Dark Horse Brewing Company
Active Beers: 93
Beer Ratings: 21,683
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 98 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Molly:
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Being fans of their Sapient Trip, we booked a hotel room and took the drive from Detroit to visit this place. We surprised to find it was a tiny shack partially hidden behind a party store. What gives?
We walked into a tiny place only to see it was full of people from all walks of life, but most seemed to be locals. With the place being so small, we were invited by a mother and daughter to sit at their table, as they were nearly done. After some nice conversation, they left.
We ordered our second round and food, and invited two couples to join us at our table, as the place was getting busy. Definitely regulars, we got the story of all the cool handmade mugs on the walls, and of the owner. (Plus a bonus tour of the brewery - very cool.)
Needless to say, we ended up staying until closing time after being completely taken in by the experience. We had at least one of all beers on tap, and took a growler of a new favorite (Perkulator) home. Food went great with beer, the portions were huge. But what really sealed the deal was the atmosphere and the people there. Worth the trip.
01-18-2009 23:04:57 | More by Molly
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4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've been a fan of Dark Horse beers for years and was very excited to check out this brewery. The space is small, with reclaimed doors as tables and tons of old posters on the walls. Classic folk and rock music played over the loud speakers. The entire low ceiling of the pub was lined with multicolored ceramic mugs, giving this place a close, but homey and rustic feel. I wish I lived close and could have my own unique mug here! While waiting for our tour I had some really good chili and sipped on the hoppy Smells Like a Safety Meeting.
Dark Horse is one of the more unusual breweries I've been to. The pub itself is actually attached to a family owned store. Outside there is a new outdoor biergarten, but it started raining the second we passed through that. Next to the brewery are small buildings featuring a Harley shop and the General Store. The General Store sold homebrew supplies, Dark Horse merchandise and skateboard supplies. We eventually went on the tour for an extra $10. There seemed to be a lot of unusual decorations (life sized Jack Skellington hanging over the bottling line, a fish tank table in the pub), and re purposed materials in use. Everywhere there was something new to look at.
We eventually ended up in a small but hot upstairs tasting room, where we had 6 samples included in our tour fee. This was pretty cool since we were able to try some smaller batch stuff not on tap downstairs in the pub. There was a disgusting cherry beer, but also an amazing maple aged brown ale and the bourbon barrel aged Plead the 5th Stout. We chugged these down fast and headed back to our bus. Overall this was probably my favorite brewery of the day, with a true independent spirit and vibe notable throughout everything these guys do!
06-30-2014 19:52:41 | More by Jackofallbrews
Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
94 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.