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Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead MicrobreweryDragonmead Microbrewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 60
Beer Ratings: 1,429
Beer Avg: 3.77

Taps: 32 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

95 Ratings
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.08%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

14600 East Eleven Mile Road
Warren, Michigan, 48089
United States
phone: (586) 776-9428

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(Place added by: beernut7)
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Rohkey

Michigan

3.27/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Only been here once, and it was a real mixed occasion.

The location isn't ideal but it's adjacent to the freeway and there is plenty of space. The medieval theme is pretty cool, and the place was relaxed.

The beer selection was outstanding. Can't remember offhand but had to be at least 40 different brews. My girlfriend and I sampled as much as we could, and unfortunately you could tell they focus more on quantity than quality. While the beers were better than what you can get in Downriver or Detroit, only a couple of them were worth ordering pints of. Some of those were pretty damned good, though.

They don't have a full food menu but do have some snacks/appetizers, and, I believe, allow food to be brought in.

The service was abysmal, however. There was a party of 16 or so in there and a handful of waitresses catering to them. The one in charge of us was nonexistent, and it took 10 mins for us to be greeted and another 5-10 for our beer order to be taken. When we finally got our beer, approximately 25-30 mins after sitting down, a different waitress dropped it off and I asked if we could order some snacks and she literally said, "Not from me," and walked away to cater to the party. My gf had to go up to the bar to order food and one of the bartenders asked her why she didn't just wait for our waitress, and seemed bothered by us. When we were done with our first flight we waited about 10 mins and realized our waitress wasn't there anymore so we went up to the bar and sat down, hoping the service would be better. A guy greeted us and was ostensibly the only non-rude attentive employee present, but after a few minutes he started rounds around the seating area and the woman who took his place (same one who told us we couldn't order food from her) was rude and inattentive. I tried to talk to her about different beers and also the prices of their merchandise and she was dismissive. I asked how much of the stuff they bottle and she replied, "Can't you see what's in the display over there?" Which really put me off. We left shortly thereafter as it seemed the employees were all either having a bad day or too busy fellating the party that was there.

Would I go back? Maybe. I'd like to see if the service was an anomaly or the usual, but, while some of the beer warranted returning, we were too agitated by how we were treated to do so. The next night we drove out to Kuhnhenn, not far from Dragonmead, and had a much, much better experience (and enjoyed better beer).

01-13-2014 02:16:14 | More by Rohkey
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Not the most appealing location or building to the eye, but it's definitely worth the stop.

It looks like it used to be some old Italian Pizzeria or something...kind of a long, banquet style building, typical of what you would see in the Detroit 'burbs.

No food, but they have some snacks for you to chew on...And a huge tap list. They offer every style you can imagine at Dragonmead. English IPA, English Bitter, California Common, Belgian Triple, Russian Imperial Stout...really great to see, and all the beers were very clean and tasty good.

A really hometowny feel to it. I could see some local folks just hanging here because it's a nice warm atmosphere, not really because they are beer geeks.

I'll stop again, I really dug the place. Nothing outrageously special, just good clean beers, and a solid atmosphere.

01-05-2014 13:48:35 | More by MarcatGSB
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IBH

Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Dragonmead is a small pub with a very neighborhood feel. It's quite family-oriented. The service is excellent. Every time I go back to Detroit to visit family, we tend to congregate at Dragonmead.

They don't have a kitchen, so they don't have much to offer in terms of food, aside from pretzels, etc. At the same time, they'll allow you to bring your own food or order delivery from some local places.

The brew masters really know their business. The beer tends to be top-notch, and the servers are great.

If you are in the Detroit area and enjoy good beer and a mellow pub, you won't be disappointed with Dragonmead.

12-21-2013 18:14:24 | More by IBH
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matthew_k

Michigan

2.13/5  rDev -48.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$

I seriously had the worst bar/restaurant experience of my life last night. The staff was rude, the bouncer was rude, the whole place was unacceptable from a customer service stand point.

When i joined my party it took 15 minutes before someone stopped by to see if I wanted something to drink. When my friend showed up 20 minutes later, first the bouncer came over to our table and demanded to see her ID (she looks young yes but she's 23 and he was incredibly rude in how he went about carding her) and then nobody EVER came by to ask her if she'd like something, she never even got one drink.

Then when our table got the check one of our group asked the server if they could charge $44 (of our $200+ bill) to his credit card, he was told that they do not do that because that would constitute splitting a bill which they REFUSE to do. He had already added up his total and told them how much to charge, not split anything off, just charge his portion of the bill to his card. Their response was "It's not that we can't do it, it's that we won't do it." ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. What happens when a group only has credit cards? Is on perso. Forced to charge the whole bill on their card because dragonmead refuses to be accomodating.

Best believe I will never return there with my business. I will never even buy a dragonmead product at another bar. I will also tell everyone I know about how horrible my experience was there, and I mean EVERYONE, friends, family, and complete strangers.

I will happily go to the Falling Down Beer company (better beer, better food, and a better staff) with my business from now on when we want micro-brews. To be honest I would rather find a hole in the wall bar and drink bud light on tap before I ever return to or give dragonmead my business again.

11-17-2013 15:41:22 | More by matthew_k
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Dragonmead is a beer lovers' paradise. Plenty of delicious beer options. I don't sample foods, but the beer options are admirable and tasty. Location is industrial, but with a pub atmosphere including steel tip dart boards and a lot of english oak. The theme is clear and the quality is here.

11-10-2013 20:00:45 | More by dmorgan310
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Mothergoose03

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$

This was stop #4 on our pub crawl in a group of four people. It was still mid-afternoon and we were not hungry, so we were here to try some of the beers and experience the pub. Customer activity was picking up for the late afternoon and evening crowd, so we got the last table that was left before they opened the closed section.

There were 44 beers on tap, plus some meads and wines that are also made here, so the selection was excellent. We ordered two 5-glass sampler flights. All of them were very good and right on to style with some extra flavor kick to make them much better than average. Overall we graded them at a B+ rating.

There was a food menu on the table that had a limited selection of meat/cheese plates, nachos & cheese, a cheeseburger, a few deli sandwiches and pizza. All of them are reasonably priced, but we didn't order any food for me to comment on the quality.

With a beer selection like found here and the quality of the beers, it's hard not to like this place. We'll definitely make a return visit when we're in the area again.

09-16-2013 18:51:12 | More by Mothergoose03
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$

Atmosphere: live music is just okay. otherwise just an average bar

Quality: dragonmead makes great beers. i have enjoyed both their belgian and english style beers. of which i have had a good amount.

Service: attentive and helpful but nothing perfect

Selection: this is one place i can go and have difficulty ordering because i want so many different things. i could go there on a weekly basis and never get bored

overall: definitely have some of the tastiest beers in michigan and i go every change i get.

08-11-2013 04:47:47 | More by SportsandJorts
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king75

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Atmosphere - feels like walking back in time to the Renaissance, decorum is all swords, shields and dragons, low lighting level lends to the feeling of being in a castle. Pretty unique atmosphere.

Quality/selection- I have had several of their beers on tap at various bars so I decided to try some of the stuff that I had not had before. I had the crowned Jewels IPA which was not bad but not great a solid B ranked beer, the honey porter B-, Juggernaut B-, and the Russian Imperial stout B. The selection of beers on tap was great with well over 20 beers all made by Dragonmead. However, the quality/variety of the flavors did not blow me away. All of the beers even though they were of different styles had very similar flavor traits it almost seemed like they used the same yeast in all the beers. The beer was above macros in quality but just did not meet my expectations of what a craft brewery should be producing. Stick with Final Absolution if you go here that is their best beer IMHO.

Service- The bartender was friendly, not overly knowledgeable of the beer but friendly and met our needs.

Overall, a slightly mediocre brewery in the flavors they bring to the table but worth checking out if in the area.

07-24-2013 00:58:44 | More by king75
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75 | $$

Brewpub is located in Warren in an industrial strip-mall type area. Inside, it's decked out in the medieval ware - a little hokey to me. They have a huge selection of beers available, and between four of us we tried about 10 (two different samplers) and they went from bad (probably just me not appreciating the style) to above average. I was slightly disappointed in the quality of the beers we tried. Service was slow, but it was busy. Food was only pretzels and onion rings and small stuff like that. I wouldn't recommend going for the food at all. If you're a fan of the beer, it's worth a stop, but if not, I don't think a visit to the brewery will change your opinion.

05-29-2013 20:24:35 | More by HarmonMW
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Kerrie

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$

It's a small place, but the atmosphere is nice and bar-like.

The quality of the beer is top-notch, and the selection is enormous. I got a flight of 5 (out of 30+ to choose from; the biggest selection I've seen from a brewpub) and they give you a dry-erase card to write the beers you want on, which then sits behind your selections when you get it.

The service was prompt and our server was very knowledgeable when we had questions about a beer and gave recommendations based on what we normally like.

We didn't have any of the food there because there's hardly a selection (my high selection rating is based solely on the huge selection of their own beer, and would have been a 5 if they had more food). However, since they allow pizza deliveries and for people to bring in their own food, I give them credit for that. The beer is probably better because they focus on the beer itself.

Overall, the value is very good. I'd recommend starting with a flight. There's something for everyone with their selection.

05-09-2013 19:12:42 | More by Kerrie
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Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren, MI
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.