Michigan Brewing Company
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
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
08-03-2004 23:51:16 | More by beergeek279
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
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.
10-31-2005 00:08:43 | More by Frozensoul327
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
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.
04-29-2003 12:33:31 | More by Mitchster
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
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.
12-29-2009 04:21:02 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
4.41/5 rDev +14.2%
Visited on 1-10-09
We tried out MBC for david131's b-day, and were thoroughly impressed. Well out-of-the-way in an industrial park, the building kind of looks like and office. Inside, it's like a hotel lobby, in a great, low-key and simple way. The taplist was extensive, the important ones being Celis Grand Cru (one of my falvorites), triple, and Russian imperial. The RIS was the only one I had, and it was outstanding. The best part, though, was the VIP treatment we received. With a quick ask, we were able to try the bourbon barrel aged RIS (a saran wrap covered bottle behind the bar...great) and an RIS-IPA mix. Both were very good and a great treat. I will definitely be going back.
01-14-2009 23:52:37 | More by BMoney575
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.
04-03-2006 04:00:24 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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.
12-19-2005 00:15:15 | More by BigDaddyWil
Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville, MI
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.