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Greenbush Brewing Company
Active Beers: 62
Beer Ratings: 1,888
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
5885 Sawyer Rd
phone: (269) 277-1091
(Place added by: emerge077 on 07-04-2011)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Right over the IN-MI border, in little lakeshore toursity town that kind of reminds me of Galena, only if Galena had stuff in it that was worth visiting.
The inside is really cute, tin and woody with a good number of vintage beer things, including a badass NattyBo sign. The vibe overall is touristy and caucasian, with a good mix between hip youngsters and sun-burned older people just coming off the lake. Not exactly my scene, but there's nothing wrong with it.
The aesthetic is okay but a little Dave Matthews-y: it appeals to frat boys who only recently turned over to superficial hippiedom. NPR-type music blasts on the stereo. Some bartenders have whiteman dreads.
The food was okay but not great. The beer was... inventive? Nothing was normal, there were tons of offerings, an excellent pricing scheme, and a couple of the beers I tried were outta sight good.
You'll be hearing about these guys before too long, so you better stop by now, before they get packed.
06-11-2012 14:28:25 |
More by mynie
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in at Greenbush for a quick beer on my way from Kalamazoo to FoBAB in late 2012. It's a very conveniently 3/4 of a mile off US-94. There is a hotel located under a half mile away, which makes it nice for folks who want to spend an evening there.
The bar is located on a slow downtown street, next to another bar/restaurant. Greenbush was much busier than it's neighbor. The bar is a wide, thin shape with about 15 bar stools, and tables against the wall, providing seating for another 30 to 45 people.
I've heard people rave about their food, but unfortunately I was not in the mood to eat at the moment, so I passed. I had a glass of their Mr. Hyde on tap and it was absolutely fantastic. The vibe of the bar was very lively, and it appeared there was a mix of beer enthusiasts and locals that dig the place. It was bright from all the windows, and very inviting. They were well staffed, and service was fine. I will make it a point to visit anytime I am travelling the 94 between Chicago and the Zoo.
01-30-2013 17:24:47 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
After coming here many times, it is time to review. Tiny brewery in a tiny town. Enough seats for about 35 people. You can see all the workings of the brewery from the seating area. No food available here. Several style selections on the board, which was nice. Website and the bottle labels are very slick and well polished. Someone knows Marketing behind the scenes here. Most beers here are above average. Just minutes off I-94 so it's a no-brainer when traveling along the corridor. My only complaint would be....lighten up on the hops for beer styles that don't benefit from a heavy hop hand.
01-25-2012 21:18:27 |
More by jale
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by on a rainy Saturday and the place was fairly packed. Ramones, Iggy Pop and New York Dolls blaring. That's always a good sign. The lone server quickly spotted us and took care of us with some shorties. I think these guys are still dialing things in though on the beer. Not a lot of body to any of them, even as they are not shy on the ABV. A nicely Fuggles/Centenial hopped pale ran out quickly and I would have gotten one more. The IPA was a one-note johnny of late bitterness (and had some remnant hops floating around in it that is usually a deal-breaker). The stout/porter was pretty roasty and decent. They also had a Belgian pale that was disappointing. My over-riding concern was the clarity of all of the beers. Again, I think these guys are still getting their brewing figured out. Regardless, this is a great addition to the playground of the FIBs and I'll definitely be back to check it out. Oh, and the pub next door brings food in for you if you order it. It looked pretty good too.
08-21-2011 13:26:39 |
More by BertSugar
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Been to Greenbush a few times before to pick up growlers, but this was the first time I actually came here to try some of their beer on tap. Very small, they have maybe 4 or 5 tables and probably 12 spots at the bar, the rest is standing room only. The building is basically one big room, but there are glass partitions up between the tap room and the brewery part of it. I came here the day after Christmas around 1pm and it was packed. We had to stand the entire 40 minutes or so that I was there, which is fine by me.
Service suffered a little bit just because it was so busy, but the people that work there really want to be there. Very friendly, knowledgeable people. Would have loved to talk to them more about their beer. They had about 12 beers or so on tap, 6 in group A (their standard beers), 5 in group B (some higher gravity stuff) and an experimental beer. They now have bottles to go which is awesome and reasonably priced. Bummed they were out of delusion, but there was plenty of other stuff to bring home.
I tried three 6 oz samples of Mammoth, Retribution, and the experimental smoked porter. Super impressed with their beers, and I think as they are around longer, their beers will get even better. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this brewery grows. They have some limited food options like soup salad and a few appetizers from what I saw.
Keep up the good work Greenbush. I only wish I lived closer to you guys.
12-28-2011 05:00:16 |
More by ahq514
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
stopped in for lunch & a couple of flights while on the way to grand rapids. busy thursday lunch-time crowd for what appeared to be a sleepy town; felt bad for our server who may have been covering the entire floor by herself. great to see a very diverse group of patrons: young families to senior citizens. food was OK. music was a bit too loud 1) given the time of day and 2) for the inferior sound system. sampled 400 divine rabbits, red bud, distorter, dunegras, mister hyde, broken promises and ursus. impressed w. IPAs (broken promises & dunegras) which are very well done. the other styles, however, are lackluster.
04-02-2013 02:17:58 |
More by craft_shannie
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
stopped in on the way to chicago for the weekend. the place is much smaller than i expected, total capacity i think is 68 people. took some sniper skills but we managed to grab a table after checking out the merch for about 15 minutes. by the time we left saturday afternoon/evening, they were well over capacity.
has a typical brewpub atmosphere, open ceilings, lots of wood, raw brick etc, and was extremely loud for being so small. the food, however, was excellent. i had the turkey club and my girlfriend had the turkey reuben which we both enjoyed. the beer, of course, is great too. i had the anger, gf had the memento mori. i saw an awful lot of people drinking flights which makes me think that they either don't have a regular customer base yet or they get a lot of tourist traffic. servers were short but sweet with us which is understandable considering the full house. prices are great considering the high quality offerings on the menus.
overall a very nice place in western michigan that will get my business anytime i'm on that side of the state.
11-07-2012 00:00:30 |
More by divineaudio
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
went there July 17, 2013. met at door by nice people. seated quickly and served promptly. kids had old time sodas. I had a very tasty ipa and then a very nice wheat ipa. meals were quite good with large sandwiches. friend of mine had an excellent bbq brisket. smoked turkey was very good. about 15 beers to choose from. I would recommend this place to anyone liking good beer and/or good sandwiches!
suckem up and movem out!
07-18-2013 13:24:01 |
More by giblet
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped here 10-5-13, on our way to Traverse City for a week to celebrate our first anniversary. Got here mid-afternoon (Saturday), and it was busy! We were told it would be a 45 minute wait, it actually took 20 minutes to get seated. It was tough to get a beer at the bar, but we did arrive shortly after a rather large group. The place just seemed slightly under staffed, maybe 1 more bartender and 1 or 2 more waitstaff would help. Some people would call the place loud while busy, I didn't find myself having to shout but it was a bit noisy. I feel like that would be different during times which were less busy. The inside area looked to seat 40-50 people plus 20 or so at the bar. There were another 8-10 tables on the back patio and luckily we got to sit outside, it was a beautiful fall day!
Having had Greenbush's beers numerous times out of bottles, I was excited to try their beers straight from the source. To be honest, I was let down. They had 14 beers on tap (at least on the menu they had 14, we only tried about half that) arranged in 3 different price groups. I had 2 of their barrel aged offerings, BA Mr Hyde and BA Vanderbush and my wife had a flight of 6 beers, including Unicorn Killer (their pumpkin beer, total disappointment). I was underwhelmed with most of the beers I tried (the wife loved their Cream Ale, Traktor) hopefully it was just an off day for me...going to return here on our way home and sample more beer.
The service we received at Greenbush was excellent. The hostess was extremely friendly and found us at the bar to notify us our table was ready, our server was excellent also...service with a smile, even when I had her run to the bar twice to get me some carry out beer. Only downfall was lack of service at the bar, but it was extremely busy. The food here was good, typical deli food. My only grumble here, my wife wanted to change something with the sandwich she wanted but was told that it was pre-made. Little weird if you ask me, but so be it.
Overall, definitely a must visit if you are in the area. Not necessarily a destination though. Carry out bottles are sold here, and are a more economical solution as growler prices seemed pretty steep. I will definitely be returning!
10-06-2013 14:02:06 |
More by atone315
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
While making my summer trip out west (from mid Michigan) I made a stop at this brewery. I tried their beer at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange and fell in love with it. So I felt it necessary to make a stop since it was along the way.
Very cool vibes coming from this place, it was pretty hard to find for starters. When we entered the place the true scale of it kicked in, the place is tiny to say the least. They had a wonderful selection of beer for being a brewing that doesn’t even bottle yet, and their beer is pretty top notch. I decided to go with the beer I had already tired and I wish I didn’t cause it wasn’t as good as I remember it but still great. I wanted to try another beer but my friend were kind of wanting to get back on the road so we left.
The service was ok especially for it being so packed. The guy who seemed to be running the bar at the time was a bit of a jerk. I look pretty young and I don’t think he took me for a beer drinker, so he was kinda sending me and my friends condescending vibes the whole time we where there. Asking of if we are used to drinking high quality beer and stuff like that (generally not taking us seriously). That is really my only beef with the place.
Great place, hard to find their beer since they don’t bottle, so I would recommend stopping by if your close.
11-10-2011 18:00:10 |
More by minterro
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