Did you know that the Upper Peninsula has 13 breweries? Did you know that we should have at least 15 by the end of next year? Did you know that Nick, the brewer (and co-owner) from Ore Dock, once worked for the Wisconsin DNR and has a small herd of cats?
Don’t feel bad. Up until a few months ago, neither did I. But then my friend Josh and I decided to write a book about Upper Peninsula breweries and since then my local beer knowledge has sky rocketed. (Mom is so proud.)
The book we’re writing is “a beer lover’s guide to the U.P.” Along with a write up of each brewery we’re including a list of places to stay within walking distance of the brewery, craft beer friendly bars nearby, and some of the top things to do in the area.
Although it may be a little overkill to try and hit all the Upper Peninsula breweries in one trip, we’re also going to suggest a “U.P. beer tour” route to help you make the most of your Upper Peninsula beer drinking experience.
If you read my guest post on the Pure Michigan blog about U.P. breweries then you have a good idea where they all are. But in case your Upper Peninsula geography is a little fuzzy, let me break it down for you.
The U.P. Brewery Breakdown
Basically, Marquette is the epicenter of the U.P. brewery scene. Blackrocks Brewery, Ore Dock Brewing, and The Vierling (also a great restaurant) are all within a few blocks of each other. And with Jasper Ridge Brewery and (yet to launch) Cognition Brewing both in Ishpeming, you’ll soon be able to visit five breweries all in Marquette County.
The Keweenaw Peninsula is another brewery hotspot, with the Keweenaw Brewing Company and The Library a stone’s throw away from each other in Houghton, The Michigan House & Red Jacket Brewing, Co. in Calumet, and Brickside Brewing in Copper Harbor.
The Pictured Rocks area recently picked up a brewery in Munising when Shooters Restaurant and Lounge started brewing, and The Lake Superior Brewing, Co. has been holding down the east side of the Pictured Rocks lakeshore (in Grand Marais) for years.
The Tahquamenon Falls Brewery is a haven for great food and beer in what’s otherwise just a large swath of forest. And the fact that it’s within walking distance of the Tahquamenon Falls campground is a huge plus!
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Stay in the Loop!
Would you like to know when the book will be available? Would you like to win a copy? Do you have an email address? Great! Then visit the U.P. Breweries website to sign up for updates. And when you opt in to our email list, you’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of the book!
Which Upper Peninsula breweries have you visited?