Southwest Michigan is one of our favorite areas to visit, especially places that are either food or drink based. On out way home from a wedding this past weekend, we stopped in at a new-to-us place, Tapistry Brewing. From our usual home base in Union Pier, this is usually a bit further than we want to drive, but this time it worked out perfectly for us. We're glad we stopped.
Tapestry's establishment seems to be about clean lines and minimal fuss - you don't really notice the furniture but instead focus on the bar and long row of taps beyond. This place is all about the beer. If you look around closely, there are some cool touches throughout, from the interesting art to the customized tables to the glass growlers used as light shades in the outdoor patio area. A couple of couches facing a TV in one corner make it easy to imagine whiling away quite bit of time here.
The menu is somewhat limited, mostly sandwiches, but what they do have is really, really good. We disagreed on their sweet, mustardy pickles that come along with the plates (I loved them), but there wasn't a dud in the bunch, and that's saying a lot. The kids were excited to order (and subsequently enjoyed) the grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which was really interesting and tasty, as was the basic grilled cheese. With names like the Brewben and Mushroom (my choice, so good), it's clear they have a sense of humor.
While the food was good, the beer may have been better - in any case, it really complemented the food. While their beer has some of the underlying Midwest sweetness that is typical of our region, their IPAs and Double IPAs ended on a serious bitter note, much appreciated by me. A wide variety of tastes means you'll probably find something you like. Go with a flight or two and taste a bunch.
We will definitely be back when we're in this neck of the woods and will actually drive a bit further to have lunch here. Good food, good beer, good service, what's not to like?
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