Dark Horse Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.87/5
Dark Horse Brewing CompanyDark Horse Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store

511 South Kalamazoo Street
Marshall, Michigan, 49068
United States

(269) 781-9940 | map
darkhorsebrewery.com

Notes:
General Store: 269-781-9741

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BEER STATS
Beers:
69
Reviews:
8,947
Ratings:
31,352
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
348
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
5.29%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
8
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 348
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
4.7/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Based on a visit there 10 15 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory. In fact, here are the notes that I took that day (just jotted them down really): Atmoshphere. Shack like atmosphere of hard wood tables, random bar stools and about 2,000 pottery mugs hanging from the ceiling. Had Gina as a server and she was excellent. She was engaging, knowledgeable about the products and positive in attitude. She handled our every need with style and grace. Approaching this place it is not all that impressive but you know it is very much a local brewery and its quality surpasses that of my hometown's Great Lakes Brewing Company. Artisan beers from artists for (mainly) the locals. Excellent.

Service: As mentioned, Gina was patient, kind, positive and helpful.

Quality: Beer: Excellent.

Selection: Excellent. Dark Horse beers are tremendous.

Value: Great. $5 pint glass with Dark Horse label on it is very reasonable.

...and what follows is the supplemented review that I did from memory....I think that they agree...

Atmosphere One thousand clay mugs literally cover the ceiling, reinforced by 2 by 4's that span the ceiling, essentially lowering it in the process. The place is kind of a shack with hard wood chairs, tables and a hard wood bar with Dark Horse taps featured at the bar and all manner of assorted decorations. I really like this atmosphere as there is a genuine quality here that you do not find in many modern brewery locations. I was told later in my Michigan trip that Founders of Grand Rapids used to be more like what the modern day Dark Horse is like. There are probably seats for about 75 people, 10 of which are literally at the bar. There is a small gift shop opposite the brewery bar which is the size of a small living room. I would not change a thing. 5.0

Quality Well this is interesting. I don't think that most people would consider the quality to be very high since, in essence, this is a shack that features beer brewed locally but I think that this is the essential beer advocate place that I have ever been to. If your focus in on the beer, the quality cannot be improved. If your focus is on the cleanliness or class and presentation of the place, there are a lot of improvements that could be made. Mine is on the beer. 4.5

Service Just great. The bartender was attentive, talkative, informative and even patient as I described to her my interest in the place and asked about the "mug club" feature. 4.5

Selection The best feature of the place. Dark Horse beers are incredible and probably even better here at the brewpub. 5.0

Food Did not order food.

Value Cannot be improved. 25 cent samples and I got a pint glass with a logo, filled with the beer of my choice, for $5. 5.0

Notes: What a gem, a real Beer Advocate place.

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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.41/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of JohnKristan
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Trainman4beer
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jaszucs
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MIBeerGeek
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
3.87 out of 5 based on 31,352 ratings.
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