EagleMonk Pub and Brewery
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Reviews by lurpy1:
4.08/5 rDev +17.9%
This place will not knock your socks off, but it fills a huge void, and along with Crunchy's massively upgraded focus on good beer, Eagle Monk's opening is the best thing to happen to the beer scene in Lansing, which has largely been bypassed in Michigan's beer mania.
Eagle Monk is a converted party store, with all the telltale Sparty Green and White paint on the outside. The inside is, pardon the pun, also spartan, with somewhat raw floors and acoustics that are reminiscent of an old VFW hall. But it's a solid, middlebrow place. On the night I was there, it was crowded but still spacious, and overrun with guys from a some sort of beard growing society. Jacket and tie not necessary. Cool.
There are 6 self-brewed taps: Red; Scotch; Pale Ale; IPA; Stout; Rye. Not too daring, but a good starter list.They are available by pint, or, you can get a flight of all 6 for $9. The first 4 tasted OK, but were nothing remarkable. The Scotch Ale was certainly drinkable but seemed to miss the mark as a Scotch Ale with its lack of body. However, the Stout and the Rye were terrific examples of the style. The stout hit all the marks and had a subtle coffee note to it. The Rye is a real standout, not hoppy, but plenty of spicy, stubbly rye. I would rate it as the 2nd best Rye I've ever had behind Hop Rod Rye. A beer they can build around, and with time, hopefully the 4 lesser beers will improve.
Service was friendly, and the owner/brewer provided an upbeat presence. Did not get to try the food, looked OK and simple.
Welcome addition. Not enough killer beers to become a barfly here, but a good start, and I'll be back.
09-13-2012 22:36:23 | More by lurpy1
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3.56/5 rDev +2.9%
The first worthwhile brewery in Lansing / East Lansing area. A reasonable selection of beers (6-7) on tap, one cask conditioned beer on tap, craft sodas (2-3) on tap, and a selection of pizzas and sandwiches. Beer & soda made on premises. The food and beer are good, especially the pizza. Simple place, home-like atmosphere with free bar games available (darts, shuffleboard, foozeball). Highly kid-friendly during the day. Very reasonable lifetime mugclub membership available. A selection of growlers (even howlers) available. Highly approachable owners, often available for conversation. Definitely a worthwhile stop.
10-02-2013 21:40:14 | More by BrewtalHonesty
3.6/5 rDev +4%
Small place with several beers, pizzas, panninis, salads, and deserts. It's an "order at the bar, we'll bring your food to you" kind of place. It's not especially nice, or fancy, but clearly low budget and just starting out - 1 year and 3 weeks ago from when I was there.
The beer is pretty good, solid. It's not phenominal or unusual but they are good examples of the styles (the 3 I had) and very drinkable. One was made from local Michigan malt, which is really cool and seems to be a trending theme around the US. I probably liked that one the best.
The head brewer was a really nice, chill guy. Over 600 members in his mug club in the first year, which is great for him.
7 barrel brew system, he brews once a week or so. He seems to be doing pretty well at it, I'm curious to see where he goes after his basic survival is assured and he can start experimenting.
09-05-2013 01:14:37 | More by jojox
2.68/5 rDev -22.5%
A small, simple place off the beaten path as far as any commercial development goes. I enjoyed the atmosphere most of all aspects at this establishment. The game room is a nice feature but is quite separate from the rest of the public floor space, so I would imagine it is underutilized (note: we stopped by in early afternoon on a weekday and were the only patrons, so this is a guess). There were some quality photographs available for purchase, as well.
The beer was unexceptional at best, but nothing was unpalatable. Tried all beers available and nothing stood out to note. However, considering its competition, this place takes the crown in the Lansing area.
The service was pleasant, professional and engaging. We enjoyed a nice conversation with the barkeep, who was able to shed some light on the history of the place and its naming (simply put: pieces of Americana and beer heritage put together, respectively).
We got the parmesan cheese bread and did not enjoy it. Thin, bland, and firm.
07-27-2013 03:25:08 | More by gulogulo
2.71/5 rDev -21.7%
I was excited about visiting EagleMonk. Lansing is a dirge in the MI craft beer scene, and desperately needed something, although the brewpub is pretty far off the radar.
The brewpub looks like an old party store and inside, resembles a gas station that has been cleaned of the aisles. Not the most aesthetically pleasing place. Beers were just average. Had a sampler of the All Night IPA, Delta Porter, ESB, Irish Red, Marcy St Stout, and Red Eye Rye. I liked the rye, but the rest weren't anything very memorable. Service is fine - you have to go up to the bar to be helped, but that's fine. Only had about 6 beers on, but they're new. I had a pizza which didn't have any tomato sauce. I probably should have read the menu closer so it's probably my fault, but I was pretty letdown with the food. I forgot what my fiancee had, but she liked it.
Overall, it's a new brewery and that's pretty clear from the quality of food/beer. My fiancee has wanted to go back, but given our other options in Michigan, I haven't - and I live in Lansing.
05-29-2013 20:38:25 | More by HarmonMW
EagleMonk Pub and Brewery in Lansing, MI
84 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.