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Fort Street Brewery

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Fort Street BreweryFort Street Brewery
BA SCORE
85
very good

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 71
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1660 Fort Street
Lincoln Park, Michigan, 48146
United States
phone: (313) 389-9620

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(Place added by: proc)
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3.34/5  rDev -10.2%

Fort Street is one of only two breweries that I know of in the downriver area. In my opinion, is on par with the Detroit breweries (but that's not saying a whole lot).

Good atmosphere, quiet most of the time but gets loud for their Thursday releases and on busy nights. Usually have a couple sports games playing with a large-screen projector perpendicular to the bar as well. Generally the customers are older and much more relaxed than bars in the area, which is a nice getaway.

It's a convenient location to go to if you're in downriver and want to go to a brewery and have pub food, but, time permitting, I'd rather head 30 mins or so up the road to Kuhnhenn if I wanted great beer. While their beer isn't bad by any means, they generally have 4-6 on tap and also they release one small cask every Thursday that is often gone early in the weekend. The small cask beers in my opinion are better than their usuals, and it is frustrating that two of their 4-6 slots are an average lager and a sub-par root beer flavored beer. They occasionally release real gems (Keppen Farm Stout, Beernormous, Tripel Crown, Michigan Monks), but there are also the times where I have come in and the only salvageable offering is an average quality IPA, pale ale, or seasonal.

Their kitchen has a fairly limited menu, but it's what you would expect from a microbrewery. They have good pizza and burgers and also often have a couple local recipes.

Service is more or less inattentive. They do enough for me not to complain (such as coming within 5 mins of your glass being empty), but rarely am I really satisfied about the service when I'm walking out. It can take 5-10 mins to get their attention when your food comes and something was screwed up with the order (which unfortunately happens a little more often than I'd like). They staff also doesn't seem to make an effort to connect or remember their customers, I've been here at least 25 times and I'm still asked for ID from the same servers that have probably already seen me three of four times that month. There are one or two servers that are really dreadful, and a couple that are decent. Also the owner is usually there but has never made an attempt to talk to me (or anyone else I came with) despite being chummy with some of the other patrons.

In sum, it isn't a necessary inclusion on your brewery tour, but it's a nice place to go to if you want to get out of the house with some friends to a low-key establishment.

Rohkey, Jan 13, 2014
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I_BYE_MI_BEER, Oct 08, 2013
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2.23/5  rDev -40.1%

I live downriver and was glad to see a brew pub opened here.
Have been going there off and on since it opened.
Getting more frustrated with this establishment. The food and beer are hit and miss, in my opinion. I get dis appointed when their beer and menu selection is deficient.
I brew my own beer, went to chef school in San Francisco and have worked in white table restaurants.
Our last visit was the last straw. When Doug sat us down, we asked for a "high top". He stated "REALLY". There was space and it was not busy. His next statement was, my wait staff will "bitch and moan" He reluctantly seated us where we requested to sit for a "cover" of four. Not a demanding request.
I said, Thank you for accommodating us. He had no response, and walked away, no eye contact.
This did effect my evening with my family and I unsubscribe to e-mails.
I will not return any time soon.
I hoped that they would have been more customer service focused.
I would have been reprimanded or fired for such behavior.
Get your shit together, Doug.

Francois, Feb 02, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%

I love coming here. I have been several times now. There is an enormous beer variety and I have yet to try a bad one. All of the food that I have tried there so far is highly complimentary to the variety of beer that they serve. The service could use a little bit of a change in the happy direction, but I would still highly recommend Fort Street Brewery.

Jay43613, Jan 07, 2013
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2.28/5  rDev -38.7%

alright i didn't want to judge this place on my first time there which sucked so i went a few more times. out of four visits one was pretty good. the atmosphere is prolly the best attribute this place has. service is alright. i didn't see the wanna-be model b&tch workin the bar who likes to socialize more with other workers then get people drinks. but anywho service has been alright. went last night and was clearly disappointed. they only had four or five beers on tap which all to me are lame. my mom's bf tried a lincoln lager and said it tasted very skunky which isn't good. my gf tried the sarsaparilla (spelling?) and it tasted like a bud or bud light with the slightest bit of mug root beer poured into it. they had some other foo-foo beer which the owner/brewer loves to brew. food is a hit or miss. i went last time and got steak fajitas that were good. last night i ordered a burger medium and it came totally pink. i ordered a coke and it tasted funny. my gf and mother both tried it and told me to send it back. i also ordered a shot of makers and it was piss warm. my biggest beef with this place is the owner and brewer is a wanna-be ron jeffries from jolly pumpkin. it's hard for him to brew a solid beer and not add nutmeg and figs and b.s. to it. i don't wanna come off as an a$#hole but i'm good on this place. i'm calling this place to go under in two years. if not it's mostly staying alive as a restaurant and not as a brewery.

Example- purple gang and bag of hops were sold out. nothing crazy just solid brews. but if you want his b.s. juniper rye or something else with spices they'll have em for months on end.

claminat420, Jan 21, 2012
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Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park, MI
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.