My Top 10 Michigan Beers

1) Wizard Burial Ground              2) Kentucky Breakfast Stout        3) Black Note                               4) No Rules                                   5) Big Doedish                                6) Boxer                                        7) BBA Sweet Potato Souffle' Rye  8) Gnomas                                      9) BBA Flying Buffalo w/ G.L.C.   10) BBA Plead the Fifth

 

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THUMB BREWING

6758 Pine Street, Caseville, Michigan 48725, (989) 856-1228                                             http://www.thumbbrewery.com/

    Brewery in search of a new owner... It's true! Thumb Brewery is for sale. We can only hope that whomever purchases it loves to make great beer just as much as the current owners Scott and Yvonne. Please go to their site and read about their passion.

   A couple summers ago my good friend Rachel recommended to get here A.S.A.P.  I'm disappointed in myself that it took so long. She knows her beer and what makes a brewery great!   

   

   Caseville on a sunny July Saturday, doesn't get much better. Add beer, food, great friends, and an imminent paddle to Turnip Rock = PURE MICHIGAN.

   From their website, "Thumb Brewery is nestled in an 1800’s historic home in the heart of Caseville, Michigan where the charm and character of the home spills into an open air patio providing the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures." Enjoy we did. Chairs sprawled all over the large porch, front yard, and side of this old home. I didn't count, but seems like more seating on the outside compared to inside. It felt so homey, like grandma was about to walk out with a plate of PB&J and some lemonade. Instead it was a server with an Italian Hoagie and a tray of beers.

   Speaking of the beers. It was hot and not a cloud in the sky. Decided to keep it light and crispy. I went with the East Coast IPA "it's all the rage these days", Kolsch, Gose, and their West Coast IPA. The two book ends were the best, with me leaning more toward the West Coast style as my favorite. The Kolsch was cold and light. The type of brew I'd want if I was pushing around a lawnmower for a couple hours. The Gose had a certain twang to it. More dry than bitter as it should be. They don't serve "flights" per se, but they do sell a 5oz sample pour for any of their beers. So you could build a 2 sample try or up to 10. I actually like that you're not forced to order a certain amount if you want smaller pours. The prices were great! $2.00 on average for the smaller beers, and $6.00 a pint.

   The food menu looked great. The three of us all ended up with a sandwich. Tim the turkey and swiss, Roy and I the Italian. All sandwiches are offered in either a hoagie or wrap style. Served with a side of chips, it was a great pre paddle meal. The rest of the menu looked just as good. Prices like their beers are great, just $7.00 each.

   I would assume when most think of Caseville the first thing mentioned is the Cheeseburger Festival. Which is a ton of fun for ten days each year. For me though I can go anytime of the year for stellar beer and food, along with a great atmosphere. If you've read any of my other posts then you know atmosphere makes my beer taste that much better!

   The staff could not have been more friendly and attentive. We got there just after they opened. The outside was filling up quick, and there wasn't any wait. Which was great because Park Bear (Tim) was hungry, and we were thirsty!

   Thumb Brewery also has plenty of guest taps, cider, and a good selection of wine. If you're on your way to or leaving Turpin Rock like we were make sure you stop. Or just out for a Michigan road trip. Make Thumb Brewery one of your next beer stops!

RATING, 4.0 Pints

 

 

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