'd like in whatever amount you'd prefer.
I've always been a big fan of The Livery. It's a comfortable place to hang out for a while and the taplist always has a few interesting beers while all are well made.
10-18-2013 02:41:19 |
More by joe1510
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
The Livery reminds me of one of those "just off the radar" kind of places. Nothing too pretentious here, and they don't give a damn about anything resembling a corporate-themed brewpub. Located in the basement of an old livery dating to the 1800s, they are what they are, a converted horse-shoe business. The logo shows it best: a bald-headed yeoman affixing a horse shoe to a mare while standing behind its ass. I think there's a not-so-subtle message aimed at someone there! :-)
The beer, all done in the classic European styles (especially British and Belgian), are some damn special brews. In particular, I enjoyed the Synapse ESB, the Thoms Special IPA, and the Dixie O'Flynn stout (dry). All were made with loads of TLC, no doubt about it.
I also had the Beef dip (French Dip) sandwich for dinner, which was quite tasty, especially on a cold, rainy and crappy autumnal Michigan evening. Additionally, the barstaff/waitstaff couldn't have been cooler and friendlier, and we got to listen to the full new Metallica album (the owner's a BIG FAN) piped in from behind the bar.
My friend and I, unfortunately, had to high-tail it outta there and get back to our wives in Chicago that very evening, and I asked for a "to-go" cup of their coffee, which was also quite good.
The Livery is place to check out, guys. (I failed to mention but they have an upstairs room that is used "50% of the time", according to one of the bartenders. It's a live music venue in reality, and it looks pretty kick-ass. Wish we could've stayed around long enough to hear a live act.
11-11-2008 02:50:17 |
More by RedBaron
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Went to the Livery on a Thursday night - $3 pint night. What a deal. 4 beers and dinner (Pesto, tomato,and cheese sandwich with chips) for $19 plus tip. Food was fresh and very tasty.
This was my second trip to the basement brewpub in Benton Harbor. Easy to find and lots of closeby parking. Felt a little out of place being an out-of-towner - everybody seemed to know everybody else. But after the local crowd thinned out, got to spend some time talking to the bartender/assistant brewer - Walter.
Beer selection was good, two IPAs (555 was very good), an APA, an ESB (so-so, a little astrigent), a stout (very, very good), four lagers (had samples of each one, all were a little off, noted same sourness in each one. My recommendation - avoid the lagers) and JAK (an imperial IPA - didn't try), and a wheat wine (WOW. oak aged for 6 months, 10.5%/v). Initial taste of the wheat wine was oak, oak, and did I mention, oak. After a few sips, the flavors really came together, it was a fantastic brew.
Walter also let me sample some of the last remains of a special house brew Maillet Jaune (Yellow Jersey). Listed as a French Farmhouse Ale. Drank like a lambic - highly recommend.
They experiment with a lot of barrel aging and fruit blends, no fruit beers on tap the night I visited, but according to Walter they have a huge selection coming out this summer. Definitely worth a trip back.
05-30-2009 12:20:00 |
More by JamnesCameron
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Came here about a month ago on a big brew trip.
A- When we were there it was only a couple of people on a Sunday. The place was dim and open. A tv was on and that was about it. I think there were 2 pool tables there and some boardgames. Just very laid back overall.
Q- The quality of the beers I had (and I had a bunch) were all fantastic. You could tell someone took the time to make sure these brews came out right.
S- The service was par for the course. Nothing over the top but always made sure to get what we needed. Also, took the time to chat for a quick second with us when he had a chance.
S- The selection was very good to say the least. A huge selection overall of everything you could imagine. Cask, barrel aged, and the rest were all included on tap.
Overall this place was a nice change of pace from the crowded brewpub with some ok if that craft beers. The overall price for everything was some of the most cheap I had seen that day. And personally I can't wait to get back there.
08-18-2010 01:03:29 |
More by alleykatking
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
The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI
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