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Beer Available At Michigan House Cafe (Red Jacket Brewing) (arranged by most recent)
MarcatGSB (17) Eagle Harbor, Michigan | February 3, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Just a great place. Tim is mastering his craft, and his stout is dynamite. The Good Ivan Pale Ale is wonderful as well, but my favorite was the Taxi Cab Pete from a few years back. Wonderful banana notes. Building is beautiful, food is good.
solsticebrew (13) | June 29, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Love this place. Really looking forward to tasting the stout when I am back up that way. Totally worth the drive.
ericha (2) Henniker, New Hampshire | October 10, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice place for such a small depressing town. Calumetís boom days are certainly behind them, but the city does hace a charm to it. The bar while smokey by New England standards was clean and quiet. The bar has typical UP decorations, animal heads, old murky mirrors, and antique photos. They were out of their oatmeal stout, which seems to be common, but the other beers on tap were good. They were also out of much of their food on the menu, but what they had was good.
TheDripLS (2) Bridgman, Michigan | September 13, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Red Jacket brewing has the distinction of being the smallest (quantity) brewpub in Michigan. They have a 1Ĺ barrel system and brew one day a week. The only beer they brew (has far as I could tell) is a stout and itís a quality one at that.
As the previous reviewer said, Red Jacket Brewing is actually located in the Michigan House Cafe, a wonderful old building in historic Calumet, Michigan. In the last few years Calumet has become somewhat of a tourist destination, with many shops and galleries. This is also prime mountain biking, x-country skiing, snowmobiling, and kayaking territory.
The Oatmeal Express was enjoyable, not heavy, but very flavorful. Again, as the previous reviewer pointed out, there is an unexpected selection other of beers available. The food was great, not a complicated menu, but not just burgers and fries either and is available in the bar area and a formal dining room (linen & sliver).
The staff was super and liked to pass along the history of the place which I enjoyed hearing. They had a framed menu from long ago which boasted a T-bone steak dinner for 75 cents. Being the smart ass that I am, I told our waitress Iíd have one of those. She said, ďNo problem, but I hope you donít mind that the meat is 80 years old.Ē Apparently I wasnít her first smart ass.
nflmvp (33) Fox Valley, Wisconsin | January 22, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A nice little brewpub in a nice little town.
Walking into the bar is like stepping back in time. All kinds of old decor and original high ceilings and woodwork, all in good condition.
Had hoped to try the Oatmeal Espress I had heard about but they were out. They literally brew it one half barrel at a time.
Guest taps included Two Hearted and Oberon. Other beers they offered: Bellís:
Amber Ale, Best Brown, Kalamazoo Stout, Two Hearted Ale, Pale Ale, Porter, Third Coast Ale, Wheat 2, Wheat 6, Consecrator Dopplebock, Winter White Ale, Oberon, Third Coast OLD Ale and Wheat Love (of course some of these are seasonal).
In addition to all of the Bellís love, they also had these American Micros: Celis White, Dark Horse Crooked Tree, Dark Horse, Raspberry Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Founders Dirty Bastard, Founders Red Rye, Frog Island Cream Ale,Harpoon Summer Ale, Keweenaw Brewing Pick-Axe Blonde (can), King Brewing Mocha Java, New Holland Mad Hatter, Shipyard Old Thumper, South Shore Honey Pilsner and South Shore Rhoades Scholar Stout.
I was amazed at the selection for a small business, in a small town, in the middle of nowhere.
awaisanen (16) Fond du Lac, Wisconsin | July 11, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This is an excellent place to go and experience some of the historic mining ambience that is left in this old town. The food has always been noteworthy, and the recent addition of handcrafted brewing has only heightened my desire to visit this place when in the area. The Red Jacket Oatmeal Espress was quite tasty, and unfortunately, the keg of their own hefeweizen ran dry the day before I made my visit. I hope they will increase their brewing capacity, but even so, the food is delicious, the atmosphere unique, and the selection of Michigan beers is quite excellent. The owners are obviously really into beer and have a few brewing souveniers for sale as well.
redlem (77) Ohio | June 16, 2006| Updated February 23, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
4 beers on tap with one being their own Red Jacket Oatmeal Express and 75 bottles with some surprizes ( Harpoon, Lakefront, Dogfish Head).
Ambiance has lots of old wood with a great mural above the bar. The fish was good but the sides were right from a work/school cafeteria, good house dressing. Every small town needs a place like this and considering the remoteness of the town it makes this place even more remarkable. Well done.
jtw (27) farmington, Michigan | November 10, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
this is the home of the Red Jacket Brewing Co, which seems only to brew a small amount of coffee stout each week. excellent selection - for such a small town itís an unbelievable selection, really. food was excellent, as were the prices on everything. if youíre near houghton/hancock, STOP IN CALUMET AT THE MICHIGAN HOUSE CAFE.
MunkyStephens (5) | July 6, 2005
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorite places to relax on the weekend during college. They have a great selection of domestics and internationals with a few good regionals on tap. The handcrafted brew made in-house has a nice rich maltiness, but has too watery of a finish for my tastes -- I would like to have seen a more balanced coffee flavor.
If youíre looking for something to eat, I highly recommend their cedar planked trout and the beer battered chocolate for dessert.
auerbrau (307) Ithaca, New York | March 30, 2005| Updated December 22, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
They brew only one half barrel of handrcrafted beer a week. Fantastic! Donít miss it! Note...they no longer serve the beer battered chocolate, which is a major disappointment. But, they have added another guest tap, which recently was Bellís Rye Stout. Also, theyíve increased their overall selection of beers. They have also begun to expand their brewing styles, but cannot keep up with consumption. Often their beer is not available!
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