Some come up here for pleasure, while others do so for business. Some come up here searching for health, while others do so for wealth. Some come up for the new, while others do so for the old. Some come up here to just visit, while others just never ever wish to leave. No matter what brings you up here, the Keweenaw Peninsula offers a plethora of opportunities have a memorable time and experience in every one of the four (err, may be just two if winter goes for nine months) seasons: more than a dozen named waterfalls, miles and miles of pristine and unadulterated Lake Superior shoreline, many more miles of impeccably groomed biking and skiing trails, countless more miles of rugged hiking trails to get lost (and find yourself) in the wilderness, mountain-tops offering spectacular vistas, diners serving delicious food, and people … people whose seemingly unending generosity and hospitality that sometimes hides behind a stoic curtain makes it all very worthwhile.
It isn’t uncommon, often amidst any one of the aforementioned adventures, for you to feel thirsty and in need of a good ole cold one. And fear not, the Keweenaw peninsula has you covered there as well! Not just any cold one manufactured elsewhere in the world and shipped here in a can or a bottle but many of our very own, brewed locally and named appropriately in one of a kind establishments.
Starting in Houghton, the gateway to the Keweenaw, you have two options in the heart of downtown: The Library Restaurant & Brew Pub, and the Keweenaw Brewing Company . The Library offers food along with their brews while you can bring your own food to the KBC. If you are thirsting for more, drive up north 11 more miles on US-41 and the Michigan House Cafe & Red Jacket Brewing Company will cater to your needs. Ala Library in Houghton, Michigan House offers food too. Still not satisfied? Head up north for 35 miles and you might feel like you’ve reached the end of this earth. It ain’t the beer in you that’s making you feel like this for it is the the end of earth — a cozy little town called Copper Harbor, the home of Brickside Brewery. And ala KBC, you are more than welcome to bring your own food to eat (or share with others) in Brickside.
So, come on up for whatever it is that brings you to the Keweenaw and explore these four breweries. While at it, share a story and some laughs, make new friends, have a good time but enjoy responsibly and make your hometown proud. May be we will even open a fifth one serving hard ciders in Hancock the next time you come up!
About the author:
Gowtham (G for short) serves as the director of research computing at Michigan Technological University. An aspiring triathlete, he spends his free time training for races, and exploring and photographing Yoop’s wilderness.