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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
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@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 plaztikjezuz
3.9/5  rDev +1%

The atmosphere is pretty chill, some times the local get annoying, webberville is out in the middle of a cornfield and it shows. I like the beer garden in the summer and the smoke free in door pub is nice, smoker must go out in the brewery.

The quality of service, beer and food is very good.

the selection is usually a good offering. the pub has 12 taps and bottles are also available. the food is limited sandwiches, personal pizzas, soup, chilli, and what they call a beer lunch; which is cheese, sausage, and crackers. the celis beers are always on tap and there normal production beers are also, this leaves about 3 rotating seasonal taps.

there is a nice beer garden in the summer, a smoke free pub, the smokers area has 2 dart boards and some board games.

pints are $3.50
sandwiches $6
beer to-go $8 6pk
growlers $8 refills

plaztikjezuz, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.86/5  rDev 0%

Stopped in to MBC today for the first time ever. I grew up in Howell and never visited here. But now being a member of BA and obsessed with craft beers, I finally paid them a visit. Atmosphere is quite casual and relaxed. The serving room can hold about 30 people. There is a room to smoke, if needed. About twelve brews on tap. My main reason for stopping was the release of their Russian Imperial Stout, tapped the night before. Very tasty, but served too cold. Didn't see a menu, but they were serving soup, chili, and sandwiches. You can help yourself to a basket of peanuts, and leave the shells on the floor. All in all a neat place to visit, kinda rustic, and hidden behind a gas station, but easy to find. I'll will most surely make many return visits. Prices are reasonable and was able to sample a few beers for free. A good place to stop if traveling between Detroit and Lansing.

BigDaddyWil, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Review from the Fall Meeting of the Michigan BA's on 10/29/2005. Located of 96 in Webberville, this place was literally hidden behind a gas station, but I did find it with relative ease. The brewpub is cozy and small, could probably only seat 30 people or so. Some coasters from different microbreweries and breweries were nailed to the ceiling around the taps and on part of the walls.The overall atmosphere was relaxed and enjoyable. The quality of the dozen or so different brews were good; they were all fresh and well poured. Nice. The service was a bit slow, as there was only one bar tender, and It looked like she did the best she could, but you could tell she was pissed about being the only one there and not having any help. The selection was good. Lots of different styles of beer. There was really something for everyone. The food was limited but good; mostly sandwiches and chips and that sort of thing. I liked the fact that a huge barrel of peanuts was in the corner and free to those drinking, plus you get to dump the shells on the floor. Bonus. Overall this is a nice brew pub that I wish was closer. I will definitly be going back. A recommended stop.

Frozensoul327, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of frazbri
3.59/5  rDev -7%

Michigan Brewing Company is an unusual place. Obviously, the location is a little odd. Is it a truck stop or a brewery? It is a no frills brewery tap room, and that is a good thing, imho. There is a very limited menu, but most of the crowd was snacking from the peanut barrel left of the bar. The tap selection was pretty good, about a dozen taps. The room was full, and one lone bartender served us all. She did ok, but you needed a little patience.

The charm of Michigan Brewing is its simplicity. No electronic diversions here, just beer and conversation.

frazbri, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

I drove about an hour to visit around New Year's (2004 into 2005). After taking the M-52 exit from I-96, I immediate turned into the Mobil gas station to get directions. Thank goodness I did, because the brewery is located behind the gas station. I literally had to weave between cars and gas pumps to get to the establishment. Outside seating appears to be available, but wasn't in use on this winter day. Dark wood and dim lighting make for a sub-dued atmosphere. Several long tables are to the left, the bar a few steps in, and a room is to the right with coolers of bottles for carry-out. Peanuts are free to patrons, who crack them open and drop the shucks on the floor. This is not family dining...it's a brewery with a rough tasting room and a few simple food offerings. MBC was much busier than normal (so said the fellow BA that I met there), which may be why the service was atrocious. I waited a long time to place my order. Most of my beer sample platter arrived (seven of the dozen offerings for $7) shortly therafter, but my turkey sandwich took nearly half an hour. The beer tasted great and the turkey sandwich was, well, it was okay (did you expect something more from a turkey sandwich?). This was worth the 40 minute drive (one way) and will be worth another visit when I return to see family again in Michigan.

mentor, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of cupbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

You got to drive between the gas pumps“ is what trbeer said, on the way to Michigan Brewing Company. After going between the pumps, the brewpub looks like a fake log cabin from the outside. Inside is a very small bar/dining room that seems would only seat about twenty five people altogether. Inside the place still uses the fake log cabin persona, with various pieces of brewmainia scattered around. Some of the brewery can be seen from the dining room and the room next to it where six packs can be bought.

The tap selection includes the four Pierre Celis beers, a beer called Big League Brew and seven house beers. Having never had any of them I of course ordered a sampler while trbeer ordered a Celis White (they severed it in a pint glass, since there were no wit glasses to be seen). The beers did range from excellent to average, and all the lines seemed clean and the beers were fresh.

As with most places I have seen in Michigan their food menu was lacking choices (we were in a hurry, so I did not have any food this time). The service was fine; however they did pour one wrong beer in the sampler, but being a level headed guy, plus the fact that we were in a hurry I did not bring it up to the bartender.

Overall worth a stop if in the Webberville area, the beers were good and there is a homebrew/brewmania store next to the place (but that is another review).

cupbeerman, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Atmosphere: Behind the famous gas pumps off a rural exit on I-96 in Webberville, Michigan Brewing is in a log-cabin fronted building. Inside, the walls are the logs from outside (not wallpapered). The walls have the life story of Pierre Celis, from being a wee baby, to creating Hoegaarden and selling it to Interbrew, and finally bringing his own wheat beer (Celis White) to life. The bar itself is right inside the bar, and not far to walking in. Michigan Brewing has quite a bit of equipment available for brewing, since I'm told they're big contract brewers. Right through a door stood a cooler of 6-packs and singles for sale to take out. We went on a Sunday morning, and the place was relatively busy, but it doesn't seem the type of place that would be jumping on a weekend night.

Quality/Selection: Michigan Brewing offered 12 beers on tap. In addition to the 4 Celis beers that they're so famous for (White, Raspberry, Grand Cru, and Pale Bock), they offered their Big League Brew ESB, a good IPA, and a couple non-bottled beers such as a pale ale and hefeweizen. The beers were certainly quite solid examples of their style, and even featured a few great brews (the Celis White and Grand Cru).

Service: Michigan Brewing seemed to have fairly good service: the bartender was friendly and knew the beer fairly well. The POS was out when we were there, but they seemed to work around that.

Michigan Brewing is definitely worth a trip for those in the Lansing area. With their famous Celis brand, and some other great beers as well, this is a place I'd definitely return to again

beergeek279, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of nortmand
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%

This "hole in the wall" is exactly what I expect from a brewery- a front to the actual brewery where you can get all their bottled beers on tap plus a special or two. The food is a little disappointing, being cold cut sandwiches and chili, but the chili is constantly changing and is perfect for a cold winter day, accompanied by a fresh microbrew. The barkeeps are nice, and there are plenty of peanuts for all. Plus, you can pick up a couple of mixed six packs on your way out. I've never had an on-tap beer that didn't taste perfect there. Also, check out the attached Things Beer for all of your homebrewing needs.

nortmand, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Visited on a Saturday and managed to meet up with trbeer. Very small place with about 6 bar stools and 5 tables in the non-smoking section and about an equal smoking section. 12 beers on tap including four Celis and eight of the MBC brews. Free peanuts in the corner and sheels all over the floor. You do literally have to drive through the gas station, right by the pumps, to get ot the place but worth it. Beers were all pretty good, bartender was knowledgable, friendly with the samples and info and took good care of us. Menu was veery limited by the sandwich I had was fantastic and chile was good but not hot enough for a cold Michigan winter. Have a whole cooler of the MBC and Celis beers to go as well as growler refills. Nice touch is that they let you create mixed 6 or 12 packs, including the Celis products to go. Really a worthwhile place to hit if traveling across I-96.

CRJMellor, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of yen157
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Talking about shitty to get to. You have to cut through a gas station to get there! Anyway, this place was nothing much to look at from the inside with peanut shells on the painted cement floor and the half-assed coaster collage on the ceiling above the bar. The seating consists of handful of tables and a bar facing windows that show the pretty large brewing facility and a smoking section that is two picnic benches in an isolated corner of the "brewing" room by the six-pack coolers. In any case, the bartender, a huge cowboy, was great about samples, beer descriptions (sort of), and letting us have a bottle of the Tripel. The beers we had were all decent at the very least (except for the funky Sebewaing) to very good (Imp. Stout) with the lackluster IPA in the middle. Despite others reviews I found the Pumpkin Ale tasty, expecially the day after Thanksgiving. BTW, the Celis beer were the best move that brewery could have made. I really hope that Grand Cru someday reaches NJ (or where ever I am).

Good beer. Odd parking. Not great atmosphere. Word is that there are about to move to another location. I hope they don't dress the new place up too much, though.

BTW, be sure to stop at the shop next door. They have some nice glassware (and plenty of shaker glasses) and misc. breweriana.

yen157, Dec 12, 2003
Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville, MI
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.