Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3.88/5
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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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9,168
Ratings:
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.24/5
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
358
pDev:
11.56%
 
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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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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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
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | 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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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TAisaBAlla
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Trainman4beer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jaszucs
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

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Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, MI
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 32,279 ratings
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