West Michigan craft beverages to pair with Thanksgiving dinner

west michigan craft beverages

West Michigan is known for its excellent and expanding selection of quality craft beverages. In addition to being downright delicious, the beer, cider, wine, and liquor around here can really enhance a Thanksgiving dinner.  Make your palate happy during your Thanksgiving stay in the Saugatuck area. Pick up a bottle, six-pack, or growler of one of these West Michigan craft beverages.

6 West Michigan craft beverages to pair with Thanksgiving dinner

Michigan Harvest by Virtue Cider 

west michigan craft beverages virtue cider fennville
Image: Virtue Cider

This semi-dry apple cider is barrel aged in French oak. Its scent evokes a Michigan apple orchard at peak harvest time, and it tastes delicious with traditional Thanksgiving fare.

Chardonnay Reserve by Fenn Valley Winery 

This dry white wine captures the fresh character of the Chardonnay grape and is softened with vanilla tones from the French oak barrel it’s aged in. This wine goes especially well with creamy, squash-based side dishes.

Third Bear English Style Ale by Saugatuck Brewing Company 

“Not too hoppy, not too sweet, this beer is just right.” Third Bear has a toasty flavor with leafy undertones that make it a perfect for pairing with a meal celebrating the autumn harvest. With nine different malts, the beer is complex, but not overwhelming.

west michigan craft beverages thanksgivingDry Apple Cider by Crane’s Winery 

Crane’s Winery features a wide selection of house-made wines and ciders that are sure to delight. Grab some cans for a light, not-too-sweet cider that will harmonize well with a bite of smoky turkey.

Single-Barrel Bourbon by Coppercraft Distillery 

When it’s time for dessert, Coppercraft Distillery’s Single-Barrel Bourbon sings alongside a warm slice of apple pie. The frosty temperatures outside don’t stand a chance with a glass of this warming spirit. This bourbon is aged for a minimum 11 years, and you can pick up a bottle right in downtown Saugatuck.

2013 Riesling Ice Wine by Wyncroft 

If pie doesn’t suit your fancy, make a rich ice wine your dessert. Wyncroft’s 2013 Riesling Ice Wine is a product of that year’s Polar Vortex, which created three tons of frozen grapes that were then pressed and fermented into this sweet beverage. How does it feel on the palate? Wyncroft says it best: “Unctuous, thick, and creamy with an amazingly dense flavor profile of honey-dipped apple and candied apricot, accented with crisp acidity.”

What are the Best Wineries on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail?

saugatuck wine tours

When you come to beautiful southwest Michigan during the summertime, there’s an experience unlike any other in the area just waiting for your visit. The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail courses through the southwestern corner of the state featuring only the finest Michigan wineries. So, for vacationers and locals alike, the wine keeps on flowing, and you’re invited to the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail party!

Are you looking for the most incredible experiences Michigan has to offer? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Lakeshore Lodging, we consider ourselves experts on everything Michigan! So, check out our vacation plan information, and see for yourself the wonderful vacation you can have here!

Wineries on the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

Southwest Michigan is home to many very talented winemakers. They are some of the area’s most important resources for excellent quality wine and represent the Michigan winemaking tradition. More than a dozen wineries comprise the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. Here, we’ll focus on a handful of the best on the list we believe you’ll love!

Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant

About an hour south of Saugatuck, the Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant in Buchanan sets the mood with hardwood floors and decor and unique lighting. Nearly 50 years of winemaking experience means you’ll taste some of the most refined wine in the region. Tours are available in the spring, but during the winter in Saugatuck, you can chat with their wine experts at the Tabor Hill Wine Port.

Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery

On a vintage 1882 homestead, the Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery in Mattawan has something unique from many wineries here in Michigan. They grow their own grapes! Where other wineries ship in their grapes from elsewhere, Cody Kresta celebrates the heritage and tradition of their estate by making fine wine with their own harvest. Check out their tours to see when you can visit!

Lazy Ballerina Winery

Right by Silver Beach in St. Joseph, the Lazy Ballerina Winery uses old family recipes for winemaking. The unique setting features boutique wines in a café-style downtown tasting room. Enjoy samplings and great local cuisine from their chef. Plus, it’s the perfect venue for a girls night out and birthday parties!

Fenn Valley Vineyards

Fenn Valley Vineyards produces some of the best wine in the region. You’ll know them by their traditional reds, whites, sparkling wines, and fruit wines. And, when you stop by their tasting room, you’ll get the chance to try everything they have to offer!

Here’s Why You Should Stop by Tabor Hill Wine Port

tabor hill wine port

In cozy Saugatuck, MI, an array of shops and storefronts welcome you to wander downtown. One of those wonderful storefronts is the Tabor Hill Wine Port. As Saugatuck’s premier wine tasting room, Tabor Hill is the headquarters for wine in the area. Let the experts at Tabor Hill Wine Port guide you to the best wine experience you’ve ever had. It’s a great activity to sample the local flair and fare during your visit to Saugatuck!

Are you looking for the best things to see and do on Michigan’s Art Coast? Then, look no further than the recommended activities from Lakeshore Lodging! Our recommendations are sure to make your visit the best one yet. Trust us, we’re experts and we’re local!

You’ll Love the Selection and Expertise at Tabor Hill Wine Port

Though the wine is produced about an hour south of Saugatuck, the Tabor Hill Wine Port offers to residents and visitors of Saugatuck the chance to experience wine like never before. If you’re looking for quality wine with the opportunity for a tasting, then this is the spot for you. At the store, Tabor Hill’s wine experts are ready and waiting to guide you through their selection. They will walk you through tasting notes of each of their wines, highlighting flavors and aromas that make the wines special. It’s the perfect complement to the art galleries and boutiques downtown, too, meaning your shopping trip won’t be complete without a stop into the Tabor Hill Wine Port.

Tabor Hill Winery in Buchanan, MI

If you’re up for a little bit of an adventure from Saugatuck, then you should definitely make the trek down to Buchanan to visit the winery itself. At the winery lodge, you’ll love the hardwood floors and decor, and the unique lighting will set the mood for your visit. It’s the perfect place to relax and rest with quality Michigan wine. Plus, they’re open during the winter for wine tastings and dining, as well as the rest of the year. You can take a tour beginning in the springtime, and keep in mind that the restaurant is closed the week before Christmas to the middle of January. To stay up to date, you can check out their hours and locations.

Take the Journey During Your Saugatuck Getaway

Whether you’re just stopping in for some quality wine at the Tabor Hill Wine Port or making the journey down to Buchanan to see the winery, itself, you can’t go wrong during your Saugatuck getaway! And, when you stay with Lakeshore Lodging during your time here, you’ll feel right at home! Our beautiful vacation rentals are both comfortable and convenient, and we’re confident you’ll enjoy your time with us more than anywhere else. So, check out our available rentals and see for yourself the quality you’ll enjoy. Then, contact us to reserve your stay! Finally, if you need more ideas for things to see and do in the area. We guarantee they’ll make your vacation the best one yet!