New brewery planned at former restaurant

[Photo courtesy Barrel and Beam]

MARQUETTE — There’s a new brew coming to town in 2017.

Plans are in place to convert the old Northwoods Supper Club in Marquette Township into a new brewery specializing in farmhouse and barrel-aged style beer. Founders Nick VanCourt and Marina Dupler, both U.P. natives and Marquette residents, are calling the new brewery ‘Barrel and Beam’ in reference to the style of beer and the wooden beams and log exterior of the building, which dates back to the 1930’s.

Founders say Barrel and Beam will be unique among regional breweries in offering bottle conditioned farmhouse ales aged in wine barrels. They plan to feature a new-world product line brewed from Michigan ingredients in tandem with an old-world line brewed with ingredients imported from Belgium and France.

VanCourt and Dupler are also partners in the Ore Dock Brewing Company in downtown Marquette, and they say that given the niche focus of Barrel and Beam, they will remain owners there. They are even planning future collaborations.

The new brewery is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. A tasting room will be open on Saturdays. You can follow the new brewery on Facebook at facebook.com/barrelandbeam.