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Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing CompanyDark Horse Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.77/5
Based on:
99 Beers
24,393 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 280
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 8
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]

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

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

General Store: 269-781-9741
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Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Based on a visit there 10 15 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory. In fact, here are the notes that I took that day (just jotted them down really): Atmoshphere. Shack like atmosphere of hard wood tables, random bar stools and about 2,000 pottery mugs hanging from the ceiling. Had Gina as a server and she was excellent. She was engaging, knowledgeable about the products and positive in attitude. She handled our every need with style and grace. Approaching this place it is not all that impressive but you know it is very much a local brewery and its quality surpasses that of my hometown's Great Lakes Brewing Company. Artisan beers from artists for (mainly) the locals. Excellent.

Service: As mentioned, Gina was patient, kind, positive and helpful.

Quality: Beer: Excellent.

Selection: Excellent. Dark Horse beers are tremendous.

Value: Great. $5 pint glass with Dark Horse label on it is very reasonable.

...and what follows is the supplemented review that I did from memory....I think that they agree...

Atmosphere One thousand clay mugs literally cover the ceiling, reinforced by 2 by 4's that span the ceiling, essentially lowering it in the process. The place is kind of a shack with hard wood chairs, tables and a hard wood bar with Dark Horse taps featured at the bar and all manner of assorted decorations. I really like this atmosphere as there is a genuine quality here that you do not find in many modern brewery locations. I was told later in my Michigan trip that Founders of Grand Rapids used to be more like what the modern day Dark Horse is like. There are probably seats for about 75 people, 10 of which are literally at the bar. There is a small gift shop opposite the brewery bar which is the size of a small living room. I would not change a thing. 5.0

Quality Well this is interesting. I don't think that most people would consider the quality to be very high since, in essence, this is a shack that features beer brewed locally but I think that this is the essential beer advocate place that I have ever been to. If your focus in on the beer, the quality cannot be improved. If your focus is on the cleanliness or class and presentation of the place, there are a lot of improvements that could be made. Mine is on the beer. 4.5

Service Just great. The bartender was attentive, talkative, informative and even patient as I described to her my interest in the place and asked about the "mug club" feature. 4.5

Selection The best feature of the place. Dark Horse beers are incredible and probably even better here at the brewpub. 5.0

Food Did not order food.

Value Cannot be improved. 25 cent samples and I got a pint glass with a logo, filled with the beer of my choice, for $5. 5.0

Notes: What a gem, a real Beer Advocate place.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MFauver35
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3

Photo of mccormid35
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome place. Very good food. All the workers and servers are polite. Cabe Churchill sat and talked with me and shared a beer with me. Must visit

Photo of BryanA
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Musselman
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great beer, always something new to try. Awesome environment just don't play any ACDC.

Photo of SteveSly
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Dark Horse is about a 35 minute drive from where I live in Kalamazoo, so only get there occasionally, but it is worth the drive when I do. As most people already know Dark Horse Beers are outstanding which is the reason they have become the 3rd highest rated brewery (behind Bell’s and Founders) in the crowded Michigan beer scene. The place itself is small and funky, but cool at the same time. I have never been there in the summer when the beer garden is open, but it looks like it would be fun. For food, the thing to get is pizza. They have a great selection and the pizza is outstanding. The rest of the menu is just average. Along with the brewery they have a general store, where you can purchase beer to go, shirts and other merchandise. If you are travelling along I-94 near Marshal and are a beer lover, you owe it to yourself to stop in.

Photo of jrs3994243
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Tarabeth
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of psweendogg
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Irishace9
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hayes86
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of dblack003
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Slick50
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of _morandi_
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of thebigredone
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Visited Dark Horse a few years back on a random day in April. Loved the ceiling with the mug club mugs hanging over your head.

The selection that day with was incredible, as BBPT5 was on tap. The other beers were mostly their basic lineup, with one or two pub only offerings.

Food was basic but good, ordered the cheese fingers and they were tasty.

Business was slow, so the service was good.

Prices were reasonable.

Prices were reasonable

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.06/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

Very basic and unimpressive atmosphere and food

Photo of loganburgh
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of raeman70
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

These guys do an awesome job with their beers and events. Down to earth guys making kickass beers !

Photo of assman79
3.96/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of yankeeshayes
4.96/5  rDev +16.4%

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
95 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.