Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub

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: 32
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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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 Deuane
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 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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Photo of sopor
2.66/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Four large tanks are right behind the bar, with the rest of the brewery operations around the right corner behind the bar. High cielings and hard floors make a loud environment. 3pm on a sunny Tuesday the park is busy, and the pub reaps the benefits of that. Service was slow, and not the friendliest.

A selection of cheap-looking liquor and wine is available, along with four beers: Porcupine Pale, Blueberry, Raspberry, and Lumberjack Lager.

Lots of "northern" type decorations, pelts, mounts etc., pretty touristy overall incluing a gift shop by the front door.

Not a bad place to stop and have a pint after a nice hike in the woods looking at waterfalls. Just don't expect to be impressed by the beer, wowed by the service, or totally zoned and relaxed with the atmosphere. I'll be back if I'm in the Tahquamenon park again, and I would like to try some dinner, but I would not go out of my way to stop here.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Visited here as a group of hungry hikers with the Two-Hearted crew after a 4 mile hike along the river on a fairly heated afternoon.

Located in a State Park of the same name near Paradise, MI in the U.P. far out of the way of any major town, city, or populated area. Newberry is probably the only significant area of choice nearby that may have some creature comforts.

The pub itself is part of a large log style lodge with a connecting visitors center. It has the common orangey teak wood color thats found on most log cabins with slated green rooftops. Inside is nothing short of a taxidermy gallery with stuffed northwoods animals looking over you as you eat and drink. Fairly spacious with lots of room and tall open wooded ceilings. Brew facilites sit behind the bar with copper kettles and malt bags thrown over things they don't want you to see along the storage area above.

The atmosphere seems a little dry, the help is nice to greet you but fades quickly as find your seat and boredom sets in as you take in the stale cold air and stuffed animals. Some manufactured cheesy watercolor north country prints hang on the walls. I can't imagine this place ever getting super busy. It's just too far for people to get to. Probably a steady off pace of tourists and a few locals keep the staff occupied at infrequent surges throughout the days and seasons.

Service was fine, we got our beers and food promptly, but sat for what seemed like forever as we waited to get our check and then pay them. If it weren't for that I'd say it was pretty good service, friendly, attentative, and informative.

Food was OK, the usual pubfare without much flare. The deep fried pickles stole the show. Burgers, sandwiches, fish, and the like make up the core of the menu and priced right with the fish being a tad more on the spendy side.

Beer selection is only 4 and were OK, nothing to write home about. The Tannin Amber was tame, but drinkable. The stout had by others gained a bit more favoritism. Didn't try much else as its not the greatest beer or pub, but seemingly suits the location just the same. Didn't really expect to be blown away by anything, nor should you if you find yourself here while traveling through the U.P..

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Photo of inebrius
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

A brewpub in Paradise. Literally.

Interesting story: Some 19th century forest mower with a bit of conscience, and/or entrepreneurial vision, sets aside a piece of land containing the upper Tahquamenon falls to be made a state park for all to enjoy. His descendants must be proud, particularly since they own the land adjacent to the parking area where the pub and gift shop reside.

Moderately sized log cabin like structure. Walls covered with long deceased animals and cheesy, Kinkadesque outdoor prints. Brewing area is a pile of copper holding tanks and bags of malted barley. Extraordinarily “Up North” mood. One usually lowers their expectations concerning quality of food in these places making for an enjoyable, albeit forgettable, meal. The refreshments were nice though, as rustic as the land. The Black Bear Stout must have come out of a weak nitro tap, or merely lacked carbonation as the effect was of an easy-draining, chocolaty, cask-conditioned brew. A beautiful aperitif and thirst-quencher after a hike through the lower falls. Also, a tasty American red ale named for the cedar tannins that paint the Tahquamenon river its rich, caramel amber color was quite satisfying. A light and raspberry wheat finish the menu. You’ll have to try those yourself if interested.

If you make the journey to see this lovely piece of nature don’t hesitate to stop in the pub. I suggest concluding the day here with a few long pints near the outdoor fireplace. You might even see a moose on the way back to your lodgings.

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Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub in Paradise, MI
3.05 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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