Detroit Beer Co.

Detroit Beer Co.Detroit Beer Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1529 E. Broadway
Detroit, Michigan, 48226
United States

(313) 969-1529 | map

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 82
Reviews by buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I stopped in yesterday on a trip to Detroit to see the Tigers. This is my fourth visit, and finally got a meal here. It is located conveniently close to Commerica Park right across from the Detroit Opera House. As you walk in the bar is on the right and accommodates about 10-12 people. Brewing equipment is right behind the bar. The walls are brick with high stamped ceilings. There is an upstairs bar, but I have never made it up there.

They had five beers on tap. I had the Milkshake Stout, the ipa and the bock. They all were quality. They also had a tripel and a light beer. The bartender was friendly and fairly accessible. I was torn between ordering the mac 'n' cheese or the catfish. My decision was made for me when I was informed that they were out of mac 'n' cheese. My date ordered a turkey sandwich. She loved her food. Me, not so much. The catfish was covered in Cajun blackened seasoning. That is all I could taste. I have had Cajun catfish numerous times and it was never caked in seasoning. I couldn't finish my meal, and I am a fat ass that never leaves food on my plate.

Although, I was disappointed in my meal, my date was happy, and my wallet was not abused. It is very reasonable. I had four or five beers, my date had 2 or 3, we both ate, and it was around $40. I will go back because the beer is quality and I will try another meal. Or I can always go to Slow's.

One more thing. The restroom was not even close to being clean. But after a few pints, who can hit a urinal?

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Photo of Mothergoose03
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.

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

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

Photo of Beginner2
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.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of JasonR1975
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.

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

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
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.

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

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

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

Photo of jmiah22
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of HopMeister14
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Photo of Fahrn13
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of Ekoseck
3.58/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of beer4brian331
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of n2492004
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Samurai_Jesus4
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of tommy5
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brandonparrent
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of moshea
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mikediesel124
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Detroit Beer Co. in Detroit, MI
3.64 out of 5 based on 284 ratings.
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