With so many great hiking, paddling, and biking locations in the Upper Peninsula, we get excited for doing all of those among the fall colors each year. We are currently showing 5-10% in Gogebic County and the Ironwood, Michigan area. Some of the images below give you an idea of what sort of scenes you can expect to see here over the next 2 months. Growlers of Cold Iron beer pair well with all of these adventures, and we love seeing your photos of Cold Iron beer in the wild, so make sure to share them with us!
We’ve been cruising through a great U.P. summer and can’t believe August is already well underway. With summer comes a wide variety of beer styles on tap here in downtown Ironwood, including a few one-off unique brews. Two of those brews are currently on tap: Strawberry Cheesecake Ale and Chai Stout (goes on tap Friday, August 16th). These beers were given special attention by our brewmaster to create the best taste profile, while still remaining true to their Ale and Stout backbone. The first samples were so enjoyable that these brews just might need to become semi-regular, but you’ll have to be the final judge of that. Give them a try and let us know what you think, cheers!
Just in time for the 4th of July weekend, Cold Iron Brewing has launched its entry into the hard seltzer market: Drift Hard Seltzer. This seltzer is crystal clear, with no sugar added, and is gluten free. With only 99 calories per serving it is light and refreshing, perfect for all your summer activities. Cold Iron brews Drift Hard Seltzer in small batches on site in downtown Ironwood. Our initial flavor is lime, currently on tap. On deck is blueberry, an obvious choice for our region. Cheers!
Now that summer is officially here, Cold Iron Brewing has begun hosting group paddles and bike rides. The groups generally meet at Cold Iron Brewing and head out on their bike or paddle from there.
The next group bike rides are Thursday, June 27th and Thursday, July 25th. Both meeting at Cold Iron and departing shortly after 6 PM. Trails found throughout the city will be explored where conditions allow, so a mountain bike is recommended.
The next group paddle is Wednesday, July 10th at 5 PM. We will meet at Cold Iron and caravan to the water from there. Bring your own boat and gear including PFD. If water levels allow we will paddle down a local river section that is generally easy and open to all skill levels. Kayaks, canoes, and SUPs are all welcome!
To stay up to date with the latest events please visit the events tab on our Facebook page!
With so many waterfalls in Gogebic county it can be tricky to nail down the right one to visit when you are looking for a quickie. This short article will get you off to a good start, with our top 5 easiest waterfalls to access near Ironwood.
Interstate Falls (20’) - This waterfall is just across the border in Wisconsin on the Montreal River, a short drive from Ironwood. To get there, head west on US 2 into Wisconsin. Very shortly after crossing the border there will be signs for the falls on the right side of the road. Take your first right and follow the signs a short way down the gravel road to a parking area. About 1/3 miles down a relatively easy trail takes you to a nice viewing area.
Gabbro Falls (40’) - This waterfall is a short drive east of Bessemer on the Black River. Head east on US 2 from Bessemer, taking a left on Black Jack Rd. and following it north until reaching Black Jack ski hill (follow the left bend down the hill). After reaching the large parking area in front of the ski hill, stay left and take the gravel road up the hill, pulling over when you hear the falls a short distance past the utility buildings. The waterfall is less than 100 feet away. Please use caution around the cliffs.
Superior Falls (60’) - Superior Falls is a multi-tiered waterfall that drops over 60 feet as the Montreal River makes its final plunge to Lake Superior. Not only is it big, but you park less than 100 feet from a great viewing area. You can find this one by taking highway 122 north from US 2, watching for signs after crossing the river (turn is on the left as you head east). Park near the big silo and follow the fence to the left. You can also walk down the hill to Lake Superior from here, a nice bonus.
Gile Falls (15’) - An often forgotten hidden gem, Gile falls is located in the city of Gile, along the West Fork of the Montreal River. Shortly after exiting the dam at the Gile Flowage, the West Fork twists through a rocky mini-gorge. Scenic at all flows and wild at high flows, this waterfall is less than 15 minutes from downtown Ironwood. To access it, take highway 77 west, heading toward the city of Gile. Take a left on Kokogan street and follow the gravel trails that appear quickly on your right. You’ll hear the river when you get close.
Kimball Falls (10’) - How ‘bout driving up and parking 20 feet from the waterfall at a county park? Kimball Falls is a twisting ledge drop on the West Fork Montreal that falls 10 feet in short sequence, right next to Kimball Park which has light amenities and free camping (did someone say free camping?). Take US 2 west from Ironwood for a few miles until reaching Park Rd. Take a left/head south on Park Rd. You will see signs for the entrance to the park on your right, follow the short road in until you read a dead end at the falls/park/bridge.
These are just a few of the many options you have for great waterfalls near Ironwood, Michigan. If you’ve hit this list and are still looking for more, make sure to check out the Black River Scenic Byway and the Presque Isle River in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park aka “The Porkies”. As with any outdoor adventure, grabbing a growler of Cold Iron beer to bring with is always a great idea!
Our latest creation, Beachside Summer Session Ale goes on tap today, Friday May 17th. Beachside is a crisp drinkable pale ale that comes in at 5.2% abv, perfect for an afternoon at the beach, or an evening at the lake, or sitting around the campfire chatting about ale the things to do in Ironwood. Beachside wants to go with you on all your adventures!
Cold Iron Brewing is excited to announce the launch of our 9th tap, dubbed the “Trail Tap”. The trail tap is a unique tap, with 50 cents from each pint poured invested back into supporting local outdoor recreation. We will also be auctioning off Mug Club #1, with all proceeds from the auction going to the Friends of the Iron Belle Trail group. The Trail Tap will go live on Friday, May 3rd at 3 PM, with Mug Club #1 being auctioned off at 5 PM in the Cold Iron taproom in downtown Ironwood. Here’s a short video that shares a bit more information:
Cold Iron Brewing’s Mug Club begins its 2nd year and welcomes new and returning members. New members can find their mug number by clicking the large box below. The mugs are in the taproom and ready to be filled with beer as soon as the $80 sign up fee is paid.
Cold Iron Brewing began hosting Team Trivia in February of 2018 and is coming up on our 1 year trivia anniversary. To celebrate turning 1 year, on February 27th 2019 we will be hosting a potluck prior to trivia starting. Our taproom will open at 5:30, with potluck running from 5:30 - 6:30 and team trivia to follow. Bring a dish or dessert to pass if you’d like to participate. To add another element of fun, this trivia event is themed “throwback trivia”. Teams dressing from a particular decade will get bonus points if all members dress up. There will also be “throwback” questions brought back from previous trivia nights. For those who haven’t made it to a trivia night yet, teams are made up of 1-6 people. You can arrive during any of the rounds, however your team will have the best chance of winning that elusive Cold Iron gift card if you are there for all the rounds. Questions span a wide range of topics and genres, giving everyone a chance to have the right answer for any given question. The event is free to play, and from 6-8 PM on Wednesday is Happy Hour with $1 off pints.
Cold Iron Brewing is excited to offer weekend spin classes inside our taproom. Got the winter blues or need to change up your winter routine? Join Andrea for an Indoor Cycling class on Sunday, February 3rd, and Saturdays February 23rd, March 16th, March 30th, April 6th, May 4th and May 8th at 11 AM. Indoor Cycling is a highly effective cardio and strength workout. Class will be 45 min and you will get your heart pumping, muscles burning and sweat dripping. You also get to ride your own bike! Plan on pulling your road or mountain bike out of the basement to hook up to one of our stationary trainers. It is recommended that you have a slick or trainer tire on your back wheel. If you have a trainer and a bike bring it on in and we'll help you set it up. All class participants can enjoy a happy hour drink after class.
$8 for the class
$12 includes rental of the trainer - Preregistration and payment is required to reserve your trainer. 5 spots available. Please message Cold Iron if you would like to reserve a trainer or spot. Participants please arrive a few minutes before 11 to get your trainer set up.
Friday, January 25th 2019 is Cold Iron’s monthly “Pizza and a Pale Ale” event. Each month we debut a new pale ale on a Friday night with live music and fresh Bake Superior Bread pizza for sale by the slice. This month we will debut 2 new pale ales at the same time: Mosaic Pale and Amarillo Pale. Both beers were brewed with the same malt bill while each beer has been hopped with a different hop. Bake Superior is creating a Chicken Broccoli Alfredo pizza for the specialty this month. As usual we will also have pepperoni and cheese available. $3 for one slice, $5 for two slices. This month’s featured musician is Scott Kirby. From his website: “Drawing on his variety of inspirations, Kirby delivers an undeniably original sound and authenticity to his performance by combining stunning guitar work, harmonica, and gritty, passionate vocals. Kirby's writing style and song form are as tasteful as they are smooth. This evokes a very real connection with his listeners.”
SISU ski race in Ironwood, Michigan is almost here. The January 12th event features a 31k and 15k cross country ski race, as well as a 5k fun ski. Once you’ve finished your race head over to Cold Iron for a beerski! SISU Sweet Stout will go on tap on Friday and Lake Effect Band takes the taproom stage at 7 PM on Saturday. On the Thursday before the race Fast Wax will be performing a waxing demo at 5:30 in the taproom, with $10 ski waxes while supplies last. Get your skis waxed and tuned for the race with Fast Wax and Cold Iron Brewing.
Looking for some winter fun? Check out the list below for ideas on things to do in Ironwood. With so many local attractions there is something for everyone all year.
Grab a locally brewed craft beer at Cold Iron Brewing, 104 S Lowell St.
Go for a cross country ski or snowshoe at Miner’s Memorial Heritage Park, Wolverine, or ABR.
Go for a downhill adventure at Mt. Zion, Blackjack, Indianhead, Big Powderhorn, Whitecap, or the Porkies.
Go winter waterfall viewing along the Black River Scenic Byway or any of the other numerous options in the area. Click here for a sizeable list of local waterfalls.
Go for a snowmobile ride in Gogebic and/or Iron County.
Visit Lake Superior, covered in a cozy winter blanket of ice and snow.
Grab a hot coffee or baked good from Bake Superior Bread, Contrast Coffee, and Copper Cup.
Shop Ironwood’s downtown.
By Aleah Hordges | WLUC | March 20th, 2017
IRONWOOD, Mich. (WLUC) - The City of Ironwood is giving revitalization to downtown, by bringing in additional local businesses. Cold Iron Brewing is a new venue on the block, that’s creating an environment to help bring in more money to the area.
“An atmosphere with a lot of people and a lot of people who enjoy good beer and that has been a driving force,” Cold Iron Brewing Co-Owner John Garske said. “The quality of the beer and the need for that type of a thing in our area."
Talks of the brewery started two years ago. The business is in a building dating back to 1967, with polished and authentic wood furniture and bar.
“It’s kind of the theme and feel that you get from a lot of breweries, but it's also very unique in the sense that there's some history to this building,” Cold Iron Brewing Co-Owner Tom Bergman said. “It's unique that it was built as the Ottawa National Forest office."
From light and dark, to IPA’s, Cold Iron has four beers to choose from that are all made in-house.
"It's three barrels so six kegs of beer,” Bergman said. “Everything is real small batch so that we can rotate through lots of recipes and try new things and find out what people really like."
The business owners mentioned that they not only want to sell good tasting beers, but provide those with a great experience in Cold Iron Brewing and in downtown Ironwood.
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