5 local breweries you must try

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- When you live in Beer City USA it’s easy to find the perfect place for happy hour!  However, many locals know just because you live here doesn’t mean you’ve had the pleasure of trying everything our city has to offer.  With great local breweries popping up all over West Michigan we’ve asked our readers which are at the top of their lists.   Here’s the top four we think you should try!

Fan Favorite: Founders Brewery Co.

This West Michigan favorite is actually recognized as one of the nation’s best breweries.  They’ve won awards from around the globe for their unique craft beers.  Locals love listening to live music or relaxing on the newly expanded taproom patio. Wondering what’s on tap?  Founders boasts a lengthy list of brews including their famous classics like Centenial IPA and Dirty Bastard and of course some amazing seasonal beers. If you’re hungry Founders is known for their amazing sandwiches.  Our favs include the “Caprese“, the “Blushing Monk“, and “Charise’s Reuben“.

Voted #2: Perrin Brewery

Located off the beaten path in Comstock Park, Perrin Brewery is a hidden gem that’s not so hidden anymore!  Perrin fans come out in droves to sample the microbrews and good eats in an industrial atmosphere.  Perrin boasts 18-25 beers on tap regularly including Perrin Gold, Kona Brown (a coffee brown ale), and seasonal specialties like their Sweet Potato Porter.  If you’re looking for some great grub to go with your brew you won’t want to miss the Perrin Gold beer battered fried pickles, Greek Turkey Burger (topped with goat cheese, Yum!), or the Chili Cheese Fries smothered in beer chili and beer cheese (total indulgence).

Voted #3: Bell’s Brewery

A Kalamazoo hometown favorite, Bell’s Brewery Inc. is home to their brewery, general store and the Eccentric Cafe.  With 20+ beers on tap there is something for everyone at Bells.  One of their summer staples, Bell’s Oberon (a wheat beer served with an orange slice), is a favorite among the locals.  With a mix of seasonal beers and classics like the Bells Amber Ale and Bells Kalamazoo Stout, this local brewery is a palette pleaser.  The Eccentric Cafe is great place to enjoy a drink, listen to live music and indulge is some great food including appetizers like the Pretzel Plate served with Bell’s Porter Mustard, spicy feta spread and bar cheese.

Voted #4: The Mitten Brewing Co.

The Mitten Brewing Co. is a vintage baseball-themed microbrewery that expertly pairs handcrafted beers with gourmet pizzas.  The atmosphere is casual, cozy and cool.  This brewery is actually located in an old fire station in Grand Rapids.  The Mitten has that uber local feel but introduces you to a nice selection of craft beers and amazing food.  While the beers change often a fan favorite is the “Peanuts and Cracker Jacks Porter” and the “Double IPA”.  Though the beer is surely the star, the pizzas are also a huge draw!  We recommend the “Thai Cobb” or the “Pesto Chicken”.  Check out the full selection here.  The Mitten is also great for takeout.  Pick up a growler and a pizza to go for a great date night.

Voted #5: Brewery Vivant


Located inside an old church Brewery Vivant offers an atmosphere unlike any other beer experience.  It’s the place to indulge in the culture of beer.  Their “Farm Hand” brew is inspired by the french countryside and their seasonal favorites include titles like, Fat Paczki and Ski Patrol.  The goal of this brewery is to be local and use localy sourced ingredients.  Their menu include unique finds like,  Artisanal Cheeses, the Monk Salad (our fav) and Duck Confit nachos.

What’s your favorite brewery?  If it didn’t make our list mention it in the comments below and we’d love to feature your ideas!

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