Brickside Brewery

Brickside BreweryBrickside Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar

64 Gratiot St
Copper Harbor, Michigan, 49918-9802
United States

(906) 289-4772 | map

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Added by MarcatGSB on 06-18-2012

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

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 just recently opened, and is located in a 1-story, painted concrete block building along the main street in this tiny village. After walking thru the front door you go past pallets of grain bags, so you immediately get a feeling of being in a brewery. There is a small bar and only a few tables with chairs, so this place is small. There is no food available, but they are food friendly if you can find something in this tiny town to bring with you.

We arrived shortly after the 4 pm opening time, and two other patrons were at the bar and chatting with the owner/brewer. We also sat at the bar and ordered a sampler flight of 6 of the 7 beers that were available. ($1 per sample) The brewer has the beers pretty well dialed in to the right taste for their respective style, but we felt that only two of them were above average (B-), and the rest we graded at C. They typically have some of their beers in 22 oz bombers, but were out of them that day. However, the owner said that we could walk across the street to the c-store and they would have some. We found the Park Bench Porter there, which the owner says is their most popular beer (but was not on tap that day), along with the Stone Ship Stout, which was one of the two that we liked in our sampler. (The other one that we liked was the Porters Island Porter, which is a smoked Porter.)

This brewery is located on a dead-end highway next to the end of the earth so it has to be a destination of choice to go here. But if they continue to improve the beers they just might find me coming back again.

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Photo of atone315
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here with a few friends during a trip around the Keweenaw Peninsula. I must say, this place looks rather boring and uninteresting from the outside, but I am glad that did not deter us from going inside and giving it a shot. We met a few cool people that were also traveling and the bartender was friendly also.

There were about 10 bar stools around the smallish bar and a few other tables. There was only one other couple in the place when we arrived, but it did get busier as time went on. There were probably 20 people in the bar, including us, at it's busiest and it never felt crowded although it did get a tad loud. The slate floor provided entertainment for children with chalk and later on for 2 of our party that had one too many....overall, fun atmosphere.

There were 8 beers on tap with a variety of IPA's and IIPA's. 2 people in our group got paddles, I took sips of a few of their beers and most everything tasted above average. I had multiple glasses of their Imperial IIPA, it was mighty tasty! 2 sample paddles and 3 pints cost $22 and change, pretty damn affordable if you ask me!

Overall, I loved this place and I am so glad to see breweries/ brewpubs popping up in the U.P. My wife and I travel up north 3-4 times a year, it will be nice to visit these places and watch them grow.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

EDIT July 2013: Jason has added four more taps, and has eight beers on pretty regularly. Always a couple different Pale Ales, and a variety for different styles.
His recipes are really honed in now, and pumping out some wonderful beers.
He has hired a couple bartenders and friends to take care of the pub side, and things are going really well. Friendly staff, excited about what is going on. Jason can concentrate on brewing beer, and he's damn good at it!

A great little brewery that has newly opened up as of the beginning of the 2012 summer. Jason got all the money together for this venture via the "Kick Starter" program online. Pretty cool idea, and glad to see he was able to get it open.

It's a rather small facility with 8 or so bar stools, but there is a nice table mounted on the wall with a window peering into the brew area opposite the bar. The bar facility is rather plain as of now, but he is adding a few things here and there. It can get a bit noisy as there is not much to dampen the sound, but so goes it when in a brick building.

He has four taps as of now, with a Pale Ale, IPA, Weissen and Porter on...but he just released an Oatmeal Stout in a bottle, so he is pouring that as well, and more taps are on the way I've heard.

Stop in, support the local brewery...his beers are far above average, and only better things are sure to come.

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Brickside Brewery in Copper Harbor, MI
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