Witch's Hat Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.98/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(248) 486-2595 | map
witchshatbrewing.com

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Added by david131 on 07-05-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
64
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
959
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
61
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
3.29%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 61
Reviews by wifehatesthebike:
Photo of wifehatesthebike
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of enelson
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +1.6%
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 Grand-Raggedy
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Spiffey182
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
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 +1.4%
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 jrs3994243
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of NickyPogs
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Richter525
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of st8fan19
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Fahrn13
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of hardysf
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DavMEtt
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of 3oldchevys
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of 98green
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Doublicious
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of NJB145
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of tommyz
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +5.4%
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 ari32
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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Witch's Hat Brewing Co. in South Lyon, MI
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