Vierling Restaurant & Marquette Harbor Brewery
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 44
Beer Avg: 3.79
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Deuane:
4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located in downtown Marquette along the waterfront this lovely old building sits regally on a hill overlooking the downtown harbor area. Inside lots of stained glass, wood and brick greet you in the front bar area. The decor gives you that "old timey" feel. The back dining area is graced with huge picture windows to allow patrons an unobstructed view of the harbor and beyond to Lake Superior.
Nine house beers on tap offered a fine selection of styles. Picks included Blueberry Wheat (with REAL blueberries), red, stout, APA, blonde, honey wheat, ESB, vanilla porter and American lager.
Our server was friendly, courteous, swift and helpful on this busy summer evening at dinnertime. She chatted with us a bit and was very interested in my note taking and our trip. She thought it was great that we seek out locally owned establishments forgoing the national chains.
The food was VERY nice. I had the grilled Whitefish special, how could you not while sitting in a place that overlooks Lake Superior! In addition I enjoyed a bowl of Whitefish Chowder that was rich and creamy and oh so delicious. C enjoyed some of my dinner and had for herself a very nicely done dinner salad with fresh greens, cranberries and a house raspberry vinaigrette.
The beers were all decent or better. Even the American Lager while "dull" was spot on and a good choice for the BMC crowd. I particularly enjoyed the APA with Centennial and dry hopped with Cascade hops and the Vanilla Porter.
Overall the Vierling is a VERY worthy stop if you find yourself anywhere near Marquette, MI. A nice location with good food and good beer....a solid combination for sure!
03-09-2010 14:14:32 | More by Deuane
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My wife and I stopped here as part of a pub crawl in northern Michigan and the UP to visit the newer brewpubs (plus several others) that have opened since our last trip ‘up north’. I’d been here several times in the past, but this was the first visit for my wife. Our visit was in the mid-afternoon and we had lunch already so an evaluation of their beers was our goal.
We sat at the bar, which has a very old feel to it (this restaurant and building are historical), and ordered a sampler flight of all 10 of their current beers for $13. (Liquor and wine are also available.) There were a couple of light-flavored beer styles (blonde and three different fruited wheat ales) that we typically don’t like, and these flavorings just didn’t work right so that just added to our dislike of these three beers, so we rated them down a bit. The rest of the beers were essentially brewed right to style taste, but we only liked the Pale Ale to score it above average at a B grade. The rest all ended up with scores of B minus (the IPA) to a C minus.
When I’ve visited here in the past I’ve always had a meal, so I know the food is very good here. It’s too bad that they can’t kick their beers up a notch to match the quality of the food. Still, I’ll return here someday, but the pale Ale may be the only beer that I’ll order.
10-29-2013 16:56:20 | More by Mothergoose03
3.81/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Vierling is a cool little brewpub on a corner lot, in an old brick building, up a hill, a half block from Lake Superior. As you enter you're met by high ceilings and an old, cozy, 10 seat bar with lots of brass fixtures. We stopped in for lunch and were brought to the smallish dining room in back with wrap around windows that look down a half block hill onto a smoked fish shack and the lake. The view is pretty great.
I actually stopped at that little fish shack (Thill's) down the hill before Vierling and was told Vierling sourced their fish from Thill's. With that being known, and the quality of Thill's, I ordered up a fried whitefish platter with house beer batter that was outstanding; fresh, crisp, and flavorful, great tartar sauce.
There were 5 standards on tap and 3 seasonals (coffee porter, ginger IPA, and a Scotch ale). The ginger IPA was big on ginger but good and refreshing, the coffee porter was rock solid, and the pale ale was the standout. The service was good, nothing outstanding or bad, just there.
I would stop in this place again in a heartbeat. I'd love to come in on a night when they're a little busy and get a seat at the old bar upfront. The view can't be beat, the fish is fresh and the beer is tasty.
10-18-2013 01:50:46 | More by joe1510
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located in a very cool, older historic building, you can't really beat the setting. Marquette is a hip up and coming town, in need of cool places to relax and chill.
The beer is pretty straight forward. Typical amber, brown, pilsner, and a pretty good blueberry wheat (served with fresh blueberries on top). I enjoy the beers.
The food is really good. They offer fresh whitefish prepared in many different ways, as well as good ribs, and many other offerings. A great stop if in the Marquette area.
03-09-2011 02:07:20 | More by MarcatGSB
4.6/5 rDev +25.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
When you walk in you are bombarded with many fashionable antiques...bottles, Mugs, steins, Photos and a lovely historical building. I prefer afternoons at the bar because it gets very busy on nights and weekends. If it is busy you can go to the "other side" and enjoy some brews with friends with less background noise. My favorite feature is the fact that the bar is the same as when the place opened, there is an old photo looks to be from many many many years ago that shoes the same bar back drop.
They make the best beer in the U.P. I love Keweenaw Brewing but every beer I have had from the Vierling is excellent. I DO NOT fruit beer but their blueberry wheat is wondrous with fresh Michigan blueberries. They also have other great varieties.
No Complaints friendly and fast
The beer selection is great and always is changing, about one beer every two times I go in there
The food is good, a little more variety than other place in Marquette. If you like the traditional burger go for it! Steak? go for it! and they have an excellent Friday fish Fry.
Try it for yourself, you will not regret
12-02-2010 04:39:07 | More by erog5188
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The Vierling is an excellent beer destination in Marquette. The interior is classic, wood floors, wood trim, old pictures on the wall from the area, and nice lighting. The food on two occasions has been tasty and well prepared.
The beer is quite excellent as well. A good selection of 5 or 6 six beers both times including a well balanced Pale Ale, a smooth Red Ale, and a rich wheat beer. The rage amongst some of my friends (even non beer drinkers) is the "blueberry beer" which is their honey wheat with fresh blueberries and syrup in the glass. Can't say I've had it yet, but it is very popular.
Required visit when in the UP!!
10-16-2008 01:54:56 | More by ahking
Vierling Restaurant & Marquette Harbor Brewery in Marquette, MI
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