Red Jacket Brewing at Michigan House Cafe

Red Jacket Brewing at Michigan House Cafe

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Being particular to Bosch Brewing Co. – this is a Bosch Brewing Company building after all – a bit of Bosch history may be in order. The Bosch family emigrated from Baden, Germany, in the mid-1800’s. Joseph founded his first brewery in 1874 and began brewing his German style beer with Torch Lake Brewing Company located in Lake Linden. In 1883, production reached 4,000 barrels a year. Due to “honorable business methods and superior quality” of his brew, the little company expanded. He purchased the old Union Brewery just west of Houghton, then operating under Scheuermann Brewing Company. The Michigan House site was purchased in 1903 from Haas Brewing. He built this opulent saloon and hotel (opening in 1905) to further market his brew. Bosch Brewing was incorporated in the late 1800’s and by 1911, Bosch Brewing was the second largest corporation in Houghton County – the copper mines being the largest. Their annual capacity was 50,000 barrels – equivalent to 100,000 “kegs” used in taverns today.

To put that in perspective, The Michigan House Cafe operates under the name of Red Jacket Brewing Company as a Brewpub – with a bi-weekly capacity of 3.5 barrels and an annual capacity of 84 barrels – certainly endeavoring to follow in Joseph’s stead with honorable business methods and superior quality.

The recipe developed for our flagship beer is a truly hand-crafted vintage brew with ingredients quite common in 1905. Oatmeal and hand pressed espresso extractions from fresh roasted coffee beans are the primary flavoring elements in addition to barley, hops, and Maris Otter grain. It’s our Oatmeal Espress.


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