Bier’s Inwood Brewery Updraft
By Alex Tank | Feb. 15, 2020
A few miles south of Charlevoix on US-31, Bier Art Gallery’s red schoolhouse entices travelers with the promise of northern Michigan art. Those who are more beverage-attuned, however, might glimpse a simple painted sign pointing the way to Bier’s Inwood Brewery. Tyler and Anna Bier opened the brewery in 2018, just a stone’s throw from the gallery. The renovated farmhouse interior is bright and thoughtfully planned. Large windows reveal Lake Michigan to the west and an orchard valley to the east. Charming owls hide inside a custom backsplash behind the taps. And the beer choices … ? As varied as the sights. There were 10 styles represented on our visit, from classic American IPAs (Wobbly Pot & Bell Ringer) to a gently tangy Berliner Weise (SauerBier) to a chocolaty Porter with a touch of coconut (Raven). Our pick is Updraft, a Scottish Export Ale at 6% ABV. It’s deep amber in color and robust with roasty malt notes, well suited to the season’s pervasive slate-grey skies. For a bite while you sip, Bier’s bakes up pizzas sourced from Charlevoix’s Flour Girl, as well as chips and salsa from Lynda’s Tacos. The brewery hosts live music most weekends. Visit this winter for the windswept serenity; return in summertime for refreshment on the ample lawn overlooking Lake Michigan.
Find the fresh beer and views at 17959 Ferry Road, just south of Charlevoix. www.biersinwoodbrewery.com 231-675-7632