Arclight Brewing Company

Arclight Brewing CompanyArclight Brewing Company
Arclight Brewing CompanyArclight Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

544 N Main St
Watervliet, Michigan, 49098-9797
United States

(269) 447-4555 | map
arclightbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.26
Beers:
45
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
288
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.28
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
27
pDev:
9.35%
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Reviews by Sexton:
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Sexton from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

The owners were drinking behind the bar and not helping anyone. I sat there waiting to pay my bill while the sat there. I waited for 12 min just to pay and I was the only one trying to pay. The place was slammed and the only help I saw them give was to help themselves to pour another beer for themselves. The bar tenders were trying there best and the beer was good but that rubbed me the wrong way.

Jul 26, 2015
More User Reviews:
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

May 21, 2019
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Dankacheese from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Oct 14, 2018
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Ssitron from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sep 08, 2018
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Penguins66 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A nice, unpretentious, tap room with a warehouse vibe, very long bar, long tables, and one of the biggest ceiling fans you will ever see. My wife and I came to Arclight on a cold and windy Monday afternoon, not long after they had opened. We each tried 2 beers, all of which were good. The real standout, in our opinion, was the strawberry rhubarb sour. It had just the right balance of sour and sweet, with a fairly intense strawberry flavor. The only real disappointment was the nonalcoholic root beer, which had way too much vanilla flavor.

Prices were very reasonable and the lone bartender was pleasant and fairly chatty. They do not serve any food beyond various snacks but you are free to bring your own.

We plan to make this a regular stop during our annual tours of Michigan breweries.

Nov 04, 2017
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BeerOps from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Feb 04, 2017
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I showed up during off hours which probably contributed to the weird vibe. Nice big space but a bit odd when it's just you and a couple employees, one of which is standing in front of you looking at his phone most of the time instead of making any attempt to be friendly/improve his tip.

That said, they make tasty beer and had a good variety on tap including an impressive Flanders Red for a relatively new brewery. I wish they did flights or pours smaller than 6oz though.

Feb 02, 2017
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JasonR1975 from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Typical small brewery vibe, video games, board games, etc... Plain tables and bar area with open view to brewhouse. Fantastic beers, particularly the sours. Service was excellent as they handled a rather large bottle release and multiple people asking for pours with ease. More varied than typical draft selection as this brewery handles sours very well. Recommend.

Dec 14, 2016
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MI_beerdrinker from Texas

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nov 30, 2016
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msumike89 from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Aug 27, 2016
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jrs3994243 from Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Aug 09, 2016
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Phoneguy from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Jul 24, 2016
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mcrawford from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Apr 17, 2016
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noreenmi from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Apr 02, 2016
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Hrodebert from Michigan

4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Mar 03, 2016
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Bluejays219 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Feb 22, 2016
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hardysf from Michigan

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped in here on a Monday at three oclock, so I couldnt get a real sense of the vibe. Big bar with lot of inside tables for seating. Could hold the entire town of watervilet probably. Lots of different beers on tap and lots of styles. They sell 6 oz pours of everything so I had quite the assortment but was able to safely drive as well. I had pours of the Cherry Kriek, Black Mere through a coffee randall, a pale ale, and a red ipa. everything was good with the Kriek being excellent. I brought home some cans of the citracation and fornication which were also excellent. Bought some bottles of BBA Hail to the darkness but haven't tried yet.

The owner Dave was a nice guy and very personable. WIsh i lived closer as I would be back a lot.

No food other than snacks but they let you bring outside food in.

Jan 16, 2016
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BizmoFunyons420 from Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Dec 20, 2015
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Bung from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Year and a half in, rock solid.

Nov 25, 2015
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brewmasterBO from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Sep 19, 2015
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Owner was full of good info about how he checks the water for brewing to using good local ingredients. Its was an old garage, but know has lots of character. This stouts were very tasty, the homemade sodas were excellent.

Jul 15, 2015
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NJB145 from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

May 07, 2015
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BryanA from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Feb 12, 2015
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KevinL from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Nov 14, 2014
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theautumn from Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.8%

This place is awesome. They do not have a kitchen, so they offer local business menus and you can get food delivered to their location. Not only is this brewery adding to the appeal of the town, but it is supporting the businesses that surround it.

I was very impressed with the beer and the overall atmosphere.

My husband and I are already planning a group trip back next month for their newer beer release.

I have NO qualms suggesting this brewery to everyone I know.

Oct 26, 2014
Arclight Brewing Company in Watervliet, MI
Brewery rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 288 ratings