the KBC


Our Story

We just love beer!

Keweenaw Brewing Company is the hops-induced vision of Dick Gray and Paul Boissevain. Dick, a Michigan Tech graduate was looking for a way to return to the Copper Country. Paul, meanwhile, was introduced to – and seduced by – the crystal clear waters of nearby Lake Superior, the beauty of the surrounding area, and the small-town charm of Houghton, Michigan. The two men, whose passion for beer runs as deep as Superior, are the driving force behind Keweenaw Brewing Company.

The “KBC”, as it’s referred to by the locals, is a microbrewery, as such, no food is served. As a microbrewery, we sell our beer wholesale and in our taproom. The KBC taproom is located in the center of historic downtown Houghton. Its rustic barn-wood interior welcomes all with cozy, homey comfort. A large fireplace area, outfitted with couches and footrests, completes the inviting scene. For the truly obsessed, the fragrance of hops, the heat from the kettle of our 16 bbl brewing system, offer further reasons to venture this far north for a visit.

Aside from our core ales: Pick Axe Blonde Ale, Red Jacket Amber Ale, Widow Maker Black Ale and November Gale Pale Ale, we offer five additional beer selections along with a home-brewed birch, root or ginger beer. Currently each of our “core ales” along with six specialty styles of ale are available for sale in canned six-packs at our taproom or at retailers across Michigan, Northern Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. We’re always expanding, so if you don’t see us in your favorite store or bar, be sure to ask for us by name. Remember to visit us on Facebook. Special thanks to our good friends with Brockit, Inc for their many photos.

Our little Production facility

South Range Production

Our brewery in South Range, Michigan opened in April of 2007. With a 50 barrel JVNW brewhouse, this brewery has the ability to meet any demand we have. Today this facility produces our Pick Axe Blonde Ale, Red Jacket Amber Ale, Lift bridge Brown Ale, Widow Maker Black Ale, Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale, November Gale Pale Ale, UP Witbier Belgian Ale, Borealis Broo, Level 92 Black IPA and Hefe Royale, all of which are packaged in 12 oz aluminum cans and kegs. These products are now available on tap and by the six-pack across Michigan, Northern Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. Visit our “Find KBC” page to see where. Kegs, cans or by the glass, remember to ask for a Keweenaw.


Tap Room: 

408 Shelden Avenue

Houghton, Michigan 49931

Production Facility:

10 4th Street

South Range, Michigan 49963



Sunday : Noon - 8 pm

Monday : 3 pm - 10 pm

Tuesday : 3 pm - 10 pm

Wednesday : 3 pm - 10 pm

Thursday : 11 am - 11 pm

Friday : 11 am - 11 pm

Saturday : 11 am - 11 pm