Witch's Hat Brewing Co.

Witch's Hat Brewing Co.Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
Witch's Hat Brewing Co.Witch's Hat Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar

601 S Lafayette St
South Lyon, Michigan, 48178
United States

(248) 486-2595 | map

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Photo of RichPerry
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Hat has a constant updated selection of beers from their great standard like Train Hopper to the seasonal stuff. I like them all especially Train Hooper and Big Doedish. The atmosphere is inviting as you'll likely see someone you know in this relatively small community. The Mug Club is a great way to build loyalty and memberships are great gifts. The seating area is open with small and large tables that allow strangers to become friends simply by sharing a table. It's a family friendly place. They have amazing community events to raise money for local charities such as their Fury for Feast event that raise $15,000 for the local chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. Well done all around. Cheers.

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Photo of Lazhal
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Nice, small, quaint place here with a small attached patio. The patio railing and also the wall in bathroom is made from the staves of used whiskey barrels. Nice touch!

Tons of beers on tap, there had to be around 20 while I was there, including some nice BA stouts since I attended the day after the "Fury for a Feast" party. Amazed such a small place could keep that many beers on tap. The party may have had something to do with that.

Servers were polite, even bringing water without asking at one point. I ordered two beers which came in 5 oz pours for $5 each. Good price for a 13-14% BA stouts if you ask me.

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

we had to check this place out after hearing quite a bit of hype about their beer around the area. it looks like a converted house, seems suburban at best, pretty where its located, and absolutely packed inside on a weekday afternoon, full of loud chatter, echoes, clanking glasses, very high energy and it was tough to get attention at the bar or find a place to sit. they have a cool space though, high ceilings, long bar, homey feel, beer hall vibe though. they had a nice selection of beers, all their popular hazy hoppy ones, coupled with a whole bunch of other things. on top of the hop forward beers i had a tasty coffee kolsch and a really killer imperial stout with molasses. the overall quality of the beer was great, up there with the best beers we had on the trip really. a little too bustling to be relaxing here or have impeccable service, but the experience was still very enjoyable. for a brewer i had never even really heard of before i was in the state, this place knocked my socks off. highly recommended!

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Photo of gopens44
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Great beer, and great staff. Everyone has greeted me, asked me what I'd like and all that jazz. Place is darkish, but plays well to the theme. Cool place.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Some of the best and most interesting styles of beer, hell they invent their own styles such as a coffee kolsch. A golden beer that tastes like coffee.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in to pick up a four pack of This Guy while I was out in the South Lyon area, and wish i had more time to spend there. Most of the building is made of a large floor while long tables and chairs, giving it a beer hall feel. A bar runs along two walls of the room, with the brewing area encased in a large windowed room behind the bar. High ceilings. The long wall behind the bar also has the taps and the chalkboard with what's available, the shorter wall is dominated by hundreds of mug club mugs, each one different from the last. Service was fast and friendly, especially considering how busy they were. The pub had jusy come back up earlier in the day from a black out thats affected most of the area. Can't wait to get back to spend some time there.

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Photo of GregHidinger
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Most breweries only do one thing really well. Whether it's IPAs lights darks you name it. I can honestly say I've tried 50 different beers from here. And there's only been one or two that I was not a fan of.

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Photo of PapaGoose03
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

This pub visit was to give their beers a try, and was actually the second visit to this brewery, but the first was at their previous location a few years ago. What a difference! The beers and the setting were enormously different from the other place. Since the time of our first visit this brewery has been hyped almost endlessly in the BA forums, so a re-visit was the only way to find out why.

We ordered a sampler flight of 9 beers (22 were available) with a style mixture across the board. Overall we found that the beers did not quite live up to the hype that I had read, although I now think the hype was primarily generated by several BBA beers that are offered at special occasions and festivals, and we ordered only one BBA beer on this visit. The beers were certainly all very good (scores ranged from 3.75 to 4.25), and brewed very well to style, so were happy with what we had. Night Fury Imperial Stout was the standout. Our only complaint was the extreme cloudiness of the BBA Well Water (hence the reason for its name?), and I usually don't care about the clarity of beers.

The pub is located on the main commercial street just south of the downtown area. A large parking lot is to the side of the building, which is where the entrance is located. A partly-covered front porch on the street end of the building provides nice outdoor seating as an option. There is no food, although popcorn and snacks are available, and the place is food friendly. A Slow's BBQ food truck was in the parking lot when we visited, but I did not inquire about the schedule of food trucks here.

Notes: Howlers, crowlers and growlers are sold for many (but not all) of the beers. The wall of mug club mugs was especially impressive because the mugs are made of swirl-colored glass with mini-lights providing an accent to show off the colors. Two wines and two ciders were listed on the beer menu.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A comfortable place in downtown South Lyon.
Deck on the right, enter facing the brewery with the taproom right. Just the right amount of darkness. Long bar, tables and high tops. Fireplace at the head of the room. The mug club members have their mugs on a wall illuminated by white Christmas lights. Different styles of mugs. The effect was pretty cool!
On my visit there were 19 beers on tap, with a good variety. I had Rez Gets SMASHED, a very good DIPA. Brought a 4 pack of cans home with me.
This was a nice relaxed place. My father-in-law, not a beer drinker, enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of Spiffey182
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is one of my favorite brewery's. They may not have food but they allow you to order from local restaurants and will sometimes have food trucks on site. Overall this place gets better every time I go.

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Photo of Bung
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I'm always hesistant to put much stock in reviews that are from special release events. Jackie O's is one such place where the day to day place is meh compared to their special release days. Homers disagree but that is my experience.

Witch's Hat may not be the 4.5+ place that reviewers from the bottle release are giving it, but it is rock solid, service, quality and variety of brews available. You're not going to pull a growler of whalez, but that is pretty standard practice now. Still plenty of quality stuff available in growler to go and a good variety to consume on site.

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Photo of NickyPogs
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Visited the brewery for their barrel aged Night Fury release. The event was run really damn well and the staff did a great job the entire day.

The brewery itself was very cool. Liked the wall of mugs for the mug club members. The bar was nice and long and could accommodate a lot of seating. The dining area was nice and had a cool fireplace. It didn't feel cramped, never felt rushed, and had great service. Will definitely be checking out this place again in the future.

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Photo of st8fan19
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Witch's Hat is my local brewery. I love going to the hat and enjoy a lot of the beers there. They do a really nice job at creating unique beers within normal styles. Their barrel aged program is outstanding as well can't wait for Fury for a Feast.

Staff is always helpful and friendly. No one has a problem helping out and they all look like they are genuinely enjoying themselves.

The new building is a great improvement from the old location and has a much bigger feel while still maintaining the "small brewery" feel.

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Photo of 98green
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Went at 6 on a Saturday. Decent crowd, laid back vibe. 16 beers on tap. $5 for most pints. The beers were very good (especially Thrash Punk). The location is a but far from me so I probably won't have a change to og here very often, but I certainly would stop back by if I were in the area

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Photo of tommyz
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Really cool vibe in this place. Quite possibly the largest blown glass mug collection in the world for their mug clubbers. Service is really good and they always have a ton of beers on draft..Great place to grab a beer with friends or even family as it is kid friendly..Its a must visit when you are anywhere near..There is no food, but you can bring in your own food. Some days they do have a food truck there.

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Photo of acostuhhh
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Love the new location. Great beers as always. Fury for a feast party in the summer is a must. BBQ and night fury variations you cany go wrong. No kitchen for food, but it looks like a food truck is going to be pretty regular.

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Photo of aboyd87
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Witch's Hat is an upcoming brewery in a little strip mall space, where you can watch them brew while you drink at the bar. They make great beers, and are already expanding. I'm sure the new facility will increase the popularity of this brewery.

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Photo of Mark1125
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Finally stopped in to Witch's Hat. I finally had a designated driver and could spend a little time there. Don't let the exterior fool you. Despite its location in a strip mall, it is a very cool little place. They are moving into a bigger and better location but for now, it is small yet cozy. They do not serve food there and that is fine. They prefer to focus on the beer. However, they do have a menu list of places you can order from (or you can bring your own food). We got pizza at a place a few doors down and they brought it over and it was very good.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. I tried 6 beers (pints and the 4 oz pours). All beers were above average or better. I really liked the Big Doudish and the Edwards Portly Brown. Took home a growler of their flagship beer Train Hopper.

I was very impressed with the beer and as long as you don't want a menu or a loud obnoxious sports bar, this is a good place for some good beer.

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Photo of JasonR1975
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Nice vibe in the new location, beer was good to very good, service was excellent, knowledgeable and prompt and outstanding tap list with a great variety. Impressed, small place been doing it right for a while now.

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Photo of BG5000
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great place. Well worth a trip, you won't be disapointed. No food served inside, but you can bring in your own. There is a great pizza/rib/chicken place a couple doors down. Excellent atmosphere, interesting decor, great beer. Staff is friendly and provide good service.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

As stated in some of the other reviews, the brewpub is in a strip mall behind a Taco Bell. There are a couple outside tables in a gated area where a couple of people had brought their dogs. Inside, the place is tiny - holds about 30-40 total. An eclectic mix of paintings are on the wall, along with the mugs of the mug club members. Sat at the bar and the bartender was plenty helpful.

Since I had not tried much from WH prior to visiting, I elected to try a flight. The flight is 5 beers, 4 oz pours. I got a flight of Train Hopper IPA, Big Doedish DIPA, Royal Rumble Double Red, 1908 smoked wheat, and Edward's Portly Brown. A very solid flight - not a bad beer in the bunch, and all were well above average. I was very pleasantly surprised with all of them. There were 3 more beers that I didn't get to try - a tripel, a barleywine, and a kolsch. I ended up grabbing a 32 oz growlerette of the Royal Rumble to go. Would have grabbed some bottles, but was told they only bottle specialty beers they produce so none were available. My flight, growlerette and fill, and a pint glass were only about $20.

If you're in the area (or not), I'd highly recommend stopping by. It wasn't a brewery I had heard much buzz about, but one I'd happily visit again. Don't let the look from the outside fool you - this place is solid.

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Photo of red94tt
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Noticed this place was within a 45 minute drive so we decided to give it a whirl.

Atmosphere - Not gonna lie, I was a little apprehensive after pulling into their location within the strip mall. After walking in the door, I was even more skeptical...it's a really small place! I don't think you could fit more than 30-40 people in at one time. But, after taking a seat at the bar, we settled in and felt right at home. We didn't need a beer menu to choose what we wanted, the large chalkboard behind the bar was informative and easy to read. Being in such a small facility puts some of the fermenters right in your face, good stuff.

Quality - Pleasantly surprised, especially after learning they've been open for about a year. My first beer was their Big Doedish DIPA. One word: incredible. This beer alone will make me come back for a return visit. My girlfriend started out with a Witch Hunt Stout, which I snuck a few sips of and was equally impressed. We then ordered a sampler to take advantage of some of their other offerings, and ended up very happy. The Edward's Portly Brown and Sir Edward's Double Brown are must-trys in my opinion.

Service - Not too shabby, can't complain.

Selection - Impressive for a small place. Forgot to do an exact count but their was definitely over 10 selections

Food: Food here is non-existant. If I could change one thing about Witch's Hat, it would be to offer a little something more than popcorn. Although, to be fair, since space seems limited, they focus on the main intent: beer. I can't really fault them for that.

If you are in the area, give it a try, you won't be disappointed. It's a little far for me to attend on a regular basis but I will definitely be back.

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Photo of wifehatesthebike
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Witches Hat is literally a mile from my house so hard to not give any extra points for that.

WH these days has quite a good selection of styles, usually at least 8 on tap. To be fair I don't love all their beers, but they are all fresh and you can see with each one where the owner was going with it. They are also starting to barrel age some beer so that should be interesting. As one would expect they have a mug club which offers discounts. Their prices used to be cheap when they opened, now they are just simply fair.

Service is friendly and if you go there a few times they remember you. The owners regularly wait tables and are happy to get feedback on their product. The place is rarely packed but gets a fairly steady traffic most days. It has a family friendly concept with board games and such, although at the end of the day it is still a bar.

Food is nearly non existent. But you can bring your own food in, there is a Jets pizza within walking distance.

Overall a great local place to enjoy a couple. Honestly I would not travel too far to go here, but it is a diamond in the rough of South Lyon Big Boys and Coney Islands.

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Photo of BriPete
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Located in a strip mall in South Lyon, Witch's Hat Brewing is a welcome addition to the Southeast Michigan beer scene. I tried a sampling of their beers and enjoyed all of them. Prices are reasonable, the beers were great, and the service was fabulous.

Atmosphere: Tucked into a small retail space, there is room for a half dozen or so tables, with a good number of stools at the bar. There's also a few tables outside but the weather was quite warm and everyone had chosen to enjoy the beer inside. Shiny fermenters are on display behind the bar. All selections with prices and ABV are displayed above the bar on a large chalkboard.

Quality: Fantastic. I tried a flight of five of the eight or so beers they had on tap. The brown ale was top notch, their Train Hopper IPA was very good, striking a nice balance with good hop flavor, hop aroma, and malt background. The DIPA was very good with a wonderful hop presence without being overly sweet as found in some high gravity DIPAs. Their Lyger is a nice summer lawn mower beer, and their wheat beer was also very enjoyable.

Service: The place was fairly packed on a Sunday afternoon, but service was very prompt and attentive.

Selection: Very good. Eight or so selections on draft, all brewed on premise. With the exception of the DIPA all brews are available in 10oz and 16oz pours, plus flights of five 5oz pours. Growlers are also offered at $14.

Food: The one drawback is a limited menu consisting of premade sandwiches, cheese plates, bar munchies and popcorn. It appears they allow outside food. The beer is the main draw, so the lack of menu is not a concern.

Value: Very reasonable. Pints were reasonable, as were the flights and growlers.

Overall - Well worth the visit and it will be a welcome addition to my local beer destinations.

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Witch's Hat Brewing Co. in South Lyon, MI
Brewery rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1474 ratings