Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead MicrobreweryDragonmead Microbrewery

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

14600 E 11 Mile Rd
Warren, Michigan, 48089-1556
United States

(586) 776-9428 | map

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mjohn27603
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

These guys seem the most serious microbrewers in Michigan. My friend describes the atmosphere as industrial park. No food is served. This is for people who are serious about the beer. They serve several Belgian styles along with covering a lot of other style territory (Scotch Ales, Oatmeal Stout, etc). When I went to the Michigan Brewer's Guild Taste Festival in 2002 their Dead Monk Ale beat everything that I tasted. The festival included most brewers in the state. Although the Dead Monk on tap at Warren I've had hasn't quite matched the festival experience. They even offer equipment you can rent or buy to be able to serve cold carbonated beverages on tap at home. Their growlers are also a notch above with a locking cap that seals the beer for better storage. I ran into some interesting characters and joined a conversation easily. Not everyone is a beer snob with some just drinking the Belgians for "the higher alcohol content". I did see at least one family with children and they do offer soda made on premises. The only down side is that they aren't open on Sundays. No frills, just beer.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

We stopped in on a Saturday night. The beer menu is downright impressive! We tried as many beers as we could reasonably try. The selection of American, English, and German beers was unparalleled. You'd be hard pressed to find a place that suited so many different places.

THEY ONLY SELL THEIR OWN BEER! And that is so cool.

The place was small, so I wondered a bit more about their brewing operation. They didn't have any of the brewing equipment in view.

There isn't really a food menu (it includes popcorn, burgers, cheese and crackers). But they're okay with you bringing in carry out food from restaurants. A number of people ordered pizzas while we were there. The cheese and crackers were tasty and went well with the beer. The sampler trays were generous and a nice way to attack their massive beer menu.

I particularly enjoyed the IPA and the ESB. The growlers are brown glass, and they have a more modern sealing mechanism and the beer transported well. The server insisted the growler kept in carbonation for a month. I didn't get a chance to try it; we drank it all when we got home.

There was live music when we were there; the guy was really quite good and added a lot to the atmosphere. When he wasn't there, they didn't have music playing. I'm sick of going to brewerys, etc. where they feel that loud music is a way to make up for lack of ambiance and customers.

I'd recommend this place to anyone. It's too bad it's 7 hours from home.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.7/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Every time I've been the service is fast and friendly, the décor is awesome (except for the exterior, it's very easy to miss Dragonmead if you're not familiar with it. It blends into the offices/warehouses that surround it). Menu is meat, meat, and fries right up my alley. Beer, wine and mead selection is world class.

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Photo of Phatz
4.7/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Dragonmead Microbrewery is a very cool and unique place! WOW! When I heard they had 50 taps I assumed that they carry other brewery's beers on some of those taps. No. The usually have 40 - 50 of their own beer on tap at any give time. UNBELIEVABLE!. Obviously they must brew small batches and so I asked what size they are, to keep all those beers fresh. 3 barrel batches. That makes sense. But they brew a lot of them, goodness. Even the biggest microbreweries I know don't have that many house beers on. When we arrived the server apologized because that day they only had 36 beers on tap. Bummer =) but she gave us pretzels and mustard right off the bat so all is good. Here are the ones I tried:
Redwing Raspberry
Imperial Stout on cask
Under the Kilt Scottish wee/heavy on cask
Honey Porter -> my favorite beer of the day
Breath of Dragon
Bishop Bobs Holy Smoke
Rev. Fred’s Oatmeal Stout
Crown Jewels IPA
Kaiser Kölsch
Guienevees Golden Belgian Ale
Apricot Wheat

My favorite beer of the day was the Honey Porter. The rich molasses anise and roasted cocoa along with a drop of golden sweet honey was fantastic. I also ate a chicken sandwich wish was tasty. Two casks, nice.

They only have five beers bottled.
Sir Williams ESB
Eric The Red
Final Absolution Triple
Under The Kilt - Scottish
Crown Jewels IPA

After a stop in Warren we visited Bello Vino Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan and found 4 of the five Dragon Mead bottled beers. GrandCruDrew informed me that they will have "Eric The Red" soon but it was just released in the bottle. Beer reviews (from the bottles) of Final Absolution Triple, Under The Kilt - Scottish, and of Crown Jewels IPA our coming shortly, on a day when my mind stops swirling. As memory serves though, I did like the Crown Jewels IPA, I still must say the favorite of the beers I tasted was the Honey Porter.

This is a must see in Michigan.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.66/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is the first review I've attempted. I was at Dragonmead last night for the second time in my life and felt right at home. This is an excellent microbrewery. The atmosphere is great, it has an old world pub feel. A Scottish folk musician added to that atmosphere last night. There is a selection of board games for you to enjoy with your beer. Complimentary pretzels and mustard are brought out with your beer...ahh the beer. Dragonmead's beer is exceptional and at any given time they have about 30 to choose from. My personal favorite is Under the Kilt Wee Heavy. The staff is very helpful if you have any questions. They will usually bring you a couple of samples if you can't decide between two beers. They are also very friendly and will provide you with takeout menus so that you can order food in. The welcoming atmosphere and great beer make it easy to lose track of time and spend a whole evening there which isn't a bad thing. If you live within an hour of Dragonmead I would highly suggest checking it out.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Simply can't imagine a better brewpub. Well I can but it would cost way too much money. Spent an afternoon and evening with a buddy there recently and we managed to sample every beer on tap. Something like 33 beers were sampled. Although palate fatigue set in we really did not have 1 "bad" beer in the bunch. The Belgian category was the most memorable with some outstanding beers. Another that was truly outstanding was a Scootish Wee heavy. One of the owners, Bill Wrobel, was nice enough to take 3-4 of us on a tour of the operations and spent some time talking about the set-up including answering some fairly detailed questions from my friend and I regarding their process, flow and capacity.

Everyone beer lover should visit for the beers. Every homebrewer, whether serious or beginner should visit for a tour to see how much you can with with a very little space.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of ljc973
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of scoobybrew
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

My wife and I stopped here on a recent trip to Michigan. The place is fairly well lit with a nice long bar. Medieval style decor lines the walls along with breweries numerous awards. There is an incredible selection on draft, over 30 beers, including a cask variety. All selections we tried extremely well done. Our bartenders were friendly, talkative, and good at keeping up with the surprising number of people that were here after 10pm on a Wednesday. We did have a chance to chat a bit with one of the brewers for a while also.

Nothing I write in this review could ever be enough. This is perhaps one of the best places to get a beer in Michigan - and perhaps even for better than 250 miles (or more). You would not be disappointed to go out of your way to stop here on whatever would take you in Dragonmead's direction - and if you live in the Detroit area and haven't been here, you're missing out. We will definitely be back on return trips (and plan more time also).

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

take this review with a grain of salt. i am into the whole medieval, dragons, Lord of the Rings thing, so i may be swayed by the theme. but even regardless of that, this place is awesome. the place is decorated with medival type stuff, banners, tapestries and the fonts are all reminiscient of camelot. most impressive was the amount of beers avaiable, the beer menu was 3 pages. all their own, broken into 11 styles, American, Scottish style ales, Barleywines, belgians, cask conditioned, czech lagers, english ales, german ales, RIS's, mead/wine, and Norwegian ales. i had the Excalibur Barleywine (11%) and their flagship beer Final Absolution (a 10% trippel). highly impressed, makes my trips to Mi. that much better. kuhnhenns one day, dragonmenad the next. and the prices are reasonable too. they dont serve much food, little finger foods, but they encourage ordering out and provide menus to do so. an incredible establishment, will be a staple of every michigan trip.

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Photo of Realale
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Only 38 beers on tap when I was in on a Friday lunchtime. And a mead. All made in house. Truly a dizzying selection. I worked my way through four half pints - Dragon's Blood Bitter, Wench Water Belgian Pale, Dragonslayer Alt, and a Crown Jewels IPA. All of them were quite good, with the edge going to the Dragon's Blood for my palate. Lots of American, Beligan, and English styles, with a handful of German, Scottish, and a Czech pils. Incredible selection.

Service was very good, with a patient, helpful bartender who was able to answer all the questions I asked, and never let my glass get empty.

Nice atmosphere, with lots of wood, and comfortable seating at the bar. I was, frankly, surprised at how small this place is. Very cozy and inviting though.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This was the third stop on our Microbrewery tour and literally had no idea what to expect. We walked in and I was shocked with how cool the interior to this place was. Loved all the tap handles which they had a TON of with all different styles of beer.

One of the women that was working there gave my dad and I along with a few others that were in the brewery a behind the scene tour of the brewery. She brought us all over, and even let us try different types of malts. Which I have never gotten to try before which was great. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions.

I even got a chance to try to first Chipolte ale which I was pretty nervous to try. Over all I totally enjoyed it was well as the other 5 beers I got a chance to sample! If your ever in the area I highly recommend that you stop in and have a drink! Cheers guys loved the whole operation!

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Photo of DrJay
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a really fun place to go. The fact that it's located on a service road for a major interstate highway in an industrial plaza just adds more excitement to the experience. It's a very relaxed atmosphere, with a large following of locals who show up regularly (at least on weekends).

I've been totally impressed with the quality, and quantity, of beers they keep on tap. About 30 are always available, including one cask, with styles ranging from english ales to belgians to german lagers (along with a number of "experiments" that they're always working on).

Although horribly understaffed when it gets busy, servers are very courteous. Recently my whole table was given a tour of the brewery at about 11pm on a Saturday night, after the rush ended. (They have a very impressive brewing system that allows them to brew a lot of small batches, which makes sense since they keep so many beers on tap at once.)

There are only a few food items available (pretzels, cheese and crackers, etc.) and while they're good (and appreciated), they're not worthy of giving a rating. They do keep a binder full of take-out and delivery places in the area and have absolutely no problem providing plates and utensils if you bring in food.

If you're in the area, or even just passing through, Dragonmead is definitely a spot that you should check out. Easily one of my favourites.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

We had the pleasure of visiting this brewpub during a recent run through Warren, MI. Right off the bat as you pull up, you know that with its cool looking castle like brick façade (hey at least for a brewpub), this is going to be a pretty neat place. The interior has some of the coolest theming that I've seen in a brewpub in a while. Medieval is definitely the motif, with coat of arms banners and European flags hanging from the rafters, a suit of armor in the corner, and various dragon influenced artwork all over the walls. The coolest stuff in reserved for the bar area though with it's Knight & Dragon stain glass windows, shield tile mosaic (that houses just some of the dragon themed taps) and the classic wood wraparound bar. An all around great atmosphere that really sets the mood for the beers to come...

Ah, onto the beers. They offer at least 50 different styles of which they had 37 available. Yes, I said 37 different beers...from one brewpub! The styles ran the full gamut, from their Ring of Fire Chili beer, to the Crown Jewels IPA, to a Bourbon Imperial Stout, to their absolutely magnificent Final Absolution Belgian Triple. We tried a lot of stuff (and were glad that they offered ½ pints) and everything was top notch for the style. If you go back towards the bathrooms, they offer you a peek into the brewery and their awesome looking "tank farm" of small fermenters that shows just how they can keep so many beers on at a time. Pretty cool!

They offer a limited food menu (and encourage you to order in your own if you want) and although their fryer was down, we still made due with a tasty cheese and cracker plate. The service here was great. We were promptly greeted by our server April at the bar as we entered and were treated like we were the only ones in the place (OK, we actually were for our first 15 minutes here;) but still, she did an outstanding job the entire time we were there. Owner Larry Channell even came out to talk with us for awhile. We felt very welcomed here and wish that we could have stayed longer.

This really was a surprise of a visit for us as we didn't expect to like this place this much! A great themed atmosphere, awesome (and a massive selection of) beers, and a friendly staff make this a must hit if your in the area. We definitely can't wait to visit again.

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Photo of onsite416
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Finally got a chance to get out to DM to see what the hype was about.
After sampling everything I could find in the bottle, I decided it was time to try the real deal.
Pass this place pretty much every day, so I knew how to get their, but I can see how others could have a problem with directions.
Bellied up to the bar, since there were no tables available Jam packed on a Saturday night.
Had a flight... took about 10 minutes to make a decision, I felt like a girl in a shoe store. They had over 30 on tap.
Finally got it down to a Hefe, Honey brown porter, Dubbel, RI Stout & ESB.
All were vary tasty and fresh. I will be back for their Final Absolution.
The staff was nice, although when I asked the waitress for a flight of beers and she had no idea what I was talking about, I proceeded to ask the guy sitting next to me for his recommendations.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Visited 4/25/08
At first we decided to stop here to kill time between our visit to Kuhnhenn and another place that wouldn't be opened yet, but we're glad we did, and spent more time here than originally thought.

From the outside, Dragonmead looks like a typical late 1990s constructed mini-mall building parallel to the interstate. But once you get inside, you're really taken away by how all out they went with the theming. This place belongs at a Renaissance Fair with its huge assortment of medieval theming; knight armor, banners, coats of arms, stained glass with dragons on it, mosaics, and most impressive to a beer lover...50 taps for beer! Though they "only" had 37 things on tap at the time (all their own brews), combine that with all the medals and awards they proudly have displayed on the walls surrounding their large bar showing the brews are worthy of enjoyment and this place could easily be a beer drinkers resort, if only they allowed camping.

The bartender was really upbeat, happy to see us, prompt, and knowledgeable about the beers. Beers come in a variety of sizes and styles, most with Medieval themed names or something relative to Dragonmead, and are all descent, some like the Final Absolution are downright phenomenal. The only downside to the place is that they don't offer much food, and their fryer was down when we were there, so no mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers for us, thus limiting our selection even more. They did offer hamburgers and assorted cheeses and snacks, but this is clearly a place where drinking comes first. They'll gladly allow outside food to be brought in though.

In all, a really impressive place that shouldn't have to play second fiddle to other places in the area. We're definitely heading back, maybe next time spending a whole day just in Warren, MI, and we'll bringing our own food to better soak up all the amazing beers we'll have to try, maybe even breaking out the turkey legs to better suite the theme.

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Photo of Ekoseck
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Photo of guitarfacepete
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I visited the Dragonmead place at about 3:00 p.m. on a thursday. When I walked in there was only one other fellow in the place beside the bartender.

A: The only reason the atmosphere suffers is becuase it was quiet... too quiet. Granted I guess most bars should be pretty dead at 3:00 in the afternoon... but damn it, I was done my work and in Detroit for the first time, what's your excuse? The most impressive thing was the number of brews on-tap which are all brewed on-site. There are several swords on the walls, and several awards from various beer events. It's a smaller brewpub, but very welcoming.

There was also a small PA system on-site which suggested, to a local music fanatic like me, that acoustic performances might take place there from time to time... which is awesome.

Q: I started with a pint of the Broken Paddle IPA which was pretty good. It was a bit sweeter than most IPAs, but was very drinkable. I followed the IPA with the sampler. The sampler consists of five (5) 6oz tasters of my choosing: I got the Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (Eh), the Oatmeal Stout (Holy poop thats good), the Rauchbier (normally not my thing, but this one was very drinkable), the Final Absolution Triple (again, not usually my thing, but very tasty), and the Lionheart Pale Ale.

The bartender noticed the other fellow and I were discussing cask conditioned ales, so she brought me a taster of the Lionheart from the cask, so I could compare it to the regular draft sample.

Everything I tasted was good, if not great. The beers I sampled reflected their style well. I wish I had more time to sample more... or at least someone else driving.

Service: They scored bonus points for bringing the second lionhart sample to taste, as well as a bowl of pretzels and mustard. What really puts these guys over the top in my mind is the fact that one of the owners was there, and offered a tour of the brewery. We talked homebrewing for a while too, which was nice.

Selection: They brew several small batches and have a huge variety on tap and cask. I lived in Portland, OR for a while and am accustomed to several pub-brewed beers on tap, but this place was rather astonishing. I usually just ask for the IPA when I walk in... but they had three IPAs from which to choose.

Food: I regret to say I did not eat on-site.

The place is certainly worth checking out if you find yourself in the Detroit area.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I missed this place last time I was in the area so I made it a point to go there this time. Once we entered we were met with a medieval that was a bit strange but was not over done and provided for some interesting scenery once we got used to it. There is a decent sized area of tables on the left with the bar wrapped around the right. As usual we sat at the bar where the waitress was quick to bring us complementary pretzels and take our beer orders. The staff was also friendly and we chatted with them most of the time. They had a huge selection of beers for a brewpub at around 30 and they said it was a bit low and is usually 40+. Definitely a selection that even the pickiest of drinkers could find something to drink. The styles varied greatly as well wish Wee Heavies, an Imperial Stout, Irish Stout, IPAs both American and British, A trippel and so on. I had the Under the Kilt Wee Heavy on cask which was excellent. All others I tried were great as well the Earl Spit Stout, Imperial Stout, Crown Jewel IPA and 2 others I am forgetting. This was a great stop with the only disappointment being no bottles were available which was no problem since they directed us to a beer store close by that had them. A must stop if you are in the area in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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