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Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 18.39%
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 1,577
Beer Avg: 3.44
Taps: 12
Bottles: 14
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1093 Highview Drive
Webberville, Michigan, 48892
United States
phone: (517) 521-3600
// CLOSED //

@michiganbrewing

Notes:
This location is currently closed, but the beers continued to brewed at the Lansing brewpub.  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24888 

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Photo of david131
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%

My friends took me here for my birthday and I was pleasantly surprised. The place was essentially dead, which was kind of surprising for a Saturday night. The tap selection was great and they would put most of it in growlers. I had a couple glasses of their imperial stout and at 14.9%, it knocked me on my ass but it was very enjoyable for that high of an ABV. The service was very laid back, which meant that sometimes we had to go to the bar to get more beers, but for the environment, it was not unexpected. I got a couple of growlers and am enjoying a Russian Imperial/ High Seas IPA blend as a type this review. I can't believe I have been by this place dozens of times and never stopped in. I am most definitely going back.

david131, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of kovolev
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

I stopped by Michigan Brewing Company this past Saturday for lunch and brews. MBC is less than a mile from I96 (or Grand River Avenue if you're not into the whole expressway thing) in an Industrial Park/Warehouse area just outside the village of Webberville. From the outside MBC looks drab and boring, kind of like a big pole-barn...but the inside taproom isn't bad. The bar is wood and looks handcrafted...obviously new yet looks "old school." The walls are also wood and sprinkled with posters. The sound-system was weak but played lots of Dylan, which made me happy.
As for the beers...the beers were good. I had a sampler of all 16 beers currently on tap ($16). I was most impressed with the Nut Brown Ale, Rye Bock, Stout, and the Celis beers. These brews were all very flavorful, balanced, and unpretentious. I appreciated that most of the beers on tap were in the 5% abv range. It seems that the trend, particularly in Michigan, is toward massive beers with sky high alcohol content. While I like big beers it's nonetheless nice that MBC beers are a bit more subte.
Overall, I thought the atmosphere at MBC was okay but not great (a tad sterile really), but beers were absolutely fantastic...I'll certainly be visiting Michigan Brewing Company again.

kovolev, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Stopped by on a recent Sunday afternoon for some beer and some food. Located near the freeway in a spread out industrial area. Homebrew and memorabilia store to the left and the beer coolers and pub/taproom to the right. Spacious, but with low ceilings and a very conference room/church classroom feel. The main bar area was better, with lots of wood and nice bar chairs, though. We sat in the conference room area. Service was very good and friendly. 16 beers on tap was awesome to see, including 4 seasonals. Prices were reasonable and they offered 3 oz. samplers for a buck a piece. I got nine samplers and all the beer tasted fresh. Some decent brews and some great (Imperial IPA, Rye Bock, and the wheat beer). Food menu was simple pub grub that was good enough, but nothing special. No smoking was good to see and music wasn't blasting out our conversation so that was nice. The beer coolers (for off-sale purchase) were impressive and well-stocked. They have growlers too. The homebrew store had a very good selection and I will definitely be heading there again for that and for some more beers!

alexgash, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of rogue
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

I just visited MBC for the first time this past weekend. Whereas I had never been to the old location (located behind the gas pumps right off the highway), I could just tell from the new location that is is an enormous improvement in just so much that sheer space in concerned. However, the physical bar in the new establishment is still very small -- it has only about 6 seats, and there is still a lot of unused open space in the taproom. If not for the lodgy wood decor, I would have felt like I was having a pint in a warehouse.

Perhaps it is because we stopped by on New Year's Eve, and to their credit the two bartenders appeared to be sick, but the staff tending bar was absolutely miserable. The woman snapped at two people and was downright rude to the point that I wanted to leave -- not to me personally but to several people around me. Yes, we got our beers in a timely manner and yes our requests for other merchandise were fulfilled, but the quality of the service was barely satisfactory. I really felt as though they were unhappy that they were even open and spent the time they were there complaining. This was a real disappointment after enjoying the friendly demeanor of the staff at nearby Founders and Dark Horse.

Things Beer is located within the same building on the other side. There is a variety of homebrewing supplies, novelty items, glassware, and apparel.

The two notable brews were by far the Russian Imperial Stout (at 12.9% ABV) and the Winter Warmer. Very impressed by the Winter Warmer, and picked up a growler of it to enjoy later. The Russian Imperial Stout was also very tasty, but I agree it was served too cold and if you are ordering a couple pints, I'd order the stout and let it sit while you enjoy the IPA first.

On Tap as of 12/31/06:
Mackinac Pale Ale (5.5%)
Black Ale (6.8%)
Winter Warmer (8.1%)
Bavarian Dark (4%)
Pumpkin Ale (5&) - OUT
Celis Grand Cru (7.6%)
Celis Pale Bock (3.9%)
Celis Raspberry (3.9%)
Celis White (3.9%)
Porter (5%)
Stout (5%)
Russian Imperial Stout (12.9%)
Hamtramk (4%)
Nut Brown Ale (5%)
Wheatland Wheat (5%)
IPA (7.25%)

rogue, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of jimbotrost
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%

I am going to hate to see this place go away. The great wooden bar and tables, the peanuts and shells on the floor, the wide selection of drafts. Stopped in on November 12th for a quick beer, stayed for 3. The IPA is a must have, the Celis Grand Cru and just about everything else is fresh and tasty. Good prices and specials and a decent to go selection. The new place is taking shape (big antique oak bar) and will have plenty of character, I am sure but I think that this place will always be cooler.

jimbotrost, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of tboom29
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

This is a great low key brewpub. The atmosphere is always good. There are usually some characters around (ie. social dave, as mentioned in another post) but they are harmless. It is smoke free in the main pub, but they have a smoking room, which is nice so you don't come out reaking of smoke. Beer selection is always pretty good, as there is usually a wide variety of styles. Food is decen pub fare, not knockout but good. Soup is above average, but watch out for the chili, not for the faint of heart as it is very hot! Sevice is usually very good, the staff very knowledgeable. They usually keep the glasses filled, even when it is packed, which it can be on Friday nights. I read in an earlier post that Stacy was working. If it is the Stacy who formerly worked there, which I believe it is, than that is outstanding for the pub that she is back as she knows everything about beer in genral and especially MI beer. Food is The location is a bit odd, but I believe the owners own the whole parcel of land, gas station and all. It's nice having Things Beer next door, great homebrew shop, the staff their is very knowledgeable too and eager to help. One of my favorite places all time. There has been a plan to move the brewery, lets hope it doesn't lose the character and feel that it has now if/when it does.

Cheers to MBC!

tboom29, May 04, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

I really like this place. Walk in there are peanut shells on the floor. Barrels of peanuts that you grab basket full to eat, just drop shells on the floor. Makes for a fresh, cozy, and unintruding atmosphere. The quality of beer was good, had the Celis line, well the ones they had. Grand Cru in bottle, Raspberry, White on tap. Also had some of there IPA, it was of good quality also. Unfortunitly I could not stay for more. The service was excellent, Stacy the bartender was prompt with getting order, then serving it in the correct glass. She also talk with me for a while, with asking about the different beer styles I drink. Offered samples and her likes and dislikes about the beers. Selection was good. There were 13 beers on tap with all those in bottle as well. Also like mentioned before, they had Celis Grand Cru only in bottles. I was informed that there was a recent brewer change, this was the reasoning for the bottle only. Food did not have any except peanuts. The beers were $3 and $4, with bottles being $2ea. Overall a nice place to visit. Although I understand that they will be moving to the location behind there current one. As of April 2005.

amatuerbeerguy, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Strangely located behind a very large gas station.

We stopped here on the way back from the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival. We arrived before noon on Sunday, and waited 'til we could be served (state law).

They had 12 of their brews on tap, and most of them available by the bottle for take-out, which was great, because I was driving!

You could get a small sample size (think it was 4 oz) for $1. Heck of a deal for a variety of tasty brews!

They have "Things Beer" right next door, with tons of homebrew supplies & beer paraphernalia.

Derek, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of olacub
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

I've been here many times before, but after this afternoon's visit, I'm finally getting around to writing a review. Yes, the location is famously no-frills (behind a huge trucker gas station with a giant dirt parking lot), and the inside is essenially a very small tasting room (kinda like someone's basement) with no televisions, no jukebox, nothin' but you, the beer, and the ensemble of unusual folks who frequent the place.

First, the food is what it is - a small lineup of sandwiches, a couple options for warmed-up pizza, and a couple of passable soups. Far from good, but not awful either, I've actually felt fortunate that they HAD food at MBC, considering the surroundings.

The service was excellent - it was pretty busy on a Saturday afternoon (from about 3:30pm to 7:30pm), and the one bartender did a great job keeping things moving along.

The beer lineup is quite good as well. 12 taps today - 8 MBC beers, and 4 of their Celis brews. I sampled the Celis White, Celis Grand Cru, MBC Dubbel, MBC Nut Brown, and finished up with two pints of my own creation; 1/2 Celis Raspberry and 1/2 MBC Imperial Stout - yum. Their IPA is also very good, although I didn't partake today, as I wasn't really in a hopped up mood.

For about an hour, I also wound up talking to a local regular, called "social dave" - a nice enough older guy who showered me with tales of his Michigan craft beer tales - all of which added to the MBC experience.

Side note: the bartender told me that they're planning on moving into new digs by the end of March - a new building that'll be located right behind the existing one.

olacub, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of sopor
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A wonderful hometown midwest kinda place! The atmosphere here is just great! In typical midwest fashion, everybody is real friendly, and down to earth. Bridgette greats you all as "hun" as she merrily fills your pints and grabs your food. There are free peanuts, and shells on the ground. They do have a menu of sandwiches and snacks. My Philly Cheese Steak was pretty good, and Smittyguiness' chili was (apparently) very good as well. The food is not great, but they do not have a full kitchen, so they are doing very well with what they have!

The bar area is not large, I would call it cozy! There's about 6-8 chairs at the bar, three large tables and two small tables. Lots of bare wood (which I like) and decorated with beer paraphenalia, both old an new. There is additional seating actaully in the brewery area, which has been emptied of tanks due to the impending move. Also int this area is the cooler with sixers and singles.

12 taps, three celis, 8 of MBC's normally good and consistent brew, and Poor Richard's Scotch ale, which is very good! Growlers available of course!

If you haven't made it to MBC yet, it'd be worth your time to get over there before they move!

sopor, Jan 23, 2006
Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville, MI
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.