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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 | 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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The brewpub area is in the basement and feels rather cozy despite seating for 70 or more. The have a counter with thin crust pizza you can order. I did'nt see any other food, but the pizza was very good. The wait staff were very friendly and happy to answer all my beer questions. Nice to see a couple of hand pulls along with a decent selection of styles. They have an upstairs area with music/bands on weekend evenings. The beer here is done well and a place I will stop whenever in the area. Not far off the I-94 corridor and worth the slight detour.
11-15-2011 23:19:35 |
More by jale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The place was fairly easy to find and parking was a snap. The bar is downstairs with lots of tables, a counter to order food, and a pool table. Upstairs was where the live shows took place. It had a very bar-like feel to it with the basement aspect to it. I definitely felt like I was from out of town because everyone there seemed to know each other, but it was fine and it was a pretty warm atmosphere overall. The bartender was attentive and knew about the beers. They had some cool stuff on tap such as a couple different IPA's, some lagers, a quad, and an ESB on the handpull. None of the beers really blew my doors off, but they were all very solid. A unique brewery that is definitely worth a visit.
05-17-2009 21:51:22 |
More by david131
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Reviewed on 6/27/2010.
This is an odd place. It is located in a very poor town with lots of abandoned buildings and a general dingy overtone. Inside was not much better (at least the downstairs, which is where I was). There is a small bar and the rest of the space is taken up by cafeteria/mess-hall style round tables. Even the bathrooms were dingy- metal stalls (which clanged loudly and felt like a prison-bathroom) and thin metal sinks. As far as the patrons, they were all locals. You'd think that with the kinds of beers the Livery puts out, they'd be more used to beer travelers but I definitely felt out of place. The one bartender there was odd although attentive I suppose. The food was pretty good (I got the potato soup) although the menu is not too extensive. I'm not sure what they make themselves as there didn't seem to be much of a kitchen. Anyway, the beer was fairly good (or at least interesting), they also make their own cider, and there is a lot to choose from. But overall, an odd place and I don't think I'll be visiting again.
12-23-2010 21:54:21 |
More by LilBeerDoctor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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: 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 | 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 | 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: 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
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