Used to hang out here with my buddy who lives in the Houghton area. Many good times in the Western part of the UP of Michigan, oh boy, but anyways, this brewpub was full of good times. Beers aren’t spectacular but when you’re hanging out doing the "redneck" stuff we used to do, no one cared. We liked it more than the cheap BMC stuff that was way too easy to get all around the area.
Located around the corner from Library. Large downtown brewery vibe. No sign of food. 2 sides, larger bar on the left, smaller bar on the right was not open when I visited. Brewery is visible on the right side. Full of regulars near opening 3PM on a weekday. Flights of 5 amply sized samples for $4.50. Beer is decently executed, but definitely aimed at an entry level drinker and all were uninspiring. Chalkboard only listed ABV for one beer. Bartenders were fine. Worth a stop if you’re already in Houghton.
The pub in downtown Houghton had a nice ambiance with rustic and finished wood everywhere inside and some old collectibles (i.e. Bosch 8-pack) in the street displays. One of the two main rooms had a lounge with a gas fireplay. The at-the-bar service was friendly enough but you were pretty much on your own after that. The prices seemed pretty decent - $2 for a pint and $4 for a fiver taste sampler. Overall, a nice experience, and I would recommend stopping in if you find yourself in the area.
I was looking forward to this on my way up to Isle Royale, but I was highly disappointed. The beer list was 8 of their own brews, of which I really only enjoyed 1--their IPA. Service was mediocre and it was not a place I wanted to hang out in.
I can’t really put my finger on why, but this is one of the most comfortable brewpubs I’ve ever been in (I’ve been in dozens). Very good beers (still two bucks a pint at this writing), nice deck and couch seating area with a fireplace. Good service. Popular place even in the summer when school’s out. And when you leave, take some to go – in cans. Yep, you heard me, cans.
Really cool-looking place, if you like the bare-bones old timey saloon look (I do), and really cheap prices and efficient service from the bartender....alas the beer just wasn’t very good. Hefe and stout were all right but the rest dull and a couple had slight diacetyl issues. Not really recommended, but it is just a block from The Library, so you might as well hit both....