Dark Horse Brewing Company
Active Beers: 93
Beer Ratings: 21,774
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 98 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by frazbri:
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I finally stopped at Dark Horse late Saturday afternoon. It's easy to miss this from the road. (I saw it, but a little too late to turn)
This is one of the most laid-back brewpubs, I have ever visited. There are a few posters and other varied pieces hanging on the wall, but the most notable wall adornments are the mugs. Hundreds of clay mugs line the walls and cieling. The bar has a nice masonary top. It looks like this place does very well with the locals, but was welcoming to travelers as well.
The food menu consisted of pizza, calzones, subs, and a few snack items. My brother and I split a pumpkin seed pesto pizza. It hit the spot as tasty bar food.
There were seven or eight beers on tap, including Crooked Tree IPA, Double Crooked Tree, Boffo Brown, black beer and more. I had a pint of Crooked Tree and one of the black. Both of my choices were delicious.
This is a good place to spend a few hours drinking good beer. I'm sure this won't be my only visit.
07-02-2007 16:56:02 | More by frazbri
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4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 179 ratings.