Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Brewing CompanyKuhnhenn Brewing Company
Kuhnhenn Brewing CompanyKuhnhenn Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5919 Chicago Rd
Warren, Michigan, 48092-1606
United States

(586) 979-8361 | map

Notes: Mon-Thu: 11am - 12am
Fri - Sat: 11am - 2am
Sun: 12pm - 8pm
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Mlatar from Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -59%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Visited the Clinton Township brewery on Grossbeck road with a group at end of December 2018. Appearance of brewery was dark with dirty cloudy windows. No kitchen to order a meal but had an appetizer menu. Had the pretzel and Mac and cheese bits. Pretzel was average, Mac and cheese bits terrible. As far as beer, the Dripa was very good but the other beers, pumpkin beer, stout, Pilsner, were not good. Thin with hard finish. Kuhnhenn, I know you can do better.

Dec 30, 2018
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Lazhal from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Pretty basic setup inside the Warren location. Really no food available, but you'll see someone with a pizza box from nearby almost each time you visit.

Tons of beer on tap. Way more than your typical brewery IMO. Very diverse styles with plenty to enjoy. They can be a little reluctant, but they will give you a taster of the expensive mead bottles they have for sale if you ask nicely.

One other thing to note, is they do quality growler fills. CO2 purge, tube filled to the top, sealed, and even shrink wrap the top of the growler. The tubes sit in a nearby pitcher of something (probably sanitizer) since they use so often. Good place to take some beer home with you.

Decent beer prices at the bar. Some of their special releases can run about $9-10 / 12oz bottle but I haven't seen these on tap, so I'm not sure if they mark them up.

Aug 04, 2018
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FMSmith from New York

4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here one afternoon fairly early on a Saturday before a high school reunion that I wasn't looking forward to and enjoyed myself enough to actually have fun at the reunion. Staff while not stars on the paying attention to customers they were very knowledgeable. Had the sampler and each one was well described. Good beers and will definitely return next time I am back in town!

Jul 10, 2016
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Big_Neezy from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I like that this place doesn't try to be anything more than a focus beer hall. Yes, they serve basic bar snacks, which I've never tried, and often have a food truck available outside, but I like that it primarily stays focused on the beer. Less can absolutely be more and Kuhnhenn does it right.

While we've never had great service here, even sitting in the horseshoe around the taps, it's never been awful either. They could exercise a little Dale Carnegie and just be friendlier and perhaps quicker to suggest an offering.

I can't say that the beer is phenomenal but I will say it is very good. I've tried about a dozen different beers here and only found one that I didn't care for--a fruit based beer but I've determined that the style was good and that I don't enjoy fruit beers. The Penetration Porter and the Creme Brule Java Stout were very good but I think where Kuhnhenn really sets the mark is on their higher ABV brews. They pack a punch but anything they do with a bourbon barrel is stellar. I also think the Russian Imperial Stout, Solar Eclipse, and the Brown Ale, Double Nut Brown, are vastly underappreciated.

Jun 26, 2016
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MIBeerGeek from Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

The DRIPA and Crème Brulee Java Stout are fantastic. Haven't had too many others that I would go out of my way to get.

Food selection is sub par but they do have an extensive beer, wine, and mead list to choose from.

Only downfall I've had here is that I have felt ignored by the staff numerous times. Although the Brewers are pretty cool guys and will go out of their way to show you the passion they have for the brews they make!

Dec 27, 2015
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in here one evening during the week for a couple beers. This place is very loud and not all the tables were full of people. Sat at the bar and the bar tenders were just ok.

Dec 04, 2015
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Great spot, always going to have some great stuff on. Even if Kuhnhenn's most popular brews aren't available, others are generally great as well. Service can be a bit spotty on festival or release days, but that's to be expected. Bring your own food or buy from a food truck if they have one. I've had some great food truck fare to go with the great Kuhnhenn beers. A must-stop if you're in the area.

Jun 20, 2015
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beerhan from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 1.25

Kuhnhenn is a diamond in the rough of Warren, Mi. They do not serve much food, save for frozen pretzels but their beer selection is top notch. I am a big fan of the fluffier and all their blueberry beers and of course the high abv stuff. Just be careful, they are masters of hiding the alcohol from their beer and it can be dangerous.

May 01, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 1

Great looking place, bartender was helpful, fast and friendly. Love the beer here, no doubt. Only downside, no food (besides some popcorn, chips, cheese and sausage).

Mar 10, 2015
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aboyd87 from Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Flagship beers are all memorable and the seasonals/experimentals are just as good. These guys are hard to beat.

P.S. bring back the pumpkin sour you had at the detroit beer fest in 2013.

Jan 28, 2015
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dmhurdle from Michigan

2.41/5  rDev -43.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4.25 | food: 1

The other people there make this place cool. The beer is good, the beer selection is good. They have few food choices and don't always have a food truck around. The service is generally awful (moreso on the management side than the servers/bartenders). I would say that if this place didn't make a few great beers and meads they would have gone under several years ago. Their price points are also very high on some of their bottles.

Dec 16, 2014
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docoman from Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%

First time at this brewery. Not bad setup, but hard to find since it's located in weird intersection. Beer selection slanted more towards IPA's and lighter beers, but looked to be about 20-25 beers on tap. Had the DRIPA and Porter, both good, liked the DRIPA better. If in the area worth stopping by. On 12/19 and 12/20/2014 is their Winter Solstice when they have their special beers available.

Nov 25, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

2/5  rDev -53.2%

Not so good. Went in alone. Was ignored for nearly 5mins while groups of 2, 3 or more came and were seated ahead of me. Asked about what was available and was told to wait a minute while YUP! You guessed it, served more groups!

I may be only one person but my money is just as good as anyone else's. Just because you only get one person's money doesn't make it right to give groups good service while single people get service when convenient.

Will try them again one day. Will go in alone again and re-review.

Nov 19, 2014
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ojgio from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Weird location but very close to my house = awesome. Great atmosphere inside, free popcorn, BYO food, friendly staff and great beer. Tented events here are awesome and fun with great music usually. Not a TON of parking but there are options down and across the street. Anyone in the area or just passing through needs to check it out.

Nov 14, 2014
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Usually visit Kuhnhenn when I'm in metro Detroit.

A- Nice big U-shaped bar. Reasonable amount of high-top tables. Wood floors and brick walls. Warm and welcoming.

Q- Kuhnhenn's beers are a bit hit or miss to me, but when it's a hit, it's a grand slam. Creme Brulee stout, DRIPA, Braggot, 4th Dementia, Aldebaran, All Hallows Ale being a few of my favorites. They also have plenty of wines and meads for those who don't like beer.

S- They have table service here which is nice. When it gets really busy it can get hard to find a server but that can be accepted.

S- Always a variety of styles and ABVs to choose from. I've even been lucky enough to go in on Saturday afternoon in the summer and find BB4D on tap!

F- Kinda don't really know how to rate this one. They don't really do food apart from dried meats and cheeses but they are cool with people ordering delivery from local places or bringing stuff in. On special occasions they have some form of catering, and that has always been well done.

V- Reasonable, obviously the higher ABV and hopped stuff is more than sessionable things.

Jun 29, 2014
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drgreg93 from New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Come for the beer and great service.
Their motto is 'do your work here'. Offers free wifi.
Great craft beer selection with awesome variety, 16 on tap + wines + meads.
The Saison is one of the best I have had. The Loonie Kuhnie is their flagship beer and is a pale ale which is not too hoppy.
Awesome ambiance and smell of brewing upon entering door.
A must when visiting Detroit area for any beer enthusiast.
Food is snack food only. It's a brewery not a restaurant.

Jun 25, 2014
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Rustic roadhouse-ish tastingroom with large U-shaped bar that seats about 30 with plywood and sawhorse communal table 2 deep around the perimeter. Lively local crowd with a bit of a rowdy vibe. 20 plus well-assorted beers with some brewery only offerings. Friendly service.

Jun 20, 2014
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Docrock from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Have visited several times and finally putting in a review. Every time I have gone there is at least 2 awesome beers on tap. DRIPA is amazing, as well as KRE, 4D, etc. not really any food to speak of, popcorn, snack mix. Staff is hit or miss on service, generally not too bad if the bar isn't packed. Tough parking, and they never seem to have a good handle on what beers are available to go.

All that aside, it's a jewel in the rough, some world class beers albeit sometimes pricey, if your in Detroit, it's a must..

Mar 13, 2014
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emmasrue1 from Michigan

2.48/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

First visit I bought a growler of Simcoe Silly and it was great. Service was just so-so but the workers were aloof, uninterested and uninformed. Second visit... same thing but I liked the Simcoe Silly. Third visit I went with my partner who asked some questions about the beer and its availability in our area (we live 45 minutes away). The employees (three that we tried to talk to) were rude and really did not care about us as customers.

Too bad. I liked the beer. I hated the service. I really hated the snotty employees who really did not seem proud or care about their product. Won't be going back and I will let my friends know how we were treated. My partner was livid in his dislike of the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company employees. No pride in the product could lead to the demise of the place.

Mar 10, 2014
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Rohkey from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here with the gf after a (relatively disappointing) trip to Dragonmead a few miles away.

First thoughts were that the place looks more like a brewery than a brewpub, not the most 'inviting' setup, probably due to lack of space. It was somewhat noisier than modt brewpubs as well (went on a weekday afternoon at about 40% capacity), but it wasn't an issue.

While they didn't currently have a few of the highly rated brews thay we were excited to try, the beer selection was pretty good. I can't recall the exact number but I believe it was in the 20s. I started with a quad (from bottle) and thought it was okay, not great. We then ordered a flight and it was a little expensive, but well worth it. There were a couple real duds in the sampler (I believe I had a witbier that was flavorless) but rest were all were above average to amazing (DRIPA and one of their eisbocks standing out more than anything, as well as my gf's imperial stout). I can see why this place is consistently rated in the top 5 for Michigan in terms of the beer quality.

Service was decent, possibly because we made it a point to sit right in front of the taps after a couple terrible experiences with service at other pubs. Friendly and inviting, as well.

They didn't have much food (no kitchen). IIRC popcorn, nuts, some frozen pizzas, and I think we ordered a cheese plate or something. They allow food to be brought in and have takeout menus for nearby restaurants.

In sum, this place doesn't have the greatest atmosphere, doesn't have a kitchen, and isn't in the best of locations...but they have some damned good beer. I am slightly disappointed with their practice of not bottling much of their beer, but I can respect it.

Jan 13, 2014
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JVB from Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great Atmosphere, service and people. Wish they served more than just chips and popcorn though...

There DRIPA was fantastic as well as the Penetration Porter. Was looking for something barrel aged, but those releases were all off the shelf by the time i go there.

Please expand!

Oct 16, 2013
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Seantmiller from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I dropped by this brewery on my way back to Ontario after catching a Lions game in Detroit with my wife.

Read a few BA reviews first and it looked promising. It's location is terribly unassuming at a busy awkward intersection in Warren, though we had no trouble finding it.

It was mid afternoon on a Monday, but still had a few regulars drinking a couple beers. We sat at the large bar and both ordered flights. The house flight was $9 for 5 4 oz samples and the "pick your own" flight was $13. Pretty steep if you ask me considering that some of the beers I didn't really enjoy, such as the porter or heffenweizen.

No food to speak of, but they sell nuts and have free popcorn. People seem to bring in their own food.

Best beer I tried was their DRIPA, a very flavourful estery double IPA.

Overall, the ambiance of this place was lacking for an afternoon pint. It felt more like a beer hall than anything else, and is truly a working brewery. There were a set of TVs, but they weren't on. My only other complaint was that they didn't sell any of their beer in bottles, other than a big lager, though growlers are available. Worth checking out all the same, but doesn't really live up to the hype. May be a better night bar scene than for an afternoon place - also no patio, which was unfortunate as it was a great day.

Oct 05, 2013
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was stop #3 on a pub crawl for our group of four. We knew that there was not much for a food menu so our visit was mid-afternoon on a Thursday just to try the beers. We did buy some snacks and had some of the free popcorn to go along with the beers.

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this brewery. Drinkers of good beer make pilgrimages here for the experience, and we were no exception. The place was not busy because of our mid-afternoon timing of the visit, so we received great attention from a friendly server. We ordered a flight of 5 beer samplers (of the 19 that were available that day), and later ordered a pint of another beer that was recommended by our server. All were very tasty, but in all honesty, because this brewery and its beers tends to receive a lot of hype, I felt a little disappointed. Our group rated the beers from a B- to a B+ so overall a B grade, and that included samplers of the renowned DRIPA and Creme Brulee Stout.

The visit here was a great experience, and I wish we could have spent more time to try some of their other beers, but we had a goal to visit two more places that day so we had to leave. I'll definitely go back when I'm in the area again.

Sep 16, 2013
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Makisupajoey from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

So it's September 2013. A buddy of mine tried to get me in this place probably 10+ years ago. I'm a fool since it took me till 2011. So I messed up, this place is awesome! A good place to hang out drink beer and converse. I beleive they only have one tv so if your looking to watch "The Game" you may be disappointed. The beer is top notch! They always have something that sounds good, and is good. From my experience a bad day here you only have about 20 beers to choose from, a nice list of house made wines and braggots. The better days, fill the chalk board with about 30 brews. Service is usually really good, but this place can get busy at times and service may take a minute during sometimes.

Food is available, but I haven't tried. Except for some summer sausage and horseradish that blew my mind! I beleive you can bring in outside food, but I could be wrong.

Some of the brews can be a bit pricey, but usually worth it.

Sep 14, 2013
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: nice and relaxed, but a bit cluttered with brewing supplies.

Quality: the big beers here are the best quality but i have had some fille that seem to be just filling the menu

Service: very mixed. sometimes i have had great service others the worst

Selection: good big board that changes with seasons. a beer for everyone.

Overall: Kuhnhenn's is a mixed bag. you don't know what to expect when you go there. the big beers are delicious but others are kinda weak. some stuff is a bit pricey though

Aug 31, 2013
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, MI
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