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Your Lowdown on the Upper Peninsula Breweries

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 skyrocketed. (Mom is so proud.)

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.

Breweries in Marquette

Basically, Marquette is the epicenter of the U.P. brewery scene. Blackrocks BreweryOre Dock Brewing, and The Vierling (also a great restaurant) are all within a few blocks of each other. And with Jasper Ridge Brewery and Cognition Brewing both in Ishpeming, you’ll be able to visit five breweries all in Marquette County.

The beer sampler from the KBC.
The beer sampler from the KBC.

Breweries in Escanaba

Escanaba is home to Hereford & Hopps, the grill your own steak place and brewery that’s been in business for years. Conveniently, the historic House of Ludington is right across the street.

Breweries on the Keweenaw Peninsula

The Keweenaw Peninsula is another brewery hotspot, with the Keweenaw Brewing Company and The Library Brew Pub 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.

Breweries Near Pictured Rocks

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 National Lakeshore (in Grand Marais) for years.

Tahquamenon Falls Brewery

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!

Sault Sainte Marie Brewery

And last but not least, Soo Brewing over in Sault Sainte Marie is your source for U.P. brewed beer in the Eastern U.P.

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