Active Beers: 60
Beer Ratings: 1,502
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 77 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $
Out the Wazoo
I'm not sure why I had such a hard time finding this place. Maybe I was just lookiing in the wrong place. When I finally did, it was well worth the wait. This place has an amazing selection of beer styles to chose from, all of which are brewed on the premises. I sampled 10, six ounce servings and was generally impressed with most of what I tried.
The place consists of one long, medium-sized room with a castle/dragon motif. Gargoyles, swords, medieval type flags, stain glass windows, dragon paintings, etc. The bar sits at one end of the room and tables make up the remaining 2/3rds. Beer medals out the wazoo. Almost 30 hanging behind the bar. Blues music playing softly in the background.
The crowd was a mix of ages from mid 20s to 50 plus, mostly men but enough women mixed in to keep it interesting. For some reason it struck me as a weird crowd (not a bunch of weirdos, just a strange mix). As usual I sat at the bar, ordered a few samplers and a light bite to eat. The smell of the deep frier from the back came through strongly at the bar. This is definitely a local hangout. Most everyone seemed to know the staff by name and the staff knew most customers also.
My 1st sampler (5, six ounce pours): Earl Spit Stout- nice dry stout
with a kick; Honey Porter - just what you would expect, decent porter w/ a tinge of sweetness; Perfect Porter - Excellent english style porter except for the finish, which seemed a bit off; Holy Smoke - nice nose but weak and thin, almost a Rauchbier lite; Oompa Loompa Stout -different, took some getting used to, definitely a chocolate stout.
Hoping to stem the effect of the 5+ABV beer selection of my first sampler, I put in an order of popcorn chicken and Jalepeno poppers before ordering another round of samples. The chicken is quite tasty, while the poppers are your typical pub fare.
2nd Sampler: Firkin Cask Conditioned Broken Paddle IPA - very nice, very smooth, real nice light citrus finish, an American IPA;
Inquisition Pale Ale - English style IPA, well balanced but a little too bland for an IPA; Dragonslayer Alt - Ok; Sir Williams ESB - not my favorite, I retire it 2/3 through and move to my final beer, the Dubbel Dragon Ale -Very peaty, not what I was expecting, but certainly on point.
The bartender announced last call around 11pm and began closing out tabs. I finished my beers, paid my bill, slipped out the front door and headed back to my hotel. I do plan to return to the Dragonmead, as they have many more beers that I would like to sample.
12-06-2006 06:16:34 | More by 86sportster883
4.01/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
While visiting family in only a few miles from here, we dicided to come down for a few brews. The place is kinda small, and was pretty packed while we were there. I actually found the "theme" of the place a little cheesy. The staff was very friendly, but not too knowledgable, and fairly unorganized as well. It took us about 15 minutes to get our first round payed for, and by that time we were ready for another!
The beer selection was incredible. I'd say there were 30-35 beers on tap, all house brewed. English, German, Belgian, American, and even a Norwegian style spiced beer. Very cool. All the beers were delicous, although a bit pricey. Half pints were $2.50 - $4, and full pints started at around $5 and went up from there.
Not a bad place, but not nearly as good as Kuhnheen which is just a few miles down the road. The best part about this place for sure was the incredible amount of beers on tap. If you want variety, this is your place.
11-27-2006 17:26:13 | More by santoslhalper
3.4/5 rDev -18.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Had a decent trip to Dragonmead on a friday.
The place was crowded and the music was so loud you had to shout to talk to anyone that was sitting next to you. The beer selection was huge although there were too many english/scottish styles for me. There were not enough strong ales in my opinion.
The crown jewels IPA was very good off of the draught handle and the final absolution tripel was very good as well. My friend and I tried a sampler and were not too impressed with the tastes of most of the brews.
All in all I would recommend going to the dragonmead at least once if you are in the area but I would not make any special trips to the brewpub. I would rather buy a 6 pack of crown jewels at the store instead.
11-06-2006 03:31:05 | More by HellsBELLS24
4.56/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally got a chance to get out to DM to see what the hype was about.
After sampling everything I could find in the bottle, I decided it was time to try the real deal.
Pass this place pretty much every day, so I knew how to get their, but I can see how others could have a problem with directions.
Bellied up to the bar, since there were no tables available Jam packed on a Saturday night.
Had a flight... took about 10 minutes to make a decision, I felt like a girl in a shoe store. They had over 30 on tap.
Finally got it down to a Hefe, Honey brown porter, Dubbel, RI Stout & ESB.
All were vary tasty and fresh. I will be back for their Final Absolution.
The staff was nice, although when I asked the waitress for a flight of beers and she had no idea what I was talking about, I proceeded to ask the guy sitting next to me for his recommendations.
08-27-2006 19:19:57 | More by onsite416
4.14/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Initial impressions were good, of the envoronment, and staff was friendly. A bit hard to find being on the service road of a main highway so there was toing and froing (It's on the south side). Free pretzels and mustard and rootbeer for my wife and daughter. Several beers on tap, a few people here and there. Since I was from Canada, we all get tastings of their beta batch mead.
I wasn't up for the sourness of the batches, which I was told by a BA in Detroit, tends to occur late in their batches.
06-28-2006 04:07:06 | More by Sammy
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I missed this place last time I was in the area so I made it a point to go there this time. Once we entered we were met with a medieval that was a bit strange but was not over done and provided for some interesting scenery once we got used to it. There is a decent sized area of tables on the left with the bar wrapped around the right. As usual we sat at the bar where the waitress was quick to bring us complementary pretzels and take our beer orders. The staff was also friendly and we chatted with them most of the time. They had a huge selection of beers for a brewpub at around 30 and they said it was a bit low and is usually 40+. Definitely a selection that even the pickiest of drinkers could find something to drink. The styles varied greatly as well wish Wee Heavies, an Imperial Stout, Irish Stout, IPAs both American and British, A trippel and so on. I had the Under the Kilt Wee Heavy on cask which was excellent. All others I tried were great as well the Earl Spit Stout, Imperial Stout, Crown Jewel IPA and 2 others I am forgetting. This was a great stop with the only disappointment being no bottles were available which was no problem since they directed us to a beer store close by that had them. A must stop if you are in the area in my opinion.
05-04-2006 20:16:40 | More by meathookjones
4.44/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
As others have said, the selection at this place is quite extensive. They say they have the largest selection of any brewpub, and I believe them. They had run out of numerous brews when we arrived, and that had them down to no less than about 12! We had two cask-conditioned choices, an IPA, and a Stout, and both were excellent. I can't wait to get a chance to go back to try some of the others. Even if some are quite non-descript, I'll enjoy finding out for myself in future trips to the Detroit area.
As for food, they gave us a bowl of pretzels, which was nice and unexpected, but if you want more, bring it with you. They are fine with that and probably just want to focus on the beer.
Service was very good, but we were the only ones in there late on a week night aside from a few regulars. The medieval theme was not as extreme as I was led to believe, so it wasn't like a scene from Dungeons and Dragons, and I was glad. I just wanted some good beer, and I found it. As for the finding, it was easy when going east on 696 and getting off at the exit, going through the light, and looking to the right. I'm sure it would be a bit more trying to find it from another direction. I also map most of the places in my PDA and use a GPS, so this was not that tough to find!
We went back last night (Saturday 4/10/06) and got there about 11:58. The closed sign was in the window and a few patrons were filtering out. Kind of early for a Saturday night, but keep that in mind if you are pub-hopping and decide on a trip to Dragonmead.
04-10-2006 08:35:20 | More by beerjournl
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Atmosphere: A bit strange, but laid back and friendly. Medieval Times on a much smaller scale feel. Without the jousting and serving wenches.
Quality: Beer is very good, and lots of it. Just their stuff, but it is very good quality.
Service: Average at best. No glaring complaints or any bad incidents, but nothing to get excited for.
Selection: Wide variety of taps and beers. Probably close to 20 different beers on tap.
Food: Very, very limited menu with decent hamburgers and menus for all the places that deliver. Do not go for the food.
Value: Prices for beers were great and a great value of the money.
03-27-2006 21:29:35 | More by Loki
4.16/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
So, I finally got around to visiting Dragonmead after months of "wanting to go there".
The initial leg of the journey was frustrating... this place wasn't easy to find for a first timer! As others have mentioned, the exterior doesn't scream brewery, but once you know where it's at, you shouldn't have any future problems. You might want to map quest it first tho if you've never been.
Atmosphere is really cool! Medieval themed pub; stained glass, suits of armor, dragons, swords and the like. Fairly comfortable place to boot, senses aren't overwhelmed by obnoxious noise or 75 different games playing on 56" plasma screens. LOTS of taps, really nice looking bar and the interior is laid out well. Most importantly, very clean and a non-smoking establishment.
I tried a Stout, IPA and Hefe for my first visit and they were all very good! Most other places I have visited only do a style or two well, so to find consistency within three styles was refreshing.
Service was ok I suppose, the only real drawback of the place. While it wasn't slow service, it wasn't what I expected to get seeing as they weren't exactly packed this particular night. Also, the server I had seemed to lack knowledge... or was that interest she lacked? I asked what style of stout the Earl Spit Stout was and she replied "English". When I elaborated and asked if it was an imperial, chocolate, dry, sweet, oatmeal, coffee etc.. stout I got a blank look and was told that "Oatmeal Stout is English and it's on Nitro". I admit I was confused by that remark, but I ordered and it turned out to be a nice Dry Stout, but it would have been nice if she could have just said that.
I can't say much more about selection that I already have... LOTS of taps... Lots of taps, lots of styles, lots of beer. The only bad part is figuring out what to order first.
Didn't try any of the food.
Overall, a nice place and I'm glad I was able to finally make it there and honestly, can't wait to go back! I just hope the staff take more of an interest in me next time.
02-01-2006 00:18:00 | More by adams82
2.93/5 rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
It's high time I get around to reviewing this spot, lord knows I've been there enough times. Located in a rather annoying spot on the eastbound service drive off of 696 in Warren within an industrial strip mall, kind of odd. The place is decorated dungeons and dragons style complete with amateurish fantasy artwork and medevil style stage props. You know... the whole dragons, sword and shield bit. Overall though, it's a nice enough place, a little cramped around the bar, which you basically HAVE to sit at, if you sit at the table you can forget about anyone from the staff coming by to help you. Which brings us to the service... back in the day this place had a nice staff, friendly and helpful but now, you'd think these people hate their jobs, I'm not sure if it's a whole new barstaff or what but these people act like they're doing you a favor or something. They're pretty slow too when there are more than a few people around. The selection is great in sheer number and scope, but also in quality. In my honest opinion there are a lot of clunkers here, not horrible mind you, just really bland and not worth the price tag. There are however a few truly wonderful beers here.
A spot worth checking out surely, but they've developed some problems and if you only had time to go to one place in the area, you'd be much better served checking out Kuhnhenn first.
01-06-2006 08:15:03 | More by Gaisgeil
Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren, MI
92 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.