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Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 134
Beer Avg: 3.43
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
895 Oakland Avenue
phone: (248) 745-5900
// CLOSED //
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
It was a coldish dreary day when I came into King Brewery in Pontiac. I admire all of Michigan's breweries for making real beer and serving them up in their tap rooms as fresh as they can be. So I can't fault any brewery for not spending money on pointless decor and useless gimmicks. If I wanted that, I would go to a stupid corporate brew pub with less hops in their IPA than a good brewery has in their pale ale. The only thing I didnt like about King's was the horseshoe bar and the hum of the busy highway outside.
The chicken quesadilla was delicious and the bar tender was super helpful and nice. Free wifi is awesome. I love beer and internet.
Some nice daily specials on the menu and some attractive regulars (burgers, sandwhiches, etc).
03-13-2009 01:38:56 |
More by ahking
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visit Kings often and have found it as one of my favored local brewpubs. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting with a very accommodating staff.
The Staff: while often short staffed, I have not found a more pleasant and hard working crew anywhere!
The beers: If you've have kings beer in bottle, you must try it from the Tap. I don't know if it's the friendly service or the fact that it is sure to be fresh and well handled, but the difference between bottle and tap is night and day. The Hardtail ale is my favorite, a well hopped beer with a smooth balance of malt. The IPA is a bit sharper on the tongue as it is suppose to be. Don't forget to save room for the Mocha Java Stout... coffee and dessert in a glass.
The food, A nice menu of nonstandard brewpub food...
A Tasty Walleye Ruben Sandwich, A nice Steamer Pot of shrimp, clams, mussels and calamari steamed in a aromatic ale, ask for extra bread for dipping!
High quality and tasty, not just deep fried bar foods.
But speaking of fries, they do make some of the best homemade french fries around.
I agree with the others reviews and my opinion of Kings mirrors them.
Buy the way, Kings is the 2nd longest standing brewpub in the state of Michigan.... They have survived for a reason.
02-14-2008 17:09:07 |
More by Rickk
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've come here quite a lot. It is the closest brewpub to me. I'm surprised no one has reviewed. The atmoshpere is OK. Nothing special. I usually sit at the bar. Smoking is allowed and sometimes you end next to someone blowing smoke at the bar. They always have a single TV mounted overhead at the bar. Usually it is tuned to sporting events. There are are some tables.
Now to the beer. They usually have 5 taps. The regular taps include pale ale, IPA, brown ale, pilsner, red ale, or pontiac porter. Specialty taps include cherry ale, dopplebock, java stout, hefewiezen, two fisted old ale. The beer is generally pretty good. Nothing stands out spectacularly but all are solid offerings. The selection is a little limited but geneally will appeal from beginners with the pilsner to the those looking for something special with the seasonal tap.
The food is a highlight. They have a chef from Schoolcraft College's culinary program. The highest praise I can give it is that some people come to just eat the food without regard to the beer. I recommend the Michigan Cherry Salad or the King Burger. Check out the weekly specials too. The price is reasonable. I usually get out of there with a meal and 2 pints for $20. The pints seems a little larger than the standard pint. The glasses are a bit bigger. Tuesday night is wing night with cheap buffalo wings during happy hour.
The customers are an interesting mix. It is no surprise to see a biker or two plus some white collar workers from nearby General Motors facilities. More of a blue collar feel to the place though.
Usually the help is light. There is only 1 person usually working behind the bar who must cover all the tables and the bar area too. If it gets crowded like a typical Friday afternoon lunch rush then service can be a little slow. Usually the help is trying hard though. They tend to change over rather frequently though. They are not open on Sundays. Usually very empty on Saturday afternoons when they open at noon.
Nice to see such a place open in Pontiac. I would put this ahead of Bo's as the place to go in Pontiac for a beer. Bo has very high ABV beers but this place has more solid normal offerings. Plus it has more of a regular downhome feel.
05-16-2005 01:53:43 |
More by mjohn27603
King Brewing Company in Pontiac, MI