Chelsea Alehouse

Chelsea AlehouseChelsea Alehouse
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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

115 S Main St
Chelsea, Michigan, 48118
United States

(734) 475-2337 | map

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Photo of king75
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had a sampler of 5 beers. The IPA was a B-, the Russian Imperial stout was a C+, the porter was a B, the wheat beer was a C, the barrel aged scotch ale was an A. The pretzel bun sandwich with alioli was very good. I would go back for the barrel aged scotch ale and the sandwich. The other beers were very forgettable.

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Photo of stadmo1
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5

Had 7 beers on tap. Russian imperial stout was solid. Food was average bar food. Service was quite slow. With only 6 tables occupied, lunch took our table over an hour.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

When I walked into the Chelsea Alehouse I was met with a band practicing medieval music...which was both interesting and weird at the same time. The old alehouse like tables added nice to the ambiance. The quality of the beer and food were very good. The service was fine....just a tad slow. The selection of beer and food was more than adequate. The food was excellent......THE CANDIED AND SPICED BACON.......AMAZING!

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Photo of Johnsfolly
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Trying hard but difficult to overcome the barn-like atmosphere. Hollier 8 outstanding. Other beers I've tried have been inconsistent. Great community-minded folks I like to support. Wish the food were more interesting and a better value.

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Photo of PapaGoose03
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

My wife and I stopped here on a Saturday afternoon for a late lunch and to try the beers as well as to experience this new pub. They have been open only a month or two so they are still trying to get their name out there to the customers. They are located just north of the downtown area of this quaint little town in a building that sits way back from the street and is difficult to notice, so we drove past it before we had to turn around and come back. The place was not busy, so we received very good service. Ordering of beer and food is done at the end of the bar in this pub, then you order is brought to your table.

We chose a sampler flight of 5 of their 8 available beers, and our opinion was that they were close to style for three of them but one was still in need of revising the recipe (the Red Ale) because it was not good at all, and another recipe needed tweaking (the dark IPA) because it seemed to have too much roastiness and not enough hop character for my taste. Overall we graded these beers at a C+ rating.

There is a limited food menu with a few sandwiches, a few salads, soup and some snacks. We each ordered a sandwich and enjoyed them. They were probably a notch or so above average in their taste.

I hope this new brewery is able to develop a clientele so that they can survive long enough to tweak their offerings. I could see that they are on then verge of being a place that is worthy of return visits, and I'll probably go back again to see what progress they make.

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Photo of KPD
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

Newer brewpub, been a couple times now. Nice improvement in the beer since the first time. 9 beers on draft, 2 porters 2 stouts, both very good. A nice black ipa, ok ipa, ok wheat. A couple mediocre amber ales. My favorite was the rye porter. Nice facility, didn’t eat. If driving by on I - 94 worth a stop.

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Photo of Hopheadcincy
4/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a great addition to Chelsea! I've visited three times, and have enjoyed their beers each time. Their IPA and rye IPA are excellent. The Hollier 8 was very good last time I visited, but it was closer to a porter than a double brown ale. Their other beers are well made, but a little light for my taste. The atmosphere is very nice. They also offer fresh pretzels from a local bakery, which is a nice touch. The main drawback to this place is that they do not offer any alcoholic drinks other than their beer. My friend and I have wives who drink wine and cider, but not beer. So if we're with our wives, Chelsea Alehouse is not an option. They told me they'll be getting wine in the fall, so we're pleased about that. Overall, this is an impressive brewpub for such a small town. Chelsea is fortunate to have them!

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Photo of HarmonMW
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Stopped in on a Saturday evening to give this place a try - it was surprisingly empty, with maybe 4-5 groups total. Everything is ordered up front and then if you order food, they'll bring it out to your table. If you're sitting at the bar, you can look into the brewery area. Minimal decor present, although I liked the twigs in the back which are mounted like deer antlers. Bartender was a nice guy and mentioned you could try free samples before ordering to help you out. I tried a sampler which is five 4 oz pours ($6.75). I tried the Waterloo Wheat, Pendulum Rye Pale, Morchella Rye Porter, Irontown IPA, and Hollier 8 imperial brown. The rye pale was disappointing - this is usually a style I really enjoy but this one just seemed off and I couldn't put my finger on why. The Hollier 8 tasted boozy, even though it was only 7.8%. The IPA and wheat weren't bad and easily drinkable. The highlight for me was the rye porter which I found very good. Also offered were a white, stout, coffee stout, and brown. 10oz pours ranged from $3.25 (silo white) to $5.00 (Hollier 8). 16 oz pours were also available for each. Food selection was a bit sparse for my company so we ended up heading down to the Smokehouse 52 down the street (which was fantastic btw). Overall, I feel the beers need a little tweaking but I was happy to support a new brewery in the area. Hope they adjust things a bit and do well for themselves.

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Chelsea Alehouse in Chelsea, MI
Brewery rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 21 ratings