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Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead MicrobreweryDragonmead Microbrewery
BEER AVG
3.68/5
Based on:
61 Beers
803 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 79
Visits: 127
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 32
Bottles: 6
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

14600 E 11 Mile Rd
Warren, Michigan, 48089-1556
United States
phone: (586) 776-9428

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Reviews: 79 | Visits: 127
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Located right off a main freeway makes it an easy destination north of Detroit. They usually have about 45 beers on draft. Solid representations of styles. Crown Jewels is a great British IPA, Final Absolution Trippel is a must-have. (236 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Every time I've been the service is fast and friendly, the décor is awesome (except for the exterior, it's very easy to miss Dragonmead if you're not familiar with it. It blends into the offices/warehouses that surround it). Menu is meat, meat, and fries right up my alley. Beer, wine and mead selection is world class. (320 characters)

Photo of Rohkey
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). (2,500 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
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. (824 characters)

Photo of IBH
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. (622 characters)

Photo of matthew_k
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. (1,792 characters)

Photo of dmorgan310
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Mothergoose03
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
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. (510 characters)

Photo of king75
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. (1,217 characters)

Photo of HarmonMW
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Kerrie
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Hehe. It's kind of funny in Dragonmead. It has the whole medieval thing going on, but from my point of view, it's entirely too clean in there. I mean, it's almost pristine kinda clean in there. It somewhat doesn't fit imo. But it's a pretty chill vibe. And, shocking as it may seem, these guys have more beer choices than Kuhnhenn. Yes. It's true. Food is kind of bar nibbling kind of stuff. I must say that the opportunity to dine of venison sausages is always welcome in my book. Or any other non-traditional meats, for that matter. (534 characters)

Photo of jale
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Walking into this place, I was sure to be greeted by a court jester. Kind of a kids type amusement place, but hey whatever works. The service was very slow even though the crowd was thin. Small selection of snack type food so don't come hungry. They did have a wide selection of beer styles that are average in taste. Not really a destination for beer geeks like me. The medival theme seems like a gimmick but if it gets people into craft beer, so be it. I would prefer they concentrate on fewer beers with better quality then such a vast selection of average ones. (565 characters)

Photo of detroiter
4.1/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2

They do an excellent job crafting beers from all over the world using ingredients that the native brewers would use. You must try the ring of fire if you like spicy things.

The food sucks but you can bring in something else or have a pizza delivered.

To the guy below who said Sherwood or even black lotus *cough* are better than Dragonmead I'm sure most locals would disagree.

If you find yourself here you should also check out Kuhnhenns which is only about 5 miles away, they're another top notch operation. (516 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stop #228 on my world brewery tour.

Located in a nondescript building on an interstate access road. Almost feels like you're headed into an auto parts distributor shop. The medieval interior reminded me of the Excalibur hotel and casino in Vegas.

Dragonmead has more beers than any other brewery I've ever visited. The best part is they are all well done. Our group of three shared a couple five beer samplers where you write the beers in ink on glossy stock so you don't ruin your sampler memento - excellent touch. We had...

Sampler 3
IPA, raspberry wheat, barleywine, Baltic porter, rauchbier

Sampler 1
Kolsch, nagelweiss, apricot wheat, hot pepper ale, cream ale

Sampler 2
trippel, abbey, quad grand cru, Belgian dark strong, golden (Belgian strong I think).

You can peek in and see the brewing operation on the way to the bathroom. It looked as if they did a lot of smaller batches.

The only downside to the place was the spotty service during our visit around 2:00 on a Friday. The bartender kept disappearing but did a fine job when she was there.

I would definitely recommend Dragonmead for any Michigan brewery tour. (1,138 characters)

Photo of yankeej13
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This was the third stop on our Microbrewery tour and literally had no idea what to expect. We walked in and I was shocked with how cool the interior to this place was. Loved all the tap handles which they had a TON of with all different styles of beer.

One of the women that was working there gave my dad and I along with a few others that were in the brewery a behind the scene tour of the brewery. She brought us all over, and even let us try different types of malts. Which I have never gotten to try before which was great. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions.

I even got a chance to try to first Chipolte ale which I was pretty nervous to try. Over all I totally enjoyed it was well as the other 5 beers I got a chance to sample! If your ever in the area I highly recommend that you stop in and have a drink! Cheers guys loved the whole operation! (880 characters)

Photo of Preismj
4.47/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

cool little place i stopped at on my trip in MI.

Like an old mess hall at a castle, this place was decorated with old brick, armor, flags and fun! The people here knew their beers for sure and the amount of stuff they had on tap that they brew in house as a ratio of how large the place is was mind blowing. Tons of great stuff on the menu. complimentary pretzels and mustard to keep you from getting smashed (and they were a nice break in between brews too to cleanse the palette).

Overall, a great place. We didn't order food here, but it is also bring your own food if you like...cool concept since a lot of places get mad at you for doing this.

Fun, would go again and highly recommend. (693 characters)

Photo of browna71
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great place, very unique atmosphere. Exactly what you would hope a place called "dragonmead" would look like- swords and midevil paraphernalia all over the place. Impressive amount of beers on tap, close to 25 I believe. Service was ok, food was bar food- got a decent burger with fries. Beer was great, and as I said, a great selection. We were able to get a sampler flight of 6 beers for about 10 bucks, so pretty reasonably proced for the quality of beer you get. Would highly recommend a visit to this place, very cool. (523 characters)

Photo of SeaUrchin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

a great place to go on week day afternoons on my day off, the feel is very warming, cross between a family restaurant at a renaissance fair and a pub at the same fair, the beer is usually good if not great, and the wait staff has always been friendly and prompt. the variety of beer is normally pretty vast and the in house made pop is also a nice touch for the DD, never ordered any food from there so i cant speak on that. price wise you never feel like you were screwed over when you walk out. also the regulars i see there are more times than not kind people and some great conversations can be had (602 characters)

Photo of SenkoSnack808
4.43/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

A few miles from my house, consider this to be my favorite place to grab an exceptional pint or 6 on the weekend. The selection is beyond stellar, with over 30 different styles. Pricing is on point, 4-5.50$ a pint, with the 6 sampler tray at 10.50$. The atmosphere is relaxed, pub/medieval feel inside. I enjoy the staff very much, always making sure you have pretzels, and your glass is never empty. Overall Dragonmeade brewery is an awesome place to grab some even more awesome craft. Only complaint would be the 11pm closing time! (533 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped here and was suprised by the extensive selection of beers. Figured out where to stay nearby and did two flights of beers... something that probably never happened before at a brewery because there usually aren't 10-15 beers I must try. The line up was great and had to buy a sixer of the Tripel. The atmosphere was somewhat laid back and lighting dark, which almost made me wonder if I was going to run into a friar at some point. Service was good but had to be to deliver two flights. I would most certainly stop here again if for nothing else than to sample their extensive list of beers. It's like a beer tasting sitting down. (637 characters)

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Our last stop on the Detroit Brewery crawl.

Located off an entrance road to 496 Dragonmead seems out of place. Small parking lot with a simple storefront. Upon entering I felt like I was in the bedroom of a D&D obsessed 14-yr old. They've really gone crazy with the medieval kitsch (Check out the painting in the men's room to prove my point). Otherwise there's a somewhat cozy pub feel.

Loads of brews on tap (50+) which wasn't matched on any of our previous 9 stops. Not to mention a plethora of styles by country. Samplers (10.50 but large samples) consisted of 6 beers picked from the lot. I went with the Breath of the Dragon Bitter, Kaisers Kolsch, Inquisition Pale Ale, Holy Smoke Rauchbier, and their Russian Imperial Stout. The Kolsch was dead-on with great Pils flavor and late hop aroma with a crisp finish. The Rauchbier was a mess with over-done smoke with a watery mouthfeel. The others were decent but forgettable. I've had their Final Absolution previously so I know they can brew but my 6 weren't entirely impressive.

Food was prepacked frozen fried tidbits that at the time were just arriving from some bulk-sales type store. Regardless, we ordered sweet potato bites and jalapeno poppers which weren't great. Service was friendly.

Definitely the most unique place I've been in Michigan. That said, the beers I sampled were mediocre. Don't eat there unless you want to overpay for pre-frozen snacks. Is it a must-go? No, but if you're in the area stop in and try a beer as there is no shortage of variety. (1,529 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/20/2010.

Stopped by here on a Saturday night. It is right off the highway. There are a lot of taps (~40) but this place is definitely more about quantity vs. quality. We tried a couple of samplers plus a few pints and all the beers were mediocre at best. The atmosphere and service were alright. Although it was a Saturday night, the bar was not completely packed and it probably was only mostly full because there was a special event going on. If you have extra time you could stop here, but there are better nearby brewpubs with higher quality beers (ie Rochester Mills, Sherwood, Black Lotus) that I much preferred to Dragonmead. I didn't try any of the food but there is a limited menu. (705 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Ok, I have to stretch my memory a bit to review this place, but I think I can do it. I recall the bar area being neat looking with all of the various taps as you walk in. The one thing that will stick in my mind is the fact that I had the best pepper beer I've ever had here.

The bar is elongated so the bar seems to be at one and, seating at the other. The food is average, but the people were friendly. This is pretty reasonable as pricing goes.

Overall, worth a stop. Check it off your brewery list...it won't be the best place you've visited, but definitely not the worst either. I'd go back just for another pepper beer! (628 characters)

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