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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
24,958 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 289
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.27
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @darkhorsebrewco

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General Store: 269-781-9741
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Ratings: 289 | Reviews: 112
Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited on 11/28/08 during a beer jaunt to Michigan, MI with fellow BAs brewslut, Deuane and SierraGS.

Dark Horse Brewing Company is more like a complex rather than just a brewpub. There is an adjoining bottle shop/convenience store where you can pick up Dark Horse bottles as well as selections from many other breweries. There is also a seperate "General Store" that peddles Dark Horse merch, including some great T-shirts and work shirts (a la Troegs).

But the centerpiece is undoubtedly the brewpub itself. This place absolutely reeks of character. While the interior is pretty beat up, this is exactly the kind of place I like to kick back and enjoy a fresh brew. The walls and ceilings are adorned with a vast amount of painted and decorated mugs for their numerous mug club members. I think just about everyone in Marshall, MI must be a mug club member, because this place is seriously littered with mugs! There are also some interesting photos of locals on the walls that are fun (and occasionally disturbing). All in all, it's a very hodge podge affair, but at the same time, comfortable and inviting.

Service was fine... nothing amazing but not lacking either. We had two different servers, though. While we didn't have a regular meal, we did order the pretzels and cheese, which was essentially cheeze whiz and some mini pretzels. I expected a bit more for a brewpub (order a pretzel at Selin's Grove to see what I mean).

Now, on to the beer. During this visit, I had two beers: Crooked Tree IPA and Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock. Both were excellent, with the Perkulator being one of my top beers of my entire trip. They had around twelve taps (or more), if I remember correctly, and the selection included something for every taste. Everyone at my table enjoyed the beer very much. I certainly could have hung out here all day, because the beer was fresh and the prices were reasonable.

All in all, this is an awesome brewpub with a unique charm and tons of character. This place is definitely a must-visit if you find yourself in or around Marshall, MI. I already can't wait for a return visit!

More User Reviews:
Photo of streeter
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of hardysf
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Packed bar on a Friday night. Lots of beers on tap. Limited food menu. Great Pizza though.

Photo of Agostini10
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best brewery in Michigan, best beer in Michigan.

Photo of andywelp
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Eric1Mess
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of teamwiggum
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of amalburg
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of MSEGUIN
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Always a good time to be had here. Great beer, and an awesome atmosphere to enjoy it in.

Photo of MFauver35
4.27/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3

Photo of mccormid35
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
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 -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Musselman
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +0.7%
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 +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Tarabeth
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of psweendogg
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Irishace9
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hayes86
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of dblack003
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Slick50
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
95 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.