Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Brewing CompanyDark Horse Brewing Company
Dark Horse Brewing CompanyDark Horse Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

511 South Kalamazoo Street
Marshall, Michigan, 49068
United States

(269) 781-9940 | map

Notes: General Store: 269-781-9741
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Awesome place. Totally welcome on a winter evening. 12 great beers on tap. Fantastic atmosphere like a village tavern. Wood fired pizza was good. It’s worth a stop.

Jan 26, 2019
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edward_boumil from New York

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Cool place. Pretty crowded when I went but got seats somewhat quickly. "Vibe" was cool, dark wooden, feels like an old drinking hall with tons of steins hanging from the roof. All the beer was good and the food was great, pretty good selection. Bar tenders were friendly but seemed to be spread a bit thin.
Overall worth a visit and I'll certainly be back.

Oct 16, 2018
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Lazhal from Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Lets start with 4-Elf...

Great beer shares, great people, great (free) food, and such a great time. Best bottle share in Michigan. 2nd place would be such a distant 2nd its not even worth mentioning.

Onto a regular night...

Came here for lunch once and dinner once. Our group of four had a couple beers and some decent food at lunch. For the dinner, we actually conned another group into letting two of us crash their table for dinner. Given how many laughs were had, I'll say we all had a great time.

Only complaint would be the service. A bit slow, but nothing too bad. Food was pretty good, but I'm not raving about it. I however haven't had the pizza. Each time I come I end up talking to someone who raves about the pizza. That will be next on my list.

Definitely worth a stop. These days they end up with leftover special release bottles, so make sure you go to the general store next door and ask about bottles.

Aug 05, 2018
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croush from Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Did not care for the vibe here at all. I think it's an old trailer that it's built in, and it feels claustrophobic in there. I really didn't care for the beers I had either. The food was just ok. I've had this on my list to go to for awhile on my trips from Chicago to Detroit, and I won't be going back. Service was decent - people seemed nice.

Jun 26, 2018
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lochraneg from New Hampshire

4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Went for the 4 Elf Event last December... such a fun time with the bottle share. The staff was great for how busy it was. Really good beer, both on tap, and available for sale.

Nov 11, 2017
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Penguins66 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Dark Horse occupies several somewhat rundown looking buildings, but only one houses the tap room...and that is my first criticism. As one of Michigan's premier breweries, why haven't they invested in a larger tap room? This one is old, dingy, full of mismatched tables and chairs, with seemingly every available inch of ceiling/wall space covered with mugs. The bar has maybe 6 stools. (What is the deal with Michigan breweries and tiny bars???) My wife and I ended up sharing a table with another couple because there wasn't anywhere else to sit early on a Sunday afternoon.

We only had time for one beer apiece, but they were both good. We also took home a sampler pack from the shop across the parking lot. Food was a little disappointing. My 9-in. pizza bore more than a passing resemblance to a Tombstone pizza but my wife's turkey sandwich was tasty. Prices were reasonable. Service was OK if not a bit rushed.

It's a shame that our experience fell short because I had been wanting to visit Dark Horse for a long time. Fortunately, there are many other breweries to try.

Oct 31, 2017
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JohnKristan from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Lacking in corporate sterility, this brewery is what you love about DIY beer making. Stage featuring roots music and beer that hasn't acquiesced to offering only "safe" beer. Will raise the bar for every other tasting room you ever settle into.

Dec 11, 2016
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Trainman4beer from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Members of the mug club for years, several superb brews. Weakness clearly has been food. Need bigger better kitchen (almost done we hear) . Owners are sincere long term brewers not late players to the game. Enjoy!

Aug 12, 2016
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MIBeerGeek from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Place was a nice and cozy little hometown brewery. Only had a few on tap today but picked up some Ghastly pale stout and some Imperial red stout at a release today!! Sandwich's were great and the tour was eventful and a got to try some BBA Plead the Fifth and Sarsprilla 666!! Can't complain about anything would go back again and again. Enjoyed the hospitality hands down

Jan 17, 2016
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eppie82 from Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Ceiling is unique in how its covered with mug club members ceramic mugs, but annoying in that the locals kept reaching over your head while you're eating and drinking. The locals also seemed very annoyed that you were in 'their brewpub' and the bartenders gave off this vibe like you should be happy that they are taking your money. Store was nice with a big selection. Food was standard bar food quality. But big weakness was beer selection. Not a lot to choose from that's not available at any local beer store in Chicago, and maybe a few less. From the few beers I did have, Double Crooked Tree stood out but rest weren't very memorable. I had hoped they would have at least regular Plead the 5th on draft, but that wasn't available despite it being available at the store.

Dec 31, 2015
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C_Adams from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Stopped here on Sunday for the first time for lunch and then did the brewery tour and checked out the general store. There were fairly busy when we arrived and the seating was pretty limited but we were able to get a table. Ordered a pizza and garlic cheese bread. Both were pretty good. Their beer selection was a little smaller than what I was expecting, but they had a few seasonal beers on tap that I tried. Both were very good. The service was pretty good. The wait staff works together and does a good job of making sure you have a beer and get what you need.

After lunch, we checked out the beer garden before doing the tour. We were the only ones on the tour, but it was still a nice tour. Greg was a good tour guide and it was interesting learning about the history of the brewery and all of the plans they have for future expansion. The best part of the tour was the tasting in the VIP room. They have several beers on tap there that are not available in the taproom.

The general store was a little cramped, but they had a good selection of beer, home brewing supplies, and dark horse stuff. Overall it was a very good experience and we will be stopping back again for another visit.

Nov 09, 2015
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98green from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Quick stop at 1pm on a Monday. Decent crowd but not busy. Ambiance is unique, very rustic to say the least. Selection is 10 handles of their own stuff, a couple brewery only selections.

Nov 02, 2015
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bismarksays from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

If you have seen the show, you already kind of know the vibe of the place. It is a tough guy who secretly really cares sort of thing.
Sat at the bar. Staff was courteous, but not necessarily quite friendly. Rarely waited long for a beer, but never was really asked how I was doing or if I wanted a sample of anything. Not really a needy person, but just strange considering for a good part of my time there, I was literally the only person sitting at the bar and they knew I was also getting a growler to go.
Food was really good. I got one of their pizzas and the crust was crisp, the cheese perfectly cooked. Very nice.
Of course, you come to Dark Horse for the beer. And the beer was good. Nothing brewery only the day I was there, which is kind of a bummer. However, with the quality of beer they put out, their regulars are still special.
If you are going by Marshall, stop. Great beer and food. Don't forget to check out their general store too.

Aug 11, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We visited the Dark Horse brewpub in Marshall, MI, for lunch on our way to Grand Rapids. There seems to be adequate parking although the lot is shared with other businesses. The pub is long and fairly narrow with low ceilings festooned with Mug Club mugs. It was somewhat claustrophobic, like walking into a cave full of hanging bats. A waitress told me they have over 4200 members in the mug club. Since some of the mugs sported a thick layer of dust it appears some haven’t been active in a long time. They do have a large Bier Garten for those desiring outdoor dining and drinking, but since it was threatening to rain we chose to eat inside. The $ 10.00 sandwiches were good (we had the ta Tanka and the Climate Change) as were the $ 3.00 pints. There was but a single TV and it was off! A chance to eat, drink, and talk without the idiot box – we were indeed blessed! A gift shop is available across the parking lot but we didn’t visit it. Next year when we’re in Marshall again, this will be a must stop – hopefully the weather will be better and we won’t have to eat in the batcave.

Jul 13, 2015
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clager from Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -38%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2

Vibe: Awesome. Lots of tables, some shade, some sun. Very relaxed.

Quality: Average

Service: Extremely poor. Had to wait a very long time and not friendly at that.

Selection: Average, beers ok and only a few, mostly their staples.

Food: Had nachos that were similar to stadium nachos, just cost a lot more.

Jul 07, 2015
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Fun spot not too far from I-94 in historic Marshall. Generally good beer, but I've been there at times when there's nothing interesting on tap outside of their flagships. Small pizzas go well with the beer. No Nickleback or AC/DC on the jukebox. Great spot for the 4 Elf party or any of the other seasonal parties- chicken wing thing, crawfish boil, 4-20 party. Generally a good time.

Jun 21, 2015
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donnierickles from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

A little cramped at times (which is great for business!), this brewery mostly offers what it offers in bottles. I have only been here once but I was a little disapointed that there was no specialty beers in the general store or offered on tap. Still though, this place is awesome and could prove to be a great bar to get a little rowdy in.

Apr 06, 2015
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SteveSly from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Dark Horse is about a 35 minute drive from where I live in Kalamazoo, so only get there occasionally, but it is worth the drive when I do. As most people already know Dark Horse Beers are outstanding which is the reason they have become the 3rd highest rated brewery (behind Bell’s and Founders) in the crowded Michigan beer scene. The place itself is small and funky, but cool at the same time. I have never been there in the summer when the beer garden is open, but it looks like it would be fun. For food, the thing to get is pizza. They have a great selection and the pizza is outstanding. The rest of the menu is just average. Along with the brewery they have a general store, where you can purchase beer to go, shirts and other merchandise. If you are travelling along I-94 near Marshal and are a beer lover, you owe it to yourself to stop in.

Feb 08, 2015
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited Dark Horse a few years back on a random day in April. Loved the ceiling with the mug club mugs hanging over your head.

The selection that day with was incredible, as BBPT5 was on tap. The other beers were mostly their basic lineup, with one or two pub only offerings.

Food was basic but good, ordered the cheese fingers and they were tasty.

Business was slow, so the service was good.

Prices were reasonable.

Prices were reasonable

Dec 21, 2014
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Same trip as my Arcadia and Bells trip -

Real simple - if Sons of Anarchy frequented a brewery, this would be it. Totally cool unpretentious vibe. Pretty large mug club thing happening on the ceiling but otherwise, just a good scene. Random tap handles were kinda cool as well. Retail shop had everything going on from homebrew supplies to beer to skating gear to obviously, beer and swag. Very cool place indeed.

Nov 11, 2014
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AlexM from California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

I had an absolute blast at Dark Horse ... it's biker bar meets brewpub but nothing intimidating or anything like that. Visited on a Wednesday at noon so it wasn't too crowded. The place is super chill - really cool just to sit there, drink beer, do some people watching and check out the awesome decor (the fish tank is EPIC). The workers were super friendly - chatted with me the whole time and were genuinely engaged. I had the calzone/fold and it was delicious. Tasted a bunch of their brews (they will give you small tasters at no charge if you ask) and threw down a few pints during my visit. It was awesome - go to Dark Horse!

Oct 28, 2014
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been a fan of Dark Horse beers for years and was very excited to check out this brewery. The space is small, with reclaimed doors as tables and tons of old posters on the walls. Classic folk and rock music played over the loud speakers. The entire low ceiling of the pub was lined with multicolored ceramic mugs, giving this place a close, but homey and rustic feel. I wish I lived close and could have my own unique mug here! While waiting for our tour I had some really good chili and sipped on the hoppy Smells Like a Safety Meeting.

Dark Horse is one of the more unusual breweries I've been to. The pub itself is actually attached to a family owned store. Outside there is a new outdoor biergarten, but it started raining the second we passed through that. Next to the brewery are small buildings featuring a Harley shop and the General Store. The General Store sold homebrew supplies, Dark Horse merchandise and skateboard supplies. We eventually went on the tour for an extra $10. There seemed to be a lot of unusual decorations (life sized Jack Skellington hanging over the bottling line, a fish tank table in the pub), and re purposed materials in use. Everywhere there was something new to look at.

We eventually ended up in a small but hot upstairs tasting room, where we had 6 samples included in our tour fee. This was pretty cool since we were able to try some smaller batch stuff not on tap downstairs in the pub. There was a disgusting cherry beer, but also an amazing maple aged brown ale and the bourbon barrel aged Plead the 5th Stout. We chugged these down fast and headed back to our bus. Overall this was probably my favorite brewery of the day, with a true independent spirit and vibe notable throughout everything these guys do!

Jun 30, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

The wife and I were traveling to Kalamazoo from Cincinnati and somehow it dawned on me near the border of Michigan that Dark Horse was on our way. And there we went. A perfect stop from the boring interstate.

Marshall is a small town hard by I-69 with some cool, old buildings around. I would have never expected a world-class brewery here! Dark Horse is located past the railroad tracks in a compound with a parking lot, a store and the brewery itself. Nothing fancy here, and mighty busy on a Thursday evening when we visited. The parking lot was practically full.

We managed to get a spot at the bar and ordered two beers. Service is nice but weird. Unless you are at one of the bar stools, you must queue on one side of the bar and order there.
Dark Horse is located in a cozy shack-cum-trailer-and-bar, with a low ceiling full of ceramic mugs and lots of wood all around.

Six dollars for a snifter of Plead the Fifth and $5.75 for Double Crooked Tree. 10 taps, nothing crazy: Barracuda Blue, Dark Horse Reserve, Thirsty Porter, Smoked Stout, Sapient Triple…

The store across the parking lot is quite expensive, but I still bought some stickers and single bottles of Plead and Double. Glad I came here, as I love Dark Horse beers, but I wouldn’t consider this a destination.

May 29, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Atmosphere: really digging it, mugs hanging everywhere, fish tank table, brewery stickered door tables, nice outdoor area.

Quality: there beers aren't bad, they just don't seem to do it for me. not quite in my tastes, and I've tried all there most popular besides bbpt5

Sercive: not bad, seemed to get a new waitress everytime someone came to our table though

Selection: Kinda weak for such a big brewery, only 7 or 8 with 1 maybe 2 being pub exclusives

Food: good but lacking creativity, pizzas just about the only meal you can really eat here.

Overall: I was wrapped in by the atmosphere and just completely lost by everything else.for a brewery that can distribute to 12 states outside michigan, can't they take care of there locals a little better than this with unique and non-bottled beers?

May 08, 2014
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tsauce2 from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

A: Intimate and welcoming rustic/country setting. Mug club mugs hanging from the ceiling are very cool. Bar and table seats available. Outside beer garden. Neat complex of buildings.

Q: Beer and food were great.

S: Service was great, servers and bar tenders are knowledgeable and friendly.

S: Brewery offers many different styles, all house brews.

F: Sandwiches are great and well priced.

V: Everything seemed to be very fairly priced. Always a destination when in MI.

Dec 21, 2013
Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
Brewery rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 31403 ratings