Fort Street Brewery

Not Rated.
Fort Street BreweryFort Street Brewery
Based on:
19 Beers
64 Hads
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 24
Visits: 52
Avg: 3.74
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
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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Reviews: 24 | Visits: 52
Reviews by Francois:
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2.23/5  rDev -40.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.25

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DetroitDownRiver
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2

I have been going to FSB since 2006. After years of going, I slowly was going less and less, until not going at all. If you read many of the reviews, you will understand. Primarily, the owner(s), or specifically one. They are very arrogant. You cannot sit where you would like unless it is okay with them. You cannot put a couple of tables together unless it is okay with them. The beers were very good originally, but continued to go down year after year. If you or others who frequented FSB made any suggestions, it seemed as though they tried to do the complete opposite. I knew and went with a lot of customers to FSB, but all of us began to understand this was not a customer friendly establishment. One time I brought a big party early on, after just a few years going there, when I first realized something was wrong. Our entire group probably spent close to $2000 there. This was a good group of people having a good time. All we heard all night was what we couldn't do all night. Silly stuff like don't put those tables can only sit in this area...etc. etc.. The worst thing that happened was one of my last visits last year when I overheard the owner talking about me. I just got off of work after 16 hours and all I wanted to do was get a quick bite to eat and have couple of beers, then go home and go to sleep. He thought I didn't hear him, but he was talking to another group of customers stating that people who come in here shouldn't come in just to play keno and watch tv, etc., etc.. I had bought $5 worth of keno and was watching the Tiger game. I noticed he gestured my way. That was the last straw. Shameful for a business owner to do something like this, especially to a customer who has been going there for years. I am sure I was not the only one. The brewmaster has since left who was there since they opened, but that does not take away from the precedent the owner(s) have set. I wish the new brewmaster luck. I will end this for now and maybe one day will stop in to try a brew down the road...if they are still around.

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Photo of Ekoseck
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Great Beer ...Fun place - and the food Can be great at times ( I believe they change chefs like they change their socks)

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4/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

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.

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Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park, MI
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.