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Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.9/5
Based on:
103 Beers
8,237 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 107
Visits: 313
rAvg: 4.16
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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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

General Store: 269-781-9741
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Reviews: 107 | Visits: 313
Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dark Horse was the grand finale on my MI tour. Managed to get in here just in time for lunch on a weekday. From the outside, you would think you were going into a neighborhood garage rather than a first class brewpub.

The first thing you notice as you enter is the mugs. The mugs...wow...they cover the ceiling, the walls, almost everything. The wall space remaining is rustic wood (along with the floor...might even be dirt?).

I ventured outside while my food was cooking...it looks like they are constructing a really sweet outdoor seating area complete with bar. You can watch the employees pick hops right off the vine...how cool is that!!

They have a really cool ceiling mounted tap system which, from what a mug club member told me, is relatively new. The tap handles are awesome...be sure to take notice if you are there...

The bartender/waitress was helpful and friendly. They had around a dozen or so taps with most of their seasonal offerings available.

If you are driving through MI, be sure to do yourself a favor and stop here...very unique and worth going out of the way for! (1,095 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bismarksays
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

If you have seen the show, you already kind of know the vibe of the place. It is a tough guy who secretly really cares sort of thing.
Sat at the bar. Staff was courteous, but not necessarily quite friendly. Rarely waited long for a beer, but never was really asked how I was doing or if I wanted a sample of anything. Not really a needy person, but just strange considering for a good part of my time there, I was literally the only person sitting at the bar and they knew I was also getting a growler to go.
Food was really good. I got one of their pizzas and the crust was crisp, the cheese perfectly cooked. Very nice.
Of course, you come to Dark Horse for the beer. And the beer was good. Nothing brewery only the day I was there, which is kind of a bummer. However, with the quality of beer they put out, their regulars are still special.
If you are going by Marshall, stop. Great beer and food. Don't forget to check out their general store too. (954 characters)

Photo of scott2269
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mgavin
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Wolverine48092
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Sexton
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We visited the Dark Horse brewpub in Marshall, MI, for lunch on our way to Grand Rapids. There seems to be adequate parking although the lot is shared with other businesses. The pub is long and fairly narrow with low ceilings festooned with Mug Club mugs. It was somewhat claustrophobic, like walking into a cave full of hanging bats. A waitress told me they have over 4200 members in the mug club. Since some of the mugs sported a thick layer of dust it appears some haven’t been active in a long time. They do have a large Bier Garten for those desiring outdoor dining and drinking, but since it was threatening to rain we chose to eat inside. The $ 10.00 sandwiches were good (we had the ta Tanka and the Climate Change) as were the $ 3.00 pints. There was but a single TV and it was off! A chance to eat, drink, and talk without the idiot box – we were indeed blessed! A gift shop is available across the parking lot but we didn’t visit it. Next year when we’re in Marshall again, this will be a must stop – hopefully the weather will be better and we won’t have to eat in the batcave. (1,112 characters)

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of clager
2.63/5  rDev -36.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2

Vibe: Awesome. Lots of tables, some shade, some sun. Very relaxed.

Quality: Average

Service: Extremely poor. Had to wait a very long time and not friendly at that.

Selection: Average, beers ok and only a few, mostly their staples.

Food: Had nachos that were similar to stadium nachos, just cost a lot more. (310 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sinzanasti
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of spike8382
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Fun spot not too far from I-94 in historic Marshall. Generally good beer, but I've been there at times when there's nothing interesting on tap outside of their flagships. Small pizzas go well with the beer. No Nickleback or AC/DC on the jukebox. Great spot for the 4 Elf party or any of the other seasonal parties- chicken wing thing, crawfish boil, 4-20 party. Generally a good time. (388 characters)

Photo of jamesod
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of daniels79
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beersmuggler
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of kamin1jl
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Shon4star
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Mhhh. Good beer. Solid decor. People where rude. But hey good beer. (67 characters)

Photo of j_dub_42
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of kzoobeerguy
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Shaskins80
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of mickmanhattan
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of donnierickles
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

A little cramped at times (which is great for business!), this brewery mostly offers what it offers in bottles. I have only been here once but I was a little disapointed that there was no specialty beers in the general store or offered on tap. Still though, this place is awesome and could prove to be a great bar to get a little rowdy in. (339 characters)

Photo of JonB25
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great Experience, Crowded, Enjoyable Pizza, Open Seating (56 characters)

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
93 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.