Michigan Brewing Company
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
07-12-2005 20:50:37 | More by frazbri
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.
01-04-2004 02:53:14 | More by CRJMellor
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.
01-01-2005 03:12:59 | More by mentor
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
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
4.3/5 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).
08-20-2004 00:25:34 | More by cupbeerman
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.
11-27-2006 20:58:22 | More by jimbotrost
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.
05-12-2011 00:01:55 | More by jale
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.
06-01-2004 14:50:38 | More by nortmand
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
Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville, MI
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.