Michigan has no shortage of sweet small towns... but which one is best for beer?

100.5 FM The River logo
Get our free mobile app

Just one Michigan location was in the running for "Best Small Town Beer Scene in the U.S." in a USA Today and 10Best Readers' poll.

Canva
Canva
loading...

A panel of beer experts chose 20 towns, each with a population of less than 30,000, as having some of the best beer scenes in the nation. That means the locations have plenty of festivals, great breweries, brewpubs, and beer bars to enjoy.

READ MORE: Did Grand Rapids Win "Best Beer City in America" for the 4th Year in a Row? 

It was then put up to a public vote...

The Michigan small town with a banging beer scene?

Traverse City! TC was voted the No. 3 Best Small Town Beer Scene in the U.S. in 2024. 

Here's USA Today's praise for TC:

Traverse City has become a hotbed of craft beer action in the already beer-centric state of Michigan. The town features a sizable collection of breweries, taprooms, and brewpubs, including Jolly Pumpkin, North Peak Brewing Company, Brewery Terra Firma, Earthen Ales, and Right Brain Brewery.

Facebook
Right Brain, North Peak, Earthen Ales/ Facebook
loading...

Check out all the great TC breweries here!

Here's the rest of the Top 10 for Best Small Town Beer Scene.

  1. Cody - Wyoming
  2. Avondale Estates - Georgia
  3. Traverse City - Michigan
  4. Biddeford - Maine
  5. Hammonton - New Jersey
  6. Decorah - Iowa
  7. Bryson City - North Carolina
  8. Kailua-Kona - Hawaii
  9. Geneva - Illinois
  10. Staunton - Virginia

An Up North brewery is also getting love for its beer garden! Hop Lot Brewing Company in Sutton's Bay nabbed the No. 2 spot for  "Best Beer Garden in the U.S."

Hop Lot, Facebook
Hop Lot, Facebook
loading...

Here's their praise for Hop Lot,

Embracing its Northern Michigan roots, Hop Lot Brewing’s beer garden invites guests to warm up around the campfire or relax at picnic tables while enjoying their brews. In winter, you can even reserve your own igloo! Hop Lot was established in 2015 as a family-friendly brewery and offers a tap list of around a dozen traditional ales.

OpenRoad Brewing In Downtown Wayland Is For Sale

The sale of theOpenRoad Brewery includes taproom, 2 bedroom apartment, and the oldest standing building downtown.

Gallery Credit: Lauren Gordon

Aspiring Brewer? Closed West Michigan Brewery is Now Up For Sale

Home is where the hops are. This former West Michigan brewery is for sale and could be your next home.

Gallery Credit: Big Joe Pesh

Join Michigan's Craft Beer Scene! Tapistry Brewing For Sale in Bridgman

The sale includes 2 properties in Bridgman, Michigan.

Gallery Credit: Lauren Gordon