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:
67
Reviews:
8,845
Ratings:
30,927
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
346
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
5.29%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
8
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 346
Reviews by brewcrew76:
Photo of brewcrew76
4.16/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

If you haven't been to Dark Horse before, pay attention or you might drive right by it. It appears to be a little trailer hidden behind a small beer store (which I overheard receives their Dark Horse shipments from a distributor in Paw Paw. Good old liquor/beer laws.)

I stopped by on a Friday afternoon shortly after they opened. There were about 10 people at the bar and at tables. The place is very small and it reminded me of when I was a kid walking into a northern WI bar after a long day of deer hunting with my dad and his friends. It had a nice local small town feel to it. The walls are covered with beer signs, mug club mugs, Great Taste of the Midwest awards and just about anything else they felt like hanging up.

The bartender/waitress was very nice and talked to our group a few times when she was busy at the bar. There were 5-6 beers on tap that consisted of the Black Bier, Crooked Tree, Blueberry Stout, Scotty Karate and 1 or 2 others. I was hoping for something I couldn't find in bottles but was out of luck. It looks like based on the other reviews they usually have 1-2 more taps going.

Overall, I enjoyed Dark Horse and would be a regular here if I lived in the area. I would like to see them offer more brewpub only beers or would like to see more of the seasonal bottlings make it to WI but I am guessing it is a matter of them needing to grow or expand more first.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Cwill24
4.41/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kbarnes9
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

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

Photo of TAisaBAlla
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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Photo of BeerOps
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

Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Loudog1411
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of dfhhead25
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of JLW
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

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

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

Photo of NateDyk47
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of philsunset
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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Photo of md1313
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of eifster82
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Very interesting place. 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.

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
3.87 out of 5 based on 30,927 ratings.
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