From artisan breweries to wineries to restaurants, it’s hard to go thirsty or hungry around Escanaba and Bays de Noc. Leigh’s Garden Winery Inc. Leigh’s Garden Winery features wine made from cold-climate grapes and a variety of northern grown fruit. The tasting room for wine only, situated in historic downtown Escanaba, features an old refurbished bar, an art deco back bar, plus walls and ceilings covered in intricately designed tin dating back to 1895. A visit here is like stepping back into the past and our heritage for great wine tasting. Leighsgarden.com Mackinaw Trail Winery Nestled in Manistique, this Winery offers a relaxed marina setting with breathtaking views of unspoiled beaches for wine tasting. Owner/ winemaker Raffaele Stabile blends techniques from his Italian heritage with state-of-the-art expertise to create exquisite fruit forward grape and fruit wines from grapes grown around Michigan. Partnering with Michigan By The Bottle, Mackinaw Trail Winery also offers Michigan’s first Crowd Sourced Riesling. This property also offers a bistro, an online store, vineyard weddings and events, and Manistique Music Nights. Mackinawtrailwinery.com/brewery Northern Sun Winery Although located only 13 miles from Escanaba, Northern Sun Winery is a world apart. This familyowned, estate-grown winery’s grapes thrive on a beautiful farm with rolling hills aligned to catch the lengthy summer sun. A unique underground cellar and a Mediterranean style cottage tasting room provide the perfect setting for sipping Marquette, LaCrescent, Leon Millot, Rosé, and St. Pepin wines. Co-owner Dave Anthony of Anthony’s Vineyards, who has 3.5 acres with about 3,000 vines, has been handcrafting varietals with award-winning results for 13 years now. Northernsunwinery.com Hereford and Hops Steakhouse and Brew Pub Also located in historic downtown Escanaba, this Steakhouse and Brew Pub have been honored numerous times for their World Beer Cup Award- Winning Craft-Brewed Beers. The microbrewery offers seven menu beers and three seasonals on tap year-round. At this neighborhood pub, friends and family can enjoy old-world charm in a centuryold building dating back to 1914 with every bite or sip. This venue now also operates The Other Grill, a Mongolian-Style BBQ. Herefordandhops.com Upper Hand Brewery After opening in 2014, Esky’s newest attraction is a 20-barrel brewhouse with a century of family roots from Bell’s Brewery. Opening a brewery here fulfilled a lifelong dream of founder Larry Bell that began underneath the falls at Tahquamenon. His beer is brewed and available from the U.P. to Northern Wisconsin, celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of the North and the community. Available year-round are UPA, Escanaba Black Beer, Upper Hand Lager, and Yooper (a pale ale that features U.P. grown oats), with several specialty/seasonal brews. None of their beers are available south of the Mackinaw Bridge. In addition, a rustic, knotty pine tap room/tasting room opened to the public during summer 2016 where guests can come in and sample beers, or hang out and order a pint of their favorite Upper Hand Beer. Upperhandbrewery.com For more information, visitdeltami.org and travelbaysdenoc.com BEERS AND CHEERS The Bays de Noc Brewers Guild supports craft beer, meets monthly, and operates an award-winning microbrewery.
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