Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Active Beers: 137
Beer Ratings: 8,817
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 8
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$
I've known about Kuhnhenn for almost a year now and the whole time I've lived only about 45 minutes away. So me and a couple of fellow beer enthusiasts finally decided to make the short trek down. We went early on a Tuesday night, go there at about 7 PM and stayed until probably 10 PM.
Atmosphere: The vibe was extremely relaxed. It was a pretty slow night and the place was pretty quiet. There was no music playing, no TV going. I don't make it out to the bar very often because my beer budget is quite a bit smaller than it used to be and I've only been to one other bar. The other bar I frequent (much closer to home) turns into a night club during the evening hours so this was a nice change of pace.
Quality: I sampled almost every beer on the menu and they were all in tip-top shape. No dirty draught lines here. All of the basic beers (standard IPA, their adjunct) were served in conical pint glasses. The more expensive stuff like their DRIPA took up residence in nice tulip glasses.
Service: When we first got there we were attended to fairly quickly, but as the night wore the service grew slower and slower. Granted it did get a bit busier, but not to the extent where it should have slowed things down like it did. Also despite the fact that we ran up a decent $40 tab there I felt the bartender was a bit peeved when we asked for some samples. By some I mean 3 or 4 between the group. Not each, just 3 or 4 tiny little samples total.
Selection: I'm not sure on the exact number, but I believe they had about 10 beers on tap. They spanned quite a large range of styles. The standouts were clearly the DRIPA, their Oud Bruine and the Winter Wonder Lager. The puzzling part is a lot of the tap list is filled with some weak sauce. An American adjunct, a Strawberry fruit beer and an English Mild clocking in at 3.2% ABV. But overall a good selection for such a small brewery.
Food: I didn't personally order food, but one of my buddies did. He ordered a personal pizza which was something like $4 and was quite minuscule. I tried a piece and it certainly wasn't the worst piece of pizza I've ever had, but it wasn't that great either. The food is definitely an after thought here and just meant to bring in some extra money from people getting the drunk munchies.
Overall the prices were a little steep and the pours were a bit stingy. 10 oz. of their Imperial IPA for $6. 10 oz. of the Oud Bruine was $7. Like I mentioned the food was definitely on the pricey side.
Update 6/21/10 - It seems Kuhnhenn has started charging for all samples. I've been to a couple brewpubs and bars in Michigan and have never encountered this. Personally I find it absolutely ridiculous. It completely defeats the purpose of the term sample, at least for me.
Update 2/28/11 - I felt the need to update this again considering how many times I've been here since the middle of 2010. The service seems to have been on the upswing ever since my first visit. Even at their Winter Solstice event when the place was packed my server at the bar was surprisingly attentive. The samples still have prices on the menu but it seems like more than half the time I don't get charged for them. I've had more experience with their food menu and most of it is just packaged stuff you can buy at any grocery. I ordered some aged white cheddar and it was literally served in the package. It wasn't Kraft cheese product or anything but I've had better and at the price I paid for it I expected better.
03-05-2010 06:47:17 | More by DrDoitchbig
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Usually visit Kuhnhenn when I'm in metro Detroit.
A- Nice big U-shaped bar. Reasonable amount of high-top tables. Wood floors and brick walls. Warm and welcoming.
Q- Kuhnhenn's beers are a bit hit or miss to me, but when it's a hit, it's a grand slam. Creme Brulee stout, DRIPA, Braggot, 4th Dementia, Aldebaran, All Hallows Ale being a few of my favorites. They also have plenty of wines and meads for those who don't like beer.
S- They have table service here which is nice. When it gets really busy it can get hard to find a server but that can be accepted.
S- Always a variety of styles and ABVs to choose from. I've even been lucky enough to go in on Saturday afternoon in the summer and find BB4D on tap!
F- Kinda don't really know how to rate this one. They don't really do food apart from dried meats and cheeses but they are cool with people ordering delivery from local places or bringing stuff in. On special occasions they have some form of catering, and that has always been well done.
V- Reasonable, obviously the higher ABV and hopped stuff is more than sessionable things.
06-29-2014 07:44:34 | More by PaulyB83
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Come for the beer and great service.
Their motto is 'do your work here'. Offers free wifi.
Great craft beer selection with awesome variety, 16 on tap + wines + meads.
The Saison is one of the best I have had. The Loonie Kuhnie is their flagship beer and is a pale ale which is not too hoppy.
Awesome ambiance and smell of brewing upon entering door.
A must when visiting Detroit area for any beer enthusiast.
Food is snack food only. It's a brewery not a restaurant.
06-25-2014 18:31:05 | More by drgreg93
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, MI
95 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.