The Michigan motto states, “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you”. Well, if you’re seeking something pleasant for your palette, look no further than Benzie County. We’re here to tell you about our three favorite local watering holes: Stormcloud Brewing Company, St. Ambrose Cellars, and the newest addition to our region, Iron Fish Distillery.
Stormcloud Brewing Company
Named Michigan’s #1 Best New Brewery by MLive, we couldn’t be more proud to have this popular spot in our own neighborhood. Located in Frankfort, this Belgian-inspired brewery is only 17 miles from the resort and steps away from the Lake Michigan shoreline. It’s a great pit stop on a day trip along M-22 or a fun way to spend an evening in town. This family-friendly brewpub offers board games, movies on the wall, live music, and much more to keep the whole gang entertained. With a wide variety of craft beer and seasonal food specials, Stormcloud embodies why Michigan tastes so great. Their flagship beer, Rainmaker Ale, pairs great with any item on their menu.
Want a tour of the brewery? With 48-hours notice, you can call the Park at Water’s Edge to schedule a back-of-the-house tour of Stormcloud, along with another favorite on our list, St. Ambrose Cellars. Tours includes transportation and 3-tastings at each location.
St. Ambrose Cellars
If you’re looking to wind down, St. Ambrose Cellars is your place. Their relaxed, come-as-you-are atmosphere makes you feel like you’re at a friend’s backyard get together. Just 8 miles away from the mountain, you can sip the day away in their beautifully appointed tasting room or wander outside and play a game of bag toss with a new favorite drink. We recommend trying their X.R. Cyser draft mead. Like a drinkable apple pie, it features a sweet blend of locally grown apples, star thistle honey, maple syrup, and is topped off with a dash of cinnamon. St. Ambrose has a large selection of meads and wines to choose from – we recommend you start sampling now.
Iron Fish Distillery
Iron Fish Distillery, Michigan’s first full line farm distillery, is just three miles down the road from Crystal Mountain. Surrounded by fields of grain, this 119-acre farm provides quiet solitude after a hectic day of traveling or a long week at work. The distillery’s colorful patio décor, plus live music and tasty eats from local food trucks keep this establishment busy. It’s a great spot to catch up with friends and try a new cocktail or two! Iron Fish opened their doors for business in September 2016 and are well on their way to becoming a premier distilling destination.