United States > Michigan > Paradise
hockeybeerguy (54) Juneau, Alaska | July 1, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from a time when I stalked the U.P. with my fishing rod and my guns hunting trout to fish and deer to kill. It was always fun to come here from Spring to Autumn and have the time of my life of having a good meal as the food almost always seemed to be better than the beer. After all my reviews on the beers Iíve had, in my opinion, most of their beers were average, nothing too excitable, but nothing really bad (maybe that APA, was it that Porcupine ale). Anyways, well, even on the busy days, and Iíve been here several times on Memorial Day and Labor Day probably the two busiest days, well, they still have fairly good service.
Oh yeah, the ambience, well, letís just say its not exactly a place for city slickers.
paintedmaple (46) Fenton, Michigan | July 3, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
The best (and only) brewpub in the Eastern U.P. The beer is decent and tastes oh-so-good after climbing up those stairs at the falls. The food was good too - again a large hunger was felt after climbing those stairs! Get what Iím sayiní, eh? Recommended.
strongpieman (117) Mount Airy, Maryland | January 23, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Great place for a vacation stop... in the middle of nowhere. Decent beer, good UP Michigan food, and buried in the state park. recommend adding this to the list while in that part of the state. Best option for hundreds of miles.
Hudspart (27) Byron Center, Michigan | July 22, 2008
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty good food, but the beer is so-so at best. All of the beers that I had were pretty weak, but with their typical patrons, I can see why - the first night I was there I saw most people were drinking bud light. Not bad for the middle of nowhere (as compares to only macros to drink).
chriso (368) London, England | July 1, 2007| Updated January 18, 2010
36 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
Strange place. Itís in the state park so you have to pay 8 bucks to enter. We wanted to see the falls anyway, so that wasnít an issue, but that rather dictates the clientele here - mostly one-off (Iíd guess) trippers, not beer geeks - and the beer range. The place was packed, with a line waiting for tables. Fortunately, the vast majority of the clientele were family groups so there were plenty of stools at the bar. Unfortunately, they only had three eminently forgettable beers on tap. No sampler tray although they are clearly geared up for people who want to try all the beers as they have small plastic cups by the pumps. But the tasters I got were miniscule - large enough however to make it clear that I didnít want to have a pint of all the three beers so I plumped for the Stout as the best of a bad bunch. Service was OK but I recognized the leathery bartender referred to by CharlesDarwin immediately. If you are going to the Falls anyway (and they are worth a visit) youíll want to give this place a go.
auerbrau (301) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | August 18, 2006| Updated October 16, 2006
34 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
This is the only brewpub for miles and miles, too bad itís horrible. The bartender both times Iíve been there is a leathery, tatooed, gruff barmaid, with a history of multiple felonies and too much eye shadow. First off, you have to pay to park here, unless you come after around 5PM. So, the first time I came here, I bought an annual pass for $24 thinking Iíd be back many times, as itís the only fresh beer for a long ways. Big mistake. Worst $24 ever. Iíve had their three most recent beers and am extremely unimpressed. Apparently, their beer doesnít need carbonation. Wait, is it beer then? Not really. Itís more like meaty sugar water. Today, I went in to purchase a growler. First, they had to check with the manager to see if they could fill my "jug" from another brewpub (Fitgers). They could, but it would cost $10, as opposed to the $8 Iíd pay for a refill with one of their growlers. Then, they had a hissy fit because my growler was brown glass and they couldnít see where the beer was, as though they might not fill it to the top. The two brewers scoffed at my foreign "jug." I wanted to walk over to them and ask if they would carbonate their beers occasionally and maybe use some hops. I loathe bad brewpubs. They give a bad name to good beer. Only two more trips to make up for my $24 parking blunder. Maybe once there will be some carbonation in my beer.
NightOwl (1) Midland, Michigan | July 4, 2005
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Only four selections of Falls microbrew available at any given time with nine that they make onsite. Full bar, though I forgot to ask if they offer macros. Decent food, the standard "Up North" fare with smoked fish and pasties. Located inside a state park, so you pay a fee to get to the parking lot. Lots of gift shops and kids running around outside though inside is quieter.
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