The Michigan craft beer trail leads to Muskegon County! Hop in to 7 local craft breweries: each with their own distinctive style and atmosphere...and great beer! Bonus that they are located in a beach-town with Lake Michigan views and Mid Western hospitality.
Visit 7 Craft Breweries in Muskegon, Michigan
Head north to White Lake to visit Fetch Brewing Company. Once a bank, this spot now serves up delicious brews. Inside the brewery you can sit inside the original bank vault. The floor is tiled in shiny pennies ands walls are papered in brewery stickers from far and wide. It is a must see! See if you can spot all the re-purposed, original bank fixtures and materials now serving as décor. Don’t miss the upstairs snug and cozy outdoor seating area. Insider tip: Grab a to-go beer (Read about our social districts HERE) and head over to the North Mears Plaza, right behind the brewery! Relax with your beverage on permanent seating surrounding an outdoor fireplace and take in the breathtaking view of White Lake.
North Grove Brewers are a self proclaimed “hole in the wall brewpub” offering rotating beers, cider, wine and occasional cocktails. The clubhouse (taproom) has plenty of arcade games, darts, a pool table and Wednesday night music sessions. A generously sized outdoor Biergarten allows for ample elbow room to lift your pint. Don't fill up on beer! Save some room for North Grove Brewer's delicious deli-style eats.
Insider tip: If you love a good book store or vinyl record shop, both are right outside the front door (Book Nook and Java Shop and The Groove Record Shop).
The staff of Pigeon Hill Brewing are believers in their hometown, community and excellent craft beer. And it shows! Visit their tasting room, The Brewers Lounge at Pigeon Hill, located directly on the Lakeshore Bike Trail. Grab a seat on the patio for a view of Muskegon Lake and a the USS LST 393 -WW2 Landing Ship. Soak up Muskegon’s history while sipping a brew at tables hewn from lumbering era logs. These logs were recovered from the depths of Muskegon Lake, where they sank over one hundred years ago. Insider tip: Don't miss the Oatmeal Cream Pie - especially when it is on nitro. And watch for SociBowl to open this fall in Downtown Muskegon! Along with food and drink, there will be duckpin bowling, darts, pinball and oversized yard games
Follow Western Avenue north to Northtown! Located in the lower level of Northtown 794, Rake Brewing Project specializes in progressive farmhouse ales. In 2020 Michigan beer drinkers voted Rake Beer Project’s "GraveHop" as Beer of the Year in an MLive Poll! Watch for live music and yoga on the outdoor patio - which nestles into a hillside. Insider tip: Make time to explore the boutique shopping, coffee shop, and restaurants located within the Northtown 794 building. Into vintage and antiques? You can find three shops (Brass Moon Vintage, Minty Vintage and Pine Street Mercantile) lined up within three blocks of Pine Street.
Sawyers Brewing Company is a cozy, little "hometown brewery". Located in a beautifully repurposed brick building that offers a view of White Lake. Walking distance to quaint shoppes, and near the White Lake Bike Trail, Sawyer’s Brewing Company offers beers, ciders, spirits and wine by the glass. If hard ciders are the apple of your eye, you must get a sample flight here...they are delicious. Insider tip: Walk across the street and get your photo with "The World's Largest Working Weathervane".
In Norton Shores, on the south end of Muskegon County, you will find Salty Pecker Brewing Company. This local, family-owned microbrewery serves up brews for the grownups and delicious soda pops for the little ones. Insider tip: You're going to need a good base! Start early and grab brunch next door at Toast 'n Jam. You will love the generous servings and eclectic, retro atmosphere!
Considered one of Muskegon's premier live music venues, Unruly Brewing features a taproom, brewhouse, outdoor beer garden, and Unruly Kitchen. They claim the honor as the first spot to brew beer in Muskegon since 1957; when Muskegon Brewing Company closed it's doors and taps. Grab a seat inside for live music or sit in the beer garden and watch the activity along Western Ave. You can even get a to-go beverage and take it into the social district. (Read about our Social Districts HERE) Insider tip: If you are a fan of outdoor art, you will love the beer garden murals and the sculptures located along Western Ave. Walk a block away and get a selfie with the Kelsey Montague "What Lifts You" wings mural (on the side of the historic Frauenthal Center)!