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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 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 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 Mitchster
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Stopped in here after seeing a small sign while driving west on I-96. Not having heard of the place or any of their beers, I was impressed to see 12 brews on tap. It's a small place with room for about 8 at the bar and perhaps 30 at the tables. I sat down next to this eccentric character who had an insatiable appetite for peanuts...shells are allowed on the floor:) After expousing my enthusiasm for beeradvocate.com to the bartender, a guy walks in, sits down and orders an imperial stout. Hehe, I recognized this character as Mike (sackaroo) from his column in the online MSU paper, so he pulled up a seat and we enjoyed our brews and talked about good beer. I was impressed by the 5 samples I had, and plan on returning tomorrow to try the rest. They have a good assortment of brews, including the recaptured Celis lineup which they now exclusively brew and distribute to Texas. There is a cooler filled with 6'ers and you can make your own sampler pack for $8. The ceiling is adorned with hundreds of coasters of brewpubs from all over the states, most of which I recognized. The place was quiet when I was there in the middle of the afternoon, tucked away behind a gas station, and situated next to the relocated new home of Things-Beer, a friendly and well-stocked homebrew shop.

Mitchster, Apr 29, 2003
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 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 TCgoalie
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%

It was sad to see MBC move from the previous location, but there is some sense to make of the move. First off, the new place is bigger. The coolers are a nice touch, so it is easy to grab a 6 pack on your way out. But, it just doesn't feel like a bar. I suppose if you got your kicks from pretending to be at an office building, this is the place for you!

The beer is good, especially when it is fresh...but the atmosphere is lacking. Bring back the peanuts on the floor and the beer garden! I need 6 more words to make this 500 characters:)

TCgoalie, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of jale
3.28/5  rDev -15%

This brewery is in an industrial park. Not very appealing inside or out. They have just average food and average beers. In the same building is a brewers suppy store along with wine making supplies. The selection if brewing supplies is quite extensive. IMO not a destination, rather a place to try if your within a short drive. Most of the beers i have tried here tend to be lacking in flavor for most styles they brew. They are a contract brewer and brew Kid Rock's BadAss Lager. Growler prices tend to be higher than average for most breweries.

jale, May 12, 2011
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%

Upon arriving at MBC, one feels immersed in a business park, feeling far from where a homebrew shop and brewery should be. This new location is definitely a step up from the former building behind the gas station. When entering you almost don't realize that this is a taproom or homebrew shop of any kind. Things Beer carries homebrew ingredients and equipment located in segregated rooms but the selection would hardly compete with online retailers. The taproom down the hall to the right is beautifully lined with wood and centered by the old wood bar, a carryover from the old location.

16 beers were on-tap at the time and 8 were sampled. Overall, the Russian Imperial was the standout of the ones tried. The nut-brown is an old stand by but I resisted in effort to try some new brews. The beer there is decent but nothing exceptional. Flavors were muted with very few bold big-flavored beers.

The service was strangely short and marginally friendly with us. At times it seemed as though we were an annoyance for being there. Beer lists were briefly pointed at and servers seemed ill taught in the qualities of their beer.

Food was decent and mostly worth the price. ($6.99 for a wrap and fries).

Overall, the experience was lackluster. MBC seems to have overlooked the fact that Webberville is a moderate drive for just about everyone and we made the effort to visit them so a more friendly and knowledgeable staff would be appreciated. In comparison to taprooms and breweries in other parts of the state, MBC would most likely be considered second rate.

BehindtheFinBrew, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of hophead76
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

I regularly go to Things Beer, which is a brewing supply store located at the location of MBC. Usually when I grab brewing supplies I'll stop in at the pub. Over the last 4 years I have consistently had the WORST service that I can remember at any brewery I've ever been too. On some occasions particular bar tenders/waitresses seem to only serve the regulars at the bar while ignoring others at tables, on other occasions like today (50+ patrons due to a homebrewing class and discounts) I'm not sure who was getting waited on, seemingly no one.

It took over 20 minutes to get our first beer order and it took more than 45 minutes to get 2 bowls of soup, a salad, and a sandwich. This is unacceptable. The food came out, not as ordered (was asked if I wanted onions on my chilli and I said yes, and there were none), and the potato wedges were undercooked as they have been several times in the past. I had a few pints of the Mackinaw Pale Ale. Their beer is average, and I had no complaints. Not exceptional, but I didn't expect it to be. There was no designated bar tender, only 2 servers serving 50+ people, and I guess there was only 1 person in the kitchen.

Overall, I've been here many times and I am consistently disappointed with the service and quality of the food. Go for the beer supplies which are reasonably priced and with good selection, but don't stay for the average beer, substandard food, or inferior service.

hophead76, Mar 07, 2009
Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville, MI
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.