Detroit Beer Co.

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1529 E. Broadway
Detroit, Michigan, 48226
United States

(313) 969-1529 | map
detroitbeerco.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.58
Beers:
39
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
330
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.77
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
91
pDev:
11.41%
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Reviews by DrJay:
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DrJay from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great location if you're downtown either for a baseball game or seeing a show. And only a couple minutes from the tunnel if you're coming from Windsor.

The bar and some of the brewing equipment was visible as you first walk in, with the bar extending down one side of the space and several tanks tucked in behind the bartenders. Just past the bar were stairs to the second floor (we didn't check this out) and beyond that was a small dining area with a bunch of tables. We weren't there for food, so we sat at the bar.

There were 7 or 8 beers on tap when we visited, including a rye beer, the Detroit Dwarf, an imperial stout, and their IPA. Beers were pretty good, solid but not exceptional. Growlers were available too.

Service was good, quick to ask you about another beer when your glass was close to empty, available for questions, yet unobtrusive. I wouldn't hesitate to stop in again on a future trip to Detroit.

Dec 29, 2008
More User Reviews:
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RiceOwls27 from Texas

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Mar 18, 2020
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Sep 02, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Oct 11, 2018
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Dec 30, 2017
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Jim67 from Michigan

3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice spot in Detroit's theatre district.

Dec 27, 2017
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leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Nov 16, 2017
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IckyT2012 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Dead on a Monday night, but it feels like a place that should be pretty lively at the right time. I'll check back next time I'm in town.

Aug 18, 2017
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Jul 07, 2017
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iRun2Beer from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Jun 20, 2017
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Our group of 4 stopped here at mid-afternoon on a Sunday. The place was not very busy, so we sat at the bar and enjoyed chatting with the bartender. The pub is located in a storefront setting in downtown Detroit, and the interior has all of the appeal of a neighborhood bar. The brewing equipment is visible behind the bar as well as a viewable area of the lower level. A second floor overflow seating area is also available for crowded days. (This brewery's location is very convenient to Comerica Park and Ford Field for sports spectators.)

We ordered two sampler flights of all 10 of the beers that were available that day. Every one of them was brewed very well to style, and all of them also exceeded the typical characteristics for its style so that I gave an overall B grade to them. The standout was a specially-brewed beer for their 1,000th batch, a Triple Dwarf. The original Detroit Dwarf is an Alt style, so that a triple version is essentially a barleywine, and it was extremely tasty. I can recall visiting this pub when it was still young (10-15 years ago) and was not as impressed with the beers then like I was for this visit. Very well done DBC!

The pub offers a full food menu, but we had just eaten a meal elsewhere and were not hungry. The menu did look inviting. This brewpub is very worthy of a visit by anyone who is looking for good beer (and probably good food) in a nice environment. When in the area, we'd stop here again.

Jan 18, 2017
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MI_beerdrinker from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Nov 30, 2016
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kyle_goochstink from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Sep 19, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I was in this brewpub 5 years ago on a tour of the ruins of Detroit. The downtown (and all of Detroit) was so depressing that I should have had more than one beer... but I was more eager to get back to the hotel and out of town the next day.

Five years later, I am glad that Detroit is far better; though still struggling mightily and hopefully. (I was there for my fifth national Congress for a New Urbanism, a gathering of the tribe to celebrate the progress of different cities and, generally, yack-up the urbanist agenda.) And craft brewers are important in rejuvenating inner cities.

Detroit Beer was a true pioneer; opening in 2002 when Detroit was fast-approaching economic and fiscal death.

I Had a flight of their beers that I shared with colleagues and co-conspirators. I wrote two reviews. But the bottom-line is that craft beer is good for cities. For this conclusion, there is abundant proof and Detroit Beer is part of the proof.

Jun 10, 2016
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cryptichead from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Apr 17, 2016
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JasonR1975 from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Beers are mostly meh. I had a really decent rye IPA but historically the beers are not the attraction here. Interior is kind of boring, but overall location is killer so that improves vibe score. Service on most of my visits is good and food has always been excellent.

Mar 07, 2016
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jcMPLS from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Dec 24, 2015
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Small brewpub within close proximity to many downtown attractions. Has been there long before the craft beer popularity explosion and it shows. Brick and metal decor spotted with vintage beer signs and old photos of beer related nostaligia. The brew system is intertwined with the bar with a very Gotham City kind of feel. Unfortunately the beer is rather mediocre, but decent enough to pair with some grub before or after a ballgame. Not taking anything away from the Brewers, but given their great location, I wouldn't mind seeing an overhaul of beer recipes to get more asses in seats on days other than game days. Detroit's beer game is on the up, and these guys are definitely getting passed by.

Dec 20, 2015
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AndyEdgar from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Dec 16, 2015
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chuckgietzen from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Sep 24, 2015
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Buck_Jones from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Sep 09, 2015
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jmiah22 from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Sep 03, 2015
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HopMeister14 from Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Sep 02, 2015
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Fahrn13 from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jul 04, 2015
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RancidAggro from New York

3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Jun 10, 2015
Detroit Beer Co. in Detroit, MI
Brewery rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 330 ratings