Fresh pour served in a "Drink Local" pint glass on a summery day outside of Tri-City Brewing Company in Bay City

📍Tri-City Brewing Company 📷 @brain.of.j

 


 

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 our favorite breweries and taprooms in the Great Lakes Bay.

 

Imagine enjoying it all on a cool, canopied patio, pedaling a trolley with pints in hand, or playing life-sized board games at a beer garden while the sun sinks low over a lineup of local food trucks!

 

Come pull up a seat on the patio and savor the season's craft, one perfect pour at a time.

 


 

Craft Beer Experiences

Hand holding up a cold beer in front of the outdoor Larkin Beer Garden in Midland

📍Larkin Beer Garden 📷 @k_jorg

 

Larkin Beer Garden (Midland) Outdoor beer garden and shipping container bar — flanked by local food trucks, large picnic tables, and life-sized board games. Every Thursday and Friday night from late-May to late-September, enjoy summer nights cheers-ing under the stars at this family- and pet-friendly hangout.

Drydock Beer Garden (Bay City) Seasonal, outdoor beer garden in Unity Park — with bistro lights strung between buildings and a cozy, low-key vibe. Find this special spot right at the heart of Downtown Bay City's dining district, and get to sippin'.

 

Painted Adirondack chairs, cozy heat lamps, and bistro lights at Drydock Beer Garden in Bay City

📍Drydock Beer Garden 📷 @zentxmediagroup

 

Schnitzelbank Biergarten (Frankenmuth) Inviting outdoor biergarten in front of Bavarian Inn Lodge, with live entertainment each night — open May - October, weather permitting.

PedAle Trolley and Sunrise Pedal Trolley (Frankenmuth, Bay City) Booking these eight- to 15-person pedal trolleys will have you biking your way between local breweries and pubs — and sipping on the good stuff while you go! Don't have a full party to ride with? Buy single seats on PedAle Trolley's Thursday or Saturday 9 p.m. tours, or try their Circle Cruiser, made for four to six.

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 at the Gold Medal Taproom after!

 

Sunrise Pedal Trolley in Bay City lit up with a colorful evening sky as the backdrop

📍Sunrise Pedal Trolley 📷 @jeffcaverlyphotography

 

Microbreweries + Craft Breweries

Frankenmuth Brewery (Frankenmuth) America's oldest microbrewery, crafting award-winning ales and lagers since 1862. Try the Little Bavaria Pilsener — past World Expo of Beer Silver Medalist and a favorite of locals — or sip on Batch 69 American IPA, with four hop varietals and notes of citrus and pine. Either way, enjoy your pour on the back deck with gorgeous views of the Cass River.

Midland Brewing Company (Midland) Microbrewery with a massive outdoor beer garden that backs up to the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail Trail — plus fireside seating and lawns that host summer cornhole leagues. Try flagship brews like the Three Mile Marker Hefeweizen — a past World Expo of Beer Gold Medalist with notes of banana and clove, plus nuances of pineapple.

 

Picnic tables spread out on the gorgeous, outdoor Red Keg Beer Garden lawns behind Midland Brewing Company

📍Midland Brewing Company 📷 @midlandbrewingcompany

 

Oracle Brewing Company (Saginaw) Old Town 3.5-barrel brewhouse with pub-style, gratuity-free service and artisan touches all the way 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.

Tri-City Brewing Company (Bay City) Microbrewery that hosts events from 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.

 

Fresh pour of Pina Colada Pale Ale in a branded beer glass on the bartop at Tri-City Brewing Company in Bay City

📍Tri-City Brewing Company 📷 @vinylbeerhoarder

 

The Maple Grille Restaurant and Microbrewery (Hemlock) Off-the-beaten-path microbrewery, serving 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.

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.

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.

 

Summery beer flight served on the back patio of Loggers Brewing Company in Shields

📍Loggers Brewing Company 📷 @loggersbrewing

 

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) Rustic-modern, beer-forward restaurant bar overlooking waterfront Wenonah Park. Try interesting seasonal pours like OddSide Ales' Blueberry Raspberry Lime Fruitsicle from their rotating lineup of 54 taps (and enjoy with one of the flatbreads they're known for)!

 

Chef's taco features beautifully presented next to a draft beer garnished with lime at Tavern 101 in Bay City

📍Tavern 101 📷 @tavern101restaurant

 

WhichCraft Taproom (Midland) Serving only made-in-Michigan craft beer, cider, mead, and wine — with 80+ craft beer and cider selections alone, and 40 of them on tap! Drink down summery pours like Short's Strawberry Short's Cake or experiment during one of their regular tap takeovers.

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.

Governor's Quarters (Bay City) Enjoy the craft of some of Michigan's best brewers, with 30 taps always on rotation.

Zehnder's Tap Room (Frankenmuth) 20 craft beer handles, frequent tap takeovers, and special beer and food pairing dinners — plus live entertainment and craft beer specials every Friday night — all inside Zehnder's of Frankenmuth.

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 Bell's and Right Brain, and some from smaller Michigan brewers.

 

Cold glass of beer on the patio in front of Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Frankenmuth

📍Bavarian Inn Restaurant 📷 @andrea_vogler

 


 

*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!