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Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Based on:
127 Beers
28,292 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 109
Visits: 319
Avg: 4.17
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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Reviews: 109 | Visits: 319
Reviews by northernbrews:
Photo of northernbrews
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First visit to Dark Horse. Meet hoppymeal (Derek), his wife Erica, and two kids here to have a few brews, dinner, and complete our trade (Bell's Eccentric for Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia & Homebrews).

Atmosphere: Showed up at 6pm on Thursday 1/4/07. There were about 15 to 20 people at the bar and at various tables. Seemed like most were locals. I can see this placed getting packed real quick. The bar had about 8 or so bar stools and there were about 10 or so other tables situated around the bar. Walls and ceiling were covered with cool ass Mug Club mugs.

Quality: I had two pints of Thirsty Trout Porter and a 9" Chicken Little pizza. Both were very good. This was one of the smoothest and tastiest porters I've had, and the pizza was up there with the best of them. Derek, Erica, and kids ordered a BBQ chicken pizza, a pepperoni pizza and sometype of sub sandwich that looked quite good.

Service: For how crowded they were, the service was good. Our drinks and food came in a timely manner.

Selection: Good selection of beers and excellent selection of subs and pizzas. From what I recall, they had Raspberry Ale, Amber, Crooked Tree, One Oatmeal, Tres Blueberry, Four Smoked Stout, Black Bier, Thirst Trout Porter, and maybe a few others. I wished they had a few pub exclusives on tap, since I can get all the above (except Porter) from the local store. The menu had about 8 appetizers, 15 -20 subs and pizzas, and 5 salads.

Food: The Chicken Little pizza I had was very good. The crust and topping were very good. The sub's also looked good.

Value: For 2 pints of Porter and the Pizza, my bill was $16, which is very reasonable considering the quality of the food and beer.

Overall: I'm glad we chose to meet here for our trade. I've been wanting to come here for some time now. I'm glad I finally made it. I will definitely be back again in the future. If you are in the area or driving down I-94, it is worth the 5 minute detour off the freeway.

....and Thanks again to Derek (hoppymeal) for the Eccentric's.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of C_Adams
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Stopped here on Sunday for the first time for lunch and then did the brewery tour and checked out the general store. There were fairly busy when we arrived and the seating was pretty limited but we were able to get a table. Ordered a pizza and garlic cheese bread. Both were pretty good. Their beer selection was a little smaller than what I was expecting, but they had a few seasonal beers on tap that I tried. Both were very good. The service was pretty good. The wait staff works together and does a good job of making sure you have a beer and get what you need.

After lunch, we checked out the beer garden before doing the tour. We were the only ones on the tour, but it was still a nice tour. Greg was a good tour guide and it was interesting learning about the history of the brewery and all of the plans they have for future expansion. The best part of the tour was the tasting in the VIP room. They have several beers on tap there that are not available in the taproom.

The general store was a little cramped, but they had a good selection of beer, home brewing supplies, and dark horse stuff. Overall it was a very good experience and we will be stopping back again for another visit.

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Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Quick stop at 1pm on a Monday. Decent crowd but not busy. Ambiance is unique, very rustic to say the least. Selection is 10 handles of their own stuff, a couple brewery only selections.

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Photo of Sprague67
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of cards22
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Daydream816
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of bismarksays
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of scott2269
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mgavin
4.46/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Wolverine48092
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Sexton
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of clager
2.63/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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

Photo of Sinzanasti
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of spike8382
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of jamesod
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of daniels79
3.71/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beersmuggler
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of kamin1jl
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Shon4star
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of j_dub_42
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
93 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.