US - Great Lakes Michigan's Upper Peninsula Travel Thread

Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by MarcatGSB, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB

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    I know there is a good number of Trolls, Sconnies, and FIB's that like to get away from the concrete jungle and venture into Michigan's Yoop. There is good beer here, unfortunately they are fairly spaced out. He's a run down of what you can find based on vacationing region!

    Eastern U.P.
    Breweries:
    Soo Brewing Company
    - No bottles, just growler fills. Cheap fills too (clear growlers, argh). http://www.soobrew.com/ Sault Ste. Marie, MI
    Tahquamanon Falls Brewery and Pub - Again, no bottles, just growlers. Serves food. Paradise, MI
    http://www.tahquamenonfallsbrewery.com/ Paradise, MI
    Lake Superior Brewing Co - No bottles, just growler fills. Serves food.
    http://www.grandmaraismichigan.com/LSBC/ Grand Marais, MI

    Central U.P.
    Breweries:
    Shooter's Firehouse Brewpub
    - New, haven't visited yet. Serves food.
    http://shootersbrewpub.com/welcome/ Munising, MI
    Veirling - Growler fills, and serves good food.
    http://www.thevierling.com/ Marquette, MI
    Ore Dock - Beautiful space, music, no food, but allows you to order in. Belgian and English style ales.
    http://ore-dock.com/ Marquette, MI
    Black Rocks Brewery - Small brewpub in an older house downtown Marquette. Bigger production facility offsite. No food, but can bring in food. Music quite often.
    http://www.blackrocksbrewery.com/ Marquette, MI
    Jasper Ridge - One of the oldest brewpubs in the U.P. Serves food.
    http://www.countryvillageresort.com/httpdocs/html/brewery.html Ishpeming, MI
    Hereford and Hops - Central U.P., but south of Marquette about 65 minutes. Serves good food, growlers only. http://www.herefordandhops.com/ Escanaba, MI

    Beer-centric bars/bottle shops
    Northland Pub
    - Located inside the Landmark Inn (nice place to stay). 14 taps, rotating good craft.
    http://thelandmarkinn.com/dining-entertainment/northland-pub/ Marquette, MI
    Wild Rover - Now, I hesitate to add this (Personal opinions aside). Go during day for beer, booty shaking by night. 20 taps or so, with the best selection in Marquette.
    http://wildrovermqt.com/
    White's Party Store - Very solid bottle shop in Marquette. Jamie does a great job, and is very personable. Also sells homebrew supplies.
    http://whitespartystore.com/
    Superior Blue Link Party Store - Just down the stop from White's, sometimes a bit less picked over.
    Save-Mor IGA Foodliner - Great selection inside a grocery store, not far from H&H in Escanaba.

    Western U.P.
    Breweries:
    Library Brewpub and Restaurant
    - Quite a few taps, with 8-10 house brews. Beer is solid. Also serves other beer on tap. Serves good food.
    http://www.librarybrewpub.com/ Houghton, MI
    Keweenaw Brewing Company - Does not serve food. 10 taps. Allowed to bring in outside food. Growlers and cans available. http://www.keweenawbrewing.com/ Houghton, MI
    Red Jacket Brewing Co - Located inside The Michigan House Cafe. Five taps, all brewed in house. Serves other bottled beer and great food. http://michiganhousecafe.com/ Calumet, MI
    BrickSide Brewery - Small 3 barrel system located at the end of the road in Copper Harbor. Real good beer, no food. Bombers and growlers available. Can bring in outside food. http://bricksidebrewery.com/

    Beercentric bars/bottle shops
    Keweenaw Co-Op
    - Noah has done a great job bringing in some really nice beers. Best bottle selection in U.P., but not all are kept cold. Check bottle dating if possible. http://www.keweenaw.coop/ Hancock, MI
    Fitzgerald's Hotel and Restaurant - Small restaurant with 10 taps and beer engine. 100 bottles, plus 100 whiskies. (I'm the owner, feel free to contact me). Serves food.
    http://www.eagleriverinn.com Eagle River, MI
    Shutes Saloon - Great old style prohibition era bar. 65 bottles and four taps. Calumet, MI

    If I missed anything, feel free to add it! There will be some more things coming online within the next year or so. I know there will be a new brewery in Ishpeming soon, as well as one in downtown Calumet.
    Doesn't sound like Upper Hand Brewing will have a tap room, so I'll leave that off.
    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about whats available at the moment on the shelves, or at some of these places, I try to keep a pretty good pulse on the U.P. scene.
    Here is a link to a Google map of the above listed sites!
    https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z4AP93U72GKQ.kKu7BWD-Tplc
     
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  2. sacrelicio

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    I love the UP. I stayed at the Eagle River Inn and ate/drank at the restaurant. Awesome spot. Watched the sun set on the lake from the deck.
     
  3. sacrelicio

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  4. MarcatGSB

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    How long ago was that? If it was within the last seven years, I was most likely behind the bar...We probably chatted.
     
  5. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio

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    June 2012. I drank a lot of Short's that day.
     
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  6. sacrelicio

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    What's the distribution like up there? What brands are available?
     
  7. At_One315

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    Short's. Do you need anything else?


    Stayed at the Eagle River Inn last year with a few friends....had a blast!!! Good company, awesome food, ridiculous beer and booze selection! My party and I felt like we were treated like royalty, already planning for our vacation UP there this year. Keweenaw Co-Op is a must stop if headed up there, they also have a bunch of home-brewing supplies IIRC.

    I can vouch for all the places Marc has listed in the Western U.P., all solid stops! Brickside is definitely worth the cruise up to Copper Harbor, don't miss stopping at Jampot on 26 and getting some fresh baked goods or homemade jams from the monks. (they love to add booze to EVERYTHING!!!) I might add that no trip to the Yoop is complete until you have stopped at Henry's in Rockland on a Wednesday night for the pizza.

    Can't wait to get UP there ASAP.
     
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  8. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB

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    We get typical Michigan distro. No DFH or Founder's this far north.
    We personally get great Goose Island distro, had a great connection there for years.
    And really good hooks from Short's and Dark Horse as well.
     
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  9. flyseye

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    MarcatGSB, See you in June for a few nights, reservations already made. Really looking forward to it.
     
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  10. adamdd

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    Highly encourage anyone with some time on their hands to make the trek to the Keweenaw. The recently renovated Eagle River Inn/The Fitz is a great base camp. MarCat is too humble to toot his own horn, but the place that he and Mike run is unmatched (location + beer + food + chatty bearded bartenders) anywhere in Michigan. I've been making the trip every year for the last 15 years, and it really is the high point of my year. Don't be a raymo, just go.
     
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  11. MarcatGSB

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    Ahh excellent!
    Where you coming from? Anything you are looking for specifically in Michigan I could try and have on tap?
     
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  12. 1noa

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    MarcatGSB When is that music fest up by you? Think i'm going to try and book around then. If the snow at Eagle River Inn has melted by summer ;)
     
  13. MarcatGSB

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    http://farmblockfest.com/
    Looks like August 1 - 3rd this year.
    Some great bands are coming, that's for sure. Kansas Bible Co freaking rocks, huge band with tons of horns and two or three drummers. I know Josh Davis is coming back up, either solo or with Steppin' In It, also sounds like Breathe Owl Breathe and Seth and May will be there again this year.
    We'll do our little shindig at The Fitz the Thursday before, so July 31st.
     
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  14. jeblikesbeer

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    tempting! i could come hang out with you all aaaaaand please the GF by going on vacation at the same time! MarcatGSB i suppose i'd need to camp it with the doggys right?
     
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  15. MarcatGSB

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    Dog friendly my friend. 10 dollar a night pet fee.
     
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    awwww yeaaaa
     
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  17. flyseye

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    Wow, nice of you to offer.I am from NE Indiana, so we get most of the Southern MI beers. Shorts and Right Brain are two breweries I would like to try more of, but we are going to hit Shorts on the way up. You really dont have to do anything special for me, although my wife is a mead lover. Its mostly IPA or DIPA for me these days, but I enjoy most anything. We are coming up the first week of June (room 201), if you want anything from down this way, just let me know. I would be glad to bring some stuff along for you.Thanks again.

    BBTW, looking forward to seeing the newly remodeled Inn, we stayed there once before, but it was under the previous ownership.
     
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  18. MarcatGSB

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    I'll be sure to have some nice B. Nektar sixtel on tap for when you arrive, gotta keep the wife happy! As for you, since you're digging the IPA's and such, I'll wait till we get closer and see what's fresh! I'm sure Short's will have some nice IPA out by then.
    That's a great time to come, beautiful weather, not as many people out! And you picked the best room!
    Thank you for the offer, I'll be in touch!
     
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  19. flyseye

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    Great, Thanks so much ! Really looking forward to it ! Might have to tack on an extra night. I probably wont want to leave.
     
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  20. At_One315

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    MarcatGSB Did you guys update your website? It looks way more detailed, but my memory is fuzzy. Nonetheless, looking at coming up late June/ early July. Any weekend better than another?
     
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