Do you drive an EV? Are you looking for a road trip that introduces you to great food and some distinctive made-in Michigan beverages? We’ve got some ideas where you can enjoy a great brew and food, and charge your EV all at once. Michigan is rich with innovative, enjoyable breweries throughout the state. And all of these are less than a half mile from public EV charging stations.
Before you hit the road, of course, make sure you plan ahead – and that includes drinking responsibly. Regardless of whether you’re traveling with a friend or loved-one, make sure no one drinks and drives.
Now, let’s hit the road!
Located in downtown Jackson, Grand River Brewery is known for all things craft – craft beer, craft food and even craft cocktails. With a 15-barrel steam-powered brewing system, they’re also known for unique beers like the Ramble Jam Strawberry Rhubarb Sour, or the 313 Polish Lager. Power up your vehicle just a few steps away at 161 W Michigan Ave.
In the heart of downtown Midland, Whichcraft Taproom features over 80 varieties of Michigan craft beer, with over 40 on tap. Add to that a list of cider, mead and wine and you’ve got a wide range of choices to suit any palate. The full menu features sandwiches, soups, salads and even a quarter pound hot dog! While your taste buds are enjoying, your EV can be charging at the H Hotel (111 W. Main St.) just around the corner.
Founded in 1985, Bell’s was Michigan’s original craft beer. With a charger at 180 E Water St., you’ll be just a short walk from Bell’s Eccentric Café. The Café features over 20 Bell’s beers on tap, including the legendary Oberon and Two Hearted Ale, as well as a delicious made-from-scratch menu. If it’s a nice day, enjoy your food and drink out back in the beer garden.
Known nationally as “Beer City USA”, Grand Rapids lives up to the moniker. With over 40 breweries, there’s something for everyone. If you want to charge up your EV, Grand Rapids Brewing is a great option. Just a short distance from a charger at 140 Bostwick Ave. NE, the brewery traces its legacy back to the uniting of six local brewing companies in 1893. Visitors will find a wide range of beer styles, from the Blonde Ale to the Clocked Out IPA, as well as a full menu including stone oven pizzas.
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, this quaint resort town features a brewery with a strong commitment to the environment. The Stormcloud Parkview Taproom even offers two EV charging stations on site. Visitors can tour the brewery’s production facilities and enjoy 12 beers on tap. Grab a seat inside (and a Nightswimmer Stout) or enjoy Northern Michigan outside in the beer garden. Hungry? There’s a food truck there full-time. Just be sure to check the hours before you go, the taproom isn’t always open, and the hours are subject to change.
Locals know The Workshop Brewing Company for its funky atmosphere, great brews and roster of live music and entertainment. Plus, just a few steps away at 155 Garland St., you can charge up your EV while you enjoy a 20-Pound Sledge IPA. If cider’s more your fare, check out the Whistlepunk. And soak in the Warehouse District vibe.
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