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Mackinaw Brewing Company
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 58
Beer Avg: 3.13
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
161 East Front Street
phone: (231) 933-1100
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
It is a normal bar, the whole bar area is high top tables. The TVs had the olympics on watching Phelps win the 8th gold, which made it kinda fun.
I had a few beers, none of which I will ever order again, I think that I should have realized the beer quality when over half of the people in the brewery where drinking Miller Light and the majority of the other half had mixed drinks. If I end up going again I will be drinking a Beam on the rocks.
They had a 6-7 taps none of which where anything to get excited about.
08-18-2008 17:47:47 |
More by Roeters
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
The final - regrettable- stop on our Traverse City Brewery tour.
The exterior is classic, located in the heart of downtown Traverse City in the historic Beadle Building. Upon entering it was like walking into an Applebees or TGI Fridays. The decor consisted of old ship photos and some of the interior modeled to look like a ship.
A flight of all their beers was ordered (7 total) at around $10. The beers offered were their Belgian Whitecap, G.T. Golden, Red 8 Ale, West Bay IPA, an Oatmeal Stout, and 2 others that escape my memory (and photos). All were forgettable especially the Whitecap which had a noticeable stale character that made it quite rough to drink. The oatmeal stout was the pick of this list but that's not saying too much.
With exceptional quality beer being brewed around them you'd think they'd follow suit. It seems the Mackinaw Brewing Company has capitalized on their location by drawing in unsuspecting tourists, including myself, and throwing the same-old same old out there. I would not recommend their beer or visiting this place. Take your money to the higher quality breweries a few blocks away.
06-20-2010 13:45:15 |
More by BehindtheFinBrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $
Went to Mackinaw Brewing Co. on a visit to Traverse last week. The location is great, the building is cool, the deck is great, the beers are terrible.
I had Belgian Whitecap - not at all like a belgian white, a strong aftertaste of infection. My wife tried a pale ale that was just slightly better, but still infected. We tried North Peak down the street which had true quality beers - this is not a good representation of craft beer. The only upside - the lousy beers only cost $2 bucks on happy hour.
It was about 10:30 when we arrived - our server was a college age guy - pretty funny guy - not the best service - but that was fine.
They had a decent crowd, although most were drinking macros. The fact they serve macros tells you something about the quality of their beers.
07-25-2007 02:44:32 |
More by sweethome
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: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Atmosphere: not much to it. chalk drawings along the edges, and not really a motif to the decorations. has just an average restaurant feel to it.
Quality: their beer was not so impressive. seems like another company riding the craft beer wave
Selection: about 6 beers on tap and nothing worth mention. seem to have a variety of hard liqours and wines to select from though
Service: it wasn't busy at all when i was there but we had no problems with the service
Food: good standard pub fair. good fries.
Overall: not a place that a beer advocate needs to go. if they want to earn it from me they need to actually put some focus on their beer
08-21-2013 22:10:53 |
More by SportsandJorts
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Atmosphere: Somewhat small, and usually packed. Backroom for non-smokers and the front for the others. If you're a smoker, no booths for you. Usually quite busy and loud, and not someplace you're going to be able to carry a conversation, especially during weekend nights. They open up the back patio during the summers.
Quality: I have been frequenting this brewpub since it's opening, and I'd have to say (even though I'm acquaintances with the brewmeister), that as of recently the beers have taken a hit in quality. Of note, the stout (which used to be excellent) is no longer on nitro-tap as of this review. See the brew reviews for more detail.
Service: Usually pretty good. The wait staff is not very knowledgable about the beer, however.
Selection: Usually 5 staple brews on tap with 2 seasonals.
Food: Excellent. Do try the cherry-smoked sausage in Red Ale sauerkraut with sweet potatoes. Prices are decent (from $8-15) for dinner and less for lunch.
01-30-2003 11:38:20 |
More by Mitchster
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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 |
More by LilBeerDoctor
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: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
During our visit the pub was undergoing some renovations and this review is based on an incomplete remodeling job. The brewer hadn't brewed in awhile due to the moving of the brewing equipment. Even so the clientele seemed to be mostly locals during an early evening visit.
Had a Belgian Wit that was lifeless, absolutely no head and seemed old. The Oatmeal Stout wasn't much better, more astringent than bitter and also lifeless. The BBQ sampler had some great brisket and ribs, though the sausage wasn't my favorite.
Will definitely try this place out when in Traverse City again to see if things improve after the renovations are complete.
05-22-2006 18:32:53 |
More by QXSTER1
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was excited to try this place. We went there for a late lunch after a long morning and afternoon of wedding planning. I had a sampler of thier beer and settled on thier pale ale (it was hot, and didn't feel like anything heavy). The beers were good, I would not call them great, but I certianly enjoyed them. I thought the food was very good. Typical pub grub, noting out of left field, but very good. Our waitress was very sweet, and pretty knowladgeble. I will certianly be back here when the wedding time comes!
07-02-2008 21:59:04 |
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