Lake Superior Ale Trail
The Lake Superior Ale Trial offers many fantastic breweries to wet your whistle along the way. These breweries have an emphasis on quality, flavor, atmosphere and unique brewing techniques with locally sourced ingredients. Many offer tours so you can see first-hand what goes in to crafting these amazing brews right at the source. Here are the breweries that you can add to your trip on the Lake Superior Circle Tour! Why not sample them all? See below.
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1. Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub
Located in beautiful Tahquamenon Falls State Park, this brewery & pub is a unique and rustic getaway. Explore the breathtaking Tahquamenon Falls then take the opportunity to experience this brew pub. The moment you walk in, the impressively long bar and brewery equipment immediately tempt you to take a seat and sample an ice cold beer on tap. The origin of the name Tahquamenon is said to be from Indian lore, attributed to the water’s amber color, which makes it the ideal place for a brewery offering refreshing amber hued craft beer. Fantastic brew and fine dining awaits at this brewery that truly echoes the Tahquamenon Falls and surrounding forest.
2. Lake Superior Brewing Co.
Grand Marais, MI
Just a hop and a skip from Grand Marais Harbor Beach you’ll find Dunes Saloon Lake Superior Brewing Company – a must stop while visiting Grand Marais. This brew pub is cozy and quaint with whiskey barrel tables, wood parquet ceilings, knotty pine walls and stained glass windows. It is the perfect place to stop after a day at the beach and enjoy a local craft brew and some delicious comfort food. If you’re visiting in the winter months, there will be a nice fire going and a tasty brew to warm you up after hitting the snowmobile trails. For being in such a small town, it is often bustling with friendly locals and tourists.
3. Ore Dock Brewing Company
Located in historic downtown Marquette, Ore Dock Brewing Company offers great atmosphere coupled with some fantastic beer. The rustic post and beam timbers made from old barns and tables made of pallets offers the perfect setting to enjoy some live music or a comedy night with some great brew. Ore Dock is a place where craft beer and community meet. There is always art exhibited by a rotation of local artist. On most evenings, there is one or more local food trucks parked outside for patrons of Ore Dock to enjoy, wood-fired pizza, tacos, Koney dogs, Mexican or pretzels.
4. Red Jacket Brewing Co.
Located in the Michigan House Café & Red Jacket Brewing Co, this historical building boasts a ton of character and charm. With a large ceiling mural dated 1906 depicting a happy brew-filled picnic, massive wooden bar, ornate fireplace and hand-pieced tile floors. The Red Jacket Brewing Company offers a unique Coffee Oatmeal Stout that is reminiscent of brewing from years past, highlighting the whole grains and fresh roasted coffee beans readily available to the brewing community a century ago. They also offer a British Brown Ale, and American Pale Ale, an IPA, and seasonal hand crafted brews on tap.
5. Cold Iron Brewing
For those who want to experience true north woods culture, Cold Iron Brewing’s beer is craft brewed on-site in small batches. Located on the western border of the Upper Peninsula in Ironwood, MI, it’s surrounded by world class recreation. If you find yourself in the area for biking, hiking, skiing, or site-seeing, be sure to stop in for a refreshing glass of Cold Iron to satisfy your thirst. The concrete, wood, and metal interior combined with the nicely arranged artwork and lighting create a hearty and warm ambiance to enjoy some great beer!
6. South Shore Brewery
Ashland and Washburn, WI
The South Shore Breweries can be found in two great locations. Their pilot brewery operates in the historic L.C. Willmarth building with Deep Water Grille in downtown Ashland and their production brewery and taphouse is in Washburn. Their variety of flagship and specialty beers are made with locally sourced ingredients. Both locations offer a great atmosphere to enjoy these beers. In Ashland, delicious cuisine at The Deep Water Grille and The Alley have menu offerings that creatively use the beer in the recipes. In Washburn, you can take of tour and be involved in brewing a batch of beer.
7. White Winter Winery
Iron River, WI
The unique climate that Lake Superior creates is the ideal environment for lush fruits and berries in Wisconsin. White Winter Winery produces meads, hard ciders and spirits using locally grown blueberries, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, pears and apples. Take a tour and tasting and see first- hand what goes into making their variety of mead. They claim to be confident that they have the perfect mead for everyone. Whether you like sweet or dry or something in between, stop in and find yours.
8. Earth Rider Brewery
On the Western tip of Lake Superior on the Twin Ports waterfront, you’ll find Earth Rider Brewery and adjacent Cedar Lounge taproom. Earth Rider beers are crafted by decorated brewers with cold, clear Lake Superior water and premium, hand-selected ingredients. The Cedar features a full lineup of Earth Rider flagship and seasonal brews and regularly hosts live music, game nights and special events. There’s sure to be something exciting happening any night may you visit.
9. Canal Park Brewing Co.
Positioned North, over-looking Lake Superior, Canal Park Brewery is a locally owned contemporary brewpub and restaurant. They are inspired by the wild beauty of Lake Superior, the steadfast nature of the community, and the epic adventures right outside the back door. Enjoy a brew and a meal on their all-season patio and appreciate the scenic view of the Lake. Take a tour and visit their remarkable 15-barrel, three vessel system.
10. Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Located in the beautiful Great Lakes port town of Duluth, Bent Paddle Brewing Co. is an impressive 30-barrel production craft brewery and taproom. They make balanced, delicious beers with an edge of inventiveness for every beer lover to enjoy. Grab some of their cans to accompany your water or hiking experience or fill a growler to enjoy on your camp site. If you are visiting on the weekend, take a tour of the brewery and sample some of their award-winning beers.
11. Hoops Brewing
Hoops brewing is an independent brewery located in Duluth’s bustling Canal Park. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art brewery with floor to ceiling windows that beautifully showcases their amazing 15-barrel system. The beer hall seats over 250 people and has a gorgeous hand hammered copper bar to sit at and indulge in some of the many selections of hand-crafted beers. This beer hall and brewery is truly a sight to behold.
12. Ursa Minor Brewing
Follow the North Star to this inspired Duluth taproom. Ursa Minor Brewing is small 5 BBL brewery built to serve the taproom with a large selection of rotating styles of beer. Feel at home and be welcomed with handcrafted beers and artisan wood fire pizzas made to bring people together. The taproom is designed to be a great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy friends, familiar faces, and make meaningful connections.
13. Fitger’s Brewhouse Brewery & Grille
Located right on the lakefront in Duluth, Fitger’s is a one stop historic destination to shop, eat, sleep and of course, drink some amazing hand crafted beer! Fitger’s Brewhouse & Grille boasts over 100 different recipes of unfiltered ales and lagers brewed within their 10-barrel brewery as well as many awards. Compliment your brew with authentic Duluth pub food such as a local favorite, “Brewhouse Smoked Fish Wrap”, locally caught in Lake Superior. Yum!
14. Blacklist Brewing Co.
Located in historic downtown Duluth, this brew pub offers something unique to the city’s bustling craft beer scene. Not only do they have a wide array of artisan ales and hard seltzers on tap but instead of a mediocre dart board, there’s axe throwing! Taking bar games to the next level, the designated axe throwing space in the back is set up for you to safely try your hand at hitting the bullseye with an actual axe. The knowledgeable staff can help you with everything you need to know about their ales and seltzers and how to have an “axe-ceptionally” fun and safe experience.
15. Castle Danger Brewery
Two Harbors, MN
Located in downtown Two Harbors, Castle Danger Brewery overlooks picturesque Lake Superior. While in Two Harbors, visit the historical Split Rock Lighthouse and the nearby Breakwater and Lighthouse. Hang out on the pet friendly patio during the summer and enjoy a dangerously good ale while watching incoming Ore Boats. Check their calendar and you may be lucky enough to visit during a rousing trivia night or when a live band is playing.
16. North Shore Winery
Lutsen is renowned for its incredible skiing and is quickly becoming well known for its amazing winery as well. For a bit of a change in pace for your pallet, the North Shore Winery is a must stop while in northern Minnesota. One second you find yourself surrounded by the serenity of Lake Superior and the next you are in this cool and inviting winery. They have seating inside and out with tastings and tours. Join them for “date night” or other events for some delicious wine and live music.
17. Voyageur Brewing Company
Grand Marais, MN
Grand Marais sits directly between the ancient Sawtooth Mountains and Lake Superior. Spectacular scenery matched with adventurous Craft Beers is what you’ll find at Voyageur Brewing Company. From the wooden bar and split rock fireplace to the noble view of Lake Superior itself, it feels like home. The shareable appetizers, variety of craft beer, and view from the brewery taproom and rooftop deck are truly remarkable.
18. Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.
Thunder Bay, ON
Named after the well-known natural wonder, The Sleeping Giant, this Brewing Company has anything to delight novice and sophisticated beer drinkers alike. It offers the perfect combination of an industrial and rustic atmosphere that is both impressive and welcoming. There’s plenty of fun to be had in their tap room. From ping pong to traditional Celtic music to Giant JENGA. Order a flight cart and sample a variety of their fantastic beers. There’s even a family day on Sundays with a babysitter on duty.
19. Northern Superior Brewing Co.
Sault Ste Marie, ON
Northern Superior Brewing is a small brewery enriched by local history with a modern feel. This brewery has a history in Sault Ste Marie of over 100 years and is conveniently located right beside the must see Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. A perfect location for the history and craft beer buff. Try all three of their delicious brews plus seasonal offerings and discover the heritage. Join them for a brew and some live entertainment that is often happening in the taproom.
20. Outspoken Brewing
Sault Ste Marie, ON
Centrally located in downtown Sault Ste Marie, Outspoken Brewing boasts to be a “small brewery with a big voice” and it’s easy to see why. Not only do they offer a lineup of exceptional ales and porters, but they are often coming up with new delicious recipes and a regularly rotating tap. They are constantly evolving while still in-keeping their retro and eclectic atmosphere and vibe. Relax, unwind and be Outspoken at this hip and innovative brew pub.
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