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What's On Tap?

Updated  7/11/2023  

All beers subject to change!


new growlers $35    refills $30     Member refills $11.50

Cherry Pie Whole

Amber ale, brewed with whole cherry crumb pies from our pals at Grand Traverse Pie Company. Expect light notes of crust with a cherry finish  5.4%      16oz


Sour ale brewed with blood oranges and hibiscus. You'll notice tastes of citrus and berry, with a subtle sweetness.   6%      16oz

free play IPA 

Loaded with citra hop goodness!        7.2%      16oz     

pig porter  (currently gone--back in september)

Our award-winning porter is back--smoky, smooth, and rich. Made with smoked pig heads and bones, it's something to savor.      6.8%   

looping owl 

Northern Hawk Owl aged in Grand Traverse Distillery whiskey barrels.  Warming, vanilla, oak.  Sorry, no growlers.   7%   12oz 

who gose there cherry lime (currently gone--back soon) 

Gose made w/salt & lime. Tart and freshing.   4.5%  16oz  

social Probation hazy 

Juicy New England style IPA. Made with Amarillo, Simcoe, Calypso, and local Chinook hops. 7.0%    16oz  


Brown ale w/ peanut butter, Thai chili, coconut & lime -- Pad Thai in a glass. A fan favorite!   7.9%   12oz  


new growlers $30   refills $22   Member refills $11.50    

Batch 4000!

Our 4000th batch of beer is a West Coast-style IPA made with fresh rhubarb and raspberries. Features a nice bitterness with a light fruit aftertaste.   7.0%     55 IBU

spiny norman 

Clean, sharp, vibrant. Simcoe hops produce a piney and citrus finish. A staff favorite.   6.2%   58 IBU  

concrete dinosaur  

Brown Rye IPA. Giant notes of rye accented by subtle citrus undertones. Silver Medal Winner for Best Rye Beer at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.    7.2%  60 IBU

ring finger

Session IPA. Easy-drinking, crushable.   3.8%  40 IBU

spinal crusher  

Double IPA w/Calypso & Amarillo hops. Balanced.  7.5%  55 IBU

dead kettle 

Sharp. Clean. Grapefruit.  5.8%  70 IBU


new growlers $25   refills $18  Member refills $11.50 

Spear beer

Limited release! A light-bodied ale brewed with fresh, locally grown, grilled asparagus and lemon peel.  3.8%


A light, easy-drinkin' pilsner, great for both partying and gardening.  4.2%

luscious lemon

Our lemon cream ale is back for summer! Perfect for the beach, the boat, or just sittin' around.   3.8%

cherry bomb

Cherry cream ale made with local cherries (of course).   5.5%

blue magic 

The magic is back! Prepare for a floral aroma, a light body, and a lavendar finish, thanks to the addition of real lavendar from Bohemian Lavender Farm!   4.5%

naughty girl stout (currently gone--back this winter) 

We don't always use the words "sensual" and "full-bodied," but when we do, it's to describe Naughty Girl Stout. Made with chocolate malt and real peppermint for a cool, chocolaty experience.    5.8% 

el cougre

A light, crisp Mexican lager with fresh lime and sea salt, named after some graffiti on the wall of our brewhouse. Rowr!    4.8%

smooth operator

Cream ale made with Pilsen malt. Looking for something that's not too malty or too hoppy? This is it!   3.8%

Front street fudge

Light-bodied stout infused with Kilwin's chocolate fudge.  Mmm, chocolaty!     5.5%    

chubby squirrel (currently gone--back soon)

Our Fall seasonal is back! Spiced amber ale brewed with real Madagascar vanilla beans, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and lemon peel. Spice aromas balance out notes of toffee, brown sugar, and vanilla.      5.5%  

orange you curious? 

Back by popular demand and perfect for when Spring finally arrives, this ale brewed with wheat malt and fresh orange zest features a mildly fruity aroma with hints of citrus.      4.5%

fire starter 

A roasty, medium-bodied porter made with chipotle peppers. Features strong smoky notes & a mild spicy finish.    5.9%

flying squirrel 

A traditional American Brown Ale with chocolate and roasty notes and a mild hop finish.   5.7%

will power 

One of Right Brain's most sessionable beers. Made with local Cascade hops. Effervescent, light in color, with mildly hoppy notes.    4.5%

Midnight Rendezvous 

A light-bodied Black Ale. Very easy to drink with a complex malt character and an earthy hop finish.     4.2%

Northern Hawk Owl 

A medium-bodied amber ale with a lovely red hue and a malty nose. Expect notes of caramel and toffee with a clean, not sweet finish.     5.8%

satisfaction esb 

A perfect marriage between malty and hoppy notes. Expect notes of caramel and toast with a mild finish.     6.0%

CEO stoUt

Light-bodied stout w/ espresso from Roaster Jack Coffee Co.   5.5%


Cream ale w/ real Madagascar vanilla bean. Light, not sweet.   3.8% 


Smooth, easy-drinking Red ale. Mild hops.   4.8%


f*ck yeah cakes

Our play on the Whoopie Pie. The brewers describe this as a, and I quote, "Huge chocolate bomb!" Thirty pounds of marshmallows added to the boil make this sweet stout very smooth. Carbing it with nitrogen makes it even smoother. Originally brewed in 2019 as a collaboration with Starving Artist.    12%     12oz   

Also available

sarcastigirl seltzer (currently gone--back soon)

Right Brain's very own seltzer, made with all natural ingredients.

Current flavor:  Cherry     5%     16oz  


Made locally by Acoustic Mead. Currently on hand: Raspberry   7%   10oz

white wine

A blend of Moscato and Riesling, made by the fine folks at Verterra Winery  12%   6oz

hard cider 

Made by our friends at Tandem Ciders.    4.5%  16oz   

Oh Buoy! Sparkling water

Right Brain's own sparkling water-- Crisp, refreshing, and sugar free!   $3 pint, $1.50 half pint

Current flavor: Lime

brain pop (currently gone--back soon)

Right Brain sodas made with all natural ingredients.   $3 pint, $1.50 half pint


15th anniversary beers, conceived by employees:

comma sutra

Imperial Blonde Ale with notes of chocolate and almond.    7.5%     16oz  

shaking shamrock

Blonde stout, inspired by that minty seasonal milk shake, with notes of vanilla and mint.    7.2%     16oz 

peanut butter and porter

It is what it is...  Peanut Butter Porter  6.8%    16oz  

Cream of Whiskey

Barrel-aged imperial cream ale with coffee from Panther Coffee   10.5%    12oz  

Wicked Crusher

Hazy Double IPA  (Josh)    7.4%     16oz  

Abby rd. (nitro)

Hazelnut, graham cracker, and chocolate Porter    5.5%    16oz   

second coming

Imperial IPA    8.5%    16oz     


Want to taste a few different things? 

Try a sampler Flight:

6 beers (your choice), 6 oz each      $19

$1.00 extra for each Premium Beer
$3.00 extra for each cider or mead