Sip, Paddle and Roll to Traverse City Breweries

With winter’s vortices safely tucked away at the poles where they belong, it’s time to shed the parka, slip on the shades and hit a few Traverse City breweries for a celebratory pint. Wedged between the waters of West Grand Traverse Bay and the Boardman River, TC’s proximate local microbreweries offer ale enthusiasts easy Saturday afternoon sipping. Here’s a handful of essential stops.

THE FILLING STATION MICROBREWERY

Filling Station’s Neapolitan style wood-fired pizzas are a tasty bulwark against the beer flood enabled by 18 rotating taps of house-brewed ales. // 642 Railroad Pl., 231.946.8168

MONKEY FIST BREWING COMPANY

Housed in the State Street Marketplace, TC’s bustling food hall, Monkey Fist pushes well-balanced IPA’s like the Pen Hopper. // 331 E. State St., 231.943.2739

RIGHT BRAIN BREWERY

Keep it conservative with RB’s session-worthy Satisfaction ESB or explore the world of avant-garde sour infusions like the Who Gose There Celery Juniper. // 225 E. Sixteenth St., 231.944.1239

SILVER SPRUCE BREWING

Refined, dangerously drinkable ales like the oat pale and Michigan pale make for a chill lingering session in Silver Spruce’s industrial-chic 8th Street environs. // 439 E. Eighth St., 231.252.3552

WORKSHOP BREWING COMPANY

Plunder the swank warehouse district boutiques, refuel with an espresso at BLK MKT then cap your brewery tour on Workshop’s patio with a roasty pint of Pry Bar Nitro Porter. // 221 Garland St., 231.421.8977

Sip, Paddle and Roll to Traverse City Breweries

These outfitters are ready to guide you through the TC suds scene.

BOAT // KAYAK BREWERY TOURS

Bask in the perfect synergy of pints, pfd’s and paddles on the Boardman River Kabrew trail.

BOAT + BIKE // PADDLE TC

To cover good ground and even burn a few calories between taprooms, hop on a cruiser or electric assist bike for Paddle TC’s ‘Brewbi’ tour.

BOAT + BIKE // KAYAK, BIKE & BREW

Pedal and paddle along TC’s TART Trail, West Bay and Boardman Lake and River.

BUS // GRAND TRAVERSE TOURS

Load a cooler with provisions and hit up the breweries like a baller in one of Grand Traverse Tours’ tricked out Mercedes Benz shuttles.

Traverse food and drinks editor Tim Tebeau writes from Petoskey. [email protected] // Dave Weidner is a freelance photographer based in Traverse City. [email protected]