Welcome to the Upper Peninsula!

About Us

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.

Past Production

  • 2004 – 460 bbls
  • 2005 – 1020 bbls
  • 2006 – 1290 bbls
  • 2007 – 2290 bbls
  • 2008 – 3240 bbls
  • 2009 – 3790 bbls
  • 2010 – 5420 bbls
  • 2011 – 6795 bbls
  • 2012 – 8113 bbls
  • 2013 – 9770 bbls
  • 2014 – 10900 bbls
  • 2015 – 10950 bbls
  • 2016 – 11023 bbls

 408 Shelden Ave, Houghton, Michigan 49931      906-482-5596