First Stop – The Livery
Located in a former horse livery built-in the late 1800s, the ambiance was historical chic. The old, Benton Harbor grain elevator still hangs from the ceiling in full view of the second floor artwork. The beer was great. We tried a flight including: Paris Roubaix pale ale, McGilligans IPA, Smash (single malt; single hop) IPA, Freak Belgian-Indian red ale, Dixie Irish stout, and Polar Vortex maibock.
Usually, I go for wineries when the this area. Not this time. As we approached the white metal building, it had the feeling of a local watering hole. This was apparent also by the small rooms lined with hand-made pottery mugs for the mug-clubbers. We munched on peanuts and enjoyed a beer flight.
We drank Red Arrow rye, Two Paws IPA, Black Talon IPA, Citra Melon, and Black River oatmeal stout.
Third Stop – Latitude 42 Brewing Co.
This one’s been on my list for a while, and it seemed like a great time for a stop. The building is beautiful and features a beautiful granite bar-top in the middle of the room. We enjoyed a six-beer flight of cask conditioned Spank Dog pale ale, Melon Head dry hopped pale ale, Red Beards India red ale, Powerline porter, Hoppin Pils, and cask conditioned Blackout oatmeal stout.
The smell of the brick over pizza got me when I walked in, and we ate a simple pizza topped with Michigan basil. The menu also included MI greens, with more local food choices to be added as the season progresses. The staff was friendly and helpful.
It was a delight to experience such different buildings and brews all within a short drive of each other. No trip near Kalamazoo is complete for me until I top by People’s Food Co-op. That was the last part of the day trip.