Oracle Brewing | @oraclebeer

Oracle Brewing Company (Saginaw) Small-batch Old Town brewhouse in a historic building with pub-style, gratuity-free service; just walk up and grab another pour as you please! (The focus is all on beer here, but you can order-in food from nearby eateries that'll deliver right to your table.) Sample from three different tiers of beers, and absolutely try their C-Beans — a decadent coffee chocolate stout brewed with locally roasted beans, then aged in a bourbon barrel.

Midland Brewing Company (Midland) Historically great beer honoring the lumberjacks of the 1800s, in a microbrewery that backs up to the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Enjoy the Red Keg Beer Garden by the fire pit well into fall, and order something seasonal like their Lumberjack Brawl Midnight Wheat — with light notes of chocolate and caramel, balanced by bready malt flavor and dark malt roast.

Frankenmuth Brewery | @frankenmuthbrewery

Frankenmuth Brewery (Frankenmuth) Michigan's oldest microbrewery, hatching its award-winning ales and lagers since 1862. Taste 150-plus years of brewing tradition in a single pint (or several) — and try seasonal pours we wait all year for, like fall's Oktoberfest Lager or winter's Christmas Town Ale.

Tri-City Brewing Company (Bay City) Microbrewery hosting all from food truck takeovers to charcuterie pop-up events. Try their fan-favorite Oktoberfest, or winter's award-winning Brownhoist Nut Brown Ale — medium-bodied, with five types of premium-malted barley.

The Maple Grille Restaurant and Microbrewery (Hemlock) Laid-back microbrewery with farm-to-table eats and a rotating selection of wood-fired craft brews. Wander out to the country for this rare find, and pair your pints with a choice from the chalkboard menu that changes daily.

Loggers Brewing Company (Shields) Rustic, log-cabin-like microbrewery inside a former church. Order the Northern Nightfall Russian Imperial Stout — dominated by flavors of espresso, bittersweet baker's chocolate, and dark, pitted fruits.

Lumber Barons Brewery (Bay City) Sprawling brewery with a martini and cigar bar, plus an outdoor fire bar on weekends. Enjoy live entertainment while you sip your selection from three tiers of beer.

WhichCraft Taproom | @blackbrewbabe

WhichCraft Taproom (Midland) Cozy, brick-lined taproom serving only made-in-Michigan craft beer, cider, mead, and wine. 100+ beer and cider selections alone make the menu here — 40 of them available on tap!

Woody's Draught House (Saginaw) Inviting Old Town Saginaw tavern with an impressive 100+ craft brew and cider handles on constant rotation.

Tavern 101 (Bay City) Beer-forward restaurant with 54 taps, reinvented pub fare, and a new featured brewery each quarter.

Governor's Quarters (Bay City) 30 taps always on rotation, mostly from Michigan breweries. Odd Side to Oracle, Short's to Saugatuck — sample and enjoy!

The Taproom at Stardust (Saginaw) 41 craft beers at the ready, with new kegs always waiting in the wings to be tapped. Order a pint, or a tasting flight of four styles.

Michigan on Main Bar & Grill
(Frankenmuth) 17 Michigan craft brews on tap and Michigan's greatest selection of German beers, served up at Bavarian Inn Restaurant with locally sourced, seasonal fare.

Zehnder's Tap Room
(Frankenmuth) 20 craft beer taps, frequent tap takeovers, and special beer and food pairing dinners inside Zehnder's of Frankenmuth.

St. Julian Frankenmuth | @hillarystover

St. Julian Winery Tasting Room (Frankenmuth) Try six-sample flights — and wines made from only Michigan-grown fruits — at this tasting room of Michigan's most-awarded winery. Take home your souvenir tasting glass... and a few extra bottles of favorites you tried!

Grape Beginnings Winery (Midland) Down-to-earth wine tasting in Downtown Midland. Try full-bodied reds like Night Owl — with notes of plum, black raspberry, and woodsmoke — even dessert, port, and ice wines.

Modern Craft Winery Tasting Room (Frankenmuth) Not your traditional wine tasting, try trendsetting, fruit-infused wines designed to be combined — with each other, or with stouts, spirits, and bar mixes.

Black Star Farms Tasting Room (Frankenmuth) A tasting room shared with Grand Traverse Distillery, where classic varietal wines and fruit brandies are brought to your sampling glass.

Prost | @ninarand

Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) Sample six rotating wines on tap by the fire bar well into fall, or cozy up at this rustic-chic spot that was once named the best wine bar in Michigan! Try a flight of big reds like "The Bold and the Beautiful" or hand-pick pours from their global selection to enjoy with the custom charcuterie board you'll build!

Whine (Midland) Inviting, stylish (but not stuffy) wine bar with a well-stocked glass cellar named "Stella" and an extensive wine list, by the glass and by the bottle. Sample from six themes of flights while you sink into an overstuffed leather chair and unwind!

VNO Wine Warehouse & New Age Restaurant (Bay City) Retail wine shop and wine-forward restaurant, with 30+ selections by the glass, tapas-style dining, plus tasting classes and pairing dinners.

The Public House | @thepublichousebaycity

The Public House (Bay City) Thoughtfully crafted artisan cocktails (on proper, crystal-clear cocktail ice), served up in a gorgeous space with a lush living wall behind the bar. Slip in to warm up with a Hot Toddy — made to perfection with apricot liqueur and cinnamon simple syrup — or try one of their Cider Whiskey Slushies!

Old Town Distillery (Saginaw) Old Town Saginaw craft distillery housed in a historic corner building, with live entertainment and a low-key vibe. Try and buy their premier spirits and don't leave without sampling moonshine cocktails or a classic Old Town Fashioned.

ONe Eighteen (Midland) Classic, handcrafted cocktails served up in mid-century modern digs, inside the H Hotel's intimate setting. Try an Old (or New) Fashioned, or the Aviation (with gin, Luxardo, and Crème de Violette).

Grand Traverse Distillery Tasting Room (Frankenmuth) Award-winning, grain-to-bottle spirits — Certified Craft Distilled and bursting with flavor. Try the Ole George Rye Whiskey or True North Rye Vodka.

Lorelei Lounge (Frankenmuth) Kick back at Bavarian Inn Lodge (and join in the nightly singing of the Schnitzelbank song!) while you enjoy this Bourbon Bar featuring 19 bourbons and two ryes.

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Blair Cook

A Great Lakes Bay native, Blair is the Founder at Brandscape — a boutique creative company specializing in content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories about the Pure Michigan places she loves!