Most of these places have all been written about ad nauseum so I'm going to post many of the great pictures my friend Dan took on the trip.
Our first stop was about three minutes after The Livery opened up in Benton Harbor. We walked in the door and we were beaten to the bar by locals on their lunch break. If you go to The Livery I hope you have Mike as a bartender. Truly one of the best people I've talked to in quite some time. A great outlook on life, and a great story teller. Good beer and conversation is hard to beat.
|Wall outside of The Livery|
|Another outdoor sign|
|Flight of beers at The Livery|
|Tap list. The bottom beer named Bier Munro was named by the great Steve Martin. True story.|
|Pint of ginger peach pale ale|
Our next stop was at Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. It is a very easy drive from Benton Harbor. It was only about 45 minutes from The Livery. I really like going to Bell's Eccentric cafe. I think they do a very good job of keeping classic favorites and a large number of brewpub-only beers. My highlight from this trip was the bourbon barrel Batch 9000. It is a beast of a beer right now. This One Goes To 11 was really good as were several of the saisons.
|Bell's Chalkboard. Everything with a yellow sticker is brewpub only.|
|Stained Glass at Bells|
|Bell's beer flight|
|Bell's tap handles|
|Outdoor beer garden|
|Outside of Perrin|
|Shiny new tanks|
|They can seat 281 patrons and they were at capacity at 4:30 on a Friday|
|I really like places that tier their prices with many pour size options|
|One of the best I've ever had in the category. Extra pale ale with all Michigan hops|
|They had 10 beers on tap. This is the sampler. Note the sampler board in the shape of the company crest. They make two pretty tasty fruit beers as well.|
|Their imperial stout was a big highlight as well|
|Food options are a "food truck" inside of the building that is the kitchen.|
I will post most pictures and more places this weekend.