The Ultimate Guide to Grand Haven: 50 Things to do on a Staycation
20. Visit a Local Brewery
Craft Beer has become the latest craze national wide, with over 100 breweries located right here in Michigan – finding a local brew on your staycation won’t be hard.
We’ll start with Odd Side Ales born in the old piano factory right in the heart of Grand Haven, they opened their doors in 2010. While production continues to grow they’ve continued to strive towards their initial goal of creating a variety of complex beers, each with its own unique flavor profile. While the taps are always changing, some of their most popular brews include the Mayan Mocha Stout, Bean Flicker Blonde, Hipster Brunch Stout, How Now Brown Cow, Paranoia….and the list goes on.
Just north of us in Downtown Muskegon two more breweries have recently opened their doors. Meet Unruly Brewing. They strongly believe in supporting the community and being creative at the same time. While their location is in its infancy stages their brews have become a favorite amongst local beer connoisseurs, pushing them to expand the capacity of their equipment and increase production. If that’s not enough to get you in town for a visit, they’ve just opened a beer garden where drinking good craft beer and soaking up the summer sun is encouraged. From ‘Merican Brown Rye to Oats ‘N Hoes IPA their unique selection and atmosphere is very fitting to their mission – Live Life & Be Unruly.
Just down the road is Pigeon Hill Brewing. Another strong supporter of community this unique brewing company also stands behind and embraces the strong historical roots of Muskegon. Using Muskegon’s foundation for inspiration their taproom is homage to those who came before us. On tap you’ll find a fine selection from Shifting Sands IPA to Skeeter on My Wheater, so belly up to the bar, or sit amongst the breeze evoked from their large garage doors opened to the streets and take in Downtown Muskegon.
If beer isn’t your thing, or you’re visiting in the fall and looking for some hard cider instead, Vander Mill Ciders is absolutely the place to visit. Located just down the road, their business has continued to evolve landing them in the hard cider business. Using apples harvested from right here in West Michigan the process begins, with the public welcome to watch their method every week as “real” cider is made. Their ciders are not only on tap throughout local restaurants, they’ve begun canning their Hard Apple, Blue Gold, and Totally Roasted ciders. While you’re sipping a tall glass of hard cider be sure to order a Vander Mill donut (or dozen)!
With local options twenty minutes or less away, we’re quite sure quenching your thirst shouldn’t be a problem. In fact we’re positive you’ll even meet some great locals along the way! Also, stay tuned for the opening of a new brewery coming to Spring Lake called Dutch Girl!