Griffin Claw Brewing Company

Griffin Claw Brewing CompanyGriffin Claw Brewing Company
Griffin Claw Brewing CompanyGriffin Claw Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(248) 712-4050 | map

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 86
Photo of claminat420
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

went 7/29/18 around 5ish with the wife.

seemed chill. people just enjoying the moment with kids and people aged all throughout. seemed liked family dinners going on and dates happening. enjoyed a couple flights which were the same each time. norm's raggedy with bonnie's and their new england version 1 and 3. also remember getting a german wheat. as a hophead their ipa's are more on the malt side which i'm kinda blah on. i would rather have one of the more known michigan ipa's (two hearted, centennial, huma) over theirs. i remember mixing the new england version 1 with bonnie's and that was really good. server was attentive and selection of beers were good. food was good also. i had the nightmare on eton st. burger which had some heat but nothing too intense. the misses ordered a burrito which was one of their specials and it looked and smelled realy good. i noticed multiple people around us order the nachos and they looked and smelled really good. would definitely go back. maybe just check their website for what's on tap.

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Photo of Shi
2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 2

If you like three pints and a huge headache the next day this is the place for you! Every time I go here I will have three or four pints and every time I will have a huge headache the next morning. If booze is your thing their soda is flat and citrus slices are paper thin and dry. Maybe you just want some fried food that was never fresh. Telling you to be careful drinking their beer. Garbage place with a headache prize the next day.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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 +8.8%
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 JasonR1975
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -20.3%
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 -1%
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 +0.7%
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 Kindred-Spirits
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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 docoman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

I was here for first time about 2 weeks ago and enjoyed some of their BBA 2013 Imperial Stout from tap and was excellent. Too cold to visit the outdoor area and it was dark, but layout looked like it would be nice. Staff were pleasant and I was greeted immediately it was just sit where you want. Nice layout of seating, very clean and good atmosphere. Definitely recommend. Didn't have any food, but menu seemed to offer good variety.

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Photo of HoppySOB
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Tough to spend less than fifty bucks here, even for just two people (don't ask what the bill was when I went with 3 other people). However, that is to be expected due to the fact that it is in Birmingham, which is kind of an expensive area and there is not much to choose from as far as breweries go in the immediate area. The first time I went here it was packed. We sat around one of the fire pits on the patio which was convenient since it was a chilly fall evening. The next two times I went were on my days off and during the week so we were one of the only tables there. We got a flight, a couple pints, and two appetizers the first time. I love the pumpkin beer, Norms IPA, and the porter they had on tap. The Bourbon Barrel Stout was alright and I was not too impressed by the Double IPA or the Black IPA but they were also not bottom of the line (I typically love DIPAs and BIPAs). I was told the food was horrible but I did not think it was all that bad. I went there for the beer anyways so the food didn't matter. I will come back here.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Griffin Claw. I've read so much...

It's a beautiful building. There's lots of parking. They have a state of the art brewing system that uses technology that is supposedly only in two breweries in the United States.

That doesn't change the fact that they are in Birmingham Michigan. And the overall feel of the brewpub was douchey. The server could have really given two shits less about our table (four gentlemen, and we sampled every beer they had on tap). There was nobody else in the brewpub while we were there, not one soul. So they were not busy. And not that we want people to take special care of us, but she kind of brought the sample treys out (which were confusing as hell to tell which was which), with a piece of paper and we were kind of left to our own vices to figure out which was which.

The Bourbon Barrel Stout was below average...they had a Pilsner on tap that was very good. Their IPA, that they market as "The best IPA" was hardly above average.

I just left with a bad taste in my mouth. It's a nice space. Kind of cold, and corporate feeling. But overall an interesting lay out, with the garage doors leading into a heated enclosed patio area. In the summer time, the vibe is probably completely different.

I'm not sure I'll ever go back. Just wasn't my scene. Just my .02 cents.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.59/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Parking in the back is the best place, kind of an akward entrance into the building, than again it was raining hard and dark lol. Theres a sign outside that says to seat yourself and they will find you, which is cool. And another line that says "Community Seating" Basically a huge picnic table that you share with other people. Thats fine if your with a big group of people, but for small parties (2-3) I thought this was pretty lame/kind of akward if thats the only tables open. The only tables left were sharing with other people, so thats what we did.

Service was very very good. quick and timely food orders, and good beer service speed and accurate pours.

The beers we tried were the Screamin Pumpkin and the 3 stooges Winter. Both were very good! Excellent brews indeed. The pumpkin brew was very smooth, with hits of ginger, nutmeg and spice throughout. The winter was also a great one.. bright spice / honey flavor and chewy-ale like the whole way down...

Had a chicken sandwich and fries which were great, and also had some chili which was good too.

The menu itself is pretty small.. but does the job. Im sure they will expand the menu soon as they are a new place after all !

Will definitely be back. The beer quality alone is worth several repeat stops regardless of the seating!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere: I really like the openness of this place. really centered around the patio. hops growing in various places. corn hole court. pretty relaxed and cool atmosphere

Quality: they have some decent beers. here. nothing is out of this world but they get it close for almost every style.

Selection: no where near the best brewery selection but they have a good variety and some tasty beers

Food: i had fish and chips which was good, but it always tastes about the same. they had some interesting and good items though

Overall: a surprisingly decent brewhouse in an area that is almost devoid of them (Kuhnhenn's and
Dragonmead being the exceptions, lots of trendy brewhouses in the area.) a good place to have a beer on occasion

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Photo of HisBoyElroy
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Checked this place out with the girlfriend. Very nice place. Excellent atmosphere and great beer. I tried 11 different brews while I was there. They ranged from good to fucking amazing. You have got to try their Berliner! The chicken sandwich was delicious. The girlfriend just ordered a salad. There was a lot of people with kids there. I found this a bit odd. It's right across from a neighborhood. Great location that is easily accessible.

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Photo of hamsterhero515
2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1

So, I want to start off by saying that I understand that they are just starting up and it is going to take awhile to get going.

Atmosphere - It is a very nice brewpub. We enjoyed sitting by the fire pit. The only complaint is that there was not a lot of seating when we were there. The taproom is a bit small.

Quality - I made it to the taproom a few weeks after they opened, so a lot of their initial stock seemed to be gone. I had the double IPA, which I thought was absolutely awful. Sampled some of their other beers (can't remember what it was, sorry) and they were average. Nothing to write home about.

Service - This made the overall experience bad. Our waitress was extremely nice, but she was never around. In the two hours we were there we saw two other parties come in, sit down, wait over half an hour without getting an order in, and leaving unhappy. To make it worse, we overheard the busboys bitch about how they were impatient.

Selection - Like I said, the main stuff I went to Griffin Claw for was long gone, but they did have a decent selection of brews (not too many different verities though).

Food - Extremely expensive and would rather have McDonald's. Chicken quesadilla was dry. Burger was bland. Fries are good though. Don't come here for the food.

Value - My 10 oz beer and burger came out to $25. The value is not even close to being there. Like I stated at the very beginning, they are still starting up and trying to figure things out, but right now it is very pricy and not good. I'd recommend just going to another local bar until they figure things out.

Overall, it was a very disappointing experience. I will go back to eventually, but not until they figure their shit out.

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Photo of GranbyBrewer
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A surprise find. they've only been open for 3 weeks. I tasted the Tripel Lemon Shandy, the Berlinerweiss and the Cherry Bourbon Stout. Each was an excellent example of their style. The stout was exceptional and at 12% a great pleasure to end the day with. The rich cherry over tones made it an excellent dessert beer. The food menu is basic brewpub fare with a nice upscale twist. I had the Mac & Cheese. Nice cripy top.. 4 wonderful cheeses... Mom would be jealous. Come try it out.

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Photo of Kerrie
4.08/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Our first time visiting this place today.

A- I enjoyed the atmosphere. The indoor area had garage doors that could be open or closed based on the weather, and an outdoor area with heated lamps and a fire pit. It was a fall-like day in this MI summer so we sat inside, but one of the garage doors was open and it was pleasant.

Q- The beer and food were both high quality and I'd recommend both.

S- It was slow getting our drinks and food order, but after that, everything was fast and the waitress checked up on us often. It was during a busy dinner hour and the place is still very new, so I understand.

S- The beer selection was good, about 15 taps, but I did notice the lack of any stout/porter. That said, Untapped lists a stout from these guys so I'm guessing they had it at the beer fest this weekend but just not on site. I hope they get one on site soon. The food selection was average for a microbrew. Flights are available in 4s but each sample is priced individually, rather than a set price for a flight, so that was new to me. I didn't take the offer this time, though, because I wanted full beers.

F- Excellent. A bit more pricey than what I'd normally go for, but this is Birmingham. Average entree was $10 or $12, and my quesedilla was great. The fact that they use local MI ingredients is a plus. My bf got fish and chips and the fries that came with it were amazing.

Overall, I'd gladly come here again and my bf and I plan on it, but prepare to spend a bit of money if you want food AND beer. The beer prices on their own are about average for what I'm used to on tap.

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Photo of KPD
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Good to see the fine beer from Big Rock made more available. Great move by ownership and the brewer. So they had 15 on draft last night, can try 4 oz tasters. Tried 12 and the range was good to outstanding. Some of my favorites were the saison, the wheats (3), the sours (2) and the lager, also had norms ipa an old fave and pale ale. The food was excellent and the staff were really great. Sharp place great addition to SE mi beer scene. For my tastes one of the 2 best brewers in metro detroit.

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Griffin Claw Brewing Company in Birmingham, MI
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