MICHIGAN

The 26th state.
Capital: Lansing
Motto: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you
Flower: Apple Blossom
Bird: American robin

 

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

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Ascension Brewing Co. began it's journey August of 2015. We are small microbrewery specializing in locally brewed craft ales and food. The beer and food offerings are constantly rotating so come into the taproom to see what is available today! Ascension Brewing Company's mission is to make freshest, most imaginative craft beer and food possible. We are committed to pushing the limits and producing exciting products that we are proud to share with you. In our taproom, we believe using high quality, fresh ingredients in our food is the best way to enjoy our beer. Our staff are experts in making beer and food recommendations and pairings. They are knowledgeable and passionate about our beer, and aim to produce an outstanding customer experience with great attentions to detail. 

Outside the taproom, we are a group of compassionate, motivated, talented, and diverse individuals. Although we come from many walks of like, we all unite under Ascension's roof with the goal of elevating the craft beeer scene, first in the greater Detroit region, then in our world. 


Atlas Medstaff Reviews "Milennials" HERE

South Lyon

We're brewers and enthusiasts, creatives, engineers and business people, working together to make the beers that we think other enthusiasts will appreciate.
The most popular beer from Poulsbo’s Sound Brewery is a strong Belgian-style ale called Monk’s Indiscretion. With a 10 percent ABV (alcohol by volume), it’s big and bold, rather like the expansion the brewery is undertaking.
Owner and founder Mark Hood and his partners are assembling an entire new brewery in a former truck repair building on Viking Avenue, just across the street from the small business park where Sound Brewery’s production facility and taproom have been for four years.
The new facility that will give Sound the capacity to produce 10 times as much beer will utilize a mash-filtration brewing system that’s not typically found at small-scale craft breweries.

Bridgman

Midwestern brewer of modern farmhouse ales, focusing on traditional methods and oak fermentation to produce a product that is a representation of the area. When it comes to brewing and blending some truly sublime creations, Chris Betts, brewmaster and founder of Transient Artisan Ales in Bridgman, Michigan, has garnered the attention of craft-beer lovers everywhere. His operation—which at first operated with the help of two other breweries in a gypsy-brewing format but now has its own digs to call home—created beers so exclusive and coveted that he had to start a reserve subscription membership in addition to his bottle release parties.

Grand Haven

Odd Side Ales is a family of gifted individuals, focused on the shared goal of crafting unique products, while maintaining the utmost quality.
Our story began in 2010, as a micro-brewery producing craft beer from our pub located inside the historic piano factory in Grand Haven, Michigan. We quickly outgrew the pub’s brewing capacity and now, after three different expansions, brew from our own 44,000 sq. ft. facility.
Our main focus is to creatively stay on the leading edge of craft beer styling. While maintaining a large core of year round and seasonal favorites, we strive to introduce new recipes that push the boundaries of flavor combinations and craft beer categories. Everyone at Odd Side Ales is here because they have a true love of craft beer, the industry as a whole, and the people who drink and enjoy what we are able to do each day!

Williamston

Those who know what goes into our beer, understand that it’s a modern-day treasure chest. One you’d almost rather collect than drink … almost. It’s the kind of magic that only happens when you honor tradition, throw the rulebook out the window, mix techniques – not just ingredients – and aren’t afraid to fail until you don’t. It’s why our overnight success was more than 15 years in the making. And why we’ll never stop experimenting just because we’ve brewed another “next big thing.”

Comstock Park

Established in 2012, Perrin Brewing Company of Comstock Park, Michigan, strives to push the boundaries of Craft Beer. They combine time-honored techniques to deliver clean, consistent craft. Staying true to Michigan roots, they exude a humble confidence in all they do and let the beer speak for itself. Their passion for innovation and commitment to excellence comes through in every sip. Every time.

Marshall

A brewer slowly climbed from the lowest points of business life with a sore ass, as he ascended to a new level. Hark! The horse of the dark nature holds the scales where the wheat and barley feedeth, not taketh from the mouths of man. A non-filtered view of hard work, careful perseverance of expansion, sticking to what is believed to be the right way and the only way to stay true to high quality, and also, the vague understandings of possible humor; blurring his family’s, employees’ and customers’ drinking experience and vision between a no-bullshit approach to brewing big, outstanding beers and selling nonsensical imagery and haberdashery…Proven to the masses as a Darkhorse trademark for the man behind the reigns.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Empire

Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.

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Apradise

Tahquamenon Falls State Park encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls. The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. A maximum flow of more than 50,000 gallons of water per second has been recorded cascading over these falls. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Although not as dramatic as the Upper Falls, they are equally magnificent. The falls can be viewed from the river bank or from the island, which can be reached by rowboat rented from a park concession. The island walk affords a view of the falls in the south channel.

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Munising

Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, deep forest, and wild shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The power of Lake Superior shapes the park's coastal features and affects every ecosystem, creating a unique landscape to explore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four-season outdoor opportunities abound.

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Leland

North and South Manitou Island are part of an island chain that extends north to the Straits of Mackinac. South Manitou is approximately 16 miles west of Leland, and 8.277 square miles in land area. North Manitou Island lies to its north, approximately 12 miles from Leland, and has a land area of 22.346 square miles.
Rich in history, the Manitou Islands are a part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with almost their entire area available for hiking, camping and exploration. The 15,000 acres of North Manitou Island are (with the exception of the village area) managed as a wilderness area, and the island is home to numerous species of hawks and eagles. Manitou Island Transit provides regular ferry service to both islands for campers and day trips to South Manitou.

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Port Austin

Port Crescent State Park is located at the tip of Michigan's "thumb" along three miles of sandy shoreline on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay near Port Austin. It is home to a dark sky preserve, a modern campground with waterfront views and a camper cabin. It also offers visitors ample opportunities for fishing, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, birding and hunting. In addition, a wooden boardwalk parallels the shoreline offering scenic vistas of Saginaw Bay.
When the sun sets and the stars come out, this dark sky preserve – one of only seven in Michigan – has exceptional stargazing. As a dark sky preserve, the park is protected against light pollution. The best location in the park for viewing stars is near the day use parking lot, where a viewing platform is also available

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12 miles from Manistique

No visit to the area is complete without a trip to the Palms Book State Park. North on M-149, 12 miles from Manistique. Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest spring. It is 200’ in diameter, 42′ deep and delivers 16,000 gallons of crystal clear water per minute. You can ride the raft for a beautiful view across the spring. A must see!!!

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Mackinac Island

For centuries, visitors have found this national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot. No cars. No chain hotels. Just world-famous Mackinac Island Fudge, historic Fort Mackinac, unique shopping and diverse dining. Unforgettable sunsets, awe-inspiring sunrises and extraordinary nightlife befit our ranking as a Top 10 U.S. Island by TripAdvisor and USA Today. Start planning your trip to Mackinac Island…the Jewel of the Great Lakes.

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Charlevoix

Fisherman’s Island State Park boasts over six miles of unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline. The island for which the park was named no longer exists. Due to years of lower water levels in Lake Michigan the island has become a peninsula now lush with native wildflowers. The 2,678-acre park terrain consists of rolling dunes covered with maple, birch and aspen broken up by bogs of cedar and black spruce. There are 80 rustic campsites with 15 of those nestled in the dune area along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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Leavenworth

The rugged and beautiful Enchantment Permit Area is contained within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Permits are required for day and overnight use in this area. It is managed according to the Wilderness Management Plan and the 1964 Wilderness Act, to provide protection of fragile resources and preservation of wilderness character for generations to come.

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Marquette

As Marquette's recreational crown jewel, special attention is given here to Presque Isle Park. The popular regional facility is located on Presque Isle ("almost" an island), a 323-acre forested oval-shaped headland/peninsula which juts into Lake Superior in the northern tip of the City. Presque Isle is known throughout the United States for its natural beauty

 

Comstock

Our journey began with a 15-gallon soup kettle, a quest for better beer and countless batches of homebrew. The passion and personality that began Bell’s continues today through our breweries and Eccentric Café. We continue to grow and evolve, dedicated to our mission; to be fiercely independent, 100% family owned, deeply rooted to our community, committed to the environment and brewers of inspired beer.

Bellaire

Our company culture begins with the concept of the public house or “pub.” Compared to other alcohol establishments, pubs hold a unique place in the American experience. The colonial pub was the pillar of the community. Pubs were places to catch up on local business, gather a good meal and take in a libation brewed on site by the local publican. Early taverns were full of life and comfort. The Short’s Pub in Bellaire, MI is our attempt to revive that hominess and is representative of the quality, creativity and conviviality throughout our company and products.
The family-oriented and entrepreneurial nature of our brewpub extends through the fabric of our company as a whole. Creativity is consistently encouraged among the entire staff, with an understanding that all employees have much to contribute to the Short’s Brewing Company ethos. Exemplifying the “power of smallness,” Short’s enjoys the excitement of being one of the largest craft breweries in Michigan while also maintaining the tight-knit, hard-working attitude of a small business.

Grand Rapids and Detroit

Our taproom experience was born in 1997 in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, when our Co-Founders decided to start a brewery and realized immediately that the only way they could earn some cash (the brewery was losing money during those first years) was through bartending. With its super-casual vibe, gritty feel and amazing beer, the taproom quickly became a haven for many misfits, artists, musicians and more in Grand Rapids, outgrowing its tiny space quickly. The good news was, so did the brewery. Our entire operation moved to its current downtown Grand Rapids location 10 years ago to accommodate this growth and has since maintained the relaxed atmosphere and “all are welcome” approach to those who walk through the door. What’s next for our taproom? A second one, of course! We’re headed to Motown and hope to bring our Founders feel to the heart of the Cass Corridor in downtown Detroit.

Atlas Medstaff reviews "Backwoods Bastard" HERE

Atlas Medstaff reviews More Founders Beer HERE

Warren

A small microbrewery, winery and meadery in Warren, Michigan, United States. They have several beers rated in the top 100 in the world on beeradvocate.com and ratebeer.com. The business was established in 1998, but did not open its doors until 2001, by owners and brewers, the brothers Bret and Eric Kuhnhenn.
The brewery sits on the corner of Mound and Chicago Road in the old Lutz hardware store which is owned by the Kuhnhenn family. The brothers started homebrewing when Eric went to college and was introduced to it. He brought the hobby home and introduced it to his brother Bret. Bret started selling homebrewing supplies from the hardware store and soon it became more profitable than selling hardware. The hardware component of the establishment did not disappear from the brewery until mid-2006.

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Traverse City

The Begin family, Robert, Nadine and daughter Marie-Chantal, opened the doors of friendly hospitality in 1993 upon the completion of a French style three room B&B, winery and vineyard estates. As of July 2003, the B&B’s circle of friends has grown considerably when a 15,000 square foot expansion increased the total units available to eleven. Located on a 65-acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula, in one of the most scenic areas of the Great Lakes, the B&B provides a unique destination that combines vineyards and winery, a bed & breakfast, winding roads, fresh air and kind company. Views of East and West Grand Traverse Bays, Power Island, and rolling vineyards abound from each window. Focusing on Michigan wines, we produce Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and other varietals.

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Mari Vineyards founder Marty Lagina made the (some would say) crazy choice to grow grapes that shouldn't grow in Michigan, with the belief that he could produce world class wines that otherwise couldn't be made here. So, true to his Italian heritage, he planted exotic varieties like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and others. Combined with a little creative grape growing and a lot of attention, today his dream has become a reality. Along with classic area grapes like Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Mari Vineyards produces a wide variety of red wines unlike anything else produced in Michigan.

Suttons Bay

Black Star Farms is a unique wine & culinary destination in the heart of Traverse Wine Coast that features two winery production facilities with tasting rooms on both the Old Mission and Leelanau Wine Trails.  Just 12 miles north of Traverse City along scenic M-22 our original and flagship property has been delighting guests since 1998 with a luxurious Inn, vineyard, tasting room, event spaces, and an equestrian facility. Over time a larger winery and tasting room, distillery, hiking trails and farmstead cafe have been added to the 160 acre estate. In 2008, we opened a production facility and tasting room on scenic Old Mission Peninsula.

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The Hawthorne Vineyards site is arguably the most secluded Old Mission Peninsula tasting room site. The tasting room location on a high bluff overlooking West Grand Traverse is among the closest to Traverse City of the Old Mission wineries yet most serene.  Surrounded on two sides by land preserved from development under Peninsula Township's Purchase of Development Rights program and protected by woods from other development on the other two sides, visitors will be seeing nature– no view of traffic, no close neighbors -- just vineyard, woods and water.
The tasting room is modest in size to provide that intimate connection with the environment. An outdoor patio area will provide a relaxing environment with stunning bay views and cozy outdoor fireplace.

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Bonobo Winery was founded by brothers and longtime Traverse City natives, Todd and Carter Oosterhouse. Their objective: to offer world-class wines in a rustic, yet elegant atmosphere with a breathtaking view, and a business model inspired by the close harmony of the traditions, philosophies, and ecological integrities of the region. Making a commitment to the community that raised them, they employ local residents and utilize local resources to create an ethereal experience that captivates all five senses, with each element intentionally representative of the beauty, charm and sanctuary that is Traverse City.

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Peninsula Cellars is a family run winery located on the Old Mission Peninsula, just north of Traverse City, Michigan. The region lies along the 45th parallel, halfway between the north pole and the equator. This gives the region its distinct micro-climate, that makes it perfect for growing high quality wine grapes.  We believe that Old Mission Peninsula is much more than a tourist destination or exceptional vineyard views. We’ve been born and raised here, and we work hard here; that history and tradition is directly reflected in the quality of the wines we produce.

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Chateau Grand Traverse presently focuses its emphasis on 12 key European Vinifera grape varietals including: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner, Muscat Ottenel, Gamay Noir, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Cabernet Franc. With 122 acres of Estate vineyards as well as an additional 80 acres contracted with area growers, the winery’s production and distribution has grown dramatically since the early days.   The winery is still family-owned and operated and continues to focus upon quality, consistency and environmental sustainability.

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We are traditional… yet unconventional. We embrace the proven techniques and practices of our industry’s predecessors, while not being afraid to challenge convention when we see an opportunity. Years ago, when other local vintners were espousing white wines, we seized the moment and committed to creating the region’s finest reds. We believe great wine is the result of pushing the land to its limit - without compromising its integrity - allowing it to reach a potential few would think possible.
We are a family… that welcomes everyone as family. We seek to share our love of the land and its bounty. We like to educate our visitors about our wines and their origins, so they too feel a natural connection to the wine they savor. We love to laugh, share stories, and celebrate special moments in people’s lives. After all, wine is about people, place, and passion.
We are a promise… of quality. A promise supported by always doing things the right way – nurturing our plants year after year, hand harvesting grapes from our own land, and lovingly handcrafting our wines in small batches. It’s this promise of quality that is captured in each and every glass to be enjoyed and shared with family and friends.

Traverse City

2 Lads Winery is a 10,500 square foot facility located on 58 acres on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan. We currently have 23 acres of established vineyards in three separate blocks that were planted in 1999, 2001 and 2008. We specialize in cool climate red and sparkling wines and have small runs of white wines to round out the lot. Sustainably farming our land is paramount to the health of our soil, vines and grapes at 2 Lads Winery. You get what you give!
Our multi-level facility uses gravity-flow and gentle-handling techniques to transport the juice and wine throughout processing, racking and aging. The gravity-flow process saves energy, reduces noise, and is a far more gentle way to process the juice and wine than classic winemaking methods. When you run wine or juice through a pump or filter, you can break up many of the desirable compounds that are forming in the wine. The aromatics, flavors and colors are all delicate components in wine and need to be fostered and encouraged to build into the complex structure of a young wine. When you manipulate and handle wine too much or too roughly, you can lose little pieces of all three of these components. Come taste the difference.

Paw Paw

St. Julian has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations. The company’s passion for local farms, real Michigan fruit, and the production of quality wine and juice have been upheld for almost 100 years. This long-term commitment to creating outstanding wines using only Michigan fruit has made St. Julian the largest and most-awarded winery in Michigan. 
St. Julian’s portfolio of award-winning wines has over 100 products and include distilled spirits, ciders, every type of wine from internationally recognized dry wines to award-winning sweet wines, classic dessert wines and wines using innovative wine-making techniques.

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