Typically our brewery visits are planned out during our travels. Or we at least have a list of those we’d like to visit, based around the area we will be staying. Honestly, I’m not even sure I knew there was a brewery in Brighton, Michigan. But, when my sister and I headed out to Brighton back in November to meet up with my cousin, she and her husband suggested I do a review of Brewery Becker.
Review of Brewery Becker Building
To my surprise, Brewery Becker is housed in what used to be The Western House Hotel. Opening back in the early 1870’s, the building is now on the national registry of historic places. Restored by the Becker Family beginning in 2010, it took a grueling 4 years to complete the restoration because the building was in need of extensive repairs.
In addition, The Becker Family was extremely meticulous about each and every detail. Whether it was using over seven thousand actual 1870’s bricks, or creating replicas for things like the original ceiling tiles and the roof top signs. Oh, and the walls, that’s not wall paper. It’s actually hand-painted. Let no detail go unnoticed as you take a little tour in our video.
Walking into Brewery Becker, I was taken back by the beautiful wooden french door set from an 1880’s villa in Genoa, Italy.
Next you are greeted in the atrium with two remaining original windows, and nice touches of historic photos. Like this prohibition picture.
This photo of the main floor bar brings attention to their use of reclaimed, original wood from inside building. They creatively reused stud walls, floor joists, and support beams to make stunning bars. Also, the lighting is all 1900’s replicas.
Both the stairway to the second floor, and third floor loft, are 1870’s cast iron replicas, and are absolutely gorgeous.
Review of Brewery Becker Beer
Ok, ok, I know I’ve talked enough about the building, now let’s get to the beers. Brewery Becker serves an array of German and European inspired historic beers, which fit perfectly with the brewery atmopshere.
Visiting in the fall, the Apfelbier is spot on for that time of year. Their Hefeweizen with Apple Izzie in a sugar-cinnamon rimmed glass is all the feels of fall.
Returning back this summer as a family, we got ourselves a flight of beers to try. Here we have the Vargdricka, 1935 B.P. X, Kölsch, 1871 Wiener, and Hefeweizen. All were great, but I do love a good Kölsch. Matt’s favorite was the 1935 B. P. X.
If you visit in summer, I highly recommend enjoying the outdoor Bier Garden patio. Although our friends informed us it’s still open during the colder months. You can gather around a fire pit, and they even provide blankets.
Aside from the historic ales and lagers, you can find several shandys on the menu. You won’t find a full food menu, but they do offer lighter snacks. For the non-beer drinkers, bring your own bottle of wine, and Brewery Becker will uncork it, for a small fee.
Final Thoughts and Tips
Brewery Becker is a mix of history, unique atmosphere, great beer, and small town beauty. Many things we look for in a top brewery. Also, proof the craft of brewing beer doesn’t have to be anything more than respect for tradition.
At El Arbol Taqueria you can find fresh Mexican, which is where we ate prior to our first visit to Brewery Becker. My sis and I started with the Chips & Trio, then had the Rice Bowl. My cocktail is the Hibiscus, which is delicious! Lu & Carl’s offers up American Fare, so you can find salads, sandwiches, burgers and more.
You can also spend the day around Brighton. Mill Pond Trail will take you along Brighton Mill Pond, or pop into some of the many shops in the historic district along Main St. In addition, there is no shortage of parks within a short drive.
Of course, if you’re looking to visit more breweries, be sure to check out: