Watermark Brewing Company & a Southwest Michigan Beer Tour

img_1024-2Watermark Brewing Company is one of the newest additions to the region’s craft beer scene and it’s pretty awesome. Located in downtown Stevensville, MI, about a 45 minute drive north of South Bend, it may be my new favorite place to hang out and drink a beer. It has a modern industrial vibe, the folks who work there are super friendly, and the beer is creative and tasty. It also has a huge outdoor beer garden with fire pits, bistro lights and comfy patio furniture, which will be great in the warmer months. I love the ambiance, and wish it was closer to South Bend!

My friend Colleen and I ordered two flights so we could try out most of the beer on their menu. I really loved the Professor Botanicus Peanut Butter IPA. I’m not a huge IPA fan, but this was more like a peanut butter stout. We also enjoyed trying the saisons, Lemon Drop Ugly Face and Marzell Dunkelweizen.

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Watermark’s Patio in the winter

The craft beer scene has exploded in Southwest Michigan recently, and you can now make a full day trip just out of beer tasting. I haven’t yet tried all of the locations below, but I’ve heard great things about many of them. Here are some of the other breweries in the area to add to your Southwest Michigan Craft Beer Tour:

* Breweries I’ve visited and can tell you they’re good.

If you take an epic beer tour, start with brunch at the Mason Jar Cafe in Benton Harbor. You can have lunch while sampling beer at Greenbush or Round Barn Public House. Head to Cafe Guilistan, Wheatberry or Staymaker for dinner.

-McK

Beer-at-Greenbush

Beer at Greenbush

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2 thoughts on “Watermark Brewing Company & a Southwest Michigan Beer Tour

  1. MacGregor says:

    A good read. Thank you!
    We checked it out and have to agree about the ambience. Very nice.
    The beers were good-to-great & some recipes were excitingly creative.

    I happen to notice The Livery is conspicuously absent from this list. Any thoughts?

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    • McK says:

      I haven’t heard of the Livery. We’ll have to check it out! Thanks for the tip. Meg and I just tried Virtue Cider in Fennville, up near Saugatuck, which was also a pretty cool place to visit. Happy beer drinking!

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