HARVEY – Marquette’s burgeoning micro-brewery scene is growing again. The Chocolay River Brewery, located inside The Bayou Restaurant & Bar at 200 West Main St., Harvey, will partner with Lake Superior Community Partnership to host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 12 at 10 a.m.
Bayou Restaurant & Bar patrons, local business owners, and community members will join in celebrating the launch of a business which intends to use its naming conventions to increase awareness of local geographical, historical, and natural treasures.
The launch of the Chocolay River Brewery is being planned to coincide with Marquette’s annual Beer Festival, which is taking place on September 6.
Participants of the festival will be able to sample their five current ale offerings: The Bayou, a blonde, Rock Cut, a pale, Shot Point and Breakwall Blueberry, both wheats and Gitche Gumee, a black. Also, Blast Furnace, an India Pale, is coming soon. These beers are brewed by Brewmaster Grant Lyke.
The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, from 6 until 11 p.m. As a courtesy, and to encourage responsible drinking during the opening, Chocolay River Brewery has also partnered with Uptown Taxi to offer free local rides home from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
The grand opening will feature a pizza bar, prizes, the announcement of the first round of beer naming winners, and a chance to name an upcoming beer. Music will be performed from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. by The Louisiana Bayou Boys.