Michigan Brewing Company
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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.
01-19-2008 21:47:18 | More by kovolev
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!
11-19-2007 18:04:12 | More by alexgash
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.
01-12-2009 03:56:26 | More by david131
British Columbia (Canada)
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.
03-03-2006 00:53:45 | More by Derek
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.
12-12-2003 04:48:34 | More by yen157
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.
02-12-2006 02:57:53 | More by olacub
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
I stopped in with my brother because he loved the Screamin Pumpkin. It is located in an industrial park. It is a metal building that looks like it may house brewing operations in the back. The pub was clean and well lit. There was a patio, too. I bellied up to the bar and ordered a sampler, which started as six but quickly turned into 10. They had a wide variety of beer. They had sixteen beers on tap ranging from RIS to IIPA to barleywine to Belgian wit. If you can't find something you like here, you either don't like beer or you need to go to the gas station and get a stringer of coors light.
My bartender was quite an attractive woman. This will weigh in on my review. Regardless, she was attentive and helpful. The food was standard pub fare, burgers, pizza, etc. My biggest knock on the place is that I wanted a growler but everything that I liked was not available for growler fill due to limited supply. But they did have a good selection of bottles for purchase in packs or mix sixers, so I settled for that.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience and will definitly go back if I'm in the area. They left me wanting more since I couldn't get a growler of their big beers. Oh, and did I mention the bartender!
09-11-2010 01:32:42 | More by buschbeer
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!
05-04-2006 19:14:11 | More by tboom29
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!
01-23-2006 15:58:13 | More by sopor
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
beer to-go $8 6pk
growlers $8 refills
01-12-2006 02:54:39 | More by plaztikjezuz
Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville, MI
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.