If you're a lover of craft-brewed beer, and even if you're not, you have to love Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette.
Undeterred by an economy that still faces challenges, the folks that own and operate the popular North Front Street watering hole acquired the old Coca-Cola bottling plant on West Washington Street, installed a 20-barrel system there and proceeded to turn out large amounts of their tasty beer for consumption at home, via local stores.
"It's diversifying the direction we're going in. Our business was solely before this a tap room and brewery," business co-owner Andy Langlois told The Mining Journal for a recent story penned by Staff Writer Christie Bleck.
Langlois, with co-owner David Manson, opened the North Third Street location in December 2010. It became an all but instant success.
The new brewing operation has the capacity to produce up to 2,200 barrels per year with the new canning line capable of filling 33 cans per minute. The brewery will consistently can three beers the North Third Street customers helped pick: Coconut Brown, the 51K IPA and the Grand Rabbits Dry Hopped Cream.
To Langlois, Manson and the others, we say congratulations. To area beer lovers, we suggest they pick up a six pack. They won't be disappointed.