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Right Brain Brewery

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Traverse City
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  • Ranked #3 for breweries in Traverse City
  • Justin L.
    "$4.50 Brat special was great, Pig Porter and CEO Stout was awesome"(4 Tips)
    Eleanor K.
    "great pale ale and definitely get the waffle sandwiches"(4 Tips)
    Lance H.
    "Try the Pig Porter!"(3 Tips)
    Chip R.
    "Have the Naughty Girl Stout, Karma Palace or oh so many others - great..."(3 Tips)
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  • Nicole E.
    Nicole EngerMay 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place. They are always doing different flavor beers in rotation. People are nice here. Try CEO, Naughty Girl Stout. The sampler is great if you want to try different ones!!
    Upvoted Aug 15
  • Dave B.
    Dave BojanzykOctober 14, 2014
    There's quirky art for sale all over the walls and a large beer garden room. I'm a big fan of their beers and the hometown HQ is certainly living up to it.
  • Brad L.
    Brad L.August 6, 2014
    Believe the hype - the Whiskey Barrel Aged Amber Ale called LOOPING OWL is outstanding. Be sure to get it while you can, as it's unavailable in growlers.
  • Avey S.
    Avey S.November 26, 2016
    What's good here? Why, the beer! Had the CEO Stout and Concrete Dinosaur IPA, both splendid. Food, though... meh ...food truck and it shows.
  • Todd N.
    Todd NorrisOctober 18, 2011
    Great funky little Microbrew, if you have more of a planned out trip they have a place next door where you can get your hair cut while you drink beers before, after, even during. Read more
  • Evan B.
    Evan BellJune 3, 2015
    Large, funky taproom with a large list of great beers and waffle sandwiches. Get the Fire Starts. Sandwiches are small, but delicious.
  • Katy M.
    Katy M.December 16, 2012
    Get the sampler tray and make sure to try the black eye PA and CEO stout! Fav brewery in MI!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DanhofFebruary 5, 2017
    Fries with beer cheese are dope. A ton of brews, some funky some standard, all great. Huge space and can borrow games to play.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SederMarch 20, 2016
    Very cool atmosphere with games and stuff to keep you busy after you eat a delicious waffle sandwich and sample some unique beers.
  • Katy
    KatySeptember 30, 2015
    Just FYI, the samplers / flights here are not your typical 4 oz pours - they are 12 oz each! I'd recommend splitting one between 2 people.
  • Justin L.
    Justin LockeMay 15, 2016
    Crazy location but awesome building and staff. $4.50 Brat special was great, Pig Porter and CEO Stout was awesome
  • Gregory W.
    Gregory WellsJuly 28, 2015
    The spear beer was amazing. Tasted just like asparagus. Not as bad as you think!
  • David F.
    David ForbesJuly 30, 2013
    The Northern Hawk Owl is one of there classic brews and always on tap. It is one of my favorites.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AbrahamJuly 11, 2013
    This place has mugs on a wall and mismatched chairs and beer! All my favorite things. I think I need to live here.
  • Dan M.
    Dan McMillanApril 1, 2015
    Amazing beer and food, plus the staff is engaging and funny.
  • Eleanor K.
    Eleanor KotovJuly 27, 2013
    Will power pale ale is a great pale ale and definitely get the waffle sandwiches shockingly delicious
  • Peter J.
    Peter JensenNovember 11, 2013
    great choice if ur looking for a wide selection of tasty beers and dont mind chillin w/hipsters in a converted airplane hangar.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KautmanMarch 1, 2015
    trying the cider tonight, not bad. Listening to Oh Brother Lil Sister very good!
  • Colleen K.
    Great beers. Wide variety of clever brews.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferSeptember 6, 2013
    Cider and strawberry fields is pretty good for the light drinks and flying squirrel and naughty girl stout for dark beers!
  • Beth M.
    Beth MavinJanuary 6, 2017
    Great place! Awesome beer, good snacks and great bartenders!!
  • Paty C.
    Paty Castro de ZavalaAugust 10, 2014
    Beer options and guacamole burger with waffle bread!
  • Scott M.
    Great selection of beers. People are nice and helpful. Stout is good
  • Awesome Mitten
    Awesome MittenJanuary 31, 2012
    These beers are brewed using local hops from Empire just miles away. Northern goodness in each sip! Read more
  • Maya S.
    Maya SoterDecember 29, 2011
    Always come here when in Traverse, great brewery with original beers on tap.
  • Cory R.
    Cory RickettJune 18, 2011
    The beers on tap change often so you will always enjoy something new. Awesome brewery.
  • Chrissy C.
    Chrissy CooperFebruary 14, 2013
    Looping Owl, Fat Lad and Naughty Girl Scout are all solid brews!
  • Kristen J.
    Kristen JefferySeptember 6, 2016
    My husband likes the ceo stout nitro but we didn't like this place very much. Limited menu items for food and you serve yourself. Next time we'd try a different place.
  • makeupbyjanine
    makeupbyjanineJune 23, 2010
    Get a flight of six beers to try. Let the bartender choose for you. Be sure to drink from light to dark.
  • Julianne S.
    Julianne SmithMay 20, 2016
    Great beer, great staff, relaxed and fun place.
  • Maureen M.
    Maureen MichaelsFebruary 5, 2010
    The Basil beer is the best. It doesn't stay on tap for very long, so if they have it, order it. You'll be glad you did.
  • Bill P.
    Bill PalladinoAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Drinking Bench Time IPA for first time. Decent enough though a bit esthery for my tastes. Grapefruity. Still love it here
  • Jodi M.
    Jodi Mallow MaasOctober 2, 2011
    Check out the art for sale on the walls while enjoying your beer!
  • MaryAnn L.
    MaryAnn LutzJuly 22, 2013
    Love Fire Starter! I like anything that tastes like a camp fire!
  • Erin G.
    Erin GoreckiApril 17, 2012
    Try the Strawberry Fields if they have it on tap :)
  • Gerry D.
    Gerry DamschroderJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of beers in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TeskaFebruary 9, 2015
    Waffle sandwiches and northern hawk owl beer for lyfe!
  • Evan U.
    Evan UrchickFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Smooth operator and the blueberry pie is delishhhhhhousssss 😜👍
  • Gene B.
    Gene BergerMay 12, 2013
    The Looping Owl is awesome!
  • Stefan H.
    Stefan HolodnickApril 3, 2011
    Try the Black IPA or the Night Owl. Both are delicious.
  • Gene B.
    Gene BergerMay 12, 2013
    Looping Owl is great! Get it while it lasts.
  • marf c.
    marf clemAugust 14
    Great beer, quick service
  • Don J.
    Don JozwiakJuly 28, 2010
    Get a growler of Distill My Heart bourbon stout. Have a glass of the Exception. Go home happy.
  • Leah
    LeahJanuary 28, 2010
    Awesome beer and smoke free. Try the CEO or the garnet. Outdoor patio in the summer. Read more
  • Caleb D.
    Caleb DavisJuly 12, 2011
    Remember that you can bring in your own food!
  • JILL K.
    JILL KOVICKJuly 18, 2010
    Get the ancho chili double chocolate stout. You won't regret it.
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BairApril 19, 2015
    Mangalista Pig Porter! Get one while it lasts!
  • Doug B.
    Doug BehnfeldtJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    great place to unwind with friends
  • Joe
    JoeNovember 23, 2013
    Great people doing great beer at Right Brain.
  • Betsy R.
    Betsy RauNovember 8, 2015
    One of my favorite TC BREWERIES.
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