Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3.86/5
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
www.darkhorsebrewery.com

Notes:
General Store: 269-781-9741

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BEER STATS
Beers:
94
Reviews:
8,796
Ratings:
30,562
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
340
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
5.29%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
8
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 340
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited on 11/28/08 during a beer jaunt to Michigan, MI with fellow BAs brewslut, Deuane and SierraGS.

Dark Horse Brewing Company is more like a complex rather than just a brewpub. There is an adjoining bottle shop/convenience store where you can pick up Dark Horse bottles as well as selections from many other breweries. There is also a seperate "General Store" that peddles Dark Horse merch, including some great T-shirts and work shirts (a la Troegs).

But the centerpiece is undoubtedly the brewpub itself. This place absolutely reeks of character. While the interior is pretty beat up, this is exactly the kind of place I like to kick back and enjoy a fresh brew. The walls and ceilings are adorned with a vast amount of painted and decorated mugs for their numerous mug club members. I think just about everyone in Marshall, MI must be a mug club member, because this place is seriously littered with mugs! There are also some interesting photos of locals on the walls that are fun (and occasionally disturbing). All in all, it's a very hodge podge affair, but at the same time, comfortable and inviting.

Service was fine... nothing amazing but not lacking either. We had two different servers, though. While we didn't have a regular meal, we did order the pretzels and cheese, which was essentially cheeze whiz and some mini pretzels. I expected a bit more for a brewpub (order a pretzel at Selin's Grove to see what I mean).

Now, on to the beer. During this visit, I had two beers: Crooked Tree IPA and Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock. Both were excellent, with the Perkulator being one of my top beers of my entire trip. They had around twelve taps (or more), if I remember correctly, and the selection included something for every taste. Everyone at my table enjoyed the beer very much. I certainly could have hung out here all day, because the beer was fresh and the prices were reasonable.

All in all, this is an awesome brewpub with a unique charm and tons of character. This place is definitely a must-visit if you find yourself in or around Marshall, MI. I already can't wait for a return visit!

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More User Reviews:
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
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Very interesting place. Ceiling is unique in how its covered with mug club members ceramic mugs. Service was also fine. 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 thats 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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Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jcMPLS
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RajaSTL
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of C_Adams
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
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