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Schmohz Brewing Company
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 313
Beer Avg: 3.19
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
2600 Patterson SE, Suite A
phone: (616) 949-0860
"outside seating in our Beirgarten"
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
The atmosphere is cozy. Cool, low key feel, nice garden area. Unique feel. How many other bars have a Michigan Tech hockey theme?
Beer quality is VERY sketchy. I've made it a point to drop by a time or two every year to give this place another chance. They just keep putting out below average beer. I haven't been alone in questioning the possibility of the bar passing off infected beers as servable.
Service has been adequate. While I can't blame servers for selling the product, I've witnessed the brewer being confronted over perceived shortfalls in his brews. Constructive questioning hasn't been welcome.
While the selection is pretty vast for the brewery's size, it lacks on much "good" beer. I've consistently enjoyed the ESB, otherwise it's a bit of a crap shoot.
Again, value would be great. 3.75 for a pint? Count me in! Then again, I've left more than 1 pint on a table as completely undrinkable. That's no great value.
I really want to like this place. I'm a huge beer homer and want to see all MI joints succeed. That said, after many disappointing visits (over the course of 5 years or more) it's time to give an honest review. After comparing their "Beer City PA" with versions from other local breweries, I've only confirmed my suspicions. It's just not worth your time or money to hit this place up while in GR. I'm sure I'll continue to give my obligatory visit every year. If things improve, I'll be sure to update. One can hope...
07-11-2012 04:08:17 |
More by GRPunk
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Two trips within a month’s time. Reasonable pricing on beer and growlers. Inconsistent flavor with the beer between the two visits, even among the tap mainstays (except for the Bonecrusher Stout - that was consistently delicious). Nice and quiet, great spot to stop with kids. Bring your own food friendly.
10-02-2013 21:43:15 |
More by BrewtalHonesty
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Atmosphere: As you walk in you get the feel of a typical dive bar that only the locals know about. Tables scattered here and there in no particular order. A small pool table, dart board, and a pinball machine against the wall. As far as a atmosphere inside the place goes, not a fan.
Quality: The beers I had were good. Started with the Hopknocker IPA which wasn't bad. I would say it was just average. Tried a little of the porter as well, and finished with their barleywine, which surprised me a little bit with how good it was.
Service: Walked straight to the bar and ordered a beer. The bar was full of people but I had a drink in my hand pretty quickly. Anytime we needed a drink we could just walk up to the bar and get one. A waitress came in later, but that was around the time we were ready to leave.
Selection: I didn't count the number of beers there were on tap, but it was probably around 8 or so. When I saw the place I figured with how small it was that it would only have four beers on tap or so, and also some bud or miller. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the tap list and no BMC.
Value: 3.75 for a pint of craft brew, not cheap, not expensive. Their barleywine was a little more expensive at 5.00, but it was one of their "specialty" beers. They also have free popcorn you can bring back to the table and munch on.
Ovarall, I would come back here. But with all the brewering companies in Grand Rapids, I wouldn't make it a priority.
10-21-2010 10:57:33 |
More by otto251068
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $
Classic small time brewery. It's not trying to be anything fancy. It's just a good place to get some decent beer and hang out. Free popcorn and pool, set yourself up with a few beers and chill. Not hard to lose a few hours without losing much of your wallet here. You can tell these guys just enjoy what they get to do everyday.
11-27-2013 16:14:09 |
More by TheGingerbreadMan
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
If you were led to this place blindfolded and had the blinders removed once inside you would never think there were craft brews and craft brews only on tap at the bar. This place looks like it would have PBR on tap and white trash types singing karaoke, but it has a few decent beers to offer should you be in the area. Free pool, free popcorn, and a friendly waitress/bartender add some positive points to Schmohz. Overall, the atmosphere is a different sort of vibe and the interior is simply not pleasing to the eye save for the aforementioned waitress. It seemed as though the majority of the patrons were regulars who were familiar with one another. It felt kind of like we were visiting a fraternity or club house of some sort. I can't decide whether that was a good thing or not. At any rate, it was a very unpretentious scene that could teach some of the more uppity joints around the area a thing or two.
The quality of the products offered in bottles and on pull at the taproom is generally average. A cut above standard fare. Hopknocker was a decent choice and the stout was on sale as the brewers choice of the day. Not bad beers.
The service was great. Beers were pulled and ready to drink within seconds of bellying up. The bartender was very friendly which is sometimes difficult to find these days.
The selection was decent. Most styles had a consumable representation on tap and the pricing was reasonable.
This place is a perfectly viable place to get something other than BMC. With some of the other places available around the area, it may take a bit of a back seat. It is worth a visit to see normal people enjoying better beer without any of the uppity shenanigans that may be encountered elsewhere. At least they give back the proper change, Founders waitstaff.
01-25-2011 20:47:26 |
More by SupaCelt
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Our last stop of the night on the GR tour.
From the outside you would have no idea this place even exists. Once inside it looks like a pretty average townie bar. Pool tables darts and TV's up front. Small bar in the back. The selection was limited to the handful of beers they make but a good mix of styles. I settled on the barrel aged barley wine.
The server grabbed our beers and didn't make any conversation. Seemed like every one in the place was a "regular". Half the bar was watching a college hockey game with serious intensity. The BW was served in a snifter and not too cold. Which is how I like em.
Overall if I didn't know it I would have just assumed we were in some regular local bar. Not a brewery. Sometimes less pretentious isn't all that bad.
03-20-2011 22:26:38 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Schmohz is a welcome addition to the quality breweries already established in the area.
The atmosphere is freindly fun loving and dare I say family oriented. There are video games for the kids (although I don't know why you would bring little ones to a brew pub there were a few running the floor) the staff is out going and will answer pretty much any question a customer might have.
The service is freindly and attentive with a flair for beer knowledge.
Selection is a bit limited and the quality seems to suffer from the lack of attention to detail.
Food consisted of brats and burgers on the day I was there. I am pretty sure that there is little or no food on any other day.
The location is horrible. It is stuck at the end of an industrial complex with no available out front advertising. The brewery that was here prior failed. If this one fails the location will be it's demise.
If you go try the porter, it is by far the best on their list. It rivals Great Lakes Porter..
07-22-2005 05:08:07 |
More by trumick
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Schmohz is located right off of a main road in GR and quite easy to find. The warehouse facade made me think twice if it was actually the place I had been looking for, but luckily their signage is quite visable.
Entering the taproom I got the feeling like I was out of place, as there were a handful of middle aged regulars seated around, and I being 21 and young looking possibly made them suspicious of my goals for the evening.
As for entertainment they had, 2 electronic dartboards, a tommy pinball machine, a pool table. I really liked the fact that they offer games of pool for free and the other machines are likely 25c at most.
I went up to the bar and inquired to try a sampler and was promptly helped by their owner/brewer Jim Schwerin (from what the pictures on their website tell me, as i didnt get too indepth with conversation, feeling slightly akward from the vibe), He seemed nice. Another brewer, Chas Thompson was behind the bar as well discussing the brews with a few middleaged folks and was offering tastings to them to better explain himself.
They had 10 different taps running, and since I dont make it over to Grand Rapids often, their 5oz (i think?) samplers were a godsend. After trying all of them, I found their variety to be a nice change of pace and there were possibly at most 2 that i honestly didnt care too much for but unfortunately I don't remember their names as the website doesnt seem to be updated too often.
At $3.75 for a sampler (which is apparently the price of a pint as well) i found them to be quite reasonably priced. The beer overall was good, not the best brewpub in the state but loads better than picking up swill beer from a gas station or the like. If you're concidering a brewpub crawl, i liked the fact at how close the grand rapids brewing company is located to here.
I could easily see myself visiting the place often if I lived closer to grand rapids, most likely getting a growler filled once a month or so.
My only complaint is that their taproom is smoke free, I do like to enjoy a fine smoke so i most likely wouldnt stick around - but this could be a selling point for nonsmokers or those allergic to smoke.
02-17-2007 15:58:45 |
More by drxandy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Now this brewery is in a strange location - an industrial park. The girl serving us ale stated they moved into this location because another brewery had been located there and they would not have to convert as much in the building to a brewery. The inside had the ramshackle appearance of not being completed. There is a pool table when you enter and a pinball machine in the corner. Also, on this particular day, the inside was entirely too hot. However, the ales were consistantly good, from the hoppy Pail ale to the malt accented ESB. The refreshing and flavorful cream ale is well worth seeking. No food served, but the brewery will have an occasional pig roast. The brewery offers its beers in growlers and six-packs. Also, my niece tells me the brewery has a very sweet pet pig named CeCe.
07-04-2011 20:49:30 |
More by jkrich
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
Mike (tiki) and I visited this place last night to see what it was all about. The place was really lacking tables and there was a lot of open room, it looked like they hadn't finished furnishing it yet. Two tvs, a bar, and like 4 tables didnt really fill the decently sized bar up. There were no games of any kind, a pool table, foosball table, dartboard, or something like that would have been nice. The bartender said they're hoping to add a South Park pinball game soon which would definitely help.
The service was really good, she was interested in my take on the beers and really friendly but there were only like 10 people there so that probably helped.
There were four beers on tap with the IPA coming out sometime next week. Me and mike got the chance to sample all the beers for free which was really nice. The styles were very interesting and unique for a startup brewery. They had a bock, steam, cream ale, and robust porter (very unusual lineup). All these beers had a euro accent on them which I applaud the brewer for doing since there's enough high alpha acid, huge malt bomb, intensely bitter beers in West Mich as is. These beers are definitely unique. The bock was decent, the cream ale was really good for its style, the steam didn't do it for me, and the porter was for sure the best.
They had pop and chips and some other bar food but nothing else, you can order pizza to be delivered there.
I'm really excited about seeing this place take off. It's close to my home and will definitely be a nice place to stop for a drink or two after class. I hope they're still planning on expanding with tables and some sort of entertainment.
12-31-2004 16:24:52 |
More by granger10
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