Tahqua Beer Run 2013

Tahqua Beer Run…who needs a beer??

 

Cabin Fever ESB at Lake Superior Brewing

Ok, I admit it.  When we travel, the first thing I seek out after a place to stay, is where to find a local beer.  Whether the destination is Scotland or Traverse City, Michigan, finding good beer is part of what makes traveling fun.  That said, when we decided to run the Tahqua Trail race, I headed over to the Michigan Brewers Guild site to look for local breweries near our destination in Paradise, Michigan.

Tahquamenon Falls Brewery

After we picked up our bibs for the Tahqua Trail race, we headed over to the Upper Falls for stop #1 on the Tahqua Beer run, Tahquamenon Falls Brewery.

Nice bar at Tahquamenon Falls Brewing

The interior has the U.P. lodge feeling with lots of animal mounts.  However, Tahquamenon Falls brewery does it a little different by including an array of stuffed animals.  I’m thinking this is to keep from scaring the hell out of the kids 🙂

Inside the dining area at Tahquamenon Falls Brewing

We sipped on some blueberry wheats and enjoyed the sunshine out on the deck as we waited for a table for dinner.

Pre-race beverages at Tahquamenon Brewing

After dinner, we were off to check out Whitefish Point!

Whitefish Point

Lighthouse at Whitefish Point

The light at Whitefish Point has been going since 1849, making it the oldest on Lake Superior.  In addition to the lighthouse, the point is home to the Great Lakes Shipwreck museum and is part of the Seney National Wildlife refuge.   A short walk gets you out to the beach which is adorned with stones and driftwood.

Sandblasted at Whitefish Point

More stone art at Whitefish Point

 

Running for beer – Lake Superior Brewing

Nice stained glass / agate window at Lake Superior Brewing

With the Taqua Trail race behind us, we got cleaned up and rambled over to Lake Superior Brewing in the tiny beach town of Grand Marais.  The interior of Lake Superior Brewing is bright and inviting, with some wild old mounts over the bar.

Great bar and great mounts at Lake Superior Brewing

A super relaxed and friendly place to get some food and a beer (or two)!

Packed house at Lake Superior Brewing

The Cabin Fever ESB was a big hit with us.  A nice medium bodied beer that tasted great on a sunny day.

Cabin Fever ESB at Lake Superior Brewing

I was starving when we arrived and order a 14 inch veggie pizza.  That pizza ROCKED!  I ate half with the rest coming back to the hotel with me for a night time snack 🙂

Excellent pizza at Lake Superior Brewing

Searching for Stones

While in Grand Marais, we strolled over to the beautiful beach, just north of Lake Superior Brewing to take in the sights and see if we could find keepsakes!

Beach combers at work

Its a zen moment when you are just searching for stones.  They look fantastic in the water!

Rocks of Lake Superior at Grand Marais

Old School Brews!

We stopped into Bayshore Market to get a water for the road trip back to Paradise and look what a treasure trove of old school beers we found!  Blatz anyone????

Awesome old school beer selection at Bayshore Market in Grand Marais

True North Drinking Establishments

We made our way back to Paradise and figured we should get a true UP experience and stop in at the taverns in town.  First stop, the Red Flannel Saloon.

Red Flannel Saloon, Paradise Michigan

I was just about positive our beer options would be the usual Bud, Miller, Coors, but I was pleasantly surprised to find Bell’s and Keweenaw Brewing available!  Nice!   We didn’t eat any food, but we did enjoy a beer while watching WipeOut on the TV 🙂

Our final stop was the Yukon Inn.  This place looks like its been there since lumber boom days!

Outside the Yukon Inn

The inside is very cool.  A great old bar and some sturdy ass furniture to match the rustic interior.

True North bar at the Yukon Inn

Cozy inside the Yukon Inn

We were again happy to find that local Michigan beer was available (Keweenaw Brewing), however I had to go old school and got a PBR 🙂  We didn’t eat at the Yukon Inn either, but we heard they are famous for the Yukon Burger.  Not that I’m going to be giving it a try anytime soon, but this guy thought it rocked!  After our beers, it was time to head back to our rooms and get ready to head home in the morning.

Lunch at Redwood Lodge

The next day saw us on the road early to head towards home.  One last stop on our trail race weekend was at Redwood Lodge in Flint.  All of us have had quite a few good beers and damn tasty meals at Redwood and this occasion was no exception.  If you have not been to Redwood Lodge before, its a very nice open space with a large bar area and ample dining room.

Nice bar at the Redwood Lodge

Dining area at Redwood Lodge

Brenda was greeted by the bear at the door.

Brenda with the bear at Redwood Lodge

We enjoyed our lunches with the cask condition IPA and Hairy Lil Sista, which was an imperial lager with a nice citrus hop touch.  Good stuff!!

All in all, we had a fantastic time running, touring, and drinking up in the U.P.!  For even more pictures, head on over to the gallery!

 

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