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Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Brewing CompanyDark Horse Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 85
Beer Ratings: 19,515
Beer Avg: 3.76

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y

152 Ratings
Ratings: 152
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]

511 South Kalamazoo Street
Marshall, Michigan, 49068
United States
phone: (269) 781-9940

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @darkhorsebrewco

General Store: 269-781-9741

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Photo of tsauce2


4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

A: Intimate and welcoming rustic/country setting. Mug club mugs hanging from the ceiling are very cool. Bar and table seats available. Outside beer garden. Neat complex of buildings.

Q: Beer and food were great.

S: Service was great, servers and bar tenders are knowledgeable and friendly.

S: Brewery offers many different styles, all house brews.

F: Sandwiches are great and well priced.

V: Everything seemed to be very fairly priced. Always a destination when in MI.

12-21-2013 19:44:16 | More by tsauce2
Photo of rsenters29


5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

My very first visit to Dark Horse Brewing was for the 4 ELF party and to be HONEST I got the very best for the money I spent,the whole experience was most definitely bang for buck,I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK TO VISIT THEM THANKS DARK HORSE FOR THE AMAZING BEER AND FOOD!!!

12-18-2013 03:27:38 | More by rsenters29
Photo of smartassboiler


4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I did a quick MI brewery tour on my way to Founders KBS Day, and we stopped at Dark Horse first.

The Atmosphere is pretty cool. It's in the middle of what seems to be a trailer, and the ceiling is lined with all the mugs from their mug club. It's a long, narrow place that can get pretty crowded, but it's clean and has a cool vibe.

The Quality is great. I only tried 2 beers, but both were fantastic, and we all greatly enjoyed the quality of our meals.

The Service was entertaining. We had a very sarcastic waitress, and she made fun of us whenever she could. It's nice to see some waitstaff members not take everything so seriously. She was also prompt with our food and beer.

The Selection was great as well. They had a good number of their offerings on tap, and they even had Plead the 5th still tapped, so I greatly enjoyed that one as a first-timer. We also grabbed some beer to go, and they had a couple interesting bottled offerings.

The Food was delicious. I can't remember exactly what I ordered, but all 4 of us enjoy what we ate and would order food from there again without hesitation. The Poop-a-Pepperoni pizza was tempting.

I really enjoyed my visit here and would definitely go back if I was in the neighborhood.

09-24-2013 14:56:35 | More by smartassboiler
Photo of CMoPink


4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Loved this brewery! Was totally blown away by the small charm feel, along with the amazing service. Had a very cozy interior, with an awesome collection of mug club mugs hanging from the ceiling. Also, had a great outdoor space, complete with a bar, stage, and even a fire pit. Although it was small, the place was packed, with what seemed like locals and regulars. Can't wait to go back to this awesome brewery!

09-12-2013 01:08:07 | More by CMoPink
Photo of kattmunkel


4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $

This place is awesome! We stopped in one weekend and ended up coming right back the next weekend for an event which was also awesome (chicken wing thing (tosspints)). The environment is young and fun, the service and food is great, and the beer is amazing. If you are ever near marshall do not hesitate to stop cause you absolutely will not regret it!

09-04-2013 03:03:13 | More by kattmunkel
Photo of DMarlinJ


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

I stopped by to have a growler filled. They had a chicken wing thing festival going on and a lot of people there. I was still able to go in and get my beer quickly and had fun talking with people while I waited. Checked out their store too and got a glass. I wanted to stay longer but was just passing through on vacation. I plan to go back for a spring rib cook off and enter my ribs using one of their beers in my recipe.

08-22-2013 02:51:31 | More by DMarlinJ
Photo of qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

First thing I have to say about Dark Horse is holy mug club!!! Soon as you walk in you feel like you're going to hit your head on all of the custom pottery mugs hanging from the ceiling (granted, I am 6' 4"). I mean, this is seriously a VERY impressive collection of mugs that must have taken YEARS to put together. They add to the overall atmosphere significantly and help separate it from any other brewery I've been to.

That being said, the atmosphere is slightly dark, although the lighting is certainly unique as well. There is a rather small bar (downside) but plenty of seats inside. A few of the tables are really old doors covered in brewery stickers and plexiglass (a very cool feature). Outside there is a LARGE "beer garden" with ample seating, another bar, and a stage to boot. It's a nicely landscaped and very neat area.

As for the beer, there are 10 beers on draft today, with a relatively decent mix of option. I was told they were just coming off of "festival season" (which to menus actually the fall in NC) so they had a lot of special and one brews. I was hoping to try a few of the higher BA rated beers, but alas none were here (minus the crooked tree IPA). Had a decent imperial brown ale called Naughty Uncle Auger (previously unlisted), and a Crooked Tree IPA.

Overall, I would certainly come back if driving through the area. They have a decent line up, with quality beers, and atmosphere you won't likely find anywhere else. Worth a trip from sure.

08-21-2013 20:29:53 | More by qcbrewer
Photo of neckbracesub


4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

February 2013. On our way back home from Grand Rapids, we made it a point to stop in Marshall, MI for an evening to visit Dark Horse Brewing Company. They have always brewed some of my favorite beers (Plead The 5th Imperial Stout is particularly tasty), and my dad highly recommended the brewery's atmosphere and food.

My dad couldn't have been more right about the atmosphere. I've never been inside a bar quite like it. It's almost like an old-time cabin and features mugs all across the ceiling throughout the entire place. The pub is connected to the actual brewery that sits behind it. For $7 each our group got to take a tour, on which Miles informed us of their history and the operations of Dark Horse. The tour ended up in the VIP tasting room, where we sampled six beers and took part in an extended chat about all sorts of things. Miles is one cool dude, extremely real and personable and helped put a memorable stamp on our trip.

The quality, service, and food were all just about perfect. We ended up staying nearly 9 hours. it was a Sunday evening, on which they normally close early-ish, but they extended their hours because we wanted to enjoy it a bit more. They were unbelievably nice people, all of them.

08-12-2013 18:48:54 | More by neckbracesub
Photo of Foosier


3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in for a couple of beers and was disappointed by the options. They had several beers on tap (probably 8-10) but several were fruity beers (raspberry and peach) that I don't normally enjoy. I did try a half pour of the raspberry mixed with a half pour of the black and it was decent. Had a bowl of chili which was the best part of the experience. I really enjoy the Crooked Tree IPA and the Double Crooked Tree IPA, but the other beers I tried (Boffo Brown and the mix mentioned above) were merely decent.

08-07-2013 02:24:32 | More by Foosier
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3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

I stopped this past Sunday about 12:30 soon after they opened for Sunday service. There were a dozen or so people there already. I sat at a high top table and quickly was asked if I would like something to drink and was handed a menu. I ordered a Crooked Tree IPA. Then ordered a bowl of chili and mini pretzels with beer mustard. The chili came with 5 or 6 pieces of bread and was tasty. The pretzels were literally mini pretzels out of a bag with a small container of mustard. The mustard was good but the plate was expensive for 75 cents worth of pretzels and some mustard.
The mug club mugs hanging from the ceiling had to number over a thousand. It made for interesting ceiling tile. The bar itself is on the small side but there was outside seating and a small stage. It was raining when I was there.
One pint, a bowl of chili and the pretzels came to $14. I will be back to try a sandwich sometime.
Across the parking lot is a sore to buy home brew goods, clothes and beer to go.

07-29-2013 23:43:35 | More by DavidRandall
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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
94 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.