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Michigan Brewing Company

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 1,577
Beer Avg: 3.44

Taps: 12 / Bottles: 14
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
88
very good

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 18.39%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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sopor

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

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
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is ground zero for any and all beer geeks in Michigan. Just a little taphouse in front their brewery, itself a smallish industrial building behind a gas station just off the interstate. The big outdoor fermenters might be mistaken for grain silos. But everyone inside loves their beers and enjoys sharing the love with anyone interested. A generous 12 beers on tap makes for one of the biggest sampler trays I've ever had. Then the manager gave us a tour of the works, and brought out bottles of any beers they didn't have on tap. The Celis is flowing very well there, along with a few contract brands (including a limited edition revival of Sebewaing for Sebewaing Township's 150th anniversary). Great atmosphere with some fine chili being cooked right in the brewhouse, and a barrel of peanuts, which means you just throw your shells on the floor. Plenty of take-home, an outdoor beer garden, and the next building is a homebrew and breweriana shop. If you're traveling anywhere near Lansing, this should be your first choice of beer stops.

10-20-2003 14:07:39 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $

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

01-12-2006 02:54:39 | More by plaztikjezuz
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tboom29

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

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
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$

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:)

02-06-2010 03:09:53 | More by TCgoalie
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sophisticated

Michigan

2.08/5  rDev -46.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5 | $$

Beer = Good
Food = Pretty bad
Service/Atmosphere = Real bad

As a native Michigander I was excited to try this place on a recent visit. It's in the middle of no where. You walk in and there are some cool things - the coolest is a room set up museum style with old fashioned bottle openers.

There is a bar area that is nice, but unfortunately that was full so we were out under florescent lights in this hallway type of area with uncomfortable seats.

Our server always seemed in a rush, and was unfriendly. She did not express interest in the beer. We tried the Raspberry Celis and IPA. The IPA was decent, the raspberry was interesting.

We ordered pizza (greasy and soggy), sweet potato fries (pieces of almost-raw potato briefly dropped in oil), burgers that were previously frozen, etc.

Prices were reasonable. 3 beers and dinner for 4 was about $45. (beer about $4 a pint, $12 for a pizza, etc)

If I were to go again, I'd probably just pick up a growler to go. It was a disappointment.

01-04-2010 03:02:55 | More by sophisticated
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schmidtn

Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

I stopped in today while waiting for a ride at the nearby park and ride. The service was very good. They offer distilled products now (new since I had last been there)

But I skipped the vodka and I tried the Imperial IPA instead. Hops are great. The more, the better for me. This IIPA was very good. Nice balance of malt and hops. Very Very Good.

They should offer this product in stores. Too bad my ride was waiting at the nearby park and ride or I would have tried the Imperial Porter, also on tap.

02-23-2011 02:53:53 | More by schmidtn
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kovolev

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

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
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Mgrad92

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

I've gone past the place a million times, but finally had the chance to stop in over the Christmas holiday. I was pleasantly surprised. They have a great store attached to the brewpub! Lots of brewing supplies and beer related items.
The bar area is nice, but lacks a real personality. However, the service was good, the beer selection is very nice. But on top of that, they have their own sodas and even vodka.
The beers that I sampled were solid representations of their styles.
And although I didn't sample the menu, it looked pretty decent and the smells coming from the kitchen were wonderful.

01-22-2009 19:18:10 | More by Mgrad92
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rogue

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$

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%)

01-03-2007 16:16:01 | More by rogue
Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville, MI
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.