Manitou Microbrew Tasting Cruise

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Zerve Seller: TravTallShip
Activity #6984
  • Sit back and relax with family & friends for an afternoon sail aboard our majestic tall ship Manitou and enjoy the finest ice cream!

  • Sail out of Traverse City on our majestic tall ship, learn about the rich history of the region and enjoy its picturesque landscapes!

  • Come dance and enjoy drinks on Grand Traverse Bay with the band playing lively jigs, chanteys and ballads of sailing & life on the sea!

Our season typically runs May-August. Please check back soon for next season's schedule of events!

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Or for more information, please contact TravTallShip.


Come set sail for a spectacular 2-hour adventure paired with superb local beer and fresh, hot pizza. The refreshing lake air, crisp beverages, and a savory meal will be the perfect way to end a day. An evening sail on Lake Michigan will certainly be exhilarating and calming.  

During this 2-hour cruise you will experience: 
  • Pizza and a fresh vegetable platter are included in the price.
  • Four 4 oz. pours of craft beers by one of our excellent local breweries are included in the price.
  • Breathtaking views of the Traverse City shoreline and shops.
  • See local wildlife along the traquil lakeshore.
You can sit back and take it all in, or become involved with the sailing of the vessel, assisting the crew with the lines or perhaps even taking a turn at the wheel if conditions allow.

Sit back and relax with a slice in one hand and a cold brew in the other!

What Is Not Included?

Additional beverages are not included. Drinks such as wine and soda, are not included in the price of your ticket. You are welcome to purchase these items on board with cash or credit card.

Gratuity is not included in the price of your sail. However, tips are greatly appreciated by our hard working crew!

Meeting Location

M-22, just north of downtown Traverse City (Traverse City, MI) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
32 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 4
Had a Great Time
Sun, Sep 6, 15  6:00 PM Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
This was a fun cruise. You are out on the water 1:45-2hrs. . .This was a beer tasting cruise. . .the beer was good :-) . . We met a young couple (25yrs our junior) enjoyed their company and had a few beets at the Right Brain later!!. . . .We had a nice night: and sunset. would recommend this!
Rating: 4
Great, a good sailing time!
Sun, Sep 6, 15  6:00 PM Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Had a nice time, beatiful sunset cruise on the cool bay.
Rating: 5
Sun, Sep 6, 15  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Rating: 5
Out of the ordinary.
Sun, Sep 6, 15  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We decide to book the beer tasting and pizza cruise because it sounded like a little more than a boat ride. It was that and more. The staff was friendly, entertaining and helpful from start to finish. The ship was beautiful and the ride was so smooth. It was an exciting ride. We all thought the value was excellent. We liked it so much we are looking into one of the 4 day windjammer cruises.
Rating: 5
Everyone loved this evening!
Sun, Sep 6, 15  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
When I first mentioned to my family that I purchased tickets for this sail, everyone was excited about it. Six all together, one couple in their 50's and two couples in their mid & late twenties spent a beautiful couple of hours aboard the Manitou. Highly recommend this experience! The crew was exceptional!... They interacted with everyone, we even assisted with raising the sails. The sail was smooth (no sea sickness). Petoskey Brewing was hosting cold beer! I'm going back to buy T-shirts for Christmas presents. Thanks so much for a great experience Manitou!
Rating: 5
Great sail boat ride!
Sun, Aug 23, 15  6:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We were very impressed with the all female crew! The variety of beer was delightful.
Rating: 5
It's was great. The staff was very friendly.
Sun, Aug 23, 15  6:30 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The pizza was good and the beer was amazing. In fact we stopped by the brew company on our way out of traverse city. The only part I did not enjoy we're the families with small children. I am not sure why out off all the tours they have parents would want to bring their toddlers on a brew tasting cruise. Otherwise we had a great time.
Rating: 5
Wonderful cruise
Sun, Aug 16, 15  6:30 PM Male 60-69 Local Other
Well organized; very entertaining; exciting; food was a nice surprise; very friendly accommodating crew; good price. Will definitely do again.
Rating: 5
Enjoyable sunset sail
Sun, Aug 16, 15  6:30 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We greatly enjoyed the Sunday evening beer tasting sail. Wonderful crew! Would have enjoyed sailing a longer distance around the bay instead of back and forth in the same area but understand this isn't always possible.

We would definitely recommend to others!
Rating: 3
Just ok
Sun, Aug 16, 15  6:30 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Boat ride was ok. We went back and forth in a small area of the harbor. It would have been much nicer to actually sail.
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Do I need to book tickets in advance?
While we can sometimes accommodate last minute sign-ups, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance in order to guarantee your space. Book online or over the phone using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
The forecast says 30% chance of rain, will it rain on my sail?
This is a common summer forecast in this area. The majority of time we will see little or no precipitation. We watch the weather radar carefully and will cancel in the event of extended periods of heavy rain. However, we will sail in light rain or showers.
What happens if there is bad weather?
If Traverse Tall Ship Co. cancels because of bad weather (thunderstorms, heavy rain for extended periods etc.) you may reschedule your sail or receive a full refund.
What is your cancellation policy?
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.
What should I bring with me?
We strongly recommend sunscreen and a hat. Please leave beverages and coolers ashore. We do have a bar aboard with a variety of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
What should I wear?
Even at the height of summer it’s usually cooler on the water. We recommend having a jacket or sweater with you. All passengers should wear rubber soft-soled sneakers/tennis shoes or sandals. No high-heels please!
Is there an age limit for this sail?
No, there is no age limit. However, you must be at least 21 years of age with a valid government issued ID to participate in the beer tasting.
Are children and infants allowed to attend? Do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
Yes, children are allowed to attend. However, participants must be at least 21 years old to participate in the beer tasting. All tickets cost $55 regardless of age.
Is your sailboat safe?
Manitou meets or exceeds all U. S. Coast Guard regulations for construction, stability, safety equipment, and electronics for vessels in passenger service. The U. S. Coast Guard licensed captain has many years of experience and you can rest assured of being in good hands.
Will I get seasick?
You are unlikely to get seasick. Manitou’s size and construction generally translate into an easy motion. In addition, our sailing grounds in Grand Traverse Bay are well protected from most wind directions.
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
Yes, the boat is equipped with two bathrooms that are accessible at all times. We call them "marine heads" and they are unlike the bathrooms you use at home. Using a marine head involves pumping, and there are simple directions posted in the bathroom on how to use it.
What happens if it starts raining when we're out on our sail?
Don't worry, we won't melt! Trips with a little wetness have proven to be some of the most memorable bonding experiences for our guests. (This all depends on attitude of course...) We have ponchos available for all of our guests in the case we are caught in a rain-shower.
Is the ship handicap accessible?
Manitou is handicap accessible, although we cannot accommodate battery powered wheelchairs due to the excessive weight. We do have a manual wheelchair on the premises. There are two steps at either end of our boarding ramp. The crew is quite adept at lifting you over these two minor obstacles.
Are any food or drinks included in the sail?
Yes, the Microbrew Tasting Cruise includes tastings of great local microbrews provided by one of our excellent local breweries, and fresh pizza from a local pizzeria.
How many beers are included in the ticket price?
The microbrew beer tasting includes 6 ounce pours of 4 different varieties of beer. Additional beers (as well as wine and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages) are available for purchase.
Are there alternative meal options if I have any dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions in advance and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Can I bring my own food and drinks?
You may bring your own food, but space considerations do not allow coolers to be brought aboard Manitou. However, be aware that a ticket for this cruise does include pizza and beer tasting. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks may be purchased by cash or credit card. Please refrain from bringing beverages with you. It is illegal to bring alcoholic beverages aboard Manitou.
What sort of drinks do you have available on board?
For the Microbrew Tasting Cruise, beers will be provided by one of our local breweries. The beer selection varies on the season and their specialty brews available. Other additional beverages such as soft drinks, lemonade or wine are available for purchase on board.
Do you accept both cash and credit cards on board?
Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover or cash on board.
Is there a place to sit? Is seating assigned?
Seating is on the cabin house tops and on deck boxes. This is backless bench seating. Seating is not assigned, and you are free to move about the vessel, including touring below decks, during the sail.
Is smoking permitted?
No. Smoking in not permitted anywhere on our vessels or property.
Do you have life jackets?
Per U. S. Coast Guard regulations, adult and child life jackets are available. You are not required to wear life jackets, but are welcome to if you like. The USCG required jackets that we keep aboard offer excellent flotation, but are somewhat bulky.
Are pregnant women allowed to attend the sail?
Yes, pregnant women are welcome aboard.
Should I tip the captain and crew?
Tipping is customary, but should be based on your satisfaction with the service you receive. A 15% gratuity is appropriate if you are happy with the performance of the captain and crew.
Can I stow anything on the boat?
We have space below if you have items you need to stow. However, Traverse Tall Ship Co. cannot be responsible for any valuables stowed out of your sight.
Do you allow strollers onboard?
Strollers may be used on the Tall Ship Manitou as long as the wheels lock. However, there is not space available for strollers on the Sailing Out Scout.
Where do I park?
Parking is at our ticket office, located across the road from Manitou's dock. After parking, you will check in at our office and take our shuttle bus to the dock. Parking is free. Please note: Per Elmwood Township ordinance, all passengers must use the shuttle bus to cross the road.
Can I bring my dog or pet?
Pets, other than documented service pets, are not allowed aboard the vessel.
Are gift certificates available for this sail?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this sail, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Can I book a private charter?
Yes, private cruises on the tall ship Manitou can be a unique and elegant event for your group. If you are interested in booking a private sail, please contact us directing by clicking the "Contact TravTallShip" link to the left of the page.
Do you allow strollers onboard?
Strollers may be used on the Tall Ship Manitou as long as the wheels lock. However, there is not space available for strollers on the Sailing Out Scout.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Other Policies

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive a full refund.
All participants must be 21 years or older, with valid ID to participate in the beer tastings.
Each guest must be age 21 or older and have proper government issued ID (US or international driver's license, passports, or other government issued ID) if participating in the beer tastings.
All participants, including infants and toddlers, are required to have tickets for this event.
According to U.S. Coast Guard capacity rules, all passengers including infants and toddlers must have a ticket.

Traverse Tall Ship Company

Captain Dave McGinnis has been sailing traditionally rigged passenger vessels for 30 years, and has owned Traverse Tall Ship Co. for over 10 years. He has dedicated his life to sailing and introducing people to the world of tall ships.

Manitou Captain, Brendan O'Donnel, has been involved with Traverse Tall Ship Co. since 2008. He has risen from the rank of deckhand all the way to licensed captain. Manitou is Dave's baby, and he trusts Brendan completely. There can be no higher endorsement!

Scout Captain, Brett Derr, enters his fifth year with Traverse Tall Ship Co. He is the perfect host for your private group and will ensure that you have a most memorable experience.

Traverse Tall Ship Co. has been featured in countless media including:  Midwest LivingThe Chicago TribuneUnder the Radar Michigan,  and The Grand Rapids Press. We are proud recipients of the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence" award for 2013.

“This was our first experience with sailing and we both just loved it.” - saphire812

“The crew was super friendly to adults and children and it was a lovely view.” – Noel 
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