Creating historically great beer experiences built on traditional styles with quality and character.
Lumberjacks. Railroaders. Brewers. Okay, and chemists too. Sturdy men with big beards and tough women who didn’t take any guff. That’s who built our state in the 1800s. We honor their legacy through fine brews made with ingenuity and plenty of elbow grease. So when you’ve closed down the sawmill for the night, grab what’ll satisfy you more than any other craft beer and make you feel good – damn good. Like warm flannel on the first day of winter or the wind at your back on the rail trail.
Back in 1933, Michigan became the first state to ratify the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would repeal prohibition. We don’t know about you, but we’re really proud of that fact. When the amendment was adopted, Michigan was quickly on its way to becoming a hub for amazing beer. Dozens of breweries sprung up across the state, including Midland Brewing Company, which opened in 1935 inside an old creamery downtown.
Midland Brewing Company developed its signature beer – Red Keg Ale – named after the first lumber camp and saloon in Midland County. But during the Great Depression, times were tough and competition was fierce. Even with its damn good beer, the brewery lasted only a few years.
Midland Brewing was reborn in 2010 when Founder, Emeritus Keith Lawrence, and others picked up the 1930’s Midland Brewing Company brand and re-established a brewery in Midland. Dave Kepler acquired the brewery, and now our small posse of entrepreneurs are connecting our passion for brewing Michigan craft beer to Midland’s early history – especially its first 100 years, defined by the lumber, railroad and beer industries. Midland Brewing Company is on North Saginaw Road near the three-mile marker of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, not far from Averill, where the Red Keg Lumber Camp sat by the Tittabawassee River. We work to carry on the legacy of the original Midland Brewing Company – we even brought back Red Keg Saloon – while innovating our own signature brews like Copper Harbor Ale, Rollway IPA, Lumberjack Brawl American Wheat, traditional styles like our 3 Mile Marker Hefeweizen, and we’re developing new selections all the time, including our national award-winning “One Night In Bangkok,” Tangerine and Thai Basil Smoothie IPA. You can find our beer at your local watering hole or retailer throughout the State of Michigan.
Stop by and grab a beer, pick up a 4-pack, or refill your growler today at our restaurant! We have a custom smoker, with some of the best specialized pub food you will find by any lumber camp. We are a fantastic regional destination for great beer, food and fun! Oh, and the Red Keg, a spectacular venue for private events. You can sit back and unwind with a great beer in hand in our outdoor beer garden during the warmer months throughout the year.
Awards & Recognition
We don’t brew beer to win awards. But it’d be rude to turn them down.
World Expo of Beer
Dublin Street Stout – Silver Medal, 2017
Midland Pale Ale – Gold Medal, 2013; Silver Medal, 2012; Gold Medal and runner-up for Best in Show, 2011
Three Mile Marker Hefeweizen – Gold Medal, 2018; Bronze Medal, 2013;
Isle Royale Cream Ale – Bronze Medal, 2018
Silver Jack Driscoll Russian Imperial Stout – Bronze Medal, 2018
Great American Beer Festival
One Night in Bangkok Smoothie IPA – Silver Medal, 2019 – Herb & Spice Category
Midland Brewing Company crafts recipe for success
Toast time: Midland Brewing Company wins accolade
Women brewers unite: Midland Brewing Company to host International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day event
The rebirth of Midland Brewing Company
Community impact on tap: The story of Midland Brewing Company’s revival
City of Midland Beautification Award
Recognized for outdoor beautification (Backyard & Beer Garden) by the City of Midland, 2018
Recognized for indoor beautification (Red Keg) by the City of Midland, 2019
Midland Daily News Reader’s Choice Awards
1st Place, Best Outdoor Dining: 2018, 2019, 2020
1st Place, Best Brewpub: 2018, 2019, 2020
1st Place, Best Cook/Chef: 2019, 2020
Great Lakes Bay Magazine “Best of Great Lakes Bay” Award
Best Brewery in the Great Lakes Bay Region: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020