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!

For more information, please contact TravTallShip.
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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: 
  • Breathtaking views of the Traverse City shoreline and shops.
  • See local wildlife along the traquil lakeshore.
  • Local microbrews provided by one of our excellent local breweries.
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?

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

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

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.)
16 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 3
Nice Evening, but Crowded
Sun, Aug 31, 14  6:30 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Nice weather and mostly enjoyable cruise, but there were just too many people aboard the boat.

Upon take off we couldn't find a place to sit and it was even difficult to move around due to the amount of passengers.
Rating: 5
Wonderful sunset sail
Sun, Aug 31, 14  6:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The crew was friendly, funny and informative. The microbrews from Terra Firma were terrific. The herbal brew was remarkable-unusual, and memorable! Lots of fun. Great way to get out on the bay, see a sunset and meet some fun people.
Rating: 5
Beautiful cruise for low cost
Sun, Aug 24, 14  6:30 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I aboslutely loved the Manitou Microbrew Tasting Cruise. It incorporated some of my favorite things: microbrews, being on the water, sunsets, pizza, laid-back crew, & overall fun atmosphere. I really enjoyed assisting the crew put up the sails. The crew members were all very attentive, energetic (not in a cheesy cruise ship way). I would absolutely recommend this excursion! Great great memories.
Rating: 5
A treasure so close to home!
Sun, Aug 17, 14  6:30 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
When some freinds came to visit us and told us they wanted to try this cruise I must admit I was a bit unsure about it because after all it was a beer tasting cruise and I don't like beer! Much to my surprise I enjoyed every minute of this cruise and it's crew. Everyone had such a great sense of humor and so willing to answer all those questions I'm sure they have heard many times. None the less our freinds from Texas were quite impressed and I hope to schedule on of the longer cruises ndxt year. Great job guy's keep doing what you do! :-)
Rating: 4
The Crew Makes it Nice
Sun, Aug 17, 14  6:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I guess I expected more sailing other than zigzagging back & forth across the bay. We really never went close to the shorelines to see things. The pizza was luke-warm by the time it was served. The beer-tasting was OK. However the crew was engaging and made it worthwhile.
Rating: 5
Great experience
Sun, Aug 10, 14  6:30 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I had a wonderful time on the boat. We had seen the Manitou before and always wanted to sail on it. The microbrewery tasting sail was a great way to try out the boat to see if we wanted to try a longer cruise
Rating: 4
We had an awesome experience!
Sun, Jul 27, 14  6:30 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
It was windy and wavy and it felt like we were on the high seas. The crew was experienced and informative. I would definately recommend it.
Rating: 5
awesome evening on the water
Sun, Jul 20, 14  6:30 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
had a great time. would definitely do it again.
Rating: 5
We had a wonderful time on our beer cruise.
Sun, Jul 20, 14  6:30 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Prompt and efficient. A lot of fun. Good beer tastings and good pizza. Friendly crew. Perfect weather, too, (although that was a stroke of good luck).
Rating: 5
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Sun, Jul 13, 14  6:30 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The beer was good, the food was good, the water was great, the crew was personable and knowledgeable, and the boat was perfect. Great weather too.
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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.
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.


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 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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