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Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead MicrobreweryDragonmead Microbrewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 60
Beer Ratings: 1,490
Beer Avg: 3.75

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

99 Ratings
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

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).

07-17-2005 15:13:01 | More by TurdFurgison
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +7%
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.

08-25-2011 19:12:31 | More by Yetiman420
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $

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...

05-22-2005 23:15:22 | More by francisweizen
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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +7%
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.

01-13-2011 06:22:43 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

08-25-2012 17:42:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +7%
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!

08-20-2008 21:09:22 | More by Deuane
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Loki

North Carolina

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
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86sportster883

New Jersey

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
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benito

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

11-22-2005 01:26:52 | More by benito
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