Lansing is one of those cities that always seems to be scratching at the surface of being a big city. Because of that, the scene there is an eclectic mix of places trying to be a big-city club and those attempting to be a small-town dive bar. Luckily, the breweries in town make up that middle ground and do so magnificently. Here are our picks for the 5 best breweries in Lansing.
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Bad Brewing Company
440 S. Jefferson St
Mason, MI 48854
So even though Bad Brewing Company is (a little) south of Lansing, they certainly deserve a spot for a couple reasons. For one, they’re not really all that far away, so there’s that, but the craft brews they’re putting out are some of the finest you’re going to find anywhere around.
Their “usual suspect” (flagship) Ash Street Amber is a rich ale with great flavor and a pinch of sweetness that’ll have you coming back for more. The rest of the beers in their lineup, including their rotating selection, all seem to be made with love and are well worth trying out whenever you get a chance.
Bad Brewing Company itself doesn’t serve any food, but there is a food truck called Good Bites that is usually on site. One of the cool things that Good Bites brings to the table is that they work in conjunction with Bad Brewing Company a couple sundays a month to offer a “Sunday Funday Brunch”, which offers great breakfast dishes alongside your favorite brews.
Ellison Brewery & Spirits
4903 Dawn Ave
East Lansing, MI 48823
A favorite stop amongst locals, Ellison Brewery & Spirits crafts a variety of creative and time-tested beers that make it worth visiting at least once. The atmosphere is laid back and the staff’s super pleasant demeanor is infectious to anyone in attendance, making the whole place feel like a fun family gathering (as opposed to those with political fights around a turkey).
The beers here worth trying at least once are their Crescent Fresh IPA and the Tiramisu Stout. They’re both wildly different from each other but both are going to leave you pleased with giving them a taste.
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305 Beaver St
Lansing, MI 48906
Situated in old town, there’s a lot to enjoy about the look and feel of Ozone’s Brewhouse. The service is friendly and the drinks are great. There’s not a lot to say about Ozone’s as a whole because the place is so new to the scene, but the beers there are creative, fun, tasty and go down incredibly smooth for this being such a small place.
Just so you know, come with a meal already eaten or stop here on your way to dinner. And, when you do, make sure to order a Kryptonale, their Cherry Vanilla Amber (oh so good!).
EagleMonk Pub & Brewery
4906 W Mount Hope
Lansing, MI 48917
EagleMonk Pub and Brewery offers up a pretty different take on the brewery scene than most of the locations you’re going to find. It has a lighter atmosphere and the decor is relatively subdued compared to everywhere else. However, that shouldn’t be any kind of implication that the beers here are lacking in any way.
One your visit to EagleMonk Pub, make sure to order a Red Eye Rye. It’s packed with rye malt and there’s a good reason it’s the brewery’s signature drink – it’s fantastic.
The food there consists mostly of pizza, paninis and snacky appetizers and is pretty good. Good enough, in fact, that you could just come here for the food (though you’ll likely end up having at least one beer before you leave).
Above all else, the service at EagleMonk Pub & Brewery is the best you’re going to get in Lansing, whether you’re visiting a brewery or anything else.
Lansing Brewing Company
518 E Shiawassee
Lansing, MI 48912
It has taken Lansing Brewing Company a little while to get itself worked out, but things have really taken off for the location over this last year or so. Their meals have gotten better and service has apparently improved dramatically. One thing that’s well worth noting, though, is that they have always served exceptional beers.
They have three signature beers: Official Union Golden Ale, Angry Mayor IPA and the Amber Cream Ale. They’re all pretty good, but the hopping on the Angry Mayor IPA makes the brew a standout at Lansing Brewing Company.
Food at this location is pretty decent and the selection is relatively large compared to what you will find at most breweries. If you’re not sure what to munch on alongside your craft beer, the poutine is always a solid choice as the Amber Cream Ale gravy on it makes for a good complement to each of their signature drinks.
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