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Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub

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Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & PubTahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Paradise, Michigan, 49768
United States

(906) 492-3300 | map

This brewery closes for around two months between the summer tourist season and the snowmobiler season each Fall and Spring. Their web site warns of this but does not give precise dates. A telephone call ahead is highly recommended before a visit in the Fall or Spring since the location for this brewery is off the beathen bath.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 28
Reviews by Deuane:
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3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

The Camp 33 Brewery--named after the logging camp that was located here back in the early 1900's.

Located at the visitors center complex of Tahquamenon Falls State Park one hopes that a brewpub operating in a state park is a good thing.

Inside is the "typical" northwoods" lodge feel. Rustic art, pelts, a moose head and a variety of other once alive animal festoon the walls. High, soaring log beams support the ceiling above. Two seats at the end of the bar have our names on them....the heck with the 15 minutes wait for a table!

Cheery, if a bit slow and disconnected service at times. No worries really, we are on vacation not a time schedule!

A mere 4 beers on tap...which would usually garner a 2 but considering the location and the clientele I will cut them a bit of slack. Peach Wheat, Black Bear Stout, Lumberjack Lager (a blonde) and Falls Tannin American Red. We partook in the stout and peach wheat.

Food was solid with a very tasty Wild Rice Cream Soup and we shared a Yooper specialty--a Pastie. The Pastie wasn't the best I have ever had but it was nonetheless tasty and filling.

Considering this place is in B.F.E., is totally supported by tourist and snowmoblier dollars and is located within a state park I would say it is worthy of a stop. I mean really, your local choices are not that numerous!

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Photo of petersonmatt22
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Photo of MIBeerGeek
3.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Photo of cards22
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I initially wasn't going to stop here, but due to a late start to the day, we ended up at the falls around lunch. The kids and the in-laws were hungry, and I'm not going to turn down the chance to try new brew, so in we went.

The pub is part of a larger structure that include a retail shop, snack stand, and outdoor fireplace/performance area where you can wait for a table. There's a plate glass window where you can look in on the tanks. The pub looked busy when we arrived, but service was quick and we ended up waiting a few minutes. Just enough time to glance in on some of the merch available in a slice of the pub carved out for retail. If you're a sucker for Up North and/or brewery gear, you'll probably drop a few bucks.

I got the fish and chips and four sampler flight. The fish was fresh caught and breaded, not the typical fish-and-chips you'd find in a pub, more like what you find in most mom-and-pop diners in northern Michigan. The flight was the stout, raspberry wheat, wheat, and pale ale. All were to style, but only the raspberry wheat stood out as memorable.

Here's the thing: nothing here had to be as good as it was. The pub sits in the middle of a state park tourist attraction almost in the middle of nowhere, where the next nearest eatery is probably an hour away. They own the market in the area. They could've served the stuff you find at a chain place, but they don't. The service didn't have to been as fast or nice, but it was. The beer could have been slightly better than garbage and people would still buy it. But I'd call it fair-to-good.

Check it out f you're there. It's not something to drive an hour out of the way for, but it's a shame to miss it if you're in the park.

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3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

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3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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3/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Mothergoose03
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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 is not a new brewery but it was our first visit here. (We tried to visit here once before but caught them in one of the two seasonal closed periods.) Evaluating the beers and having dinner was our reason for the stop here.

The place was not busy, but we sat in the dining room rather than at the bar. The pub is a mix of a hunting lodge atmosphere along with a brewpub vibe because there is taxidermy on the wooden walls, and the stainless-steel brewing equipment is also in easy view.

We ordered a sampler flight of the 4 beers that were available ($4.72), and I’m glad we didn’t order larger pours. For a brewery that has been in existence for a number of years, the beers did not seem like a seasoned brewer had made them. They were close to style for flavor, but just generally weak and unexciting. We rated each of them at a C- grade.

Food-wise it was the same story. The menu has a good selection of items, and they were okay, but just not exciting for the two items that we chose for our meals.

Coming here was worth the out-of-the way trip to experience the colors of the Fall leaves on the drive, and for the scenery on the walk down to view the Upper Falls. It’s worth the time for a visit for those reasons, but not so for the beer.

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Photo of joe1510
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

So I'm driving through the UP and am headed to this state park I found on a map a week or two prior, Tahquamenon Falls, that looked like it had potential. It's a little later in the year, early October, and after seeing next to nothing along the highway for miles I'm shocked at the amount of cars in the parks parking lot from the gates. I pull in closer and see a big, new, heavily timbered pavilion with a fireplace and a ring of shops, which shocks me even more. Last but not least I see a large banner advertising a brewery and pub inside this particular state park and I can't help but laugh and wonder why this isn't the case anywhere else I have ever been....

The brewpub is neat, large beamed cathedral ceilings with a 15-20 person bar and stainless tanks lining the walls behind the bar. As far as I can tell there are only 4 taps on at any given time. When I stopped in it was a pale, stout, blueberry wheat, and another wheat. The beer was middle of the road, cookie cutter, beer for the masses. Non offensive and drinkable but nothing out of the ordinary. The bartender was quick to take our orders and she hot the pours out quickly.

The entire charm of this place is that it's located in a really cool, well kept state park, sells beer, and has an awesome outdoor seating area. It is in the middle of nowhere and while the park is a must hit while in the Eastern UP that's really the only reason to stop at the brewpub, because it's there.

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Photo of SirWalkAbout
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This place saved my friend and I. We decided to do some winter camping and took a trip to Paradise, MI to visit Tahquamenon Falls. The temps were in the low teens, dropping below 0 at night, with 5+ inches of snowfall each night. We didn't even know this brewery existed, so when we showed up hungry and thirsty this place fit the bill. It's located right in the Park!

The Blueberry Wheat Ale was pretty great. It was a little watery, but we drank a growler of it that night. The food was really good too. We both had pasties, which after some time in the woods could not have tasted better.

Because we were visiting in the winter, and this is the U.P., we were the only one's in the brew pub. The bartender happened to be the owner, and told us how she got into brewing and starting this place up. It was really nice to be there at this time of year, as I'm sure in the summer with tourists running around it would not have been as laid back. Overall great place, and it really is located on some prime real estate.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

This was certainly a surprise when I went to the falls. Beers were not earth moving, as I recall liking their Black Bear Stout. Doesn't appear to have many beers in circulation but out here, why not try something new? The service was ok but it seemed that might have been a needle in a haystack here in regards to beer geekdom. It did have a good family atmosphere and if I ever did stop at the falls again, I might take a load off and stop again, otherwise a asthetic part of a snap shot of life...

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Photo of chrizzle
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 5

just got back from a vacation to the UP. this is the first brewpub i have been to that is located within a state park.

A: a really nice atmosphere at the brewery. touristy hunting lodge with appropriate decor and a large bar with brewing equipment neatly staged behind. a really nice environment to have dinner.

Q: the quality was good. i could tell that they knew what they were brewing but marks were missed. exceptional food is the only thing saving the "quality" rating from a lower score.

Ser: went to the brewpub twice. sat at the bar the first time and had exceptional service. on our second visit (and nursing quite a hangover) the service was all but absent. but the pasty was good!

Sel: not impressed with the selection here. the only beer i could stomach was their fall tannin (american red ale). my girlfriend liked their blueberry beer.

F: best food i had on the entire vacation! the first night i went to town on a delicious filet mignon and baked potato. the aged wisconsin cheddar and ham soup was a nice pairing as was the fresh bruschetta. mmm.

V: a reasonable value for what you get; tolerable beers, spotty service, a warm and comfortable dining environment and excellent food. oh, and after dinner a nice walk to take a look at the mighty tahquamenon falls. cheers!

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Stopped here on a family camping trip in Michigan's UP. It was quite surprizing and interesting to find a brewpub in such a remote location. I'm sure that they rely heavily on the tourists there to take in Tahquamenon Falls.

My father-in-law, Jim, and I went in for a couple beers. All the selections seemed to be very SAFE and not pushing the envelope at all. This, I'm sure, is a result of the type of traffic that this place draws...They would turn too many people off if they served anything that pushed the envelope.

We stopped on a Monday afternoon... so there were only a few lunch time customers. We weren't there for food, so we sat at the bar. The service was extremely prompt and courtious.

The atmosphere was more like a tourist T-Shirt shop with a Brew-Pub/restaurant thrown in. Pretty big place with high ceilings and a lot of Upper Peninsula wild-life decor.

It's definately worth a stop.

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Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub in Paradise, MI
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