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4.36/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My brother & I stopped at the Livery midafternoon Saturday. It wasn't crowded, but a we weren't the only patrons. The downstairs bar had aproximately 10 taps. The Livery produces many lagers, as well as ales. Upstairs the Livery has a nice looking stage area and a bar with 5 taps. The 3rd level is essentially an art gallery, highlighting one local artist at a time.
Check out the Livery. They have a great range of beer. It looks like a nice place to see a band or hang out. Oh, and if the Wheat Triplebock is on the board, try it.
04-30-2006 18:24:50 | More by frazbri
4/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Driving down the block in Benton Harbor Michigan, as we approach our destination, the area seems old and forgotten in time. The building one hundred years ago, was known as the Palace Livery. "This former horse stable has been brought back to life as The Livery." A tremendous amount of character inside a place that seems to have been a historic orra about it. Walking in the door we had to choose to head up or down; the stairs. When we walk down the stairs we were greeted by Eric. A very attentive and helpful bar tender. There was a dozen tables for dinner a pool table and a 10 stool cozy bar. There was outside patio seating as well as the beer garden and band stage up stairs. They had 12 beers on tap. All of them (excluding the adjunct lager, which I didn't actually try) are very tasty and worth drinking. I tried these:
The Double Paw IPA
Tom's Special IPA
Red Canoe Irish Red Lager
*Cherry Jubiliee - Aged a brandy cask *EXCEPTIONAL!!!*
The Liverator - Double bock, very good.
and on the hand pump was their ESB.
Eric even hooked us up with some extra samples. He gave us a rundown of all the options and did his best to answer beer geek questions though he admitted it was still new to him. Seriously, the Cherry Jubilee Brandy Cask Aged was worth the stop wow!
If you are touring Michigan brewpubs put this one on your list.
Hope this is helpful.
05-01-2007 23:00:58 | More by Phatz
4.44/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We made a post DLD stop here on the way up to Grand Rapids. I must say that Benton Harbor seemed like an interesting place, or at least the area around the Livery did. It looked absolutely deserted on a Saturday afternoon, complete with "not another living soul around" feel and boarded up buildings that made our arrival feel like something out of a post-apocalyptic action film. I was half expecting Mad Max to pull up and offer to enjoy a cold one with us. Fortunately, the historic building and the accompanying brewpub inside give off a much more pleasant vibe. We immediately went down to the downstairs bar area which literally looks like someone's basement with some tables and a decent sized bar. Trust me though; the whole setup is cooler than it sounds.
On to the beers and boy, did they have a nice selection. They had a total of 14 taps going, with the gamut running from Ales to Lagers, to higher ABV fare (like their fantastic Double Paw DIPA and Liverator Doppelbock), to 3 different cask offerings, wine and a cider. Very nice! That selection is complimented by three different pint sizes as well. A $4 10 oz, a $4.50 16 oz, and finally a $5.25 20 oz. We mostly stuck with the 10 oz sizes to sample more but I definitely could have gone bigger on everything, they were all solid. They also have a limited food menu with the likes of sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and appetizers that looked like they could be ordered at a separate kitchen station in the back of the room.
I must mention the service here. Our server was one of the friendliest and most energetic that we've ever had and really made our visit here complete. As we left, even though it was locked, she opened the upper level up for us for a quick tour of their upstairs bar/concert venue/yoga studio. It's quite the neat little setup they have up there and we were very grateful to have had the opportunity to check it out. Baring the shady surroundings, we had a great time and only wish that we could have stayed longer but other breweries where calling our name. We'll definitely be back again though to check out this quite unique and interesting brewpub.
05-01-2008 19:47:19 | More by Kegatron
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
4.29/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Livery is a hidden gem in the old deserted downtown of Benton Harbor, MI. You're greeted by an old, brick building that's extremely well kept and street parking right in front has never been a problem. There is a smaller, cozy bar downstairs with maybe 10-12 seats and a handful of tables. This bar seems to be the one open during the day. The upstairs bar is also small, 12 to 15 seats, but the seating area is much larger and there's a stage over in the corner. Both bars are nice, the basement is a little darker and drearier while the upstairs is better lit and better decorated.
The service has always been great here. No fuss, order and get your beer with the occasional Chicago Bears talk. The taplist is pretty extensive with 10-12 house beers, 2 or 3 ciders and a barrel aged option or two. The lines are well kept and the pours are proper. There are three different options for pour size so you can try however many or few you'd like in whatever amount you'd prefer.
I've always been a big fan of The Livery. It's a comfortable place to hang out for a while and the taplist always has a few interesting beers while all are well made.
10-18-2013 02:41:19 | More by joe1510
3.65/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located in a turn of the century building near the heart of downtown Benton Harbor is The Livery. The brewhouse is located in an outbuilding across the beer garden from the main building. Ass you enter the building you'll find a split staircase up and down. Downstairs has a bar with 10-12 seats and bunch of pub tables and a pool table. In the future a coffee bar and deli will also be located down there. Upstairs is the main room, highlighted by an old elevator from the late 1800's fixed permanently in the up position. The room is a two story square with a stage at one end and ring of tables on the 2nd floor for good viewing of the bands. The place is light an airy for an older building. Beers are very solid as the brewer was one of the partners at Kraftbrau in K'zoo. Solid range of beers with something for everyone across the spectrum. They will likely add some cask offerings in th future from the sound of it. Benton Harbor has obviously seen better days but this is a nice step in the re-development effort. Located about 5 minutes off I-94, really easy stop on the way to or from Chicago.
11-14-2005 02:16:09 | More by CRJMellor
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it up to The Livery this weekend, and am glad I did.
Nice assortment of beers on tap. I tried the Agent 99, the Maibock, and an Imperial Amber. The Agent 99 was not really true to style, but pretty decent, The Maibock and Double Amber were both excellent, particularly the Maibock.
The bartender was very friendly and helpful, and the other local patrons were all friendly and fun to talk to.
Did not try the food.
All in all a nice place with an interesting selection of what I found to be well crafted beer. I will certainly return.
10-13-2009 23:31:55 | More by wingedeel
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
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
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The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI
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