Blackrocks Brewery will have a tap takeover and a burger eating challenge at Pat’s Bar tomorrow, Saturday, November 8.

The Grand Rabbits cream ale, the Coconut Brown and the 51K IPA will be on tap for the event. Pat’s has a three-tap system, but primarily only uses two of them.

Brewer James Short and Andrew Reeves said that the tap takeover started because of the relationship between Pat’s and the brewers. Blackrocks’ main brewing location is in the old Coca-Cola distributing center on Washington Street, about 150-yards from the bar.

“It’s right down the street from the bar, so we go there often for lunch,” Short said. “They also have the best burger in town and a lot of people don’t know about it.”


An in-town tap takeover doesn’t happen very often as most microbreweries that have events in Marquette come from downstate, New England or California. But the continuous interaction between the Blackrocks brewing crew and the city’s last hole-in-the-wall dinner location is strong enough to buck the trend and have some fun, Reeves said.

“It’s kind of a funny thing because you have a tap takeover at one place and then have the bar on the other side of town,” Reeves said. “It’s still going to be a lot of fun.”

There will also be an eating challenge after some trash talking between employees, but they have opened the competition to the public. Challengers beware though, as they created a video to show how committed the Blackrocks staff is to winning.

Pat’s Burgers from Blackrocks Brewery on Vimeo.

Competitors will have a half hour to eat a plate of gravy fries and as many burgers as they can. Further details about whether or not it will be a straight cheeseburger or Pat’s Bar’s flagship sandwich the cheeseburger deluxe are still up in the air. The winner will have their burgers paid for and an undisclosed prize, with a trophy to be determined. The burger contest to start at 5 p.m..

In addition to the Blackrocks staff, Dia de los Tacos all-time record holder and Marquette Social Scene editor Brice Burge and Black Shirt Beer Review host Josh Reinaas have verbally committed to the contest. Also Blackrocks’ Andy Langlois was a former burger-eating champion in Utah. Should make a fun and competitive field.

The takeover is from 4-8 p.m.. Pat’s Bar only accepts cash and has no ATM, so bring plenty of cash before hand.

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