Eat! Lansing

September 27, 2009

Michigan Brewing Company

Filed under: American, Brewpub — dkastner @ 9:57 am

Michigan Brewing Company
402 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI
Mon-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 12pm-10pm

As I’ve noted earlier, Michigan is home to a plethora of craft breweries.  One of the Lansing area’s own brewery is Michigan Brewing Company.  Up until recently, the only way to get MBC beer on tap was to either find one of the few restaurants that serve it or venture out to Webberville’s industrial park.  I was ecstatic when I learned that MBC decided to set up a pub in downtown Lansing so that fresh, tasty beer is conveniently served only a mile from my house.

The pub itself is a welcome change from the clubby scene offered by neighboring establishments.  There is a couch and cushy chairs up front and dozens of tables toward the back.  The atmosphere is a bit spartan, but there was a good mix of younger people and congregating professionals.  Reinforcing the idea that this is a pub, there are games available, inviting you to relax, have fun, and enjoy a beer.  An acquaintance I ran into told me that at one point in the night, they had turned on some neon green lights, but the new ambiance seemed to do more harm than good, prompting them to revert to the soft glow of white lights.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to sample the food yet, but this post will be updated when that happens.

The brewery offers a good variety of beers, from Belgian ales to stout, to pale ales.  If you just want an old fashioned, American lager (think Coors), you can opt for Kid Rock’s creation – Bad Ass Beer.  We’ll see if I ever get a chance to try it.  My favorite so far has been the Celis Grand Cru – a Belgian-style wheat ale with traces of coriander and orange.

All in all, a great alternative to the coffee house for meeting and relaxing.

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