Salt Springs Brewery–Saline, MI

Late this past summer, before J was born, when I was still pregnant, I visited one of Saline’s newest restaurants: Salt Springs Brewery.

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I’m not sure if I mentioned it here on the blog, but I actually moved just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Ann Arbor to Saline in late June. (I will never move when I am 30 weeks pregnant again! In fact I really don’t want to move again for a looong time! The older you get, the more things you acquire, and the more of a hassle it becomes! But that’s another story.) As a result, we’ve been trying out all of Saline’s restaurants.

Salt Springs Brewery is located in downtown Saline and is housed in a unique location – a historical church that was renovated over the course of several months.

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The owners did a great job transforming the space.

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We went about a week after the grand opening and it was still very busy on a Wednesday evening. I heard they had lines down the block during their grand opening weekend.

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Fresh flowers and hops decorated the tables. Nice touch.

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Salt Springs features several hand-crafted beers, brewed onsite, and also has a beer garden which looks like a fantastic spot to chill during Michigan’s warmer months.

Since I was pregnant when we visited I didn’t get a chance to try the beers but I look forward to doing so in the future.

Outdoor beer garden:

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Though I didn’t get to try the beer, I was still quite excited to try the food! Head Chef head chef Justin Dalenberg was previously the head chef of Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, so I had high expectations for the cuisine, and the menu looked quite fun.

My dining companion – the huz – and I shared a few dishes.


  • Sautéed Wild Maine Mussels – beer . mustard . garlic . housemade bacon; served with levain

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  • Smoked Chicken Legs with Blue Cheese

These were really delicious and huge. The sauce needed… something. Maybe a little sweetness? The flavor was a little one note (smokiness), but overall I really enjoyed these succulent drumsticks.

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  • Lamb Meatballs – with pine nuts, rosemary, and Michigan blueberries.

These were just fine but didn’t blow me away – and a bit pricy for what you got.

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Despite being covered in wretched arugula (blech!), the Stone-Fired Pizza we had, featuring three different types of spicy charcuterie, was fabulous and my favorite dish of the day. (The arugula tasted really fresh, for the record, and as a result I didn’t mind it. I mostly hate it when it is not fresh and then it tastes like rotten soap to me! Not the case here.)

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Overall we really enjoyed the food at Salt Springs but found it to be rather pricy for dinner at a brewery – and that was even without beer! I was hoping this would be my new go-to spot in Saline but with the prices where they are at currently, we would limit visits here to special occasions, I think.

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2 thoughts on “Salt Springs Brewery–Saline, MI

  1. Haven’t made it there, but I’ve heard same – a little pricey for that quality. Guess they’re taking a page from the Zingerman’s playbook. But i def want to give it a shot.

    Have you been to Dan’s yet? Terrific burgers and killer beer selection.

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