Southwest Michigan
Photograph: Virtue Cider

Virtue Cider


This is one of the coolest places to drink in the entire Midwest. The cidery and apple farm, created by the former brewmaster at Goose Island, has three Old English–style cider warehouses, a whole field of fire pits, heritage pigs, roaming chickens, hiking trails, greenhouses, and oh, some amazing, funky farmhouse ciders made from Michigan apples. 2170 62nd St.

Dablon Vineyards & Winery


Don’t be a snob about Michigan wines until you give them a try — you might be surprised. Dablon has one of the prettiest tasting rooms in the area, with a lounge dominated by a huge stone fireplace and overlooking hills of vines. The Pinot Noir rosé is just right for summer sipping. 111 W. Shawnee Rd.

Waypost Brewing Co.


The tiny woman-owned brewery is set smack in the middle of a giant blueberry farm. Its indoor space isn’t huge, but in the summer a beautiful shady patio awaits. If it’s in stock, be sure to try the sea salt stout, one of the area’s more unusual savory beers. 1630 Blue Star Hwy.

The False Front

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This is the closest thing to a “secret” bar in southwest Michigan — it’s a deli by day, but at night it turns into a queer-friendly (but open to all) craft cocktail spot. If the barrel-aged selections are available, go with those — the Vesper, for example, turns a classic (but notoriously strong) drink into a smooth, easy sipper. 30 N. Whittaker St.

Journeyman Distillery

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One of the great success stories of southwest Michigan, this place got its start sharing space with Chicago’s Koval Distillery before moving to a gorgeously restored former corset factory. Now Journeyman sells a full line of spirits and has a large restaurant and a cocktail bar, plus event spaces and tours. 109 Generations Dr.