Best Breweries in New Buffalo, MI

The Neighborhood Hotel Grand Beach and The Neighborhood Hotel New Buffalo are conveniently located amongst nature, towns with some of the best shops and restaurants in the area and excellent wineries, breweries and distilleries! 

The following is a list of our favorite breweries that are within 25 minutes of New Buffalo. This is great news for beer fans as the wide variety of breweries that have popped up in such force are a fairly recent development for Southwest Michigan. A few decades ago you couldn’t find a single one, and now here we are with so many excellent options!  Most of the breweries are family friendly and FUN. We recommend checking websites before your visit as many places have a rotating schedule of events and concerts, especially in the warmer months! 

If you choose not to drive between breweries, Uber might work. Or, if you call a location before you go, they might offer transportation ideas given the time of year, etc.. 

Book your suite now — you know you’ll want a comfortable place to rest after a day on the brew path! Don’t miss the many vineyards to explore too as so many are next to breweries! 

CHEERS to hops and bubbles! 

River Saint Joe

This place is a glorious brewery/restaurant on Flatwater Farm — a 180-acre, certified organic farm which produces lots of goodness for River Saint Joe’s brewery and kitchen. There’s also an awesome beer garden with fire pits, Adirondack chairs, tables and dining tents. Great place for kids to run around too!

Journeyman Distillery

Journeyman was the old E.K. Warren Featherbone Factory — a 19th-century corset and buggy whip maker. Today, it’s one of the few certified organic and kosher distilleries in the country, and it’s often recognized by critics worldwide — don’t miss sampling their spirits (rye, whiskey, bourbon, etc) as they’re all delicious. Journeyman uses grain exclusively from local farms which is super cool and neighborly.

Signature cocktails and flights are served throughout the day into the evening between their two bars. They also have a restaurant, event space, guest flat, and an amazing, 18-hole putting green. Check their schedule for festivals and markets throughout the year! 

Beer Church Brewing

Housed in a 200 year old [former] Methodist church which is beautiful! Here you’ll enjoy great beer and awesome food (like wood fired pizza) inside or in the garden. Great for kids and grown ups! 

Ghost Isle Brewery

The beer here is truly delicious! Check out their New Buffalo Pilsner, the hoppy Surf Gardens IPA, and so many other crisp, clean and on point brews.

Seedz Brewery

Here you’ll find great quality, European-style beers made with locally-sourced grain. Seedz believes their beer tastes best slow-poured from the tap (to-go order are not an option), so get ready to chill while you sip.

Greenbush Brewing Co.

Greenbush (which opened roughly 10 years ago) was the first brewery near New Buffalo! Check out Brother Benjamin, the 10.1% Imperial IPA or the 9.3% Belgian-style 1825 –  enjoy & cheers!

Transient Artisan Ales

Go here if you love a super solid Dry-Hopped Double IPA and a vast selection of other excellent IPAs and more. Don’t miss their other styles like fruited sours i.e. the strawberry-flavored Shmargs!

Haymarket Brewery

Here you’ll find classic, west-coast style IPAs and lots of outdoor space for parents and kids to play! Their 100% Chance of Change — a hazy-fied version of their flagship IPA — is outstanding.

Watermark Brewing Co.

This is a great gathering spot for family and friends – it’s lively and fun with live music and a steady game of bags! Try tasty things like an IPA with lime juice or a tropical IPA with papaya. They even offer a stout that’s aged with coconut and another one with maple and cinnamon. Far out and super tasty! 

About The Neighborhood Hotel

The Neighborhood Hotel was founded by travel enthusiasts who enjoy spaces that inspire, comfort and fuel. Each suite is well equipped for short and longterm stays (i.e. kitchenettes, laundry, etc.). The Neighborhood Hotel aims to transform old buildings with cool history into well outfitted apartment style hotels that honor the old while representing the now. The vibe is fresh + fun with rooms that are stocked to support everyone from the homebody to the adventurer. The Neighborhood Hotel serves as a basecamp for the explorer and a sanctuary for the traveler who needs to recharge, reset or just chill.The suites are simple + clean punctuated by accents that bring the right amount of pop. The Neighborhood Hotel has locations in: Lincoln Park, Little Italy, West Loop (2025 opening), New Buffalo, MI and Grand Beach, MI.

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The Neighborhood Little Italy
Where welcome drinks come in the form of bold espresso + crisp prosecco. We can't wait
Chi? [Who]
The Neighborhood Hotel
Cosa? [What]
Warmth, bellezza, history. The cornerstones of Italian culture that The Neighborhood Little Italy captures in its third + largest location with 35 suites (Studio - 2 bedrooms).
Quando? [When]
Spring/Summer 2023
Dove? [Where]
In the heart of Little Italy! Here, you're nestled in a neighborhood with an old world feel that seamlessly welcomes the new and modern. Plus, the most bustling parts of the city are just a stone's throw away and easily accessible on foot/public transit! Places like: The Illinois Medical District + Fulton Market + West Loop + UIC + The United Center + the Loop.
Perché? [Why]
To experience fun, adventure, and comfort!
Come? [How]
Our buildings have stories ingrained in the walls (in a non-creepy way) - stories that are meant to be told and shared. The Neighborhood Little Italy was formerly the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame which honored the greatest Italian-American athletes, broadcasters, and sports workers to benefit athletics in the United States. Once again, we've fallen for a space outfitted with cool history + architecture. Grateful to all of the hard workers and supporters who are turning another NEIGHBORHOOD HOTEL vision/dream into reality!
The Neighborhood Little Italy building design
Rebel House is nailing the design. Soaring ceilings give way to chic urban lofts with sophisticated Italian villa vibes. the top floor's outdoor terraces feature captivating views of the city and the piazza across the street. La vita é bella.
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