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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Active Beers: 66
Beer Ratings: 16,429
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]
511 South Kalamazoo Street
phone: (269) 781-9940
General Store: 269-781-9741
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Dark Horse was a fun place to visit. It had a really unique vibe that was part roadhouse, part beer bar. The funky ceramic mugs hanging from the walls and ceiling added to the visual density of the place. The walls were covered with art and ephemera, from drawings on paper plates, to beer labels, movie tickets, animal skulls, et cetera. Taps at the bar were similarly funky and eclectic, including the notorious doll head (gasp) from the controversial cover of the BA mag. Patrons were of all ages, mostly local, everyone seemed good-natured and having a good time. Beers were fresh, and were exclusively DH products. Menu of sandwiches, apps, salads, and wraps, some interesting choices, nothing too wild. Growler/keg prices were listed on a wall chalkboard, which was helpful, most were very affordable. 4Elf seasonal 4 packs were available to go, but they didn't sell other bottles to go. In the warmer seasons, they have a nice little patio out back. There was a homebrew shop across the parking lot, with ceramic mugs and swag for sale. Cool spot.
01-04-2009 00:38:01 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Worth the stop if you are passing nearby because of the beer. Some experiments here, and they tasted very good. A bit hard to find, you need a to print a map and then look around, signs would be great. A little place, that at night gets buzy, bottles are sold next store at a regular store. I am told the food is good. Staff were very friendly, its like you really are in a small safe town. Middle America. Thousands of very tastefully made ceramic mugs hanging from the ceiling for "club members" who have visited frequently. There were a half dozen on tap, and served perfect.
08-07-2009 02:20:16 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is an extremely cool brewpub. You'd never guess it from the exterior, but inside this pre-fab is a top notch tappery. Serving only Dark Horse beers, all of which are tasty of course, and sporting the delicious aroma of fresh wort.
The walls are covered with one of the largest collections of ceramic mugs I've seen in one place. It looks like they have a LOT of members in their mug club.
I think 10 taps running while I was there, including everything current. The bartender seems to be a beer lover, seems obvious except that so often this has not been the case. All beer geek questions were answered quickly and with conviction.
There's a convenience store next door that sells their beers and a few others, but the prices are actually higher than you can find elsewhere. So stop for the fresh taps, buy your beer to go elsewhere.
02-05-2010 01:42:28 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stop #334 on my world brewery/brewpub tour.
Thursday around 6:30 with a nasty winter storm rolling in from the west.
I've passed on Dark Horse a number of times while traveling through south central Michigan. Not really sure why. I think I thought Marshall was not really a town and Dark Horse may be some sort of sketchy local bar. Not the case at all as Marshall is a modest town and Dark Horse was comfortably full of cheery locals (some with their families).
I sat at the bar. The "kitchen" is kinda part of the end of the bar out in the open. Pizza oven and no frier that I could see.
Laminated 8.5 x 11 print out complete beer list with crayon X on what is available. Nice idea so everyone can read details of beers and it's easy to update.
Tres Blueberry Stout
Fore Smoked Stout
Plead the Fifth Imperial Stout (I had, nice)
Thirsty Trout Porter
Double Crooked Tree IPA
Crooked Tree IPA
Amber Ale (Belgian yeast, my first beer of the night)
Reserve Special Black Bier Ale
Boffo Brown Ale
I love spicy food and had a sandwich on spent bread with spent brewers grain. It was very, very spicy. I wonder if they made a mistake or something. In any case it was very good.
Would recommend and will return when passing through in the future.
03-09-2012 21:38:05 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A great stop on our journey west on I-94, heading (slightly out of our way) to DLD.
We got there right at opening and were greeted by Travis (who seemed to be the bar manager) and the cook. A steady stream of regulars and locals young and old came and went during our visit. We grabbed two stools at the 10 stool bar just inside the door. The walls, and most of the ceiling, were covered with the biggest mug club I have ever seen (over 1700) and the coolest hand made mugs I have come across.
Ten beers on tap, including the last dregs of a Double Crooked Tree cask, highlighted by ultra-fresh Crooked Tree and Plead the Fifth, a 14% RIS. Many other fine looking beers that we did not have the opportunity to try. Next time.
The pizza was fresh and delicious and set a good base for the rest of our travels that day. The package store/deli next door was also a nice stop for some Dark Horse Perkulator and Blueberry Stout (Tres, or was it Fore?) and some Short's Huma Lupa Licious.
Worth a trip and even a two hour detour if that's what it takes.
05-04-2009 17:36:43 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Dark Horse was stop 2 on our two day Michigan tour. We stopped for drinks only.
Atmosphere: Dark Horse could (and probably does) pass for a biker bar. The interior is small, cramped with a bar and table seating available. A rather cozy place that could be tha neighborhood dive.
Qiality: Bar service replaced table service, but that is no dealbreaker. Restrooms were cleam but a large fly hovered around our table.
Service: Averagee, on;ly because there was no table service.
Selection: 6 DH beers on tap. I went with Smells Like Weed (see my review). ROD, an ale with aphrodisiacs, was also ordered but I wasn't tpp keen on it. I was really floored by Smells Like Weed.
Food: Dark Horse offers a fill menu but we stuck with nachos and salsa. They were good with a fiery kick. I'd visit again.
07-19-2009 22:37:56 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
It's always hard to be subjective when rating your favorite brewery, but I'll do my best.
Mental notes from a visit this past spring/summer:
As far as the atmosphere, the rustic feel is nice and the mug club really shows you're among friends here. It seems though that this is a strictly a beer drinking place (and some food) versus some places adding to it an experience (bands, pool tables, dance areas, dart boards, shuffle boards, etc.). While that might be good for some, it might not be for all. The service is very good but not good enough to put themselves above the masses. The quality of Dark Horse beers are the best bar none right now to me, although with the alternatives they have and also their creative prowess they could make it more exciting by throwing out a few from right field once in while. I've heard the food is good, but didn't have any.
For I myself the atmosphere is perfectly fine and for many others it would be as well. Therefore on the flip side it is its charm of a place like this that makes this brewery almost like one of us. I will go back and have 4 times.
01-13-2011 06:11:53 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Another stop on the beerwolf and sweemzander trip to GR.
So the place itself isn't much to look at. It looks like a large ice fishing shack from the outside and not much better once inside. Rustic old towny bar feel. Mugs from the mug club line damn near every square inch of the place. Old stickers and posters take up the rest of the spaces.
Pretty much the regular DH line up and a few specialties on tap. I opted for a odd ball tap only beer called WGRD. It was served in a standard pint glass and not extemely cold. Which is a good thing. The beer itself was average.
We ordered food which was promptly served and rather tasty. No complaints there.
Overall a nice one time visit for me. Probably won't go out of my way to head back.
03-11-2011 13:02:21 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
One of my most favorite places in Michigan, or heck for that matter anywhere! I akin it to a brewpub in a double wide trailer! A wonderfully funky place! It has a really unique vibe that is one part Texas roadhouse, one part beer bar.
The interior is decorated with a mish mash of the mug clubs ceramic mugs hanging from EVERYWHERE! The walls are littered with posters and tons of stuff you have to see to believe!
The beers here are always fresh, solid and tasty. They usually run like 10-12 taps.
The menu is nothing spectacular but offers a solid choice of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and the star...awesome pizzas,
Service has always been good. Once they know you are a beer geek they truly take the time to talk to you. We even got a late night impromptu tour of the brewery once.
Across the parking lot is their gift/homebrew shop where you can purchase glassware, shirts and of course homebrew supplies.
Dark Horse is a very cool and most interesting brew pub. Well worth taking a detour to for a visit. In fact the town of Marshall is very quaint and worthy of an overnight stay if you have the time.
04-21-2009 13:48:28 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Not sure what I was inspecting when I showed up at Dark Horse Brewing. On a road trip, stopped in Marshall specifically to try Dark Horse on site after years of sampling them at Great Taste and once at Michigan Guild festival. Lines at the Michigan festival were always crazy long, and I'm been a pretty consistent fan of the Double Crooked Tree over the years when I can get it. Finding that the brewery is a rustic looking building in a small mall named Dark Horse (including tattooing and groceries, if need be) wasn't what I was expecting.
Walking in, the first thing the is obvious is that the mug club is extremely popular. Entire ceiling, walls, windows, all had hand made ceramic mugs hanging with numbers and sometimes names on the bottom. Very homey feeling. Clearly a pub that does well on the support of the locals. Full on a Thursday night for dinner, but thinned out a bit around 8 pm. Place reminds me a local joints near my small farm town in Iowa--local, not fancy and where everyone meets. I did like the glass washer on the bar used for every pint--mug or glass. The really seem to care about the beer and everything was well served. I had dinner--a veggie pizza made in the back and cooked in a mini oven. Fresh made, good, but nothing overly special.
Overall, a nice place to have a well served pint. Since I've had the flag ships of DH, I stayed away from the regulars and had lesser known (to me) Dark Corner and Thirsty Trout. Both strong, but not up the reputation I had in my head. Didn't have time to check if Crooked Tree is as good locally as when I had it in bottles. If in Marshall, I'd make the attempt to get back here, but would probably have pizza at Arcadia instead.
07-28-2011 18:09:39 |
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