In addition to several local wineries, there are a growing number of microbreweries and distilleries to explore. Our recent finds include:
Greenbush Brewing Company: The hot spot in Sawyer is this microbrewery that features 14 artisanal ales, IPAs, porters, blonds and stouts and a number of seasonal offerings like cider and pumpkin ale. Be prepared for large crowds. There is a large tap room for tasting and eating one of their soups or sandwiches. Across the street is a large outdoor patio with a small cafe offering beers, cheeses and charcuterie.
Round Barn Brewery & Public House, 8151 First St. in Baroda: A hip, new spot for tasting beer and having a casual meal. They have a large number of ales, wheat beers, IPAs and stouts to sample.
At the Round Barn Winery, you can visit Divine Spirits which includes a bourbon, a silver rum and a hand-crafted vodka. There is also their Black Walnut Creme which is their version of an Irish Cream.
Journeyman Distillery: Located in the historic Featherbone Factory, this is a wonderful distillery located in downtown Three Oaks. They offer tastings as well as a large assortment of craft cocktails, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. I tried the tasting flight of five of their brown spirits which included the W.R. Whiskey, a white whiskey, the Ravenswood Rye, The Buggy Whip Wheat, The Silver Crest made of 4 different grains, and the Featherbone Bourbon. All were excellent as was the recently released brandy. You can also do a flight of clear spirits including rum, vodka and gin. The atmosphere is outstanding so make this tops on your list of things to do.