Fort Street Brewery
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 63
Beer Avg: 3.49
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Francois:
2.23/5 rDev -38.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.25 | $$
I live downriver and was glad to see a brew pub opened here.
Have been going there off and on since it opened.
Getting more frustrated with this establishment. The food and beer are hit and miss, in my opinion. I get dis appointed when their beer and menu selection is deficient.
I brew my own beer, went to chef school in San Francisco and have worked in white table restaurants.
Our last visit was the last straw. When Doug sat us down, we asked for a "high top". He stated "REALLY". There was space and it was not busy. His next statement was, my wait staff will "bitch and moan" He reluctantly seated us where we requested to sit for a "cover" of four. Not a demanding request.
I said, Thank you for accommodating us. He had no response, and walked away, no eye contact.
This did effect my evening with my family and I unsubscribe to e-mails.
I will not return any time soon.
I hoped that they would have been more customer service focused.
I would have been reprimanded or fired for such behavior.
Get your shit together, Doug.
02-02-2013 23:57:25 | More by Francois
More User Reviews:
3.34/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.
01-13-2014 00:59:09 | More by Rohkey
Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park, MI
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.