Newaygo Brewing Co. – Newaygo, Michigan
While we haven’t been visiting Michigan breweries at the rapid-fire pace we once were, we did manage to make it to a few of them in our area recently. On a fall color trip in October, and after stopping to check out the Croton Dam and Hardy Dam, we stopped at Newaygo Brewing Co. in Newaygo. This town of around 2,000 residents has already shown some love for this brewery since it opened in 2015, and it is in a great location downtown surrounded by historic buildings and within walking distance of the Muskegon River. This is a popular stretch of the river for tubes and kayaks in summer months, and now the brewery provides a great option for post-float refreshment.
We found a seat at the bar and started looking over the beer menu, finding a great variety of styles to pick from. We picked out the Irish Red, Drinkin’ Buddy: Session IPA, River Country Pale Ale and the Rooftop Knights Rye IPA. The pale ale was good and would be the perfect complement for a day of outdoor activity, and the Rooftop Knights was great.
Our next flight showed off the darker beers in the brewery’s portfolio, with the Irish Dry Stout, Pickerel Porter, Peanut Butter Porter and Espresso Stout. We really enjoyed all four beers, with the Peanut Butter Porter and Espresso Stout leading the way – figuring out which beer to take home in a growler was not going to be an easy choice!
Newaygo Brewing Co. offers an impressive menu, ranging from appetizers to specialty pizzas and pasta bowls. We munched on bruschetta while sampling our flights, and ordered a four meat pizza for our meal. Be sure to check out all of the other options, including soups, salads, sandwiches, stuffed pita points, and desserts.
We decided we wanted to try a few more beers out, so we added another flight that featured R.W. Bentley Coconut Brown, Seven Cousins Double IPA, Sweet Apple Hard Cider and Blueberry/Apple Hard Cider. I really enjoyed the double IPA, and the coconut brown was good too. This brewery clearly knows how to make good beer, and their cider stacks up well against the competition too.
Newaygo Brewing Co. hasn’t been open for long, but from what we saw they are definitely on track to have longterm success in the greater Grand Rapids area. Be sure to check them out the next time you’re in the area, and use #BREWAYGO to share your experience on social media.
Newaygo Brewing Co. contact information:
19 State Rd., Newaygo, MI
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