There’s a lot of testosterone in this place. And creativity. Filled with authentic industrial pieces, this warehouse space is home to the Workshop Brewing Company’s tap room.
It’s like the man cave, meets garage, meets warehouse. Some of the tables are actually constructed of table saws with glass tops. The sign on the wall looks hand-made with a simple logo that I suspect some of the guys behind the bar had a hand in. Even the lighting is a reflection of the ingenuity that creates this masculine and inviting decor.
The menu board offers a nice selection with a range from light to dark plus several bourbon barrel brews. The bartender was helpful in our decision making. I find it’s often challenging to narrow down to just a few in a place like this.
Tenpenny (American Blonde Ale)
For a light and easy beer, I’d call this a people pleaser. Light enough to satisfy everyone, yet enough taste to make it special.
Ball Peen (English Pale Ale)
With the color of burnished copper, this medium bodied beer has a good flavor and is refreshing at the finish.
10 lb. Sledge (India Pale Ale)
I don’t usually love IPA’s, but ordered it based on the recommendation. It was good! I think that’s because it’s made without the aggressive attack characteristic of many other IPA’s.
Pry Bar (Porter)
Rich with chocolate and black currant overtones, we thought this was better than Founders Dirty Bastard. Yes, it’s true! It’s worth coming in for.
The tagline on the menu says beer from here, food from near. Many breweries allow you to bring in food if they don’t have a kitchen, so when I read this on the menu, I assumed it was a carry-in menu. The bartender pointed out that food from near means the food is sourced locally whenever possible. So they do have a kitchen and what looks like a delicious menu. I wasn’t here for a meal but think I may have to return for one soon. You can see the current beer and food selection on their website.
The Workshop taproom is downtown Traverse City just a few hundred yards from the volleyball courts at West End Beach. They have a garage style door, so I imagine coming here on a warm summer day when the sun is shining in and I can almost smell a fresh breeze coming in off the Grand Traverse Bay. Talk about refreshment.
Workshop Brewing Company
221 Garland Street
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Monday & Tuesday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday noon – midnight
Sunday noon – 6 p.m.