Located right next to the rails – and U.S. 41 – on the south edge of Marinette, Rail House Brewing Company has been at it since 1997. The microbrewery is now a 15 Bbl production brewhouse, with the tanks visible near the entrance. The brewpub itself is also a popular restaurant with a wide variety on its menu – kind of like the variety of beers Rail House produces.
Rail House Brewing offers several signature beers, including their Silver Cream, a truly creamy light lager. They’ve brewed up some old-school brands in the past, including what was reportedly the original Oconto lager beer, although that wasn’t on tap as of November 2020. A variety of classic bottles, cans, and labels on the back bar will give you a throwback feel. Along with taps available in-house, Rail House offers freshly-canned brews in six packs to go.
Along with their in-house brews, Rail House Brewery offers a wide selection of other domestic and import beers, red, white, and dessert wines, and even their homemade root beer.
When we last visited, this was their beer lineup:
- Silver Cream, a creamy light lager
- Brewers Best, a Pilsner
- Blonde Ale, a light farmhouse ale
- Outta the Blue Blueberry, a light fruit ale where they’ll add real blueberries to float around in your glass
- Jewel in the Crown IPA, described as a “hoppy amber ale”
- Oktoberfest, a seasonal Marzen
- Imperial Pilsner, a 6.9% ABV double pilsner
- Carmel Cream, a creamy amber lager
- Scottish Ale, a dark red with a lot of malt
- Oatmeal Stout, a dark nitro ale
- Dubble Belgian Ale
- Nutty Brown Ale
- Vanilla Medallion Light Wheat
- Pumpkin Spice Lager
- Bourbon Oak Cask Ale
- Rail House Root Beer
The Rail House also has an extensive restaurant menu with a wide variety of choices, from appetizers that serve as great munchies with beers to family-friendly meals that cater to many tastes. They run the gamut from burgers and pizza to Mexican, Italian, steaks, lobster – even pasties (what the heck, the U.P. is barely a stone’s throw away.)
Rail House Brewing is open seven days a week, generally 11am – 10pm Sundays – Thursdays and 11am – 11pm Fridays and Saturdays (COVID may affect those hours.) It’s on Old Peshtigo Road – the original U.S. 41 – right next to the railroad and the current, 4-lane U.S. 41. Highways 64 and 180 both begin just to the north and northeast.
Rail House Brewing Company Address:
2029 Old Peshtigo Court
Marinette, WI 54143