Deciding whether or not to accept an invitation to check out a new restaurant & brewery this last weekend was a no brainer for me. My husband and I love craft beer and great food, I mean, we are from Michigan after all! If Michigan isn’t already known as the craft beer capitol of the world, it should be because held within Michigan’s mitten shaped hand are around 151 different breweries and growing! Because of the accessibility of great craft beer within our own state, my husband and I grown to enjoy the art of a well crafted brew and together have enjoyed visiting several of the breweries already on Michigan’s long and ever growing list. So this weekend when we were invited to check out the brand new Granite City Brewery opening in Northville, MI we excitedly said YES!
Granite City Brewery
While Granite City Brewery is brand new to the Northville, Michigan area, this restaurant marks the thirty third grand opening of it’s kind. Started in St. Cloud, Minnesota, this foodie style restaurant offers signature brews and made from scratch recipes that have become known to set them apart from the crowd.
While all of the appetizers we tried tasted amazing, such as the Asian glazed shrimp, the Ahi tuna wontons and the pretzels with cheese sauce, my ultimate favorite was the maple pepper bacon & tomato flatbread.
|Maple Pepper Bacon Flatbread|
The crust was crunchy, the cheese was cheesy and the maple pepper bacon melted in my mouth and gave the flatbread pizza somewhat of a sweet ending. The main meal was just as stupendous with a taste testing of pastas, steaks, burgers and their famous pulled pork waffle sandwich. This funky meal features slow roasted bbq pulled pork atop a corn waffle with crispy onion rings to garnish. Plus, it is served with a side of sweet potato tots! <–Loved those!
|Pulled Pork Waffle Sandwich|
One of the things Granite City prides themselves in having a competitive craft brew. My first glimpse at their abilities to compete in this area was through this large picture window overlooking the dining room. Behind the door to this fully visible room I was able to meet the trained in-house brewers who were hard at work creating the clean, filtered and refreshing brews that are then run directly from the vats to the taps behind the bar. This ingenious process results is a crisp and fresh beer every time.
Then came judgement time. I saw the care they took in their brewing process, and the awesome way they stored and served their craft, but after all of this work how did it taste? I took a beer flight and taste tested The Duke, The Bennie, The Northern and The Broad Axe, which is their own signature line of brews. I thought that all of the beers tasted clean, but overall chose The Bennie as my favorite. The Bennie is a German style lager with a medium body and wonderful caramel malt flavoring.
Don’t like beer? Granite City also offers signature drink and cocktails as well as a long list of non-alcoholic drinks.
We finished off our tour with handmade desserts that were not only rich and decadent, but were extremely affordable! My favorite of the night was a toss up because I just couldn’t decide! At first, I thought my favorite was going to be the chocolate cake with a whisky butter sauce, but then I tried the cookie skillet and the creme brulee. There was no clear winner for me, it was all amazing.
While the Granite City Brewery hit the mark in so many of the areas I look for, it also blew me away with the extra’s I didn’t see coming!
- This location not only has purse hooks under their bar, but they also have USB and electrical outlets for guests to use to recharge their electronics as needed.
- I am extremely happy to announce that the Northville Granite City Brewery offers family restrooms and a changing table in BOTH the men’s and woman’s bathrooms as well.
- Love the beer? Take home a growler! Growlers are available for purchase and refill.
- Join the Mug Club. The mug club is a reward based card that. . . well, rewards you for your patronage and love. When you sign up with the rewards club, each visit/purchase earns you points which can be used towards your balance at a later visit. Members also get notifications of new limited time brews coming to the brewery.
Grand Opening April 8th!
Those who join the grand opening on April 8th will also help to contribute to fight local hunger as Granite City will donate 10% of each meal purchase to the food bank on this date. Also, those who visit during the grand opening will receive free membership into the Mug Club!
Want to check it out for yourself? We’re giving away a $25 gift card to the restaurant! See details and enter below.