Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3.88/5
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32,273 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
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77
Reviews:
9,166
Ratings:
32,273
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.24/5
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
358
pDev:
11.56%
 
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Ratings: 358 |  Reviews: 115
Reviews by neckbracesub:
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4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

February 2013. On our way back home from Grand Rapids, we made it a point to stop in Marshall, MI for an evening to visit Dark Horse Brewing Company. They have always brewed some of my favorite beers (Plead The 5th Imperial Stout is particularly tasty), and my dad highly recommended the brewery's atmosphere and food.

My dad couldn't have been more right about the atmosphere. I've never been inside a bar quite like it. It's almost like an old-time cabin and features mugs all across the ceiling throughout the entire place. The pub is connected to the actual brewery that sits behind it. For $7 each our group got to take a tour, on which Miles informed us of their history and the operations of Dark Horse. The tour ended up in the VIP tasting room, where we sampled six beers and took part in an extended chat about all sorts of things. Miles is one cool dude, extremely real and personable and helped put a memorable stamp on our trip.

The quality, service, and food were all just about perfect. We ended up staying nearly 9 hours. it was a Sunday evening, on which they normally close early-ish, but they extended their hours because we wanted to enjoy it a bit more. They were unbelievably nice people, all of them.

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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 32,273 ratings
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