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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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

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

(586) 979-8361 | map

Mon-Thu: 11am - 12am
Fri - Sat: 11am - 2am
Sun: 12pm - 8pm

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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

I've known about Kuhnhenn for almost a year now and the whole time I've lived only about 45 minutes away. So me and a couple of fellow beer enthusiasts finally decided to make the short trek down. We went early on a Tuesday night, go there at about 7 PM and stayed until probably 10 PM.

Atmosphere: The vibe was extremely relaxed. It was a pretty slow night and the place was pretty quiet. There was no music playing, no TV going. I don't make it out to the bar very often because my beer budget is quite a bit smaller than it used to be and I've only been to one other bar. The other bar I frequent (much closer to home) turns into a night club during the evening hours so this was a nice change of pace.

Quality: I sampled almost every beer on the menu and they were all in tip-top shape. No dirty draught lines here. All of the basic beers (standard IPA, their adjunct) were served in conical pint glasses. The more expensive stuff like their DRIPA took up residence in nice tulip glasses.

Service: When we first got there we were attended to fairly quickly, but as the night wore the service grew slower and slower. Granted it did get a bit busier, but not to the extent where it should have slowed things down like it did. Also despite the fact that we ran up a decent $40 tab there I felt the bartender was a bit peeved when we asked for some samples. By some I mean 3 or 4 between the group. Not each, just 3 or 4 tiny little samples total.

Selection: I'm not sure on the exact number, but I believe they had about 10 beers on tap. They spanned quite a large range of styles. The standouts were clearly the DRIPA, their Oud Bruine and the Winter Wonder Lager. The puzzling part is a lot of the tap list is filled with some weak sauce. An American adjunct, a Strawberry fruit beer and an English Mild clocking in at 3.2% ABV. But overall a good selection for such a small brewery.

Food: I didn't personally order food, but one of my buddies did. He ordered a personal pizza which was something like $4 and was quite minuscule. I tried a piece and it certainly wasn't the worst piece of pizza I've ever had, but it wasn't that great either. The food is definitely an after thought here and just meant to bring in some extra money from people getting the drunk munchies.

Overall the prices were a little steep and the pours were a bit stingy. 10 oz. of their Imperial IPA for $6. 10 oz. of the Oud Bruine was $7. Like I mentioned the food was definitely on the pricey side.

Update 6/21/10 - It seems Kuhnhenn has started charging for all samples. I've been to a couple brewpubs and bars in Michigan and have never encountered this. Personally I find it absolutely ridiculous. It completely defeats the purpose of the term sample, at least for me.

Update 2/28/11 - I felt the need to update this again considering how many times I've been here since the middle of 2010. The service seems to have been on the upswing ever since my first visit. Even at their Winter Solstice event when the place was packed my server at the bar was surprisingly attentive. The samples still have prices on the menu but it seems like more than half the time I don't get charged for them. I've had more experience with their food menu and most of it is just packaged stuff you can buy at any grocery. I ordered some aged white cheddar and it was literally served in the package. It wasn't Kraft cheese product or anything but I've had better and at the price I paid for it I expected better.

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4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of London08
4.61/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Photo of fern22
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of FMSmith
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!

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Photo of lost_sailor
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Big_Neezy
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.

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Photo of hartsells01
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Djj1954
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

If you love strong beers, this is the place.

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Photo of RajaSTL
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of rosmith51
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of gvhockey
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Photo of drunkenmess
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of MIBeerGeek
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!

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.1/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, MI
Brewery rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 11,026 ratings
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