Sherwood Brewing Company
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
2.44/5 rDev -35.8%
Sherwood Brewing Company has never been one that has impressed me much, there beers always seem to either meet or exceed mediocrity in a bad way. This deeply saddens me, as they are by and far without any remotely close next ups, the closet brewery to my house. With that said, I do not consider them to be abominable brewers, but rather brewers content with relatively inoffensive beer that aren't trying to impress anyone.
Atmosphere - I so want to give the atmosphere a higher rating, but the place just feels a bit disorganized as a whole. Tables are just randomly scattered starting close to the door, in the middle of the floor between the boots and the pub, all the way up until the live music stage and bathroom hall way. For the positive aspects, I really like how the intent of design was to invoke a sense of oldschool beer meeting new school audiences. In specific, the beer bottles scattered on the top ledge of the walls surrounding the restaurant, the use of old school brewery tap handles on their beer taps, and chalkboards with the current tap list. I also quite enjoy the ambient lighting in the building. The brewpub atmosphere is invoked a little bit, but the decor is just too drab and dark, and the use of shaker pints almost exclusively kind of makes me cringe.
Quality - This is actually mainly where I have gripes with Sherwood. The beers just seem to be uninspired attempts at the styles they're supposed to be within for the most part. I've had quite a few of their beers, and while some I don't like simply because I dislike the style (the smoked porter comes to mind), others just seem to be flat tasting, lacking key ingredients, or just badly brewed.
With that said, one of their year rounds, Buxom BlonDDe, is quite a good style of an American Blonde, whereas the other, Production Line Red, is barely a passable Amber. I've had many beers here due to the extremely close proximity from where I live, but the quality is as inconsistent on their one up and seasonal batches as it is in their year rounds. For a few examples, the smoked pumpkin Porter is an okay take at the smoked porter style, the Alaskan Wit and Blueberry Wit's both on tap currently both smell like puke and taste like something I can't imagine much worse, and the Scotch Ale is just pretty great all around. Other worthy mentions include any Amber ale (they're all dull and flat), and their coffee beers are literally just the base beer with cold coffee dumped in the batch (utterly undrinkable unless you love cold and old coffee). I also don't want to start on their mediocre attempts at Belgian's I had over the summer, all dispensed with no carbonation, and an obvious lack of quantity in ingredients used.
Service - Not much to write here, but I'm not overly impressed. I can't quite give it a passing score since it takes forever for the waitresses to come, and the bartender doesn't seem to be concerned with making any talk with the customers unless their glasses are empty. I don't feel especially welcomed most of the time.
Selection - The selection is usually decently varied, with some unusual styles at least covered. While some may rate this section low because the selection usually never includes high ABV Imperial stouts, and rarely is any form of IPA present at all. No, I can appreciate a decent selection of easy session-able beers if the beers on the list weren't clearly recycled from the same batch. What I mean by this is that every time I go to Sherwood, they have atleast 1 or 2 sets of beers that you can tell were the same beer, but had some sort of key ingredient added at the last second. For example, when I was there on Friday last week, they had 2 different stouts on the menu, a dry stout and a coffee stout. the beers were brewed to the same ABV and same IBU's, and had the same relative mouthfeel, but in one, coffee was obviously dumped in at the end of the batch. On that same day, there was a white Wit and a Blueberry Wit, which had the same story, same beer but different ingredients added at the end. On 2 other occasions I found the same thing, where one time they had 2 tripels, and on another, 2 porters. Though their is usually a decent variety to pick from, be very wary when you see multiple beers of the same ABV and genre, it's a cheap method of getting more beer "variety" in the menu in my opinion.
Food - I haven't had much here, but the fries and pizza are both pretty tasty.
Value - Overall, the prices are a bit expensive for the very inconsistent quality. A pint of beer generally runs between $5-6, and they rarely run beer specials (once every other Wednesday). The food pricing seems decent enough, but if I'm going to order a $6 beer, I'd rather travel another 15 minutes and get a world class Kuhnhenn brew than pay the prices one alot of their stuff. Stuff like Buxom and the Scotch Ale are pretty dang good, but a few beers (one being a rare release) does not a great destination spot make.
12-30-2013 04:04:01 | More by Morakaton
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
I just checked out Sherwood Brewing Company. I had 8 beers while I was there. The Wintertwined Wheat Wine (I believe that was the name) was by far the best. I would give it a 4.0. It's a 12.5% barley wine so it's not for everyone. It's not on BA yet and I don't write reviews so I wrote down my rating for when someone uploads it. The BlonDDezilla was also pretty good. Very subtle hop taste that went down very smoothe. Of the 8 beers I had only 2 are currently on BA. This is either because they are fairly new or because it is a relatively unknown brewery. The honorable mention of the bunch is the Entire Buzz Honey Porter. It is a solid porter that I see as a great middle of middle of the drinking night treat. The Daily Grind Kona Coffee Porter was awful. It was way too sweet and the label noted the high caffeine level. Maybe it was just not my cup of tea, but it tasted like a cold McDonalds coffee. I had the pizza rolls while I was there and they were amazing. The crowd was calm but welcoming. It was 4:30 so take that with a grain of salt. Overall it was a good brewery and I will definitely go back again.
06-11-2013 21:44:34 | More by HisBoyElroy
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
Overall, for a small brewery in Shelby Township I frequent this brewery. I like that they always have something new brewing. They have great food, wine and soda. It feels though most of the food is homemade and delicious. I have not had a beer here I didn't like. Hopefully they grow and stay in business I love craft breweries.
02-11-2013 01:17:13 | More by Msemaan
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Atmosphere - simple decor, music seemed like a simple internet radio and the volume was low enough that you could have a conversation.
Quality - Food, wine, and beer all good.
Service - waitress was attentive and punctual.
Selection - menu is pretty simple, but that's fine when you are doing what you do well.
Food - The pizza was very good. We had the chicken artichoke with feta and we ate until we were over full. They use a thin crust style underneath, but near the edge it was thick and pretzel-like. Great stuff!
Value - Prices were very reasonable. We were there on a Wednesday and XL pizza was half off.
09-13-2012 01:40:06 | More by smalenberg
4.23/5 rDev +11.3%
The food specials are great, especially for lunch, and the wheat pizza with the bold and spicy beer sauce is fantastic. I looked through the older reviews for Sherwood and completely agree with what people were saying, decent basic beer and pretty good bar food were very accurate a few years ago, but things have definitely turned around. We used to visit occasionally but an improved staff, better menu and greatly improved beer list convinced us to become lifetime members. They went from brewing your garden variety ale, stout, ipa etc...to having things like pumpernickel stout, garlic ale and their evil IPA which were all quite good. The draft list is still small at times but we go quite frequently and there is always something new on the menu worth trying. Their seasonal beers especially have come a long way and their anniversary beers are not to be missed.
05-25-2012 12:33:21 | More by Spartan213
Sherwood Brewing Company in Shelby Township, MI
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.