Outside the Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, Michigan

Outside the Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, Michigan

Overview for Right Brain Brewery

Many years ago, Russell Springsteen was cutting hair for a living and had a vision to combine his passion for brewing beer with his trade. He ended up in Traverse City, Michigan and opened a successful salon.

In 2007, Russell opened a brewery and pub in Traverse City’s Warehouse District — making the creative type of beer that he always wanted. He successfully operated both businesses for years, but has since moved locations and sold the salon.

When we ran out of space a decade ago, we moved our headquarters into a warehouse at 225 East 16th Street that dates back more than 50 years. We renovated it, updated it, and worked hard to reclaim/re-use as much of the old building as possible. The result is an open and inviting atmosphere suitable for enjoying beer, lively conversations, and the miracle of existence.

The pub and production facility is now located on 16th Street in Traverse City’s SoFo District. Right Brain’s Pub has over 30 beers on tap at all times, and the eclectic look and feel inside is popular with beer lovers of all ages. With over 150,000 visitors a year, the pub is family friendly with a connection to the local community.

Right Brain believes in experimenting with unusual ingredients not typically used in the beer brewing process! We brew high quality popular styles like Ambers, Pales, Stouts, and IPAs. We also brew unique styles with unusual materials like whole pig parts, asparagus, or real cherry pie! There are NO EXTRACTS in our beer! All ingredients come from the ground. We care about the environment and buy local whenever possible. Not every new beer we brew is successful, but we prefer to always push the boundaries. We’re up for the challenge! Join us and Keep Beer Curious.

Right Brain also produces and sells beer on draft and in packages (bottles and cans) that are distributed to hundreds of retail accounts across the entire state of Michigan.


Right Brain Brewery is an independent craft brewer.

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Inside the Right Brain Brewery taproom in Traverse City, Michigan

Inside the Right Brain Brewery taproom in Traverse City, Michigan

Right Brain Brewery

  • 225 E Sixteenth St Ste A
  • Traverse City, MI 49684-4190
  • (231) 944-1239

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Right Brain Brewery in the News

Right Brain Brewery Releases “Pig Porter” in Cans

Right Brain Brewery’s award-winning Pig Porter has been released on draft and makes its debut in 4-pack, 16 oz. cans for a limited time. Read More