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Beer in Michigan

I will be traveling to Michigan for the next two days to sample the local beers within the southern part of the state. Bell's and New Holland breweries are the only two on my itenerary, but was thinking about going as far east as Ann Arbor...if it's worth the extra drive? Any independent restaurants or other breweries in this part of Michigan NOT TO MISS? Thanks!

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  1. It's a shame you're not coming as far east as the Detroit area...Dragonmead sounds like your version of heaven. Doesn't hurt that they openly welcome outside food, either!

    1. This website lists (and has a map of) pretty much all the craft brewers in the state: www.michiganbrewersguild.org

      1. Pretty much Dragonmead for sure . Totally worth the drive . Final Absolution is possibly the best beer I have ever had . I'm sure that means nothing in of itself to you , but trust me , I have had a great many terrific pints of beer in my day . Get some local pizza , settle in , find a designated driver , and prepare to be amazed by what these guys can do .

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        1. re: GoalieJeff

          I tried Dragonmead downtown at the Red Smoke BBQ place - sadly I was underwhelmed. Which brew of theirs is good? Clearly I didn't pick the right one. Which kind is best?

        2. Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, and Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor.

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          Founders Brewing Co.
          235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

          1. bells & new holland are very good. also good suggestions so far (dragonmead and the a.a. breweries)

            here are a couple that i like in west/mid michigan:

            arcadia http://www.arcadiaales.com/

            founders (grand rapids) http://www.foundersbrewing.com/

            michigan brewing (weberville) http://www.michiganbrewing.com/

            and if you do come to the detroit area, these are some of my favorites:

            kuhnhen (warren) http://www.kbrewery.com/

            bastone (royal oak) http://bastone.net/

            black lotus (clawson) http://blacklotusbrewery.com/

            rochester mills (rochester) http://www.cplanet.com/ctheresf.aspx?...

            royal oak brewery (royal oak) http://www.royaloakbrewery.com/

            motor city (detroit) http://www.motorcitybeer.com/

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            1. re: xman887

              Michigan Brewing is just getting BAD. The owner Bobby has chased away about every single decent employee that has passed in and out of there. If you go to a Michigan Brewers Guild event he (they) are are almost never mentioned as a serious beer place. When he is brought up you can feel the disrespect for him even if you try to avoid it. They lack consistency, personality and have burned way to many bridges in the brewing community.

              Founder's to me is the states best big Micro. Not biggest (Bell's)...but best. I like Kuhnhen's for the small guys with Dragon Mead in second.

              1. re: xman887

                +1 for motor city brewing

                would also like to add Arbor Brewing/Corner Brewery (Ann Arbor/Ypsi). I'm a fan of their Sacred Cow IPA