Lake Superior Brewing
Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 22
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 6 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Grand Marias is a sleepy little Lake Superior town on the eastern edge of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Lake Superior Brewing has an older brick facade and a newish, colorful awning. If you step back and look the place looks like a bar that's been around forever and has been slightly dressed up. Upon entering your greeted by an awesome bar that time has forgotten. A Lake Superior Brewing stained glass window is above the second door, the ceiling is low and parquet, there are rope lights running the ceiling line, it's dark and nothing but wood. The bar is to the right with tables running front to back along the middle and left sides. An old bar pool table sits in the back along with a glass cabinet full of merchandise. The place is immediately cozy upon entering.
There were 6 beers on tap on my visit and all were good+ except for a boring fruited wheat. The stout and ESB were both standouts and the brown bordered on porter. Pours are reasonable and pitchers are cheap. This is a townie bar, everyone knows everyone, but the bartender and patrons were friendly and welcoming to us as well. While enjoying the beers we decided on ordering a pizza and what we got was well cooked and surprisingly delicious. To be honest I didn't expect much from a pizza in the UP, luckily I was wrong.
I could picture myself sitting in this darkened, comfortable bar on a gusty, wintery Lake Superior evening enjoying the company of the entire town, since this place is about all that's in the town. People were friendly, the food was good, and the beer was spot on. I couldn't get enough of this place, the atmosphere and proximity to the Gitche Gumee in such a small town is awesome! A must stop if you're in the northeastern UP.
10-22-2013 19:41:17 | More by joe1510
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A great place for good beer and a great meal. I have been visiting this place for at least 15 years summer and winter. Beers are always great and they have the best pizza in the UP. And the view out the front window of Lake Superior is great.
They can get crowded very quickly, especially in winter as it is a destination for snowmobilers coming from three directions. But it is well worth the wait.
Staff can get a little grouchy when its crowded with diners and people waiting, but tolerate them, its worth it.
If the scotch eggs are on the menu try them!
01-06-2012 15:55:31 | More by goldennectar
3.58/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
We stayed at the camp site just up the road whcih made a nice walk into the Brewpub. Inside of the Lake Superior Brewing Company looks like a normal UP bar, older wood, dead animals on the walls. The service was good expecally for how busy the place was. They had five of their beers on tap with a full bar and some macro cans. Their beers were good, I was suprised for the area the quality of the beer and food. The food coming out of the kitchen looked very good, I had some hotwings that were very good.
08-08-2011 14:18:33 | More by Roeters
3.4/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5 | $
Finally returned to Lake Superior Brewing after quite a few years. Nothing at all has changed, which is fine.
The beer selection was very light however, their pale ale,blueberry wheat,and Sandstone wheat were all they had on tap. No guest taps. I stuck to the pale ale, which was fine,particularly for a brewpub in the middle of nowhere.
Had the whitefish dinner which was very good.The food here has always been pretty decent.
Service from a large burly man was efficient and friendly.Prices were fair for the area.
Grand Marais is a beautiful place,and LSBC is part of the charm.
06-02-2011 01:36:09 | More by wingedeel
2.55/5 rDev -33.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $
on vacation in the UP, decided to stop in grand marais for a music festival and some local brew.
A: nice atmostphere at the lsbc. a long low building with lots of wood and a decent sized bar. back dining room that runs parallel with the brewing area with lots of light and unique tables.
Q: not really impressed here. there were only two lsbc beers on tap (an english brown & american pale). these beers left something to be desired. watery mouthfeel and not a whole lot of flavor. but for less than ten dollars a pitcher and with a large group i cannot complain too much.
Ser: nothing exciting here. a waitress who did not know anything about either beer but was friendly enough.
Sel: two beers? c'mon! my visit was during grand marais' yearly music festival. the town was pretty busy, relative to its size, yet there were only two beers on tap. oh well, maybe they had a bad batch or something.
F: really average food here. in every menu section there was an item with whitefish as part of the dish. sadly, they were completely out of whitefish. i had some spinach artichoke dip that was served cold.
V: a fairly inexpensive place. the menu was fairly priced and the beer was cheap.
overall the lack of beer/food options made my visit to the lsbc somewhat sub-par. but i did have an enjoyable time with the folks i was on vacation with. ultimately, that is all that matters. cheers!
08-24-2010 15:57:43 | More by chrizzle
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
A long awaited return to this place for me. It had been 11 years since my last visit!
Located in "downtown" Grand Marias LSBC is a small, rustic and quite charming place. Lots of dark wood throughout with the faeture in the bar area being the 4 unique barrel dining tables, Each table has numerous polished, decorative agates with sand inlaid under plexiglass. Each table seats six.
The bar was nice if common. With seating for 12-15.
Five house beers on tap of which we tried 3 and those were all quite nice. The Blueberry Wheat being the standout....most blueberry tasting (and in a good way) beer I have ever had. I bumped up the usual rating for selection due to this establishments off the beaten path location.
A nice homey vibe at Lake Superior Brewing Co. Laid back with a neighborhood corner bar feel. A nice mix of locals, passing through folks and visitors for the seaplane regatta that was in town. I wish we could have eaten but since we had lunch we had to pass. Maybe next time...hopefully not 11 more years!
08-15-2009 11:04:58 | More by Deuane
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We went on a family camping trip to the UP of Michigan. We camped at Muskallonge Lake on the northern border of The UP (southern coast of Lake Superior). We decided to venture a little west over some rough dirt roads to Grand Marais and we discovered Lake Superior Brewing Co.! What a cool little place.
The building is a small, two story place with beige siding and a bright orange awning in front. The two front widows on either side of the front door are lined with stained glass windows with in-laid agates.... very beautiful and colorful. Over the bar are quite a few stuffed creatures like a couple deer, a grey wolf, a lynx and a couple martens... very rustic. The whole interior of the place was lined with dark wood.
There was a full bar and a full food menu. We did not partake of the food. They had five of their brews available on tap: Hematite Stout, Belgian Gold, Cabin Fever ESB, Blueberry Wheat and Stagger Feet Wheat. I had two (ESB & Gold) which were quite good and right on style. My wife had the Blueberry which was also good.
I liked the "vibe" of the Lake Superior Brewing Co. It was very laid back with a neighborhood feel to it. Friendly staff and good service! If you ever find yourself in the neighborhood, I would strongly recommend the Lake Superior Brewing Co.
06-15-2009 14:01:28 | More by TheBierBand
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
What a place! An absolute MUST STOP if you are anywhere near Grand Marais! And if you're not, plan yourself a day enjoying the sites and scenes of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ending with a fine dinner and beer at LSBCo!
Neat, cozy little pub. Plenty of seating, including tables made of old barrels, and a back (quieter) dining room. Full bar, including domestic bottles/cans. Pool table, salad bar, and jukebox; what more could you ask for? This is the kind of place you could come to all the time, and love it every time! Service was prompt and very friendly/homey, and this place was rockin this night! There were about 5 tables filled when my father and I got there, and by the time we left it was PACKED! Our server was also very knowledgable about the beer she was serving. Thank God.
Neat hardwood floors, walls, and cielings. "Northern" type decorations, stuffed animals, agates, but not touristy, just like a little hometown pub ought to be.
Had a flight of samplers. All the beer was good to great. Sandstone Pale is a good engylish style pale. Blueberry Wheat is delicately fruity, very tasty. Puddingstone Light is a flavorful light ale. Agate Amber is more of an APA, but very good. Granite Brown is wonderfully dry and roasty. Stout is roasty chocolatey goodness.
Food is great.The Beer-Battered Whitefish is to die for. Pizza is also very good.
Just a piece of advice, try and get one of the older servers if you can help it...
09-16-2006 22:20:41 | More by sopor
Lake Superior Brewing in Grand Marais, MI
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.