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Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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32,073 Ratings
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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:
74
Reviews:
9,140
Ratings:
32,073
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.25/5
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
357
pDev:
11.53%
 
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Reviews by buschbeer:
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I popped in for a brewery tour on the way to visit my grandfather. I got there on Sunday at noon, right when they opened. I wasn't the only one arriving for the opening. The first thing I noticed was that they had five bartenders. That is a sign that they do well on Sundays. The bar was small with various shards of tile grouted into it. I ordered a R.O.D. and was off on my tour.

I liked the fact that I was the only one in the tour since they just opened. Tours do not go on a schedule that I could tell. It was ask and go when the tour guide was available. The tour was typical. The process is always the same only on larger and smaller scales. I did get to see some beers aging in barrels along the way. The best part of the tour was of course the tasting. The tour was $7 and worth every penny to get to sample barrel aged Plead the 5th. What a great beer! The others were good, but the ba Pt5th was awesome.

Once I returned from the VIP lounge I noticed that there were a couple thousand beer mugs hanging from everywhere. The mug club must be popular. The bar itself was nothing fancy. It kind of looked like a dive bar or biker bar as several iron horses had come since I left on my tour. A lot more down to earth place than some pubs.

I really enjoyed the stop and wanted to enjoy another pint but Bell's was waiting for me down the road. I would return to this place in a heartbeat. Maybe I'll get some grub next visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lochraneg
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +4.5%
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 -15.1%
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
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Feldpausch
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MKrauss
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JDizzle
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of King_Charles
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Cwill24
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kbarnes9
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of JohnKristan
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TAisaBAlla
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Trainman4beer
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jaszucs
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Loudog1411
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 32,073 ratings
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