Schmohz Brewing Company
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 333
Beer Avg: 3.18
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
3/5 rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $
Classic small time brewery. It's not trying to be anything fancy. It's just a good place to get some decent beer and hang out. Free popcorn and pool, set yourself up with a few beers and chill. Not hard to lose a few hours without losing much of your wallet here. You can tell these guys just enjoy what they get to do everyday.
11-27-2013 16:14:09 | More by TheGingerbreadMan
2.96/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Two trips within a month’s time. Reasonable pricing on beer and growlers. Inconsistent flavor with the beer between the two visits, even among the tap mainstays (except for the Bonecrusher Stout - that was consistently delicious). Nice and quiet, great spot to stop with kids. Bring your own food friendly.
10-02-2013 21:43:15 | More by BrewtalHonesty
4.06/5 rDev +18%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is pretty much what you'd want to see in a neighborhood bar. Great selection of beers, pool tables and friendly service that won't pull punches if you engage in dumb assery. The owner guy was very friendly and eager to talk up any patron. Have a bite to eat elsewhere, then swing by here for after dinner (or lunch) good times.
08-14-2013 22:35:16 | More by gopens44
4.48/5 rDev +30.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Great place for beer and to meet friends.
The staff works very hard to make sure you are served correctly and with a smile.
Owners are often in the tasting room providing service and good conversation.
The brewer is a one of a kind guy. GREAT knowledge and experience.
Because of the demand the beers rotate quickly so there is always something fresh on tap.
You can find bottles all over Michigan.
At certain time brewery tours are available and worth the price. Schmohz has one of the larger micro-brew systems in West Michigan.
11-05-2012 21:53:32 | More by BeerTravelerky
2.3/5 rDev -33.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
The atmosphere is cozy. Cool, low key feel, nice garden area. Unique feel. How many other bars have a Michigan Tech hockey theme?
Beer quality is VERY sketchy. I've made it a point to drop by a time or two every year to give this place another chance. They just keep putting out below average beer. I haven't been alone in questioning the possibility of the bar passing off infected beers as servable.
Service has been adequate. While I can't blame servers for selling the product, I've witnessed the brewer being confronted over perceived shortfalls in his brews. Constructive questioning hasn't been welcome.
While the selection is pretty vast for the brewery's size, it lacks on much "good" beer. I've consistently enjoyed the ESB, otherwise it's a bit of a crap shoot.
Again, value would be great. 3.75 for a pint? Count me in! Then again, I've left more than 1 pint on a table as completely undrinkable. That's no great value.
I really want to like this place. I'm a huge beer homer and want to see all MI joints succeed. That said, after many disappointing visits (over the course of 5 years or more) it's time to give an honest review. After comparing their "Beer City PA" with versions from other local breweries, I've only confirmed my suspicions. It's just not worth your time or money to hit this place up while in GR. I'm sure I'll continue to give my obligatory visit every year. If things improve, I'll be sure to update. One can hope...
07-11-2012 04:08:17 | More by GRPunk
4.61/5 rDev +34%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Schmohz was a delight. My girlfriend and I arrived at right after opening on July 5th. Chaz, one of the the brewers, was setting the place up and tending bar as the regular bartender had called in. It was ungodly hot outside and the temperature inside the pub felt great.
After a short delay during the initial setup we ordered our first of 2 flights. We selected from the experimental and non-ipa beers for this first flight. I have to say were delighted with ALL of the 6 choices purchasing six packs of 3 to bring home.
Chaze was all to happy to talk about the beer and the the regulars at the bar chimed right in with info and thoughts about their favorites. We finished our flight and ordered another including the signature IPA's as other strong flavor choices. The IPA's did not disappoint and I will say that these beers were the beers we compared all others to during the remainder of our southern Michigan beer tour.
Of the 10 breweries visited we both agree that the beers at Schmotz were the best for taste and variety/selection. No matter what you drink there is likely to be something at Schmohz for you.
We sampled most of the beers at Schmotz and chose Pickle Tink and Zingiberene for our desert beers before packing up the car and heading back into Grand Rapids proper to visit Brewery Vivant.
07-07-2012 16:47:01 | More by Ed_Bollix
3.64/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Now this brewery is in a strange location - an industrial park. The girl serving us ale stated they moved into this location because another brewery had been located there and they would not have to convert as much in the building to a brewery. The inside had the ramshackle appearance of not being completed. There is a pool table when you enter and a pinball machine in the corner. Also, on this particular day, the inside was entirely too hot. However, the ales were consistantly good, from the hoppy Pail ale to the malt accented ESB. The refreshing and flavorful cream ale is well worth seeking. No food served, but the brewery will have an occasional pig roast. The brewery offers its beers in growlers and six-packs. Also, my niece tells me the brewery has a very sweet pet pig named CeCe.
07-04-2011 20:49:30 | More by jkrich
3.39/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Our last stop of the night on the GR tour.
From the outside you would have no idea this place even exists. Once inside it looks like a pretty average townie bar. Pool tables darts and TV's up front. Small bar in the back. The selection was limited to the handful of beers they make but a good mix of styles. I settled on the barrel aged barley wine.
The server grabbed our beers and didn't make any conversation. Seemed like every one in the place was a "regular". Half the bar was watching a college hockey game with serious intensity. The BW was served in a snifter and not too cold. Which is how I like em.
Overall if I didn't know it I would have just assumed we were in some regular local bar. Not a brewery. Sometimes less pretentious isn't all that bad.
03-20-2011 22:26:38 | More by beerwolf77
3.35/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
If you were led to this place blindfolded and had the blinders removed once inside you would never think there were craft brews and craft brews only on tap at the bar. This place looks like it would have PBR on tap and white trash types singing karaoke, but it has a few decent beers to offer should you be in the area. Free pool, free popcorn, and a friendly waitress/bartender add some positive points to Schmohz. Overall, the atmosphere is a different sort of vibe and the interior is simply not pleasing to the eye save for the aforementioned waitress. It seemed as though the majority of the patrons were regulars who were familiar with one another. It felt kind of like we were visiting a fraternity or club house of some sort. I can't decide whether that was a good thing or not. At any rate, it was a very unpretentious scene that could teach some of the more uppity joints around the area a thing or two.
The quality of the products offered in bottles and on pull at the taproom is generally average. A cut above standard fare. Hopknocker was a decent choice and the stout was on sale as the brewers choice of the day. Not bad beers.
The service was great. Beers were pulled and ready to drink within seconds of bellying up. The bartender was very friendly which is sometimes difficult to find these days.
The selection was decent. Most styles had a consumable representation on tap and the pricing was reasonable.
This place is a perfectly viable place to get something other than BMC. With some of the other places available around the area, it may take a bit of a back seat. It is worth a visit to see normal people enjoying better beer without any of the uppity shenanigans that may be encountered elsewhere. At least they give back the proper change, Founders waitstaff.
01-25-2011 20:47:26 | More by SupaCelt
2.98/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Atmosphere: As you walk in you get the feel of a typical dive bar that only the locals know about. Tables scattered here and there in no particular order. A small pool table, dart board, and a pinball machine against the wall. As far as a atmosphere inside the place goes, not a fan.
Quality: The beers I had were good. Started with the Hopknocker IPA which wasn't bad. I would say it was just average. Tried a little of the porter as well, and finished with their barleywine, which surprised me a little bit with how good it was.
Service: Walked straight to the bar and ordered a beer. The bar was full of people but I had a drink in my hand pretty quickly. Anytime we needed a drink we could just walk up to the bar and get one. A waitress came in later, but that was around the time we were ready to leave.
Selection: I didn't count the number of beers there were on tap, but it was probably around 8 or so. When I saw the place I figured with how small it was that it would only have four beers on tap or so, and also some bud or miller. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the tap list and no BMC.
Value: 3.75 for a pint of craft brew, not cheap, not expensive. Their barleywine was a little more expensive at 5.00, but it was one of their "specialty" beers. They also have free popcorn you can bring back to the table and munch on.
Ovarall, I would come back here. But with all the brewering companies in Grand Rapids, I wouldn't make it a priority.
10-21-2010 10:57:33 | More by otto251068
Schmohz Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
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