COVID-19 Update

The Workshop is defined by our philosophy, and always will be. We strive to do the right thing by our staff, by our community, and by the planet. As of Friday 5/22, we are permitted to reopen for service. But it’s on us to decide if we should.

We’ve been working behind the scenes to re-envision The Workshop in a way that stays true to our values, that maintains our presence in the community, that is resilient to this pandemic and whatever comes next, and that keeps our staff and customers safe. We have some epic ideas that we can’t wait to share with you! But we’re not going to until we know we can do it in a way that takes care of staff and community.

So we won’t be opening this weekend, but we are shooting to roll out the new, fighting-fit Workshop in early June (date TBA!). The new incarnation will feature:

– An all-new menu of delicious handmade eats that travel well and pair perfectly with our beer.

– Take-out friendly online ordering

– Outdoor service with distanced seating on our famous patio (we’re even talking to the City about taking over more of Garland Street! Call your commissioners!)

– New packaged beverage options (beach friendly containers!)

– Health and safety measures for our staff and for you, our customers, that go above and beyond all government requirements.

We miss you and we can’t wait to see your smiling faces (or at least your smiling eyes).

The Workshop Family


We are in business to preserve Northern Michigan’s spectacular natural environment, to reinforce Traverse City’s warm and vital community, and to honor traditional craft. We do not consider our business to be a success unless we are demonstrably and sustainably doing all three. We express this commitment by using the Trifidelity symbol, which stands for our motto: Nature. Community. Craft.



We will not amaze you with newfangled beer: we think our old-fangled stuff- all made with Michigan and/or organic ingredients wherever humanly possible- will do the trick just fine. We welcome craft beer newcomers with approachable offerings like American Blonde Ale, Honey Stock Ale, session IPA, and Porter. We keep it interesting with seasonals like Belgian Dubbel, Nitro Triple IPA, Local Raspberry Blanche, and Oktoberfest. And we delight the aficionado with high-gravity and barrel-aged beers like Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter, local Kriek Bière, and Flemish Sour Brown Ale. Watch out for the occasional firkin, too! Check out our current list!


Our menu emphasizes fresh, seasonal ingredients, and showcases the incomparable products of local farmers, bakers, and other artisans. It is curated to be the perfect complement to our Heirloom Beers. Various snacks, salads, soups, and specials round out the menu.


Each food item is specifically designed to complement a particular beer, and many of our food items even include beer in the recipe! When you order any item off of our food menu, you will notice in the description that there is a suggested brew for an expertly paired tasting experience! Of course, feel free to do-it-yourself: choose your beer (any of 3 sizes!), and a delicious appetizer, sandwich or pizza! No matter how you do it, you’ll have both hands full of malty, hoppy, local lip-smackin’ goodness. There’s local soda pop and a fantastic kids’ menu for your little apprentices, too.

Our People are our secret!


In an effort to keep our staff and customers healthy, we are currently CLOSED.

Stay tuned for exciting news in June!