Our first beer related stop was at Jolly Pumkin. I've always been a big fan of them, and this location did not disappoint. It is set on a beautiful piece of land that is just a short drive up the peninsula from Traverse City. The Jolly Pumkin location is a restaurant, brewery, and distillery that is very warm and comfortable. The food was fantastic as well. One of the best meals I've ever had at a brewery. It was so much more than "pub" food, and is something I would love to eat at again.
I started out with a pint of Bam Biere. It was 90 degrees the first day we were there and this hit the spot. I then went through a flight from North Peak Brewing Company.
The session IPA was just fantastic. Huge hop aroma and very refreshing for the heat of the day. The Sinuous Celtic Ale was really a wonderful mash-up of a scotch ale and a red ale. Crisp and refreshing while still being malty and roasty. The Vicious wheat IPA was another winner. I thought it to be in the same arena as Gumballhead, and very good.
The next night we went to Mackinaw Brewing Company in downtown Traverse City. They are a full service restaurant and brewery downtown. I got another flight here and I really liked their seasonal brown ale. It was very full and robust, but it was finished with honey and provided a nice sweetness to the beer. They had a cider and a mead on the menu that were also highlights of the the flight.
I've got some more beer trip photos I will share in the next couple of days.