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Craft Beer is Brewing in Ludington, Michigan


Downtown Ludington's Octoberfest, presented by Bell's and Ludington Bay Brewing Co., is coming up on September 24-25, featuring an afternoon of beer, live entertainment, food and family games. This event is a fall celebration welcoming the community and visitors to come together to celebrate the craft beverage scene. While here for the festival, there are plenty of other great stops for beer enthusiasts to check out.

Away from Ludington’s award-winning shoreline awaits a beer enthusiast’s next big adventure. In less than three years, the Ludington area has blossomed into a year-round, craft beer destination that marries bold and balanced flavors, old and new styles, and exceptional experiences that are sure to excite and satisfy the palate. Visitors won’t be disappointed with heading downtown, which offers an eclectic selection of breweries and craft beer bars. No matter the location, a tour with the brewer or an engaging conversation with a friendly local will have you hooked and wishing you could stay.

Jamesport Brewing Company

Jamesport Brewing Company, or JBC, has been a local staple since 2000. The Pub, as locals lovingly refer to it, lit a fire and led the way in introducing the West Michigan area to stouts, IPAs, Scottish ales, and many more craft beer styles. JBC features 12 of its house-crafted beers on tap, including eight mainstays and four rotating seasonals. Fan favorites include JBC’s Scottish strong, blueberry wheat, ESB, and Hefeweizen. In addition to great beer, JBC offers great views of the lake plus a full bar of wine and spirits, as well as a tremendous menu, including its to-die-for cheese ale soup.

Check with the staff to get a quick, behind-the-scenes brewery tour between pints.

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Ludington Bay Brewing Company

Ludington Bay Brewing Company is the newest brewery to open its doors and leave an impression on Ludington’s beer scene. Located on South James Street, it is one of the first must-see locations when you arrive in Ludington. Moments after you enter its tasting room and restaurant, your attention will be drawn to the glass wall separating you from the working brewery. As you sit inside its stunning tap room or outside on the patio, you will be dazzled by its carefully curated menu meant to pair perfectly with its artisan ales and lagers. Opened in May 2017, it has quickly earned recognition for serving balanced, delicious beers. If you’re waffling between choosing one or more of its beers, order a flight and try them all!


The Mitten Bar: A Michigan Ideology

The Mitten Bar captured the attention of craft beer fans near and far shortly after it opened in 2011. The small, quaint bar quickly became recognized as one of the best craft beer bars in the country for its atmosphere and commitment to Michigan-made products and live music. The bar features 12 beers on tap from Michigan breweries, plus a selection of bottles and cans. Locals and visitors can join in engaging conversation over a flight, pint, or snifter of their choice while enjoying fresh, casual fare from its sister bar, Barley & Rye. Not hungry? The Mitten also features live music by up-and-coming artists from our great Mitten state and beyond. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a pint solo, or to meet old and new friends, the Mitten is worth a stop.

P.M. Expeditions

Located on south Pere Marquette Highway, P.M. Expeditions is the first and last stop in and out of Ludington for many. This small convenience store offers an extensive library of craft beers for your next game of disc golf or your hike through Ludington State Park.

Whether you are a long-time beer enthusiast, or just dipping your toes in the craft-beer scene, Ludington offers a great variety. Be sure to also save the date for the summer's hottest beer festival, Suds on the Shore, happening on August 18, and don’t forget to share your photos with us on Instagram and Facebook using #PureLudington. For more travel information, visit


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