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Fort Street Brewery

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3.68/5
Based on:
21 Beers
66 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 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 by Francois:
Photo of Francois
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Rohkey
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.

Photo of Jay43613
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of claminat420
2.28/5  rDev -39%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | food: 3

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The Fort Street Brewery was located on a busy street outside of Detroit. The dinning area included numerous low tops, high tops, and bar stools...very big area. There were big screens and Michigan sports flags hanging from the ceiling. The quality was good, the food was ok, the servise was great. The selection for beer was good, but I thought the menu was lacking a little. There was no pizza on the kids menu and the adult fair was standard bar fare. The value was ok, $32 for adult meal, kids meal, kids drink, and a sampler platter.

Photo of divineaudio
3.33/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

atmosphere is not so great - a typical sports bar feel and a lot of open space makes the place loud inside, even with just a few patrons hanging around watching the game. has far too many tvs and they all have some sort of game on. when will brewery owners figure out that not everyone wants to watch sports while drinking their beer?

food selection was good, but the quality was no so hot. i ordered the chips and gooey cheese which was good until the cheese got cold, and then the kobe sliders which were pretty good except for the english muffin they used as a bun. too much bread and not enough burger.

beer selection was decent, 6 taps i think. i had a belgian bread stout and hops to burn dipa - see my reviews. a few bonus points for almost always having something special on tap.

our waiter was friendly and fielded our questions with ease.

price seems on par with the quality, but nothing here really blew my sock off. just another run of the mill local brewpub.

Photo of camil1mj
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a good example of a local small brewery. The good:
-The fish and chips were good.
-I really liked Doug's Turbo Sarsaparilla. It is a root beer flavored beer.
-They also had a very well done bourbon barrel bock.
-Pricing was realistic. I got the beer sampler and it was $1 a beer.
-The had a large variety of beer on tap with some rotating small batch seasonals.
The bad:
-Our server was kind of slow, but in her defense it was a large group.
-They had a "garbage can" beer where they made beer with random ingredients. It was not so great.

Photo of goast8127
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My first trip to Fort Street was the third in our once-a-month trips to local breweries we never or rarely visit.

We were impressed initially upon entering the building. It's a wide open space with plenty of seating, both high and low tops, and several televisions. There is a couple dartboards and a pool table. The TVs themselves were a bit substandard but I don't generally find myself visiting a brewery based on the quality of the television.

Being a Sunday, seats were readily available. Our server, Dawn greeted us promptly and gave us the rundown of what was available. Seemed to have an adequate knowledge of the beer.

Six beers were available on tap. The selection essentially matched what was listed on the web site. Descriptions of each were listed in the menu.

The beers themselves were just OK. Overall, the group's favorite was the mocha porter followed by Corktown Red. We were a little disapointed in the sarsparilla, but personally I think it should be served at a touch warmer temperature. The 6x6 was unique, and should be tasted last in any order of sampling. I feel it affected my opinions of some of the subsequent tastes.

We only ordered the soft pretzels, which were good but tough to do wrong.

We were very impressed by the prices. The highest pint was $5 with most between $3 and $4.

Overall the place was decent. It's not close enough to home for me to make regular trips but I'd recommend it to somebody in the area.

Photo of beerguru15
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I typically hit this brewery during the down time between the Morning and Afternoon practice for the Detroit Lions during the summer.

When walking into the brewery, you're presented w/ a considered size of tables and plenty of bar space. Behind the bar you'll find your mixed drinks, plus vats that seem to circle around.

So far the quality of the beer has been quite well. Yesterday I ended up having a Belgian Imperial IPA, and being someone who doesn't drink that much IPA it as quite enjoyable. I've also had a good Pale ale and their regular Lincoln Lager there also.

The few times I've been there I've been presented with excellent service. Yesterday the bartender presented me with a rundown on their beers, and made suggestions pertaining to her own liking and ones that may fit my pallet. This is something I look for in a brewery, plus the overall attentiveness and way of handing an order

The selection wasn't bad, there are usually 6 beers on tap I believe with a cask ale that is tapped every thursday. The beer selection doesn't really have a "in between" regarding Alcohol content, as some of the beers are low 4% all the way to 10% Though I do have to say that they do have a decent selection of beers that aren't normal and are constantly rotating taps

The food has been excellent the few times I've been there. They have food such as sandwiches & Burgers, to Steak and Fish, a little of everything. I got the phily steak last year and this year a build your own sandwich, both were excellent.

Which leads to your value..the food was greatly priced, especially 5.50 for a Burger..the beer was so so priced..but basically the higher the ABV the more you paid

Overall I find this place to be enjoyable and is a annual stop when making the trip down to see the Lions practice. I recommend all in going there and look forward to attending this place in the future

Photo of ahking
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

A gem in Lincoln Park. This brewpub is simple and serves very good beer. I have not tried the food, but service at the bar on a weekday evening was great.

High ceilings and simple decor of retro Detroit beer signs and other liquor drinks on the wall.

Lots of tables and bar seats available and 7 or 8 tv's tuned to sports or trivia.

This is a place for working folk who like a great beer at the end of the day as well as beer lovers.

I enjoyed the beers and the easy going atmosphere here on my first visit and hope to be in the area again with friends to enjoy the food with some very tasty beers.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Enjoyed this experience tonight (Monday, 03.30.09) with my future Brother-in-law.

This is the brewpub other brewpubs aspire to be...

OK, that was a little exaggerated. Alas, this particular brewpub does what many others lack - quality beers COMBINED with quality "everything else."

A - Expansive, spacious, [insert other synonyms here]. TVs with sports (and texas hold'em on Mondays) abound. A projection screen with a hockey game (not Wings) at the center. Four or five groups of regulars scattered around the place. For a Monday, post-St. Paddy's day, I'd have to give a major thumb's up to holding a local crowd so dense & varied.

Q - As for the beer, both my buddy & I got the sampler (six 5 oz'ers) to start - since we are "virgins" here. On the row were "Lincoln Lager," "Purple Gang Pilsner," "Corktown Red," "Hearth Ale," "Stimulus Ale" & "Beernormous." Shortly before we left, I was able to sample Doug's Turbo Sarsaparilla.

Besides the Lager, which is what it is, all were B- or better. The Stimulus is an Imperial Saison by definition, but the IBU at serving was a 77, so it was a delight. And Beernormous is an Imperial Stout - also a crowd pleaser (and by crowd, I mean both me & my drinking mate lauded it's quality. Any way you slice it, Doug is a master & well-read on the intricacies of brewing.

Food = B+

Please try a sandwich on the Pretzel bread. I had Turkey & Pepperjack on it. Well-done. And the fries were lightly seasoned & CRISPY!

Ser - Our bartender was very nice, knowledgeable & helpful. She explained the brews quite well & was well-informed of upcoming cask tappings (check the website - a new cask every Thursday, including what seems to be a recurring trend of "Build a Beer" -- love the double entendre there -- where the group that shows gets to choose the ingredients).

Sel - Something for everyone. I gave them a 3.5, but then bumped up to to a 4.0 after Doug pulled a new cask of the Turbo Sarsaparilla for us. Try it - boozy Root Beer. If you love Root Beer - 5.0, if you hate Root Beer, 1.0. It's that good (or not).

F - See quality (sorry I got excited).

V - Pints cost $3.00-$4.00. Pints. All day, every day. And they were $0.50 cheaper on Monday. AND they have other specials. Sorry if that' more like a $$ in Michigan, but I live in CA now, and the only $ there is Thunderbird & Boone's...

I fell in such love, I bought two t-shirts (which really shouldn't clue you in, because I'm a sucker for supporting local beer-makers). But, my future brother-in-law brought home a growler (WITH A GROWLER COOZY, no less!!! - no, really check it out: http://www.fortstreetbeer.com/fort_street_006.htm) and he isn't a man to invest in a "one-time" growler, so kudos to Doug!

Sorry for the novel, but top-notch brewpubs with local brewers who take the time to study at places like Siebel deserve appropriate notoriety.

Thanks Doug, I'll see you in June!

Chris S.

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Easy to get to, just off Southfield near I-75. This was my first visit, so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but the BA reviews made it seem like it would be worth the trip.

The atmosphere was okay. High ceilings helped get rid of smoke from some of the patrons at the bar. Really clean and open with a lot of seating, several TVs playing news and sports, and a pool table. I liked that there were several tanks visible behind the bar and the whole brewing process could be seen behind a glass wall down the hall near the restrooms.

They had 7 beers on tap during my visit, including a lager, wheat lager, scotch ale, chocolate porter, DIPA, Xmas ale, and a beer made with sarsaparilla. A pretty good selection IMO and all offerings were very solid brews. Growlers were available, refills were only $8. You could also get a sampler tray of their beers for about $1 each. Prices were very reasonable.

We only had a few appetizers (fries, onion rings, mini tacos) and while these were quite tasty, I wouldn't base a decision to eat here on our experience. Other BAs have more to say about the food, so go with their recommendations.

Overall, a good visit. Service was fast and the bartender was on top of things, offering us additional beers or food as we got low. If you're in the area it's worth stopping in. It wasn't far from Merchant's in Dearborn, which is a great place to stop and grab some bottles.

Photo of tosque
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I was impressed with the varieties of beer they had on tap. A good selection of everyday styles, plus there were several limited releases also available. Over 10 different beers - I especially liked the 2x4 IPA & a Rye Barleywine.

The food was pretty good and reasonably priced. If I lived closer I would be a frequent visitor.

My big complaint was that they will only fill their own growlers. I brought a couple expecting to get them filled, but I didn't want to pay a few extra dollars each to have to buy new growlers I don't need...

Photo of 86sportster883
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

I drove straight to the Fort Street Brewery after arriving at DTW and picking up my rental car on a mid-week afternoon. The place was nearly empty but still had a party bar feel to it, helped by Tull's Aqualung and other classic rock tracts that blared out over the sound system.

Their standard beer offerings included the:

Lincoln Lager - (4%, 9 IBU, $2.00) made w/ German malt and hops, golden w/brilliant clarity, but I didn't really care for this one,

Corktown Red - (4.75%, 22 IBU, $2.25) dark reddish brown with a big caramel malt base balanced by a dose of hop bitterness on the finish,

Snowplowed (6.25%, 15 IBU, $3.50) - made w/honey malt, rye, caramel oats and juniper berries,

Mild Adversity (3.75%, 24 IBU, $3.00) English Style Mild - very odd, but very drinkable, with a touch of chocolate on the finish,

hIgh-BU-tiful (8.0%, 100 IBU, $2.25) Imperial IPA, made w/Scottish barley an loads of American hops,

Keppen Farm Stout (4.9%, 27 IBU, $2.25) - A milk stout, and the

Turbo Sarsaparilla (4.2%) - Described as a rootbeer flavored malt beverage.

At the time, all they had on tap was the Mild, the Red, the Lager and the Turbo Sarsparilla. I tried half pints of all, but the sarsparilla, and each seemed decent. The tough chick bartender was friendly enough but looked like she would easily kick my ass, and would enjoy doing so to boot.

Overall, the Fort Street Brewery seemed to have some real potential, but their limited beer availability kept me from sticking around long enough to really find out.

Photo of gixxerman
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Cool place, I was here with a co-worker and we tried every beer on the board while watching the Pens-Rangers game. My favorite by far was the Beernorous.

I was surprised at how empty the place was. I tried a dark meat (pastrami) on pretzel bread and Rich had a steak special they were running (6.95 New York Strip) and the food was right on, especially for the price.

We had called ahead to see if they could put the game on, and when we got there it was on a giant screen, and most of the TVs (there are a lot) around the bar. They also mentioned they would put on any game you requested if they could get it.

Our server was very polite, and was sure to check on us often, she never let either of our pints go empty without asking us if we were ready for another.

The conditioning tanks are right behind the bar, and the rest of the equipment was in a glass enclosure. Parking was plentiful behind the building and on the street right in front.

Awesome place, I will be back in the future.

Photo of jimbotrost
4.78/5  rDev +27.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

First time I ever stopped here and sure won't be the last. Let's start with the beer, 9 varieties at visit, from a light lager to a 10 malt/10 hop product to a coffee stout to a sorghum beer to a root beer flavored beer. All products were good to very good, all well made, and as I said, a great variety. The building itself is newish in an older main drag type neighborhood. Corner location makes parking and finding it a breeze. Nice industrial theme with serving tanks right behind the very long bar. A number of tables and a little outdoor are for sitting.

Photo of HellsBELLS24
3.48/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Beautiful atmosphere and a beautiful building. Very nice brick exterior with awsome hardwood floors on the interior. Nice place to watch a sporting event. However the location is awful. Lincoln Park is not a very good place to have something this nice.

The beer was rather unimpressive. The only beer that I liked was the 3rd shift breakfast stout. All of the other beers were watered down and seem to cater more to the budwiser crowd. This place would be awsome if it were in a different location and the worked on the brews a little more.

The food was outstanding though. I had the full size philly sandwich and it was killer. A nice place to eat and the stout is pretty good but the other beers need a lot of help.

Photo of stouty1
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I wanted to go to FSB for some time now and finally got the chance. You enter into a room with open air and lots of TV's. I think I counted 14 with a 50" Samsung DLP right in the center of it all. 6 SS vats lined the walls with the brewery room in plain site by a huge glass window. Funniest thing of all was I did not see one person smoking and my clothes don't smell, now that I am home. Unbelievable!!!

I tried the sampler to get things going. A nice selection, overall. Tonights brews were the IPA, Breakfast Stout, American Lager, Brown Ale, Red Ale, and the new Turbo Sarsaparilla. Everyone of them very drinkable, with Sarsaparilla actually smelling and tasting of Rootbeer. I was there with 9 people (3 of which wer under 13 and none of the 9 drank beer, but it was my B-Day dinner!) and they all liked the sample of Sarssaparilla I gave them.

Service was average of a typical restaurant. The waitress did not know much about the brews, but was very friendly. The food portions were exceptional. I don't know how they expect one person to finish it all? My wife and I could have easily shared a meal. I had the Brewey Dip which of course was a French Dip. HUGE!!! At least a foot and a half long, as I have about 10 inches of it in my fridge. Only improvement I think they could make is to put it on French Bread instead of just a sub sandwich. Overall, a very nice place that I will definitely return to before my next B-Day!

Photo of frazbri
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped in to the Fort Street Brewery Saturday around noon. The building was built new to house the brewpub. It's essentially one large room with stainless steel tanks behind the bar. Seating was comfortable, and the room was clean. Our server was friendly, helpful and attentive.

We ordered lunch and a couple pints of beer. The menu consisted of the standard pub fare, with few suprises. The portions were more than generous, in fact some of the sandwiches were HUGE. I had a bacon, bleu cheese burger with fries. It was more than I could finish.

Six beers were available, including: Lincoln Lager, Red Shirt Ale, Third Shift Breakfast Stout, Killer India Pale Lager, Snowplowed, and an alcoholic root beer. I enjoyed all I tried. Pints were only $2.50. This is easily accessable from I-75, and well worth checking out.

Photo of blackthistle
4.3/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was my second trip to the Forst Street Brewery. My first time was the week they had first opened. The brewpub has industrial decor with a burgundy/huntergreen/tan color scheme with wood everywhere. It has 8 TVs spread out featuring sporting events. Serving tanks are located just behind the bar with the fermentation and brewing vessels visible. A nice roomy place with a very friendly and accomodating staff.

Fort Street normally has 6-8 beers on tap. They also tap a new cask-conditioned ale every other Thursday. The brewer, Doug Beedy, was even on hand to discuss his beers. He was there to tap his 9th cask-conditioned ale, "Bark of the Angry Tree". The beers were all good to exceptional. The food was very good with big proportions and very inexpensive. The place seemed to be fairly kid-friendly. I had the grilled cheese with fries and coleslaw, the beer sampler and 2 pints (~$3/pint) of the cask-conditioned ale and my bill came to under $20... can't beat that!

Other details... Happy Hour is Mon-Fri 3-6pm with $2.50 pints and $3 well drinks.

The only problem I had with the place was that sometimes there is too much smoke. Otherwise, a fine establishment that I plan to visit many more times in the coming years.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Not a bad place for a burger and a beer. Kind of lacking in the atmosphere, but I don't see this as the kind of place you go when you want to look at old antiques and shit on the walls. Food is very good, and one of the best burgers you can get in Metro Detroit is found here. The beer cheese soup is pretty good, but a bit on the spicey side. The real beauty in this place is the BEER! Very well crafted brews, many different styles, and seasonal brews are all found here. From simple lager (Lincoln Lager) to seasonal brews (Summer Sunsation), this place has awesome micro brews that are well priced (most under 4.00). Recommended when in Metro Detroit.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I can tell this place and I are going to be good friends.. it being a mere 10-15 minutes from my home. Situated in a revitalizing area of the downriver community in a brand spanking new building on Fort street near Southfield in Lincoln Park.

This spot is pretty good sized with plenty of tables and a long "L" shaped oak bar. They've got giant steel tanks in view behind the bar with empty growlers lining up behind the bar. The atmosphere is very open and inviting with a dark green color scheme and an exposed industrial style ceiling. Eight televisions were perched around the place as well. They had six on-site brewed beers on tap, all of which were quite tasty and expertly crafted. The service was just "ok" honestly as the waitstaff seemed a little self involved - all crowded around a single table talking amongst themselves. They got the job done alright, but I didn't see my waitress nearly enough, that much is for sure. My particular server didn't know much about the beer either, which was disappointing, but the place hasn't been open long, I'd expect they'll catch up to the curve.

The place has an glass enclosed workspace in the back where you can see the brewers at work partially (more goes on in the back) which was a nice touch.

The food was quite good and more than affordable. I had the monte cristo which was excellent. I'd almost go as far to say this place is as much about their food as they are about their beer to a certain degree.

I'm expecting great things from this place, they've got a little work to do but they've got the right idea. All beers were nicely done, but a little "plain" I'm hoping they get a little more experimental and maybe have more beers on hand at any one given time in the future.

Photo of proc
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Fort Street Brewery is located on namely enough, Fort Street, just north of Southfield Road on the west side of the street in a thoroughly modern, new buidling.

The first impression is that the place is much larger on the inside than it appears outside. Six tanks line their way up behind the bar with glass carboys perched on the taps barside.

The waitstaff was extremely friendly and attentive. It was nice to be able to talk to the owner Dave, and brewer, Doug. They are good people, very willing to go out of their way to talk about the place and the beer. Doug mentioned that certain beers will stay on the bill and that new offerings will show up. He said that some bigger ABV beers will be on the horizon as well.

The food was good and the prices were suprisingly lower than expected. Of particlular note is the 22-inch Philly Steak sandwich. This can easily feed two people. It clocked in at $5.95 which is a bargain. The "Brewery Dip" w/au jus was quite good too.

The beer is delicious. I had the sampler which consisted of the current house beers: lager, porter, 4x4 (4 grain), IPA, brown and red. All were well-crafted, tasty and fresh. Growlers were listed on the menu at $11, with $8 refills.

It appears entertainment, i.e. bands, may be on the horizon.

Downriver Detroit needed a place like FSB!

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Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park, MI
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