Sipping on citrusy, dry-hopped IPAs or meeting parched lips with the soft foam of a fruit-forward, easy-drinking ale — smooth spring and summer vibes are served up by the pint at some of our favorite microbreweries, taprooms, and craft beer bars throughout the Great Lakes Bay.
And, imagine enjoying it all on a cool, canopied patio, while pedaling a 16-person trolley with pints in hand, or playing life-sized board games at an outdoor beer garden while the sun sinks low over a lineup of local food trucks! Come pull up a stool by the bar — better yet, a seat on the patio — and get ready to savor the season's inspired craft, one perfect pour at a time.
Craft Beer Experiences
Sunrise Pedal Trolley and PedAle Trolley — Bay City, Frankenmuth — Hopping on the 16-person Sunrise Pedal Trolley in Bay City or PedAle Trolley in Frankenmuth will have you pedaling your way to summer daydreams — between local breweries and craft beer bars — sipping on the good stuff while you go. Don't have a full party to ride with? Buy single seats on Frankenmuth's PedAle Trolley or try Sunrise Pedal Trolley's new Circle Cruiser in Bay City — perfect for smaller groups of up to six!
Larkin Beer Garden — Midland — Outdoor beer garden and shipping container bar — flanked by local food trucks, large picnic tables, and life-sized board games. Parked on East Larkin Street every Thursday and Friday night from late-May to late-September — enjoy summer nights sipping under the stars at this family- and pet-friendly hangout.
Frankenmuth Brewery Tours — Frankenmuth — A call in advance to schedule your tour gets you behind the scenes of this built-in-1862 brewery, with the chance to taste their award-winning ales and lagers inside the Gold Medal Taproom afterward!
Schnitzelbank Biergarten — Frankenmuth — Inviting outdoor biergarten in front of Bavarian Inn Lodge, with live entertainment nightly — open May - October, weather permitting.
Microbreweries + Craft Breweries
Midland Brewing Company — Midland — Microbrewery with a massive outdoor beer garden that backs up to the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail Trail — complete with fireside seating and lawns that play host to summer cornhole leagues. Try flagship brews like Three Mile Marker Hefeweizen — a 2018 World Expo of Beer Gold Medalist with notes of banana and clove, plus nuances of pineapple — or seasonal releases like Lumberjack Brawl American Wheat.
Frankenmuth Brewery — Frankenmuth — America's oldest microbrewery and Michigan's original craft brewery, serving up award-winning ales and lagers since 1862. Try seasonal sips like Little Bavaria Pilsener — a past World Expo of Beer Silver Medalist and a favorite among patrons. Or, sip year-round suds like Batch 69 American IPA — 2015 World Expo of Beer Gold Medalist for "Best IPA" — featuring four pungent hop varietals and a floral aroma, with notes of citrus and pine.
Tri-City Brewing Company — Bay City — Microbrewery hosting Tasting Room events from BBQ food truck takeovers to Artigiano Artisan Cheese Shoppe charcuterie pop-ups. Try flagship brews like the bright, full-bodied Hell's Half Mile German-style Helles Lager or enjoy the crisp hoppiness of their Charity Island IPA.
Oracle Brewing Company — Saginaw — Old Town 3.5-barrel brewhouse with pub-style, gratuity-free service and artisan touches incorporated from grain to glass. Order in food from local spots that'll deliver straight to your table and try inventive brews like Gose-Uhh — a Gose-style beer brewed with pink Himalayan salt and Indian coriander — for a taste that's tart, citrusy, and refreshing.
The Maple Grille Restaurant and Microbrewery — Hemlock — Off-the-beaten-path microbrewery, serving up farm-to-table fare alongside its original brews. Pints, flights, and growler fills — try favorites from "That'll-Do" Pilsner to wood-fired craft brews like Electric Pig IPA, and enjoy it all from a seat at their outdoor, wood-fired grill or a nearby picnic table!
Lumber Barons Brewery — Bay City — Sprawling brewery with live entertainment and a fire bar — serving up core beers like 1842 Bohemian Pilsner, brewed with Saaz hops from the Czech Republic.
Loggers Brewing Company — Shields — Former-church-turned-microbrewery with rustic, log cabin vibes and selections like Section 37 Red IPA — dry-hopped, with tropical and stone fruit aromas.
Taprooms + Craft Beer Bars
Woody's Draught House — Saginaw — Old Town tavern with over 100 craft brews and ciders on tap. Sip favorites like Founders Rubaeus and New Holland Tangerine Space Machine — or try whatever jumps off the page of this always-changing, massive beer menu!
Tavern 101 — Bay City — Chic, rustic-modern, beer-forward restaurant bar overlooking waterfront Wenonah Park. Try interesting seasonal pours like Perrin's Passionfruit Gose or OddSide Ales' Blueberry Raspberry Lime Fruitsicle from their rotating lineup of 54 taps!
WhichCraft Taproom — Midland — Serving only made-in-Michigan craft beer, cider, mead, and wine — with 100+ craft beer and cider selections alone — a whopping 40 of them on tap! Swig on summery pours like Short's Strawberry Short's Cake or experiment during one of their regular tap takeovers.
Federal 131 — Saginaw — Stylish, mid-century modern wine bar and taproom with a gorgeous outdoor terrace — serving up 24 microbrews on tap alongside a seasonal menu at SVRC Marketplace.
Bourbon + Co. — Saginaw — Known as a bourbon bar, but serving an incredible selection of brews, too, try 20 Michigan craft beers on tap here — Frankenmuth Brewery to Tri-City Brewing, Short's to Bell's, Axle to Austin Brothers.
Michigan on Main Bar & Grill — Frankenmuth — Bar and grill inside Bavarian Inn Restaurant with 17 Michigan craft brews on tap — some from well-known favorites like Founders, Bell's, and Right Brain — plus selections from smaller Michigan brewers, too.
The Taproom at Stardust — Saginaw — Try a flight of four premium pours or discover new favorites from a selection of 41 drafts, with new kegs always waiting in the wings to be tapped.
*Note: Our breweries, taprooms, and craft beer bars rotate their tap lists regularly to bring you the freshest seasonal brews. All beers mentioned here may not be available at the time of your visit. Check out their individual beer menus or follow along on social to see what's on tap while you're in town!