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Dragonmead Microbrewery

Not Rated.
Dragonmead MicrobreweryDragonmead Microbrewery
Based on:
61 Beers
1,806 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 79
Visits: 128
Avg: 4.17
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: 128
Photo of SenkoSnack808
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

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Photo of lllarzzz
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Dragonmead is a great establishment for beer lovers in Metro Detroit. They have a huge selection, and focus on beer, not food or location.

I'd purchased Dragonmead products for years at local market before venturing to their brewpub a few weeks ago. They're located in an industrial area on a freeway access road... you'd have to really be looking for this spot to know it's there. We were surprised when we entered... the brewpub is fairly nicely decorated and more spacious than we had envisioned... a 2-man band even had space to set up and play for the regulars (who started packing the place about 8PM on Saturday).

They have many (~20-30) of their own beers on tap. I tried many of them as samplers. Quality varies... I generally thought the Belgian-type ales were the best. It's great to have so much selection, although I would prefer a bit smaller selection but better overall quality.

The kitchen serves a some basic foods and snacks, but "bring-your-own-food" is allowed and encouraged. Great concept... I saw a table have a carry-out pizza delivered to a table on my 2nd trip to Dragonmead.

Overall, this is a nice spot with an expansive selection, a great crowd of real beer-lovers, and they have a number of solid-quality beers. I'll return many times.

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Photo of moshea
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Dragonmead occupies a unique space in an industrail mall on the I-696 Service drive. The decor is renaissance fair chic. Even if that is not your style it still works.

The sheer variety of their own craft beer is the draw here. They have multiple styles form varying regions of the world. They do not do interpretations of styles, but rather do a spot on example of the styles they are brewing. They have limited food service but do allow take out from nearby resturants. Service has always been great.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped by here on my recent trip to Michigan.
Very cool decor and the interior is open and spacious. Nice medieval decorations and props. Nice, lengthy bar which is spaced away from the dining/sitting area. Two complete walls of taps. Greeted at the bar with a beer menu and a basket of pretzels and mustard for dipping.
Picked up the paper menu and saw a couple offerings that I would like to try. Then proceeded to open up the menu and find two more even more full pages of beers! All broken down by style and with complete info on all of them. I love that aspect. I ordered a sampler because there were so many beers I wanted to taste, but didn't have the time nor the liver to try them all. All the beers were solid and impressive. I would love to have a place like this near me. Wonderful friendly service and atmosphere, solid beers. Picked up a bottle of their Grand Cru to drink when I get home. Would most definitely return to Dragonmead on my next trip to Michigan.

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Photo of MasonBeerMan
3.88/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Pretty reasonable priced and huge selection of beers. Had a final absolution, which is a great belgian IMO. We got a couple samplers, which was a good deal. Came here after a weeding reception that was dry with 4 other couples, many of which did not drink micros and they all had a good time and enjoyed the beer. I think the huge selection helped. The Ring of Fire was something else, wouldnt say it was good, but worth a try in a sampler. They told me they put habaneros in it and I believe it. Overall a nice place, good beer, service and atmosphere.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Dragonmead has it all. Good Beer, A Huge Selection, and a Creepy dragon painting with a naked lady in the mens bathroom!

Some of the beers are pretty mediocre though. I feel sometimes they focus on quantity over quality. The prices are can also be a bit steep for what you're getting.The sampler tray is a steal though. The service is usually pretty good, sometimes slower than it should be if they're busy, but the staff is always friendly. If it's on tap try the Ring of Fire. It tastes like fucking Nacho Cheese.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Visited on 10-18-08

Was headed to Warren for a family party, and figured I'd leave early and hit up a couple of local breweries. First stop was Dragonmead, and judging from the few mediocre beers they sell at the store, I was not expecting much. The place was almost completely empty when we got there, which isn't a bad thing, with football on in the corner, and a dimly-lit, pleasant medieval them to the decor. The service was decent, it seemed to take awhile to get a waitress, even though there was one other customer, but it wasn't a problem. The best thing about Dragonmead though, is the taplist. They must have had about 35 beers on tap, in every style you can think of. I had an abbey ale, which was very good, and got a growler of imperial stout to take home (which was awesome). We didn't have much time, so our stay was short, but I really look forward to going here in the future.

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Photo of david131
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I made a road trip down to the Warren area with some friends and this was the first stop. On a Saturday afternoon the place was pretty calm and we had absolutely no trouble finding a table. The interior was pretty dark, but had plenty of windows and there were a lot of flags hanging off the wall inside. The tap line-up was amazing, I didn't really realize until I got there how many beers Dragonmead makes, considering the beers that are distributed. I was very happy with the Imperial Stout and even got a growler of it. The service was decent, pretty attentive and there were multiple waitresses/ bartenders taking care of us. I also loved that it was no smoking. I will be going back.

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Photo of Deuane
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in with 3 other BA's on the way to Madison for Great Taste.

Not much to look at from the outside but once you walk through the doors...Bam! Beer Nirvana!

Passable job of decorating the interior with an English Middle Ages feel. Nice game area with darts and table seating to the left and a long bar to the right.

Ok, so what can you say about a place that offers 38 different home brewed micros on tap? Well, plenty if they were all crap but, they are far from that!

Thirty-eight freakin' taps...including a few cask selections....CRAZY! Plus, they make their own soda...in 6 different flavours!

The beers we ordered and shared were all good or better....a credit to the brewers for becoming successful at so many styles.

Nice to have brews offered in a lovely sampler platter, in half-pints or full pints....I took advantage of the half-pint offerings.

No food today....and they dont offer much....but enough to fill your stomach to keep you drinking!

Our server was pleasant and helpful. We never waited long between finishing one beer and starting the next.

Dragonmead is a beer stop in southeast Michigan that should not be missed. With Kuhnhenn being less than 10 minutes away these two locations make a fantastic one-two punch!

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

My wife and I stopped here on a recent trip to Michigan. The place is fairly well lit with a nice long bar. Medieval style decor lines the walls along with breweries numerous awards. There is an incredible selection on draft, over 30 beers, including a cask variety. All selections we tried extremely well done. Our bartenders were friendly, talkative, and good at keeping up with the surprising number of people that were here after 10pm on a Wednesday. We did have a chance to chat a bit with one of the brewers for a while also.

Nothing I write in this review could ever be enough. This is perhaps one of the best places to get a beer in Michigan - and perhaps even for better than 250 miles (or more). You would not be disappointed to go out of your way to stop here on whatever would take you in Dragonmead's direction - and if you live in the Detroit area and haven't been here, you're missing out. We will definitely be back on return trips (and plan more time also).

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Photo of HopDerek
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Visited 4/25/08
At first we decided to stop here to kill time between our visit to Kuhnhenn and another place that wouldn't be opened yet, but we're glad we did, and spent more time here than originally thought.

From the outside, Dragonmead looks like a typical late 1990s constructed mini-mall building parallel to the interstate. But once you get inside, you're really taken away by how all out they went with the theming. This place belongs at a Renaissance Fair with its huge assortment of medieval theming; knight armor, banners, coats of arms, stained glass with dragons on it, mosaics, and most impressive to a beer lover...50 taps for beer! Though they "only" had 37 things on tap at the time (all their own brews), combine that with all the medals and awards they proudly have displayed on the walls surrounding their large bar showing the brews are worthy of enjoyment and this place could easily be a beer drinkers resort, if only they allowed camping.

The bartender was really upbeat, happy to see us, prompt, and knowledgeable about the beers. Beers come in a variety of sizes and styles, most with Medieval themed names or something relative to Dragonmead, and are all descent, some like the Final Absolution are downright phenomenal. The only downside to the place is that they don't offer much food, and their fryer was down when we were there, so no mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers for us, thus limiting our selection even more. They did offer hamburgers and assorted cheeses and snacks, but this is clearly a place where drinking comes first. They'll gladly allow outside food to be brought in though.

In all, a really impressive place that shouldn't have to play second fiddle to other places in the area. We're definitely heading back, maybe next time spending a whole day just in Warren, MI, and we'll bringing our own food to better soak up all the amazing beers we'll have to try, maybe even breaking out the turkey legs to better suite the theme.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

We had the pleasure of visiting this brewpub during a recent run through Warren, MI. Right off the bat as you pull up, you know that with its cool looking castle like brick façade (hey at least for a brewpub), this is going to be a pretty neat place. The interior has some of the coolest theming that I've seen in a brewpub in a while. Medieval is definitely the motif, with coat of arms banners and European flags hanging from the rafters, a suit of armor in the corner, and various dragon influenced artwork all over the walls. The coolest stuff in reserved for the bar area though with it's Knight & Dragon stain glass windows, shield tile mosaic (that houses just some of the dragon themed taps) and the classic wood wraparound bar. An all around great atmosphere that really sets the mood for the beers to come...

Ah, onto the beers. They offer at least 50 different styles of which they had 37 available. Yes, I said 37 different beers...from one brewpub! The styles ran the full gamut, from their Ring of Fire Chili beer, to the Crown Jewels IPA, to a Bourbon Imperial Stout, to their absolutely magnificent Final Absolution Belgian Triple. We tried a lot of stuff (and were glad that they offered ½ pints) and everything was top notch for the style. If you go back towards the bathrooms, they offer you a peek into the brewery and their awesome looking "tank farm" of small fermenters that shows just how they can keep so many beers on at a time. Pretty cool!

They offer a limited food menu (and encourage you to order in your own if you want) and although their fryer was down, we still made due with a tasty cheese and cracker plate. The service here was great. We were promptly greeted by our server April at the bar as we entered and were treated like we were the only ones in the place (OK, we actually were for our first 15 minutes here;) but still, she did an outstanding job the entire time we were there. Owner Larry Channell even came out to talk with us for awhile. We felt very welcomed here and wish that we could have stayed longer.

This really was a surprise of a visit for us as we didn't expect to like this place this much! A great themed atmosphere, awesome (and a massive selection of) beers, and a friendly staff make this a must hit if your in the area. We definitely can't wait to visit again.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

We stopped in on a Saturday night. The beer menu is downright impressive! We tried as many beers as we could reasonably try. The selection of American, English, and German beers was unparalleled. You'd be hard pressed to find a place that suited so many different places.

THEY ONLY SELL THEIR OWN BEER! And that is so cool.

The place was small, so I wondered a bit more about their brewing operation. They didn't have any of the brewing equipment in view.

There isn't really a food menu (it includes popcorn, burgers, cheese and crackers). But they're okay with you bringing in carry out food from restaurants. A number of people ordered pizzas while we were there. The cheese and crackers were tasty and went well with the beer. The sampler trays were generous and a nice way to attack their massive beer menu.

I particularly enjoyed the IPA and the ESB. The growlers are brown glass, and they have a more modern sealing mechanism and the beer transported well. The server insisted the growler kept in carbonation for a month. I didn't get a chance to try it; we drank it all when we got home.

There was live music when we were there; the guy was really quite good and added a lot to the atmosphere. When he wasn't there, they didn't have music playing. I'm sick of going to brewerys, etc. where they feel that loud music is a way to make up for lack of ambiance and customers.

I'd recommend this place to anyone. It's too bad it's 7 hours from home.

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Photo of knight84
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Visited twice in the last year. The atmosphere is fun and fairly unique, they have a medieval theme which they pull off pretty nicely. The barroom is long and narrow, they could do with some more seating. We went with a decently large group and there was a bit of a hassle and uncertainty if we would be seated before the servers were able to accommodate us.

The beer selection was the best I've seen at a brewpub. They had over 30 beers listed and almost all of them were available. Not all the beers were memorable but a number of them were very good. The beer sampler is the best way to go, 5 6oz samples for under $10! Unfortunately I was the DD for the night so I had to limit myself to one sampler.

The appetizers were good, the venison sausage and cheese paired nicely with some of the beers. Beyond that you'll want to order your own food delivered or bring some with you (they allow both). This is a fun place to visit in the metro Detroit area and certainly does not disappoint when it comes to the beer!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

take this review with a grain of salt. i am into the whole medieval, dragons, Lord of the Rings thing, so i may be swayed by the theme. but even regardless of that, this place is awesome. the place is decorated with medival type stuff, banners, tapestries and the fonts are all reminiscient of camelot. most impressive was the amount of beers avaiable, the beer menu was 3 pages. all their own, broken into 11 styles, American, Scottish style ales, Barleywines, belgians, cask conditioned, czech lagers, english ales, german ales, RIS's, mead/wine, and Norwegian ales. i had the Excalibur Barleywine (11%) and their flagship beer Final Absolution (a 10% trippel). highly impressed, makes my trips to Mi. that much better. kuhnhenns one day, dragonmenad the next. and the prices are reasonable too. they dont serve much food, little finger foods, but they encourage ordering out and provide menus to do so. an incredible establishment, will be a staple of every michigan trip.

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stopped by with a bunch of beer-appreciating friends on a cold Saturday night. Smallish, narrow, but long barroom was busy but not crowded. The servers hooked us up by putting some tables together and even asking another small group to move! Very nice. The walls were adorned with medieval-ish paraphernalia and clever posters. Nice lighting, cozy atmosphere, 2 real dartboards, and lots of games scattered about. Not smoky at all (thankfully!). The beer menu is huge and almost unbelievable. They listed 36 beers and one mead and our server disappointedly informed us that they were out of 3 of the beers. Only 33! Prices were reasonable and they offered a 5 x 6 oz. sampler tray for $8.50. All the beers I sampled were well-made and good. A few were forgettable, but several were very good. I especially liked the Copper Shield and the Dead Monk. They have limited food options: pretty much just crackers, pretzels, and some fried snacks. The venison sausage with cheese and crackers was tasty and went well with the rauchbier. They also let you order food from nearby restaurants for delivery and you can even bring in your own! All in all a very pleasant experience and well worth a stop if you're in the Detroit metro area.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Very low-key in the afternoon as expected. Nice English Pub-style atmosphere with short bar seating around the perimeter of the room as well as some tables. Lots to looks at. The medieval surroundings remind me of one of those crazy themed restaurants from The Cable Guy.

The highlight of this place is the awesome selection. Better than 30 brews on tap. Another positive attribute of Dragonmead is there painstaking attention to quality, balance, and especially consistency. No matter what you order, you know you'll be getting a top-of-the-line beer. The only downside to this is that, as a result, many of their selections are rather mild. Always well balanced, and rarely leaning too far toward any extremes in flavor. Nothings has too much of any one flavor quality, and sometime that may be what your looking for. Understandably those more polar attributes are sacrificed for consistency and style authenticity. This is Dragonmead's 'claim to fame' if you will.

Overall their brews are awesome. I would definitely suggest the Earl Spit Stout. A great place to visit. I wish there was a place like this somewhere is my area.

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Photo of Realale
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Only 38 beers on tap when I was in on a Friday lunchtime. And a mead. All made in house. Truly a dizzying selection. I worked my way through four half pints - Dragon's Blood Bitter, Wench Water Belgian Pale, Dragonslayer Alt, and a Crown Jewels IPA. All of them were quite good, with the edge going to the Dragon's Blood for my palate. Lots of American, Beligan, and English styles, with a handful of German, Scottish, and a Czech pils. Incredible selection.

Service was very good, with a patient, helpful bartender who was able to answer all the questions I asked, and never let my glass get empty.

Nice atmosphere, with lots of wood, and comfortable seating at the bar. I was, frankly, surprised at how small this place is. Very cozy and inviting though.

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Photo of guitarfacepete
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I visited the Dragonmead place at about 3:00 p.m. on a thursday. When I walked in there was only one other fellow in the place beside the bartender.

A: The only reason the atmosphere suffers is becuase it was quiet... too quiet. Granted I guess most bars should be pretty dead at 3:00 in the afternoon... but damn it, I was done my work and in Detroit for the first time, what's your excuse? The most impressive thing was the number of brews on-tap which are all brewed on-site. There are several swords on the walls, and several awards from various beer events. It's a smaller brewpub, but very welcoming.

There was also a small PA system on-site which suggested, to a local music fanatic like me, that acoustic performances might take place there from time to time... which is awesome.

Q: I started with a pint of the Broken Paddle IPA which was pretty good. It was a bit sweeter than most IPAs, but was very drinkable. I followed the IPA with the sampler. The sampler consists of five (5) 6oz tasters of my choosing: I got the Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (Eh), the Oatmeal Stout (Holy poop thats good), the Rauchbier (normally not my thing, but this one was very drinkable), the Final Absolution Triple (again, not usually my thing, but very tasty), and the Lionheart Pale Ale.

The bartender noticed the other fellow and I were discussing cask conditioned ales, so she brought me a taster of the Lionheart from the cask, so I could compare it to the regular draft sample.

Everything I tasted was good, if not great. The beers I sampled reflected their style well. I wish I had more time to sample more... or at least someone else driving.

Service: They scored bonus points for bringing the second lionhart sample to taste, as well as a bowl of pretzels and mustard. What really puts these guys over the top in my mind is the fact that one of the owners was there, and offered a tour of the brewery. We talked homebrewing for a while too, which was nice.

Selection: They brew several small batches and have a huge variety on tap and cask. I lived in Portland, OR for a while and am accustomed to several pub-brewed beers on tap, but this place was rather astonishing. I usually just ask for the IPA when I walk in... but they had three IPAs from which to choose.

Food: I regret to say I did not eat on-site.

The place is certainly worth checking out if you find yourself in the Detroit area.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

WELL!.... Tony, one of our singers/crowd participation specialists got MARRIED on Saturday, May 19, 2007. OK ladies.... Tony is officially OFF THE MARKET!

The wedding was at 2 PM and the reception started at 5:30PM.... so we headed for Dragonmead to sample some of their brews.

We found the place with NO PROBLEM... as long as you can read and follow directions, it's easy....

There was a few people there other than us. We grabbed a table and proceeded to peruse the beer menu.

The first thing that we noticed was that "hey... this place is TINY"! I would estimate that they could fit only about 80 people comfortably... maybe 100 with people standing. It's rather new... I believe, established in 1997. They are going for the whole "Medieval" look. There are gargoyles in the windows and wood paneling inside... and the decor is decidedly 15th century. However, it still has that "NEW-NESS" that prevents you from being really transported back in time.

I read that they have purchased the building next door to them... so maybe, they will be able to expand and with more space will come more flexibility decor-wise. The place is nice and clean and the staff is very attentive and knowledgable.

There were 5 of us in attendance, so we tried a wide variety of their 30 BIERS ON TAP! Their selection is EXCEPTIONAL! They brew in TINY batches (6-12 bbls/batch) to keep everything fresh.

Food was pretty limited... but you could order "take-out" from other local establishments if you didn't fancy any of Dragonmead's offerings... I did notice that the had a Venison Sausage tray... we didn't try it.... but that might have been good.

THE BIER is the star of the show at this place. All I can say was that every selection we tried was EXCELLENT! The BIER is what this place is all about. The beer was priced at $4.75-$5/pint.... reasonable for the quality you are getting.

You could get a variety of merchandise there too... we bought a couple of pint glasses to commemorate our trip.

OVERALL, I HIGHLY recommend stopping by Dragonmead whenever your travels take you to Detroit.

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Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

What can I say about this place besides I loved it and I wish it weren't 3 hours from my house. One of the most incredible beer selections I've seen at a brewpub. Over 30 of their own beers on tap including two beers on cask.

Speaking of the cask beers they were absolutely fabulous. Their RIS and Kilt Lifter Scottish ale. Poured to perfection with an extremely fresh taste and smell too them.

Service was a little slow and I tried to get a growler of one beer that they seemed to be having problems with so I was forced to choose from one of the other 30 beers:)

The food on the menu wasn't my cup of tea. Drinking all this beer I generally try to eat pretty healthy and this wasn't the place to do it. They must only have a deep fryer as there isn't one thing on the menu that isn't deep fried.

The atmosphere was also very cool. Nice woodwork throughout with rows of tap handles. Obviously going for a middle ages type of feel.

I'm already wanting to plan my return trip but stay longer this time to sample more of their beers. Not all spectacular beers but all very solid and worth trying. Especially the cask.

Great place!!!

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Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren, MI
93 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.