A taste of local history Rail House Brew Pub has been brewing since 1871

By: 
Kaity Coisman

MARINETTE — From a rail road outpost building to an established brewing company, Rail House Brew Pub has built its reputation on local brewing heritage to strengthen community ties. The Marinette hot spot prides itself on being built on history, community and variety.

The roots of the brewery go back to 1871, originally located in Menominee, Mich., but moved locations to Marinette in 1997. Present Brew Master Chris Konyn wanted to keep the brewery origins alive through a ‘throw-back’ beer. The Silver Cream historic lager was originally brewed from 1871 to 1966, but Konyn brought it back in 2005 with the help of research and residents.  

“We did some research and found as close as we could what the original recipe was. We talked to a lot of old-timers in the area and their memories of it. We did some digging and came up with something that has been very pleasing to everyone who tried it,” explained Konyn.

Amongst the historic silver cream lager, there are 14 other beers on tap served and crafted in-house. Taps include a spectrum of American ales, lagers, English ales and German lagers and are interchanged seasonally and sometimes monthly.

“The beer itself has some local historical pride in it. But we also treat the beer as any flavorful item on a menu where we are just trying to give people what they want… I know that the Rail House, the congregation center that it is, gives me a good sense of accomplishment that people can come here and have a great variety of beer to choose from, and they’ve got a taste of history with our silver cream beer that has been brewed in this area for a long,” expressed Konyn.

With a wide variety of menu items and brews, the Rail House Brew Pub created a storefront brewery in the front of the building to allow patrons to order specific brews. Konyn said, “In 2019 we expanded to a 15 barrel commercial type brewery we built on to the side of the building and added six more fermentation vessels and conditioning tanks with a canning line that we have canned six packs that we have in stores in the northeast region of Wisconsin.” Konyn expressed that they hope to continue their expansion to more bars, restaurants and grocery stores in the area.

Rail House Brew Pub is on HWY 41, so it attracts a strong local presence as well as tourists throughout the summer. Find the brewpub at 2029 Old Peshtigo Ct., Marinette open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to experience a taste of local history.

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