Territorial Brewing Company

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Territorial Brewing CompanyTerritorial Brewing Company

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

256 Helmer Rd N
Battle Creek, Michigan, 49037-7914
United States

(269) 282-1694 | map

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Added by Mothergoose03 on 11-21-2014

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by DavidRandall:
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was there just before noon on a Sunday. Difficult to judge atmosphere at this time. A good selection of beers on hand from a dark ale to lagers, hefeweizen and sours. The food menu consisted of mainly burgers and sandwiches. At lunchtime that was all I wanted. I had a surf burger, hamburger patty with shrimp on top. Very tasty. Next time the olive burger. One of the brewers was behind the bar and was happy to talk about beers and local breweries.

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Photo of Rawightman
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Absolutely love their "Big Yellow Truck" microbrew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The facade is a combo of warehouse/strip mall look across from battle creek airport. Inside it nicely decorates with euro/German flare. Plenty of tables...very small bar. The quality of beer and food are certainly above average. My server was very attentive and happy to provide suggestions of off menu items. The selection is German leaning but plenty to choose from. I had the sausage plate and it was fantastic. Definitely a ace worth visiting if you like German flare.

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Photo of wingedeel
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Stopped in around 1:00 on a Wednesday afternoon. There were around 15 people there when we arrived, by 2:15 we were it. Very small bar rail, decent amount of tables. Overall a rather small place. We parked it at the bar rail.

Nice selection of German style beers, and a couple sours. I had the Harvest Ale, a Helles, and a very nice 6.5 abv lager. All three beers were very well done, and true to style. The wife had an apricot sour which she enjoyed.

We were lucky enough to meet one of the owners, and the brewer. Both were great to talk to, and I got a tour of the brewing facility. Everyone there was quite friendly, including the only other patron at the bar. (thought he might be mothergoose, but not to be )

Food was decent, I had a sausage plate, and the wife a chicken sandwich. Several German inspired offerings on the menu, as well as the usual bar staples. Not bad at all.

Well worth a stop, we will return.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NJB145
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Richcraft
5/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Very smooth with a groove. I can definitely keep the fire when I'm here. Creative and well executed ideas equals a fun and diverse + delicious menu and tap list. Power Violators keeping it real. And no Cripps Fontaine which is a big plus. FTB

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of bwood06
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Small but well put together brewery and pub with long benches reminiscent of a German beer hall. Excellent, upbeat, nice, and attentive service from the staff. The beer selection when my wife and I went was geared more towards the sour loving crowd but there were plenty of other options as well to choose from. Food was very good and very well crafted with good flavor.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Danielr26
4.44/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Lynn
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of BDeibs
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of SteveSly
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

My buddy and I checked out this new Battle Creek brewery last weekend. We sat at the bar and ordered a 4 beer flight. This place specializes in German style brews and all 4 that I sampled were quite good. My favorite was the Harmonia Hefeweizen and the Penetrator Dopplebock. We also got food. The food was good, but the portions are more like appetizers than full portions, so you are not going to get filled up unless you order multiple options. The staff was very friendly, although the place got really busy by the time we finished up which seemed to throw them off a bit. I tried to buy a t-shirt and after waiting more than 15 minutes, gave up on it, so they lost a t-shirt sale. Overall though I liked the place and will be back.

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Photo of sha4beerguy
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

visited December 21 while meeting up with family from the area. had originally intended to go to Arcadia but they were closed that sunday. a quick look at the BA app saved our outing. we called Territorial and a pleasant gentleman gave us directions to their location. they were easy to find. a little out of downtown. plenty of parking. not very crowded this afternoon. some 4 seater tables and lots of long communal tables with benches. these worked great to spread out with our six adults and three kids. a gas fireplace kept the atmosphere cozy. the flags of the states of Germany hung around the perimeter of the dining room. the server was quick to bring crayons and coloring paper for the kids and 'reindeer food' in baggies. plenty of high chairs, booster seats. they had about six traditional German style beers on type. i was bummed the Doppelbock was kicked, but that was just as well as i was driving. i settled for the Berliner Weisse and Hefeweissen. Neither disappointed. since we had just had lunch, we only ordered a big salted pretzel and another small item. we will definitely be back for a meal the next time we are in town as the listed wurst and spatzle were tantalizing. the prices were very fair as well. all in all a great find in the wonderful beer state of Michigan.

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Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Wingsman
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Mothergoose03
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

12/20/14: After 5 more visits to this new brewery, I now have had a chance to try each of the beers and to know which one that I’m drinking (see comment below re: confusion on opening night), and have revised my rating of this brewery accordingly. Actually, there is not much adjustment in the number from my original rating to change very much (it went up 0.06 points), but here are some updated comments. A Helles Lager has been added to the beer menu, and it is a good one. The Finsterschaf Black Lager is also new since my initial visit, and is equally as good. Also, the brewer has now brewed the second batch of the Harmonia Hefeweizen and tweaked the recipe while doing it, and I like it better. The only beer offering that I find any fault with is the Cereal City Champagne Berliner Weiss. It is tasty, but a bit weak, and it lacks the carbonation that you would expect (this is a ‘Champagne’ by its name). It also does not seem as sour as what I’ve read that a typical Berliner should be. It’s mildly tart, but not sour. The place is packed every time I’ve gone back, so people like what this brewery has to offer.

This is a newly opened brewery as of 3 days before writing this review. My wife and I visited on the day of the grand opening. We returned two days later to experience the brewery some more because the first day was a solid state of confusion with a crowd that was probably overwhelming to the newly trained staff and was creating service errors. For example we ordered two 4-glass sampler flights so that we could try all 7 beers that were available. (We had the Berliner Weiss with a shot of raspberry schuss and one without, so we actually experienced 8 ‘different’ beers in those two flights.) We think we had a number of duplicates among those two flights, and the beers were not accompanied with an order list, so we were left to figuring them out on our own or to ask the server who we think was just as confused as we were. Consequently, the beer score part of this review will be adjusted as we experience more visits to this pub. However, on our second visit we saw that an order list was accompanying each sampler flight, so the brewery management responded very quickly to that issue.

The brewery is located on a busy road that skirts the Battle Creek airport, and is actually in Springfield, Michigan, but across the street is Battle Creek. The building is small (6 bar seats and maybe 60-70 patrons can sit at a mixture of booths, small tables and long, shared-seating tables), and the brewery’s owners have already said that they hope to move the brewing operation off site to create more pub space. (We were impressed enough with the food and beers that we think that it would be a good idea to enlarge the pub because this brewery will experience a good reception in the beer community.) There are 12 taps, however, only 7 beers were available during both of our visits. The manager did say that additional beers will come online as fast as they can get them brewed.

For now, the beers are mostly German-styled beers, with a Hefeweizen, a Pilsner, a Dezemberfest Marzen, a Berliner Weisse, a Dopplebock, and a Kolsch. The only non-German style was an Amber Ale. Our server thought that an IPA was the next beer that was going to be introduced, so maybe this brewery wanted to get their German beers out first before adding the other styles since the brewery is intending to specialize in the German beers and food. With 12 taps there is room to add a few more.

We really liked the Dezemberfest Marzen and the Dopplebock, plus the Pils, and Amber were also above average. However, the Hefeweizen, Kolsch and the Berliner Weiss probably need to be tweaked a bit, although they’re not bad, just maybe a bit weak. (A disclaimer: we haven’t experienced many German-styled beer to be able to say we’re experts, so at this point we’ll just say we didn’t like them in comparison to the few others that we have experienced in our past encounters with German beers.)

The food menu has a mixture of German-inspired dishes as well as some good ol’ hamburgers, chicken wings, grilled flatbreads (with a German twist to them), and deli-style sandwiches, including German sausage sandwiches. (The menu is posted on the brewery’s website.) All of the dishes that we tried on both visits were excellent. The burger was the best I’ve had in recent memory, and the schnitzel, which comes with an option for a pork or a chicken version, was absolutely the most tender fried pork that I’ve ever eaten. Wow! Kudos to the kitchen staff! The Mac & Cheese is also notable.

This is a local brewery for us to be able to visit, and we will be doing just that a lot more in the future. If you like German-style beer and food, this is a place that you need to check out.

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Territorial Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
Brewery rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 92 ratings