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Beer-illiant
Brewery Tour
2 Days

Visiting breweries is a reason to travel, and Michigan harbors more than 150 craft breweries and counting. Nestled among Southwest Michigan's wineries, sand dunes, and hoppin' towns are this Lake Michigan-hugging region's contributions to the Great Beer State. Arm yourself with this itinerary and find your perfect pint.

While you can certainly do this tour a day-at-a-time, it's a lot more fun to pitch camp at one of these locally owned or national chain lodgings in Benton Harbor, St. Joseph or Stevensville. Most offer a complimentary breakfast and a solid launching pad to hit up some nearby breweries over an extended stay.

Want a designated driver? No problem! Check out Southwest Michigan's transportation services to ensure you can have your beer and drink it too before safely turning in for the night.

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(Approximately 1 to 2 Hours)

Kick off the brew hop at 11 a.m. with a sample flight. Start with 5-ounce pours from five of the 20+ beers on tap. With titles like "Mr. Orange", "Happy Colored Marbles", and the oatmeal raisin "Autonomous Unit", the sampler lets you solve the "Enigma" (also one of their beers) of multiple names.

Continue your tour by going west on Lake St. Turn left onto Red Arrow Highway and drive south 3.31 miles.

4236 Lake St., Bridgman

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Tapistry Brewing Company

Warren Dunes State Park

(Approximately 1 Hour)

Seize outdoor adventure by taking Exit 16 and turning right on Red Arrow Hwy to arrive at Warren Dunes State Park (open year-round). You will need a Michigan Recreation Passport to play in this 1,952-acre jewel along Lake Michigan with its towering dunes, sandy beaches, cool woods and six miles of hiking trails.

When you've worked up an appetite, get back on Red Arrow Hwy and head right 1.4 miles before taking a left on Sawyer Rd for lunch at ...

12032 Red Arrow Hwy, Sawyer

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(Approximately 1 Hour)

This old state police station turned brewery will win you over with their charming outdoor beer garden. Their wood-fired pizzas will also steal your heart. Choose staples like pepperoni and sausage, or try a more unique flavor like their elote white pizza. You’ll be glad you did! Pair it with an Oscar's Pardon® Belgian-Style Pale, and choose your favorite picnic table to relax at (limited indoor seating is also available).

Stick around for a game of corn hole before heading 4.4 miles east to Baroda.

9301 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman

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Haymarket Taproom

(Approximately 1 to 2 Hours)

This is a great place to relax with family or friends in downtown Baroda. Not only do they specialize in Round Barn’s craft beers on tap, but they also serve their estate wines and refreshing cocktails mixed with spirits from the Round Barn Distillery. Their menu is filled with locally inspired, made-from-scratch appetizers and lunch and dinner fare — two fan favorites are their beer cheese and classic pizzas. You can gather around a table starting at noon, Wednesdays-Sundays.

After your meal, don’t be in a hurry to leave the heart of wine country! Several Makers Trail wineries, breweries and distilleries are in the area. Take in the beauty of the vineyards and countryside before driving north to St. Joseph for dinner.

9151 First St., Baroda

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Round Barn Brewery & Public House

Mark III Grille & Bar

(Approximately 1 to 2 Hours)

Finish the final round with a Tex-Mex burrito, a good ol' fashioned burger or a colorful salad loaded with Michigan sweet cherries. Plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options leave no one out of this feast! Enjoy the night, discuss your favorites, drink some water and get some rest; round two starts tomorrow.

4179 M-139, St. Joseph

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(Approximately 1 Hours)

In addition to holding the title of Best Pizza in Southwest Michigan, this popular spot attached to the St. Joseph Amtrak train depot, serves up a wide variety of draft and bottled beers. Beer lovers especially enjoy the 18 oz. schooners filled with their favorite draft selection.

This family-owned, Italian restaurant’s menu also offers a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, appetizers and a children’s menu. Gluten-free and vegan menu options are also available. Be warned, however, that the food is so good, you may need to order ahead based on wait times. Use the Yelp app to reserve a table while you enjoy all of the nearby family-friendly activities. Take a stroll on the pier, or walk up the steps and enjoy the view from the bluff.

In the summer, you will especially appreciate the option of ordering a pizza at the takeout window, so you can get lunch on the go and not miss a moment of fun. Located steps from the Whirlpool Compass Fountain, the Silver Beach Carousel and Silver Beach County Park, families will find endless entertainment nearby. While eating in, children especially will delight in watching the occasional train rumble through the station.

When reserving a table, be sure to add babies into your party guest count. Stroller parking is available.

410 Vine Street, St. Joseph

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Silver Beach Pizza

(Approximately 1/2 Hour)

Your chariot awaits beneath 1,000 glimmering lights. If a chariot isn't your thing, there are horses, a tiger, a bear and a clownfish among the menagerie of 48 hand-carved, hand-painted figures and two chariots on this magnificent carousel. Adults definitely spin smiles riding round and round. The Carousel is open year-round; check their website for current days, hours and costs.

Walk up the bluff stairs or ramp, or take your car to the top, to enjoy the sites and sounds along Lake Bluff Park and downtown St. Joseph.

333 Broad St., St. Joseph

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Silver Beach Carousel

Lake Bluff Park Path

(Approximately 2 Hours)

Head up the bluff for a post-lunch stroll. The half-mile stretch along Lake Boulevard offers mesmerizing views of Lake Michigan, swings, historical memorials and statues and places to throw a blanket beneath a tree and read. It is also where you will want to be for fun annual events such as a classic car show, the Krasl Art Fair (one of the top artist gatherings in the country) and these favorites:

  • Friday concerts (June-September)
  • Antiques on the Bluff (first Sunday of the month, May-October)
  • Farmer's Market (Saturdays, May-October)
  • Light Up the Bluff (December-February)

Next, walk through downtown St. Joseph, stopping in the shops, winery tasting rooms and coffee and ice cream hangouts. Then drive or walk to a nearby brewery destination across Main Street, Silver Harbor Brewing Company.

from Park Street to State Street along Lake Boulevard

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(Approximately 1 to 2 Hours)

After you are seated, order a flight created from a dozen different craft beers on tap. It’s a fun way to find your favorites. Their smoked beer is a must-try. Order a Kumbaya Brown Ale and ask them to inject hickory smoke into a glass chamber and bring it to your table. The smoke flavor infuses itself into the beer. A full menu of snacks will satiate your hunger, then head across the St. Joseph River to the Benton Harbor Arts District for dinner.

721 Pleasant St., St Joseph

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Silver Harbor Brewing Company

(Approximately 1 to 2 Hours)

This former horse stable opened as a brewery in 2005, serving beer (80 styles annually) just as adventurous as the trailblazers of the early 1900s. Locals and visitors are satisfied year-round with staple brews like the popular McGilligan's American IPA, but the arrival of seasonal and specialty beers constantly revamp the menu. Who knows what masterpieces they'll have on tap when you get here? Food is served.

To reach the final stop of your day, go south on Fifth St. Turn left onto E. Main St./I-94 Bus. E. Turn left onto N. Fair Ave., right onto Territorial Rd., then left onto Euclid Ave. Turn right onto Red Arrow Hwy. (Red Arrow will periodically change names to W. Saint Joseph St.) then left onto N. Main.

190 Fifth St., Benton Harbor

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The Livery

(Approximately 1 to 2 Hours)

End your Southwest Michigan beer tour pairing your final beer with food you bring in or order delivered from a local restaurant. Quench your thirst with Arclight beers on tap (they specialize in sours) or one of the house-made sodas including gourmet root beer.

544 N Main St., Watervliet

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Arclight Brewing Company

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Buzzing Around the Outskirts (Bridgman, Sawyer, Baroda)

Tapistry Brewing Company

Tapistry Brewing Company

Warren Dunes State Park

Warren Dunes State Park

Haymarket Taproom

Haymarket Taproom

Round Barn Brewery & Public House

Round Barn Brewery & Public House

Mark III Grille & Bar

Mark III Grille & Bar

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St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Hop

Silver Beach Pizza

Silver Beach Pizza

Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel

Lake Bluff Park Path

Lake Bluff Park Path

Silver Harbor Brewing Company

Silver Harbor Brewing Company

The Livery

The Livery

Arclight Brewing Company

Arclight Brewing Company

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We hope you enjoyed your travels throughout Southwest Michigan. Check out other trips that you can take on our itineraries page. Happy trails!

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