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Breweries & Cider Houses

The Links below are not endorsed or sponsored by Doug Meteyer but are for reference only.  In other words - we can not vouch for these websites or businesses.

Acoustic Mead

Traverse City

Hi, I’m Bruce Grossman, Acoustic founder/owner/zymurgyst/tunesmith and creator of Draft Mead. It is my goal to produce the most thirst quenching, artisan meads on the planet. Acoustic Draft Meads are hand-crafted from pure water, natural honey, fruit, herbs and spices.

Bee Well Meadery

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Our family has lived in the area between Clam Lake, Lake Bellaire, and Torch Lake for six generations. We have a special love of the area and we want to bring you the flavor of this spectacular spot. Our bees travel to local orchards and farms and create a honey that truly represents the flavors of Northern Michigan. We source our fruit as close to the meadery as possible by working with those same local farmers whose crops our bees helped to pollinate.

Big Toe Brewery

Traverse City

Big Toe is a Michigan beer company specializing in small batch, hand crafted, bottle conditioned beers. Come on in and experience beer...the way beer was intended.

Brewery Ferment

Traverse City

Ferment is an inviting, casual, neighborhood brewery that is truly all about the craft. Our unexpected styles and brewing techniques paired with local artisan handcrafted merchandise creates The Ferment Experience which cannot be found anywhere else. Come experience the uniqueness!

Brewery Terra Firma

Traverse City

We are Brewery Terra Firma, Michigan’s first agricultural brewery. Since 2013, we have been growing some of the ingredients for our beer on our 10-acre MAEAP certified farm, reusing byproducts and energy from the brewing process, setting a new standard in sustainability for others to follow, and supporting our community and people.

Grand Traverse Distillery

Traverse City

Since 2007,  quality grains from Northern Michigan have been milled, fermented and distilled by Grand Traverse Distillery to produce the finest award winning spirits available.  We invite you to experience the difference for yourself at any of our five tasting rooms or look for us at your local liquor store

Hop Lot Brewing Company

Suttons Bay

Suttons Bay  was the perfect location to both embrace the local beer culture while also embracing the outdoors.  We’re two brothers with a passion for consistent and fresh tasting craft beer.

Jolly Pumpkin Brewery

Traverse City

Aging backward through time, Jolly Pumpkin founder Ron Jeffries has forgotten more about sour beer than most humans will ever know.

Fortunately he gets to relearn it all. Every day.

Left Food Charley

Traverse City

Left Foot Charley has teamed up with Northern Michigan’s best 18 growers to produce wines that display the range of aroma and flavor found among the glacially tilled hills of our appellations. Lake effect, soil composition, vineyard aspect, and grower mentality shape these flavors individually. Each vineyard sells only to LFC and the commitments go beyond simple cash per ton arrangements. Through mutually established goals, their farms are defining terroir in our appellations. Our goal is to bring their work to the bottle.

Mackinaw Brewing Compay

Traverse City

Welcome to Mackinaw Brewing, Traverse City's original brew bub since 1997.  A locals favorite for serving smoked meats, big sandwiches & salads, local fish & daily specials.

North Peak Brewing Company

Traverse City

North Peak Brewing Company is located in a historic building which was formerly the Big Daylight Candy Factory. We have several different brews on tap daily and our award-winning handcrafted beer is brewed on-site. Try our lager, stout, IPA, or seasonal tap.

Rare Bird BrewPub

Traverse City

Situated in a beautiful 1931 red brick building, Rare Bird’s mission is to provide an unsurpassed dining and drinking experience in Traverse City. From our intimate reclaimed wood booths to the cozy and cool lounge and German bier hall style seating made from massive wood slabs that Nate and Tina sustainably harvested, we have a space for everyone to feel comfortable.

Our own beers and many more flow from the taps along with a selection of wines, ciders and spirits. Our menu features simple, familiar items served with a unique and exciting flair. Our ingredients are sourced locally when possible. Keeping with the local theme, our beer ingredients includes malt and hops grown in Michigan whenever possible. All of these qualities together make Rare Bird stand out in the crowd.

Right Brain Brewery

Traverse City

We started brewing and serving curious beers in Traverse City's 'Warehouse District' over a decade ago. When we ran out of space, we moved our headquarters into a warehouse at 225 East 16th Street that dates back more than 50 years. We renovated it, updated it, and worked hard to reclaim/re-use as much of the old building as possible. The result is an open and inviting atmosphere suitable for enjoying beer, lively conversations, and the miracle of existence.

Short's Brewing Company


Today Short’s Brewing Company continues its efforts to make the best beer on earth in Northern Michigan. Although we have quickly grown to be one of Michigan’s largest breweries, we still take pride in our hands-on, mom-and-pop approach and the energy we put into the quality of our beer, food, staff, customers and facilities. We still brew our beer the same way we always have and we always will.

Starcut Ciders


Starcut Ciders, brought to you by Short’s Brewing Company, was founded in 2014 and born out of a desire to make unique and traditional ciders from the orchards that surround us in Northern Michigan. Made from apples sourced from our own backyard and throughout the state of Michigan, we make cider not only because we love it, but because we have a strong desire to make a beverage we believe in. We are committed to crafting ciders that showcase the beauty of our home.

Suttons Bay Ciders

Suttons Bay

Voted best view on the Leelanau Peninsula,  Suttons Bay Ciders' tasting room  is located just a half mile off of M-22.  Made onsite we serve  handcrafted hard apple cider from our 5 star tasting room.  Visit us on your Leelanau Peninsula wine and cider tour for an unparalleled panorama of West Bay.   

Tandem Ciders

Suttons Bay

Tandem Ciders specializes in artisanal hard ciders. In the major apple growing regions of Europe, a culture has developed around the enjoyment and deep appreciation of cider, of both the traditional production processes as well as the apples themselves. Cider plays an important role in these areas by helping create a healthy, relaxing lifestyle that revolves around a profound connection to the land and its offerings.

The Filling Station

Traverse City

Established in the spring of 2012, The Filling Station Microbrewery is a family owned and operated business, dedicated to providing friendly and knowledgeable service and the highest quality of hand crafted brews and edibles. 

The Workshop Brewing Company

Traverse City

We are in business to preserve Northern Michigan’s spectacular natural environment, to reinforce Traverse City’s warm and vital community, and to honor traditional craft. We do not consider our business to be a success unless we are demonstrably and sustainably doing all three. We express this commitment by using the Trifidelity symbol, which stands for our motto: Nature. Community. Craft.

Tractor-Pull Hard Cider

Suttong Bay

Our apples come right off of our family's farm and make delicious hard ciders! We start with an apple blend of the best cider apples we can grow, Northern Spies, Golden Delicious, and Honey Crisps to name a few. After fermentation, we separate our cider into small craft batches for unique flavors and the highest quality. Be sure to try one — or all five!

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