Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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32,580 Ratings
Dark Horse Brewing CompanyDark Horse Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

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:
76
Reviews:
9,233
Ratings:
32,580
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.24/5
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
365
pDev:
11.56%
 
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Ratings: 365 |  Reviews: 118
Reviews by brewcrew76:
Photo of brewcrew76
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Ssitron
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
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.

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Photo of rossracing
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Lazhal
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.

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Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of croush
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.

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Photo of SWChi
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Jim67
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great place in Marshall. Great beers and food with some Polish specialties.

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Photo of lochraneg
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.

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Photo of 94rocker1
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Good food,Good beer and alot going on at the place often. fun to go to!

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Photo of Penguins66
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.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.69/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Seems small and unassuming which is a good thing. Great comfortable place for lunch.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Feldpausch
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MKrauss
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JDizzle
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of King_Charles
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Cwill24
4.41/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of kbarnes9
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of JohnKristan
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.

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 32,580 ratings