Raise a Glass to our Traverse City Brewery Tours!
Like beer? Then you’ll love our tours of craft breweries that create some of the most interesting beers you’ve ever tasted, many brewed from local hops. The Grand Traverse region boasts more than a dozen small breweries, giving you lots to explore.
Our friendly professionals at Grand Traverse Tours know the breweries like only locals can – knowledge gained by sampling many of their offerings during off-duty hours (it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it). They can help you plan an amazing brewery tour!
You and your friends will travel in luxurious style and comfort in one of our Mercedes-Benz high-top shuttles. You’ll have no worries as our friendly chauffeur/guides handle the driving.
Pricing for private group tours depends on which vehicle you choose and the length of your tour. Visit the page about our fleet for details.
Breweries We Visit
Brewery Terra Firma is a Traverse City brewery, tap room, and farm that’s certified for using sustainable methods. Michigan’s first agricultural brewery offers ale, APA, IPA, porter, stout, and wheat beer on its spacious outdoor patio.
Crafthouse Brewery & Boutique specializes in small batches and hop jewelry.
Earthen Ales is located under the water tower at the former Traverse City State Hospital, now the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Ale, IPA, lager, porter, and wheat beer are often among the selections.
The Filling Station Microbrewery, located in a former Traverse City train station, features a rotating list of at least 10 craft beers and a couple hard ciders. The brewery’s wood-fired flatbread pizzas get as many raves as its beers.
Hop Lot Brewing Company in Suttons Bay focuses on traditional style ales including ambers, blondes, browns, IPAs, Scotch ales, and stouts, and also offers Belgians and seasonals, multiple wines, ciders, and meads. It features a year-round kitchen and, in the winter, heated and lit igloos for customers.
Jolly Pumpkin is a brewery, distillery, and restaurant on Old Mission Peninsula. It specializes in artisan ales and craft distilled spirits.
Mackinaw Brewing Company in Traverse City brews ale, lager, and stout, among other beers. The brew pub, which has a full menu, opened its doors in 1997.
The Mitten Brewing Company in Northport offers 14 styles of beer on tap, including ale, bock, IPA, pilsner, porter, and stout, as well as wine and cider from local producers. The Leelanau Peninsula taproom provides views of Grand Traverse Bay.
Monkey Fist Brewing Company is located in Traverse City’s State Street Marketplace, which also houses food vendors and other businesses. Its offerings include ale, hefeweizen, IPA, pilsner, porter, stout, and wheat beer, among others.
North Peak Brewing Company typically has about 10 microbrews on tap. The Traverse City brew pub offers IPA, lager, and stout, among other craft beers, along with a full menu.
Rare Bird Brewpub usually has about a dozen of its own craft beers on tap, besides more than two dozen beers from around Michigan, the nation, and the world. Wine, ciders, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages round out the libations. The menu features locally sourced ingredients when possible.
Right Brain Brewery is located in a renovated Traverse City warehouse. It offers a constantly rotating selection of 15-25 beers on tap, along with locally made wine, cider, and meads. Some of the beers have unusual names (and ingredients): Cotton Candy Therapy, Thai Peanut, Cool Hand Cuke Sour, Smooth Operator, and Chubby Squirrel, among others.
Short’s Brewing Company has grown from extremely humble beginnings in a 120-year-old hardware store to become one of Michigan’s largest brewers. The Bellaire company creates an amazing array of beers, including ale, IPA, lager, porter, and stout, among others. Some are quite creative: Strawberry Short’s Cake, Melt My Brain, Psychedelic Grass, and Internet Dating caught our eye.
The Workshop Brewing Company in Traverse City brews craft beers such as ale, IPA, and porter, among others. Its menu emphasizes fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farmers and bakers.