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3.43/5 rDev -18.7%
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’. This brewery recently opened, and is located in a converted dwelling along a main street among other retail businesses near the university area. The brewing equipment is visible in a small room behind the bar. The pub has no food, but they are food friendly.
Our visit was at 4 pm when they opened for the day, and they were not busy yet so we sat at the bar and ordered a sampler flight of 4 of the 8 beers ($5.50) that they had on tap that day. We would have liked to try others but were on a schedule to be elsewhere for dinner, so this was a brief visit.
For being a new brewery the have their beers dialed in very well to the respective style. We rated one beer as a C grade, but the other three were a B- and two Bs. The brewery has started canning, and also has some of their beers in 22 oz. bombers, but none were available at the brewery. The owner chatted with us for a while, and during the conversation he told us that we could walk up the street to the c-store on the corner where we could get some of their beer in cans, which we did.
This is a small brewery in a small building, but as good as they are, I’m guessing that they will have to expand to meet the growing popularity of the pub and demand for their beers. We’ll go back again when we’re in town.
10-29-2013 16:58:26 | More by Mothergoose03
3.87/5 rDev -8.3%
Blackrocks is in a cool, well kept old house in Marquette with front and side yard seating. Stepping in the front door is a small ordering area around the corner from the bar seating that only holds about 7. Long pew-like seating runs the length of wall opposite the bar along with tables and chairs. The mug club ceramic mugs hang from the entire ceiling. Seating is extremely limited, I'd say there's seating for around 25-30 in the whole place, outdoors seat more of course. Service was fast and friendly. The bartender caught me wearing a shirt from home and mentioned he'd been there before starting a conversation. Good people work at Blackrocks.
There were 8-10 beers on tap. Each and everyone was unique and interesting, some had better outcomes than others. Session IPA was really enjoyable, Coconut Brown was pretty intense, a pale that was on was also very good. Beer was reasonable. This place is worth a stop all around without a doubt but the hours are short (4-10) and the place gets packed. Standing room, shoulder to shoulder packed. Make sure you go as early as possible.
I do have one complaint and it can't be helped from the breweries stand point but this place is a townie bar to the extreme, which is fine, but my friend and I had to guard our seats the whole time we were at Blackrocks. They were getting eyed like vultures and the one time we both did get up at the same time an older women was signalling her friends to hurry up and take our seats. They did even though we were grabbing beers 8ft away and our stuff was still on the table. Pretty childish overall and it left me with a bad taste in my mouth but again, I can't blame Blackrocks for that but it does detract from the vibe.
10-22-2013 19:58:41 | More by joe1510
Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette, MI
93 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.