KEWEENAW BREWING COMPANY
Keweenaw Brewing (KBC) is set in two sections (think two storefronts in a traditional old strip mall retail facility) of a really cool old building in downtown Houghton, Michigan. The interior gives credit to the old building, with exposed brick and reclaimed barn dark wood walls. In the first (left) section there is a nice 18-seat, U-shaped concrete bar, a handful of tables in the front, and a series of couches all facing an enclosed gas fireplace in the back. The other (right) section has an auxiliary bar, several tables and a number of TVs. It is a pure brewery (no food) and has a great feel about it.
Unfortunately, the beer wasn’t our favorite. They don’t have particularly hoppy beers for me. There is no staple IPA, although they had a Black IPA they had just tapped that day as a seasonal. The beertender, oddly, couldn’t tell me a thing about it and I didn’t find it particularly flavorful so settled on their Pale Ale, which was also not hoppy enough for me. Lauren, having considered their Blonde Ale to be watered down, also had the Pale and liked it a bit better than me. Needless to say, the beer wasn’t our favorite. The prices, however, were pretty sweet at $2.75 a pint.
KBC has been around since 2004 and claims to have been the first craft brewery in Michigan to can their beers.