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Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing CompanyDark Horse Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 93
Beer Ratings: 21,744
Beer Avg: 3.77

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

179 Ratings
Ratings: 179
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
$$ - 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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Reviews by brewcrew76:
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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

If you haven't been to Dark Horse before, pay attention or you might drive right by it. It appears to be a little trailer hidden behind a small beer store (which I overheard receives their Dark Horse shipments from a distributor in Paw Paw. Good old liquor/beer laws.)

I stopped by on a Friday afternoon shortly after they opened. There were about 10 people at the bar and at tables. The place is very small and it reminded me of when I was a kid walking into a northern WI bar after a long day of deer hunting with my dad and his friends. It had a nice local small town feel to it. The walls are covered with beer signs, mug club mugs, Great Taste of the Midwest awards and just about anything else they felt like hanging up.

The bartender/waitress was very nice and talked to our group a few times when she was busy at the bar. There were 5-6 beers on tap that consisted of the Black Bier, Crooked Tree, Blueberry Stout, Scotty Karate and 1 or 2 others. I was hoping for something I couldn't find in bottles but was out of luck. It looks like based on the other reviews they usually have 1-2 more taps going.

Overall, I enjoyed Dark Horse and would be a regular here if I lived in the area. I would like to see them offer more brewpub only beers or would like to see more of the seasonal bottlings make it to WI but I am guessing it is a matter of them needing to grow or expand more first.

01-23-2007 21:16:45 | More by brewcrew76
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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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
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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
94 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.