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
witchshatbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.14
Beers:
86
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
1,475
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.27
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
79
pDev:
7.73%
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Reviews by red94tt:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ESchweers
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

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

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 Muss42
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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 Brian29
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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 PrestigeWorldwide
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of lochraneg
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of qcbrewer
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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 enelson
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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 mcrawford
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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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Witch's Hat Brewing Co. in South Lyon, MI
Brewery rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1475 ratings