The first time I ventured out to Beards, I nearly missed it driving through downtown Petoskey. The sign was relatively small on an easy-to-miss building. The brewery itself was tucked in the back of a building, down a stone path in what looked like an enclosed outdoor space. The taproom was small, cozy, full of board games, and a record player was playing in the background. It felt like a secret you only wanted your good friends to know about.
Fast-forward five years, and Beards has become a staple in the Petoskey community. Now on the corner of US-31 and Lake Street, the brewery resides in the former Whitecaps building and is one of the first things you encounter as you enter downtown.
And while the space is larger, feels more expansive, and has extraordinary views, it maintains a similar atmosphere as the original space.
“We wanted to keep as much of the old place as we could,” said Ben Slocum, Beards co-founder.
Upon entering, a stone path that pays tribute to the original guides
Source: Mitten Brew
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