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Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead MicrobreweryDragonmead Microbrewery
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

107 Ratings
Ratings: 107
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 1,572
Beer Avg: 3.75
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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Photo of guitarfacepete
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

guitarfacepete, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

TheBierBand, May 21, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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!!!

mcallister, May 02, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

Dragonmead Microbrewery is a very cool and unique place! WOW! When I heard they had 50 taps I assumed that they carry other brewery's beers on some of those taps. No. The usually have 40 - 50 of their own beer on tap at any give time. UNBELIEVABLE!. Obviously they must brew small batches and so I asked what size they are, to keep all those beers fresh. 3 barrel batches. That makes sense. But they brew a lot of them, goodness. Even the biggest microbreweries I know don't have that many house beers on. When we arrived the server apologized because that day they only had 36 beers on tap. Bummer =) but she gave us pretzels and mustard right off the bat so all is good. Here are the ones I tried:
Redwing Raspberry
Imperial Stout on cask
Under the Kilt Scottish wee/heavy on cask
Honey Porter -> my favorite beer of the day
Breath of Dragon
Bishop Bobs Holy Smoke
Rev. Fred’s Oatmeal Stout
Crown Jewels IPA
Kaiser Kölsch
Guienevees Golden Belgian Ale
Apricot Wheat

My favorite beer of the day was the Honey Porter. The rich molasses anise and roasted cocoa along with a drop of golden sweet honey was fantastic. I also ate a chicken sandwich wish was tasty. Two casks, nice.

They only have five beers bottled.
Sir Williams ESB
Eric The Red
Final Absolution Triple
Under The Kilt - Scottish
Crown Jewels IPA

After a stop in Warren we visited Bello Vino Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan and found 4 of the five Dragon Mead bottled beers. GrandCruDrew informed me that they will have "Eric The Red" soon but it was just released in the bottle. Beer reviews (from the bottles) of Final Absolution Triple, Under The Kilt - Scottish, and of Crown Jewels IPA our coming shortly, on a day when my mind stops swirling. As memory serves though, I did like the Crown Jewels IPA, I still must say the favorite of the beers I tasted was the Honey Porter.

This is a must see in Michigan.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, May 01, 2007
Photo of olacub
4.44/5  rDev +7%

About 30 taps. I've never seen any other brewpub come close to the selection of their own beers like Dragonmead. And here's the kicker - every single one me and my friends tried were dead-on to style, very well made. Personally, I had the London Brown, Oatmeal Stout, Bill's Witbier, and the Porter.

A little hard to find, in an industrial-type plaza on 11-mile next to I-696. Inside, the medieval atmosphere is fine, not my bag, but fine, and the service was friendly and knowledgeable. This is a serious beer-lover's kind of place.

olacub, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of SaucyA
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

What can I say about Dragonmead that hasn't been said already?

They provide great beer and a great space to drink said beer. The waitstaff is fairly knowledgable about their selection, and has no problem making sure your glass is full... even when their vacinity is filled to the brim.

The samplers are a great way to get a grasp on the huge amount of beers they have on tap. Practically every style of beer is represented here in one way or another, each crafted by brewmasters that have obviously been doing this for a while.

The food selection isn't the greatest, but their cheese is very good, and they have killer fries. You can also order in from many different restaraunts.. just ask for the folder!

The price of everything is on point... the food is actually on the inexpensive side, and you can of course take a growler home of your favorite beer.

All in all, Dragonmead Microbrewery is a fantastic establishment, with a great staff and even better beer. I drink out of my Dragonmead glass with pride!

SaucyA, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of CoSMoSYS
2.68/5  rDev -35.4%

I've been to this place quite a few times and every time I have gone in there, I have been very pleased, except for the last time I went in, which will undoubtedly be the last time I visit this place. I have to agree with everything that 'Gaisgeil' wrote in his review of this place.

The atmosphere reminds me of the Ren Fest. Very 15th century feeling with the Dungeons and Dragons. As soon as you walk in you feel comfortable and warm.

The quality of the beers is something to be desired. It's almost as if they were about the quantity than the quality. I always get the sampler when I go in there and usually end up regretting 2 or 3 of the choices I have made. The only beer I really enjoyed was the Redwing Raspberry Wheat.

The service the first couple times I went here was great. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful, they seem to go out of their way for you to feel at home. The last visit I had changed my perception. I don't know if I caught them on an "off" night but that was the worst service I have ever encountered there. They were the opposite of what I remembered. They seemed almost annoyed with us every time we ordered. I didn't know a brewery would charge you $2 a head for a party over 10 people. They were out of a beer I asked for in my sampler and the waitress never came back over to ask what I wanted as a replacement. As we cashed out our bill, one of the waitresses turned around and, under her breathe, called my girlfriend and friends 'idiots' and that she hoped us, 'morons', wouldn't stiff her like the last party did, on a tip.

Didn't try the food but the free pretzels and mustard are a nice touch with the beer.

CoSMoSYS, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of 86sportster883
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

86sportster883, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of santoslhalper
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

santoslhalper, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of HellsBELLS24
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

HellsBELLS24, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of onsite416
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

onsite416, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Sammy, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

meathookjones, May 04, 2006
Photo of beerjournl
4.44/5  rDev +7%

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.

beerjournl, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of Loki
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Loki, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of adams82
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

adams82, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%

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.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of aaron
3/5  rDev -27.7%

It's hard not to be impressed by the beer selection at this place. The bar is tucked in an industrial strip. It's very clean. And the decor is fantasy dragon themed. I sampled several brews in one visit. Nothing was stellar.

Nearly 40 beer options are all brewed in-house -- though not all available all the time. During a Thursday night visit, our waitress noted that several of the most popular options printed on the weekly menu were unavailable. Our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful (there really are LOTS of beer styles on tap).

I thought the Bill's Witbier was very good and the Castlebrite (Apricot) Ale was nearly undrinkable. Otherwise, mediocrity flowed from the others that I tried.

Thursdays are apparently "Acoustic Open Mic Nights" -- which packed the small place. Food is barely available (crackers, popcorn, sausages). Pretzels were brought to our table after one round and the menu notes that food may be brought in from elsewhere. Check their Web site for beers being served and entertainers on tap.

Be sure to check out the bathroom. On the way, you'll spot a glass wall looking into the squeaky clean brewing operation. In the men's room, you'll find a bizzaro drawing of a naked woman feeding a dragon.

aaron, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Very interesting place that I almost drove past. I missed the first entrance as I saw it out of the corner of my eye in the strip mall. Luckily for me, there was noone behind me when I almost bunny hopped the curb trying to slow down and make the second entrance.
Seems to be a theme of the dungeons and dragons type feel going on in here with Medeivel English influence. Very interesting and original. Also, one of the cleanest places I've ever been too.
The quality seemed very fresh and nice. I had one beer that tasted like the lines were just cleaned and maybe there was a touch of beer line cleaner in there but it wasn't that noticeable.
The service was very attentive and seemed to care if I was happy with my choices.
The selection...uhh, they had 32 of their own beers on tap, what the f do you think? I've never seen anything like that.
The food selection was minimal. They offer things like sausages and cheese and crackers. What can you really say about the lack of a true kitchen? I didn't even care b/c the beer selection was outstanding.

weeare138, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of benito
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

I grew up in SE Michigan and have known about Dragonmead, which is about 25 minutes from my house. Finally, I made the trip out there.

Their location isn't great: on a service drive of the interstate; I was almost confused into thinking that I'd driven too far and that I'd end up back on the freeway, when I finally caught a small 'Dragonmead' sign out of the corner of my eye.

The interior is small. A classic bar with two separate rooms with tables. I'm a sucker for these types of places and enjoyed the fact that I felt like I'd stumbled upon something special: a small brewpub in a nondescript industrial mall, much like the Fort Collins Brewery or Twin Ports Brewpub in Superior, WI. What the place lakes in glamor, it makes up for--quickly--in character: you walk in and the place screams 'we're about beer first and foremost. everything else is an afterthought.' I came in on a Monday afternoon and only found a few regulars at the bar. The service was incredibly friendly. As I perused the beer menu (they had 29 on tap!), Sherri the bartender offered a few suggestions after asking what styles of beer I enjoyed.

I bought two samplers, each of which came with 5 4-oz selections. Choosing which beers to try was no easy task, but I came in armed with a good series of reviews from BeerAdvocate and a mind to try the field. All of my typical 'beerbar' heuristics were buzzing and signaled that this place ought to be a hit...they had good service, a small and hard to find spot, and lots of beer on tap. Unfortunately, the beer itself I found to be less than enthralling across the board. It was by no means bad, but of the ten brews I tried, I only found one to be exceptional (the Honey Porter). The other nine were Under the Kilt Wee Heavy, Kaiser Kolsch, Nagelweiss Hefe Weizen, Corktown Red, Erik the Red, Big Larry's Pale Ale, Reverend Fred's Oatmeal Stout, Dubbel Dragon, and Bronze Griffin Belgian PA; what I found remarkable was that all nine of these had impressive flavor profiles and a good, if slightly watery body, yet they were marred by a bitter, biting aftertaste. Given that they've got 19 more brews on tap and ten more or so that they rotate in on a regular basis, I can only imagine that they've got their fair share of winners in there; it may have been the choices that I made, but overall, the beers were the most disappointing aspect of my experience.

For sheer novelty, I'll be happy to give Dragonmead a second (and probably third and fourth) chance: it would be a great place to introduce a newbie to a cornucopia of beer styles and the diversity of offerings that they profer is enough to maintain the intrest of even the biggest of beer nerds.

Given the number of American brewpubs that are serving five or six mediocre brews, the ambition of Dragonmead alone is impressive. I'll be back for a second, hopefully tastier, visit in the future.

Update August 2006: I made it for a second visit to Dragonmead while visiting family in SE Michigan. Just as I had anticipated, I was overwhelmed again with the task of choosing a few brews for the (very substantial) sampler. I selected the Final Absolution Trippel, Earl Spit Stout, Castlebrite Apricot Wheat, Imperial Stout, and the Crusader Dark Mild. The Final Absolution, Earl Spit, and Castlebrite were all excellent--the tripel being a truly phenomenal beer, and the RIS and dark mild, like many of their other brews were fine save the biting aftertaste. And, after a second visit, my conclusion is the same as after the first--I can still go back, find five more beers to try, and still have plenty left after that for a fourth visit. Perhaps this is the nature of addiction.

benito, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

My first trip to dragonmead was an impressionable one. After a long day of traveling around mid Michigan with my wife, I was able to locate this establishment, as it wasn't far off our trek. On a Saturday afternoon, this Microbrewery was rather barren; only a few customers, and an exceptionally relaxed atmosphere. The interior is a mecca of psudo-medieval decoration, with swords, sheilds of armour and flags from European countries filling the area. The brewing area was visible via a glass window near the restrooms, which I found to be quite interesting. It's not typcial for such a view to be present in microbreweries that i've been in. The quality of the beers was good; a weekly menu of on tap beers was available with a second to none selection of quality made brews. I found though, throughout my 2 hour visit, that the service left quite a bit to be desired; the bartenders were far from friendly, only throwing a beer menu at me and my wife; they were far from educated when I asked about a few of the styles, and finally, they could've been a bit more attentive, as the place was near empty, and I had to wait for service. The selection, as I mentioned before was great; lots of different flavors, styles, etc, etc. The beer menu was my guide though, since the staff took little interest in telling me about what was available. The food was decent, and I did like the fact that the menu mentioned that food was welcome to be brought into the brewery, as the menu offered little more than snacks (Popcorn, nachos, cheese & crackers). Overall, i'd definitly visit again, but hope to hell the service and staff improved. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Stopped in here on our way back from our Honeymoon. Kinda hard to find, as it's basically on the exit ramp from 696.
Long room, some board games to be played. Lots of medieval decor. Good sized bar. Neat and clean inside, good woodwork. You can make your own sampler here of 5 beers out of the 35 that were on tap. Yes, I did say 35 on tap. And yes, they make them all here. I meanered through a few of the styles, everything was well made. Food consisits of pretzels and nachos, but you can bring your own in, or order out. A good stop if you are in the area.

deejaydan, Aug 06, 2005
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

This brewpub had very good selection. There were > 15 beers on tap when I visited in May 2005.

The location (off an exit ramp from a major highway in Detroit) was a mis-match for the atmosphere within. It felt like I entered a Medieval fair complete with swords, dragon sculptures and tons of ales.

I tried a sampler platter and then had some singles. Based on my limited tasting (7 beers), I recommend going with the beers that have awards in their honor (you can find these by looking on the wall behind the bar). The non-award beers aren't anything special in my opinion.

If you try only one beer, it must be Final Absolution (Tripel).

TurdFurgison, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Atmosphere is nice, and this place is very f'in small, homey, cozy, etc. A pubs pub. Quality of my impy stout was great, as are the prices here. Service was also fast, and friendly. The selection here is the real highlight, but none of the beers really jumped off of the mnu at me, except for the great, lower abv, sam-smith-esque, imperial stout that I mentioned above. Still, 30+ lines is quite an accomplishment and I hear that the beers are pretty damn solid as well. No food here, but you can eat anywhere, come here to drink beer. The imperial stout ruled, and i'd love to try some others another day...

francisweizen, May 23, 2005
Photo of cupbeerman
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%

Dragon Mead, located off 11 Mile Road, has at least three dozen different beers on tap at any given time. When entering Dragonmead, you see a bar with about twenty stools to the right and groups of tables to the left. The place is decorated to have a midevil English/Scottish feel.

The samples I had were mostly good but there were a few that were low quality. Dragonmead's most famous beer is their triple called Final Absolution, which was excellent and the only beer available in bottles to go when I was there. The rest of their lines are available in growlers to go as well. The beer lists includes many different styles to traditional styles such as an English IPA to non-traditional styles such as a hemp ale.

The beers that I sampled were fresh, so they seem to go thru beers at a very quick pace.

The service was very good, and they poured the samplers out at a very good pace and answered questions about the beers on tap.

Overall if in Warren this place is a must stop. They have a very limited food menu though, but take out from other local places are available. Not bad from a group of brewers who started by home brewing in their dorm rooms.

cupbeerman, Aug 20, 2004
Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren, MI
92 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.