The Michigan Tap Room
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Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
3.87/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Stopped by on the way out of Saginaw because I read that they had DRIPA on tap (nope).
The Michigan Tap Room shares its space with a 20+ lane bowling alley (Stardust Lanes). Atmosphere is lousy, surrounded by either league bowlers, teenagers, or families with young children. Super weird place to have a craft beer bar. It really didn't gel.
The quality of the place was fine. They had lounge seating, which was a plus, but there wasn't a lot of it. Bar stools, pub tables, or circled cushioned chairs to choose from. Again, we were in a bowling alley, so it was dark, a little smelly, and noisy. Overall, however, it wasn't unclean.
The service was good, despite the fact that it's kind of hard to get a server's attention from the lounge area. Drinks were poured quickly and I yakked with one of the bartenders about DRIPA, how he was frustrated too that they didn't have it yet.
Selection was very good, lots of Michigan locals, and not the kind that you always see, like Two Hearted and Red's Rye or Breakfast Stout. No, they focused on seasonals and limited releases, like Oro de Calabaza, Gingersnap, Griffin Claw BBA Stout, Bean Flicker. No walez, of course, but it ain't whale season for Michigan just yet. Free samples and flights for all taps were other pluses. Finally, they kept their menu pretty updated.
Everything was definitely on the cheap side.
All in all, I would go back, despite the ridiculous setting. The selection is too good to pass up, especially if you're not from Michigan, and the serving staff was definitely up to snuff and relatively knowledgeable.
02-10-2014 21:16:28 | More by JamesShoemaker
3.84/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $
So the Michigan Tap Room.
Atmosphere: Nestled in a bowling alley (Stardust Lanes) its pretty much out of place for an establishment you would expect to be serving PBR, Bud and Miller Lite. I happen to think it is unique and eclectic, with the neon lanes and lounge furniture. If you're looking for European styled pubs, head back down to Detroit, there's not of that here. They are what they are here.
Quality: Not sure what this evaluation is based on, but the lines were clean and I was happy with the presentation. I think they need a larger assortment of glass. The beer was not always served in the correct glass, the owner knew what beer went into what glass but the staff didn't always know. This benefited the customer when I was there, but it was clearly a training issue.
Service: A little lax/inattentive. As noted above, the staff wasn't always sure what beer went in what glass. When I asked about a beer it was apparent the bartender hadn't tried it. Again a training issue.
Selection: This is why this establishment excels. Great selection and attention are paid to styles, seasonals and variety. Nothing to complain about here.
Food: I'm told the menu is better now, but when I was there it was not impressive. This is a beer establishment, food is a secondary concern.
Value: I had no issue with any of the prices. Everything seemed more than reasonable to me.
08-18-2013 03:19:45 | More by raleigh_blue
The Michigan Tap Room in Saginaw, MI
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.