Nestled in the north woods and located on the crisp Au Sable river, Grayling brings in many anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, but there’s more to this town than that! In 2022, Grayling Main Street became an accredited American Main Street, which recognizes its commitment to supporting small businesses and revitalizing their community. Known as Michigan’s most colorful rivertown, Grayling offers a welcoming atmosphere to visitors and locals alike.
Their community-focused downtown offers unique shops, like Tip N’ the Mitten, locally owned restaurants and breweries, as well as their own social district, Brew Avenue. Launched in July 2021 this area allows visitors to enjoy a beverage from participating businesses and stroll throughout the designated downtown area. Special Brew Avenue cups are provided from each vendor to designate the beverage. Folks enjoying a beverage from one establishment are not permitted to bring the drink into another and are encouraged to drink responsibly.
Grayling Brew Avenue Social District Businesses:
Spike’s Keg ‘O’ Nails – Now home to the infamous SpikeBurger, Spike’s first opened in Grayling the day after prohibition ended on May 29th, 1933. Stop in for dinner then take your beverage to-go as part of the social district!
Paddle Hard Brewing – Pop into this fun microbrewery for a taplist with 28 refreshing ales and woodfired pizzas.
Ray’s – BBQ, Brews & Blues – This BBQ joint on the banks of the AuSable offers a full menu of smoked on-site briskets, ribs, turkey, and more. Plus, they have over 30 beers on tap and a blue-sy playlist that is sure to make you tap your feet.
Rolling Oak Brewing Company – Roll into this brewery housed in Grayling’s historic ice house! They have free popcorn, but guests are also welcome to bring their own food or get delivery.
Michigan Brew Grayling – Now offering Brunch and lunch, this Michigan focused cafe offers an ever-changing menu.
The social district is in operation year-round, but folks are invited to come celebrate Grayling’s 150th Birthday Bash on Saturday, September 17th from 3-11pm in Downtown Grayling! There will be live music from MotorCity Memories Band, Derek Boik, and Oh Brother Big Sister, as well as delicious food.
So, grab a beverage from your favorite Brew Avenue business and enjoy the party this weekend in Grayling!
Emma Beauchamp is the former Editor in Chief for Taste the Local Difference.