There’s a reason most tables at Fitzgerald’s in Eagle River, Michigan, order beer flights—and it’s not because of the Keweenaw’s chilly weather. Bossmen Marc Rea and Mike LaMotte (son of Jim LaMotte, the Fitz’s original owner) are trying to build the best drink list in the Upper Peninsula, if not the Midwest. They’re well on their way, too, with fresh pours from Great Lakes greats like Dark Horse, Old Nation, and Perrin, plus rare bottles such as Epic’s Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist imperial stout and Founders’ ReDANKulous imperial red IPA. But you needn’t be a RateBeer addict or Good Beer Hunting reader to enjoy these hallowed halls. The Fitz is a fantastic restaurant, too, appealing as much to vegetarians and vegans (smoked tempeh banh mi, black eyed peas and dirty rice, etc.) as barbecue connoisseurs (the brisket and rib tips, served after 4 p.m., are musts). Wish you could spend the night after having one too many? Book a room at the Eagle River Inn next door, where accommodations start at $105 a night. The hotel is run by the same folks as the bar and restaurant, and you can’t beat the views of the pink rock beaches rimming mighty Lake Superior.
5033 Front St., Eagle River, MI; 906-337-0666.