Right Brain Brewery
Active Beers: 80
Beer Ratings: 699
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 15 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Been to this place a few times now. I'm from out of town but come to Traverse quite often and make sure I bring both growlers each time I visit. The experimental taste of the beers gives a refreshing change of pace from normal Michigan beers. If you go, the CEO stout is a must. About 14 different beers always on tap, with a few specialty pours for a little bit more money. 2 cask/hand pull beers on tap which were great. Gotta check it out! No TV's, friendly staff, and average growler refill prices.
06-04-2008 01:06:33 | More by sloppymoose
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
Right Brain is located in the warehouse district of Traverse City, about a block from Grand Traverse Bay. Day 2 of the Michigan tour began here.
Atmosphere: Right Brain is in a rather artsy area of town, behind a salon. The inside is bright and inviting, large enough to handle summer crowds. A long bar sits at a right angle along the left of the entrance. Looks like mug clubbers get to design their own earthen mugs.
Quality: We were in as soon as they opened. THe staff was friendly and the beers were tough to beat.
Service: Service was a little slow at times (my glass sat empty for too long). Ksak and I had a nice discussion with Russell and he comped me a Distill My Heart.
Selection: Eclectic doesn't do it justice. A beer with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme? One with basil and honey? A sour barleywine that was barrel aged on vanilla beans? For real? All here and on tap. I could have spent the entire day here.
Food: They have snack food but no menu. That being said, visit this place for the beer. I can't say enough about how good it is.
07-20-2009 20:23:09 | More by akorsak
4.25/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Atmosphere - Right Brain gutted a what looks like a warehouse and turned it into a beer mecca for NW Michigan. The walls are covered with lots of local art for sale and the place is family-friendly during the day. You can always find local musicians in there too.
Quality - Damn fine beer. That's all I have to say about that.
Service - I haven't had a complaint yet.
Selection - I haven't counted the beers available there, but there are always great selections available. There is always something new to try. Personally, I love Igor Takes a Digger.
Food - Almost non-existent, except for the typical bar snacks and pre-packaged sandwiches. Roaming Harvest, a great locally-sourced organic food truck does frequent Right Brain though, so that bumps the score up a bit. I did go to a beer dinner there before and had a great time. Right Brain teamed up with Roaming Harvest and put on a great evening for those lucky enough to score one of the limited seats.
Value - There is always a cheap pint available and nothing costs more than $6 or so last time I was in there, and that is for the premium pours.
Overall Right Brain is a great place with some great people making it happen. Next time you're in town make sure you stop by!
05-27-2013 03:22:23 | More by redleg64
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
As others have said, the place is a bit hard to find. It is one room in a larger building that houses a coffee shop et al., and there aren't too many signs to help, which is a shame because this place is pretty good.
The atmosphere was great - low lighting, a nice bar, plenty of room. Think hipster bar more than 'Cheers', which I am fine with.
We ordered samples of 8 of the beers (they had 12 total on tap, plus their DIPA on cask as well). The beers ranged from OK to GREAT - the Bourbon Stout was top notch, cherries and vanilla, and they had another stout that tasted like mint chocolate cookies, and a honey basil beer that was definitely unique.
Service was very friendly, and they seemed knowledgeable although we didn't get into a too beer-heavy discussion. I actually appreciate that they don't serve food as it keeps everything about the beer.
They have a membership program where you get swag + a discount - something I wouldn't pass up if I lived in the area.
Don't pass this place up if you're in Traverse City.
12-24-2008 19:30:27 | More by gabrielsyme
4.19/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This review is for the Garland St location. I guess they just moved to a new location last week (Sep 2012).
In my opinion RBB has the best beer in Michigan. By all means it is a micro brewery. As far as I know they do not sell beer outside their pub. They brew beer for quality, not quantity, and it shows.
The setting was kind of weird. It is attached to a hair salon by two way mirrors. So basically you can sit in the bar and watch people get their hair done, but they can not see you threw the mirror. I thought that was super weird and somewhat creepy, but cool.
No food besides snacks are served, they have growlers of beer to go. They also sell some of their t shirts and stickers.
Overall, great beer, average service, and a weird environment. Definitely the best brewery in TC, if not the nest in Michigan.
09-08-2012 20:27:10 | More by theecaleb
4.16/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere: I loved how it was socially-oriented, and had no T.V.'s or any other passive entertainment. It seemed like a beautiful rainbow of colorful brews flourishing upon a mellow, dimly lit chill spot. Not too large, but big enough for comfort and socializing.
Quality: Every brew I smelled, gazed, tasted, and made love to at Right Brain was unique in its own way. The Little Italy Honey-Basil Pale Ale had such bold basil notes that produced floral, spicy aromas paired with unique, honey-sweet hop flavors. I was also impressed by the Fearless Freep Belgian Golden. The perfect mouthfeel booted a deeply sweet, yeast blend with tropic fruit flavors ~ banana? Sipped and sampled a few others and was greatly impressed. If I was a more permanent resident, I would join the membership for sure.
Service: was great and respectful. Couldn't ask for better.
Selection: Certainly a variety of brews, all well done for what I tried. Perhaps a couple more strong ones to try in a half pint.
I tip my hat to Right Brain. I will surely be back.
06-11-2008 04:52:09 | More by Taffle
4.16/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Right Brain's newish location is in warehouse down in SoFo. When I walked in the door the first thing that struck me was the sheer size of this place. I patronize a couple music venues in Chicago that are smaller than this place. Tables were sparsely spread and the bar seated about 15. There was a solid number of drafts up on the dry erase boards; 6 regular offerings, 5 middle tier beers, and 5 top tier offerings. I sampled a couple pints that were good and then hit the generous sampler to try most of the others.
All beer was good to excellent with some interesting combinations thrown in the mix. A couple harvest ales were on tap, a double IPA, two saisons (one with beets), and a handful of other unique offerings. The bartenders were a little stand offish at first but when they got talking they were super friendly and informative, chatting about everything from Traverse favorites to music to beer. In the end I couldn't have been happier with the stop at Right Brain. The service was great, the beer excellent, and the prices in line with any other brewpub. Without a doubt this place is worth a stop when i Traverse.
10-22-2013 17:33:44 | More by joe1510
4.14/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I initially had trouble finding this place because it shares an entrance with a salon. Once inside, I notice the open ceiling where the piping and such is visible. Once we got the attention of one of the bartenders, we finally got our drinks. I don't know what was up because when I ordered some of their more intense offerings, I kept getting the "are you sure...?" question. Eventually the bartender ended up being pretty cool and even gave us directions up to the new Jolly Pumpkin restaurant on Old Mission Peninsula. The selection was pretty good and included a couple of barrel aged beers, a tripel, and a bunch of their 'regular' offerings. If I am ever up in the area again, I will most definitely make it a point to go back to this establishment.
07-06-2009 23:52:04 | More by david131
4.06/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped here on a summer beer tour after hearing great things about this place. Was difficult to find, in an office building behind a beauty salon. Could see a truck unloading fresh hops though, so this had to be the place.
Inside of the place looked modern and hip. Really liked the right brain man design and wanted to get it on a t-shirt but they were all out. Onto the beer... I got a flight of beers they had and they were good but not great. It appeared that I had picked the wrong day to come, as they did not have any of their more bold beers available... and bold is what I want. Growlers were cheap so I picked up one for the road as a memento. I really wish they had some of their wilder stuff and can see something great could happen there yet again in Michigan. Maybe some summer I can again drive around stupid Lake Michigan to give it another try, or maybe better yet they'll make the car ferries more afforable for a change.
01-13-2011 07:10:11 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A very creative brewery. I had beers made with whole cherry pies and ghost chilis. The beers were well-made and balanced. They were adventurous, but very enjoyable.
The atmosphere is eccentric. Right Brain is located inside of a building where all the other businesses are closed by sundown. The building is on a road/alley that also is home to a commercial baked good warehouse. The bar shares a bathroom that is located outside of the main area, like you'd find in an office building. The bar is very well-lit, There are plenty of tables, but no servers. You must stand in line and order your beers at a countertop. A beer list is written in dry erase marker on a white board. The entire experience feels more like a coffee shop, or a bakery, than a brewery.
All of the idiosyncracies feel deliberate. The beer is allowed to speak for itself. The beers are over-the-top statements, and they do not need an over-the-top delivery. Everyone inside is nice and friendly, and if you want to try some unique beers in an unassuming environment--perhaps while playing one of their several board games--Right Brain is your place.
09-09-2011 02:48:51 | More by dorianmarley
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Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, MI
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