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“Beer and food”

Greenbush Brewing Company
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Sawyer
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Owner description: HOURS Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Good ideas often start over beer. Always looking to take a good thing too far, we sat down over a beer (or two) and decided that beer itself was a good idea. Of course, not just some easy-drinking, institutional prole beer, but stuff like the beers we'd had at great bars. In short, we wanted beer with flavor. Complexity. Character. Intensity. Not words found in the mass-market lexicon. So with a banjo burner, a bunch of industrial-sized kitchen pots and as many buckets as we could find, we jumped in feet first. Once a week, every week. This led to brewing twice a week and handing out bottle after bottle to everyone we knew. Now, several years later and with a 15 bbl version of our banjo burner and kitchen pots for a brewhouse, we're befuddling the beer judges and converting the masses. One pint at a time. Located in the small lakeside town of Sawyer, MI, Greenbush crafts beers with names like Anger, Closure, Mammoth and Doomslayer-and with nothing under 6% ABV, the monikers are indicative of the styles. The brewery serves beer and a full menu out of its Sawyer taproom seven days a week and currently distributes to bars, restaurants and retailers throughout the state of Michigan, in metro Chicago and Northern Indiana.
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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180 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Beer and food”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Beer is okay - very hoppy with unique tastes - some good/some bad, depending on your taste. Prefer other breweries in Berrien Co. Food is good. Atmosphere is great for lunch during the week, energetic and crowded on weekends. Overall not a bad place in Sawyer to frequent from time to time.

Visited May 2014
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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238 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great brew & service”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Drink with the staff! Everybody drinks at Greenbush!
Good selection of swag and music. I am a fan!
My favorite beer was Anger & Brother Benjamin.

Visited April 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Make the trip for great beer & atmosphere”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

This is place is a terrific little gem in tiny but very cute Sawyer. I just made my third trip there while my wife was gambling at Four Winds. I am a fan of craft beer and small breweries/brewpubs, but not all of the products from these places are good. The product here is excellent and there is very good variety - more approachable light beers as well as big and heavy porters and stouts,that are very creative and flavorful. I had an imperial porter that was dynamite. The atmosphere is very cool, kind of warehouse/industrial chic and the brewery itself is in back. The service is friendly and helpful and they will let you have a little sample of a beer before you commit, which is great. Very good food, too, especially the pulled pork (they have their own smoker). This place is worth a side trip to Sawyer for a visit, as is Tapistry up the road in Bridgman, which also has good beer and food.

Visited December 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Excellent beer & wide variety”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

Stopped at Greenbush a couple times while in Sawyer for Thanksgiving. Was really impressed with the huge selection of varieties and beer types. Especially thrilled about the cheap growlers ($12) which is an absolute bargain for beer that good. Will absolutely return next time in Sawyer.

Visited November 2013
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Union Pier, Michigan
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58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“bring earplugs!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Good beer but I'd rather drink it anywhere else. The place is so noisy, has so many TV's tuned to different channels and has no place to sit comfortably. Don't come with anyone you want to have a conversation with. Food is lousy.

Visited April 2013
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