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Mackinaw Brewing Company
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 58
Beer Avg: 3.13
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
161 East Front Street
phone: (231) 933-1100
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by ChappyCubsFan:
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
This is the farthest north I traveled while touring Michigan's brewpubs and major league (Detroit) and minor league ballparks. I actually thought I was heading toward North Peak Brewery and was very surprised to see the Mackinaw sign on the building. I guess when I asked for directions, some guy pointed me to the nearest one. Both are on Front Street, but as I later found out (at Jamesport Brewing), there is a huge difference in quality between the two. The place is clean and upscale with the brewing system right there in glass as you walk in. Very classy place. I tried the sampler and as I often do, settled on the hoppiest beer I could find. That ended up being the pale ale. It was a mistake. It hardly had any hop taste, and was lacking anything interesting in the way of a malt. The bartender was hilarious and made the visit fun, but he couldn't change the fact that their beer wasn't up to par. He did give me good directions to a mom and pop store in Traverse City that had an incredible selection of jerky (beef, elk, deer, buffalo, you name it and it was there). I wish I had found North Peak Brewery just down the street. It was a shame to be that close to it and not know it.
01-03-2004 00:33:04 |
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More by atone315
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Atmosphere: not much to it. chalk drawings along the edges, and not really a motif to the decorations. has just an average restaurant feel to it.
Quality: their beer was not so impressive. seems like another company riding the craft beer wave
Selection: about 6 beers on tap and nothing worth mention. seem to have a variety of hard liqours and wines to select from though
Service: it wasn't busy at all when i was there but we had no problems with the service
Food: good standard pub fair. good fries.
Overall: not a place that a beer advocate needs to go. if they want to earn it from me they need to actually put some focus on their beer
08-21-2013 22:10:53 |
More by SportsandJorts
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $
This is a restaurant first, brewery second. Their beer selection is limited, and rather generic: gold, red, IPA, and just a few others.
The food is good, and great for the price. They have their own smoker, so I tried their smoked meat sampler. The brisket was really, really good. The ribs and sausage were OK.
Mackinaw is a fun place to hang out. It is a long, narrow restaurant with a back, outdoor patio. Since it is located on the main strip in town, it gets a lot of visitors. It feels a lot like a tourist destination, but without too many campy gimmicks.
If you are in the area, it is worth stopping by, but do not seek it out to try the beer. And if you do go, and you are not a vegetarian, get some smoked meat.
09-09-2011 03:03:32 |
More by dorianmarley
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
This place is located in the heart of downtown Traverse City in the midst of a very nice shopping district. If someone wants to shop and you don't, just in step in there for a pint. This looks like an old store of some sort and is typical of many brew pubs. They had 5 beers on tap and average in taste. The beer is not something to drive out of your way for, but we walked by and decided to try them. They frequently have one beer on nitro and normally the first beer I try. This place seems to draw tourists in the area and a place you visit once, just to say you've been there.
08-09-2011 02:05:29 |
More by jale
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to MBC 4 different times in the last year and every time I go there I am greeted almost right away and the staff is very helpful. The place is a very relaxing and friendly place to go and enjoy a brew and some food.
At the table the server was always helpful in answering any questions I had about the food and drinks there. The food each time I was there was always cooked and prepared well. I would highly recommend the walleye which is pecan encrusted and fried and served with beurre blanc sauce and dried cherries. The Grouper served in a pistachio crust is also excellent whenever it is available.
Overall, this is currently one of my favorite places to go to. The only thing I wish they would do a better job at is making their beer taste better.
08-03-2011 06:02:52 |
More by DannyDan
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Reviewed on 6/27/2010.
This is a very tourist-friendly, family-friendly place (plenty of children) in the center of Traverse City. It is basically a restaurant that also makes their own (mediocre) beer. When I was there there were only 5 or 6 taps, all your most basic of styles (stout, pale, IPA, witbier, etc). I would skip this place unless you have nothing else to do, but there is better beer elsewhere (ie Right Brain) and better atmosphere as well (unless you have lots of young annoying children). What was also annoying was that when sitting at the bar you could only see the TVs by leaning back and craning your neck. Why??
12-23-2010 22:00:26 |
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