Griffin Claw Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.9/5
Griffin Claw Brewing CompanyGriffin Claw Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

575 S Eton St
Birmingham, Michigan, 48009-6824
United States

(248) 712-4050 | map
griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

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Added by Todd on 07-17-2013

BEER STATS
Beers:
80
Ratings:
2,137
Reviews:
261
PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
6.62%
 
 
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a Monday night, normally they're closed but the Lions were on Monday Night Football so they decided to open during the game. Not too busy this evening, a dining companion remarked that usually the place is packed at that time of night. Lots of long, thin tables and bench seating. I felt as I might smack knees with the person across from me, but it never happened.
There's a counter at the front full of merch and wax-dipped bombers, and across from that a cooler full of four packs of their regular stuff. There's a glass-windowed kitchen and a ling bar along one wall. Enough TVs hanging around, but thankfully not loud enough drown out conversation.
The fried chicken sandwich was fantastic, and the spicy dip with fries was a great way to soak up ABV.
Speaking of ABV, the beer ranged from good to great. Pints ranged from $5 to $8,with crowlers and growlers available for most brews. Definitely worth a visit for anyone in Metro Detroit.

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Photo of fern22
4.44/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is overall a very enjoyable brewery to adjourn too. I've been through there about 20 times now probably.

The vibe could leave something to be desired. The brewery and kitchen is very clean. The tables are set in a longhouse style so you have the opportunity to mix with some randoms should you desire. For the most part, the locales are friendly enough. However, some people don't like the stench of the excessively opulent and it might put a bad taste when you walk in. There is some snootiness to the locales for sure, but let this deter you from talking to others as my conversations have only happened to be with fellow beer lovers. The good news: people will not bother you there should you choose not to be bothered. So it's fine. Bring a large group of friends and sit down and no one will bother you.

Being a Michigan man, this is overall my favorite brewery with Founders. They are always sanitary when producing their beers and I've never yet been dissatisfied with the taste of a single beer they've made yet. With that comes an excellent selection to choose from. Always plenty of styles to choose from on tap. There is always a beer for drinking before a meal, with a meal, and with a desert. I would say they probably have about 15 on tap at any given time at least.

The food is excellent. Interesting selections and they have duck. Their burgers and sandwiches are very good and others are most likely to enjoy them. Unfortunately, this comes at a cost. The prices are already $3 above average, and, besides the sandwich or burger itself, you won't get much else. Very few fries would accompany them. The salads and soups are OK, but it gets slightly upsetting when you order their appetizers. The calamari and pretzels, for instance, are laughable. They're very good, but you get a very small portion for what you paid and the presentation looks like something out of a 5-course in France, which is fine if I knew I was doing some fine dining.

The service is acceptable. Haven't had any problems that would keep me away. Sometimes the service can also be slow. I would say you have an 80% of walking in without a problem, even on weekends. It might take 10-20 minutes to get a seat. If you're polite, they will happily accommodate a reminder or inquiry about the whereabouts of a food or drink you ordered if it does become a problem. Unfortunately, I have had a few occasions where the servers are in a rough spot between their work and can come off as having a bad attitude. Just remember to be polite and you'll be fine you high test alpha.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of kindofsudden
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RolandBlunts
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of JasonR1975
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Cool urban setting, beer can be hit or miss and service can be as well as it's usually crowded. Excellent beer selection and extensive food menu with well above average sandwiches and standard prices.

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Photo of MIBeerGeek
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Food and atmosphere are very cool here. Dig the live music and good selection of local foods.

They have an extensive beer list as well and lots of things on tap new to try. Ragady Ass IPA and El Rojo Red are both decent stock beers from them. I also had a Imperial Stout Casked ale that was good as well

Only downfall I have is that if you don't live in the general Birmingham area, the prices of food and drink are a little steep compared to other breweries that are 1-3 miles away. Also the people here are a little snooty. I work in this area of town but live on the opposite end. I enjoy good beers and good times, not being looked at like I'm an alien lol

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Photo of buzzy
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped in here one day late in the afternoon. There was a limited number of patrons due to time of day. Nice place and the employees were friendly. Sat at the bar and the bartender was easy to talk with and very helpful in answering questions. Because of him I also walked out of there with 5 bomber bottles.

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Photo of onespartan
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere is pretty casual and there is a fairly large outdoor area. Most of the beers are average with the occasional standout. The food has improved substantially from when they first opened and is generally decent. They have 16 taps and beers are reasonably priced. All are available in flights.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Raime
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rkf1976
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2

Photo of _morandi_
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Richter525
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Fahrn13
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of MichaelGroebe
4.56/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Food has gotten significantly better since the opening. The beer selection is great.

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Photo of daniels79
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of ebruce112
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Sat at the bar. Good service. Good food. But most importantly excellent beer.

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Photo of ljc973
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Kindred-Spirits
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I really enjoy Griffin Claw. The decor is great. Beer is excellent and they always have 15+ beers on tap. It can get really crowded in the evenings especially in the warmer months. Food is incredible, try the Mac N Cheese Bites you won't be sorry.

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Photo of Bear1222
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Ekoseck
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Doublicious
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Griffin Claw Brewing Company in Birmingham, MI
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,137 ratings.
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