The Specialty of the House
Originally, Donna Kolbus opened the restaurant in downtown Munising in 1995 and moved it to the present location in 2009 (next door to the Munising credit union). When Brewer Wes Daniels converted a car wash into a brewery in 2011, he started creating his own recipes. Soon the restaurant of Kolbus, who is a member of a fourth-generation firefighting family, and the brewery of Daniels merged and they came up with the idea of putting up the Shooters Firehouse Brewpub—the place was made to honor the firefighters in the area. That was the birth of the Shooters Firehouse Brewpub which now produces their own craft beer since their opening in 2013.
It is the only brewery house in the locality that offers freshly brewed beers on-site. It introduced the Upper Peninsula beer to locals and visitors who frequented this place. The beverages of this brewpub get better in time. They have a wide selection of fruit-infused wheats, pales, IPA, cream ales, smoked brews, porters and stouts. The names in their list, too, are intriguing and they evolve over time as a sign of their continued effort to make their craft better: Back Country Blue, Spray Falls, I’d Cry Over Spilt Milk Stout, SISUFIS; their new Upper Peninsula Brews include, Pick Axe Blonde, Two Hearted, Light Upper Hand, Widow Maker Black, Blueberry Muffin Bombs, Polar Bear, Foxy Lady, Adult Rootbeer Float, Black Tortuga Nights, Morgan Monster, Mike’s Hard, Glacier Berry, among others. They offer “Shot of the Day” for $2 per small glass of a featured beverage. Some, though, claimed that it is not worth it because the glass is too small for $2, pricey.
Their “Chief’s Locker” boasts of their signature bottled and canned beers that attract customers because of the wide array of choices. Customers can enjoy drinking these while dining in or while relaxing in the comfort of their own niche.
In summer months, patrons can take pleasure in watching the staff cook their order in the wood-fired – pizza oven located in the patio. On regular days, they feature baked to order wood fire pizzas every Thursday to Saturday starting at 5 pm. Their pizzas may be small in size for some, but they serve their very own recipes of pizzas that will surprise you, like their Savory Blue Berry pizza which is made up of mozzarella cheese, ham, bacon, onion, blueberries topped with blue cheese and fresh basil. Their pizza selection includes Pizza Margherita, Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Chicken Pesto.
A must-try in your visit here is their signature dish of Upper Peninsula pasty which is a native specialty in Michigan. It is a traditional meat pie that originated in England. It is a hand pie usually filled with meat, potatoes, onions, rutabaga and carrots. Nacho mountain is another intriguing name on the list. It is a heap of nachos topped with diced tomatoes and onions, ground beef cooked with their secret ingredients, olives and a selection of cheese sauce and/or salsa. Other selections in their menu are home-made soup for starter; salads, choose from their Chicken BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) or Taco Salad; sandwiches and burgers that include 1/3 pound Beef Burger, Black Bean Burger, Chicken Tender (a choice of basket or sandwich), BLT Croissant or Wrap, Chicken Salad on a Croissant; for their Toasted Ciabatta or Wraps selection, Italian, Club, Beef Burger or Black Bean Burger. Burgers and sandwiches are served with potato chips and their very own home-made coleslaw salad. The food selection is great for kids, too. (But kids can only be accommodated before 7 pm.) The prices of foods are reasonable enough.