Fenton Winery And Brewery

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1370 N Long Lake Rd
Fenton, Michigan, 48430
United States

(810) 373-4194 | map
fentonwinery.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.66
Beers:
18
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
80
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.09
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
17
pDev:
14.18%
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

This place moved to a new location which has slowly been evolving into an awesome little taproom. My wife and kid love to make it out for a beer and have a pizza. I truly have to say they do have the best pizza within hours of the area! As for the beer, it continues to get better and better. They have some experimental beers such as the swinging berries that are excellent. I've been a big fan of their specialty dark beers like the Kickin' strong ale and the St. Gin's imperial whisky stout.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Ignore my comments in the review regarding the location and description of the place. The brewery has moved to a new location.

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My wife and I stopped here for lunch and beer to check out this winery & brewery. The place is located in a strip mall just on the north edge of town on a main road among other retail businesses. Parking is at the front of the building. We arrived just at opening time (1 pm on a Saturday) which is strange to open just after lunch time when you have a good food menu, so we received excellent service since there were only two other customers.

They had 11 beers available (8 regular and 3 rotating) so we ordered a sampler flight of 8 of them (7 of the regulars and one rotating). Two of the beers had a slight sour background, one had a butterscotch flavor (diacetyl), and the rest of them were just kind of okay. (The bartender said that he had just tapped the first keg of this new beer that had the diacetyl, and that he was going to remove it from availability after we told him about it.) For the most part I could not figure out what I didn't like about the beers, but I sense that they use recipes that just don't have anything exciting about them, or the brewer puts a twist on them that just doesn't work. However, we did feel that the Porter was close to style, and my wife and I disagreed about whether the double IPA fit into that category. Overall I'll give the beers a C- rating.

The bartender said that the pub is going to move to the winery premises in the future and start using new brewing equipment, so I hope they can dial the beers into something more exciting when they begin using the new equipment.

The food menu is basically sandwiches and snacks and is not extensive, but the sandwiches that we ordered were good. Some desserts are also available.

The name of this brewery is Fenton Winery & Brewery, and there is a reason the 'wine' in the name precedes the 'brewery.' (I believe the winery has a longer history than the brewery part, which I think started just 1-2 years ago.) We sampled a few of the wines and liked each of them so we purchased a couple bottles to take with us. I don't like giving a brewery any grade less than average, so after this brewery moves to the new location and gets used to their new equipment I'll try to return to see if anything has improved in the beers.

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Photo of martyrthisthat
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

"Oh. It's in a strip mall."

I went on a Tuesday in the late afternoon and it was dead. Over the several hours I spent there a few people came in, here and there, but it was never busy. Which is really a shame because they are making some GREAT beers. The Imperial Nut Brown was really awesome. I think the food selection needs some work. I will admit that I did not eat here but the menu is limited for those who don't eat meat, and want a sammich. Their Belgian Tripel was my second favorite beer.

The wait-staff was excellent and we even got a chance to talk to the MB! Not only were we drinking his beer we could also ask him about it!

It may seem out of the way but this is really worth the trip.

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Photo of sailbretthd
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Unique establishment in strip mall at south end of Lake Fenton. Lots of seating with a mix of tables, 2 medium sized bars and casual seating around fireplaces with chess/backgammon sets. Stopped in on a Thursday afternoon and the place was empty, but I would love to go back when acoustic music on small stage and some locals have filled the seats.

Limited menu with cheese plates, paired with wines or beer, sandwiches and wraps and fresh salsa with chips. I skipped the 22 wines they offered and headed for the 8 regular taps and 4 seasonals. Had a sample of russian imperial stout that was dry hopped with bourbon soaked fuggle hops--tasty!! and just enough nut brown to decide to get a growler of it. Also have a growler of double IPA to take home after drinking a pint of it there, decent balance of hops and candi sugar. Also had a pint of Black IPA that was very drinkable though I would have preferred a bit more hop characteristics to go with the roasted malt character. My last pint was my favorite, a Midnight Wheat Porter. I find it hard to define but easy to drink, having the mouth feel of a wheat beer with the aroma and taste of a smooth porter.

I would recommend trying this place if you are in the area. I like their unique take on blending the dining room bar with equal parts winery/brewery and coffee bar. My suggestions for improvement would be a slightly larger menu (flat bread pizzas would go nice) and maybe bottling some of their high gravity beers to see how they fare after a season or two in the cellar.

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Fenton Winery And Brewery in Fenton, MI
Brewery rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 80 ratings