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Taps: 32 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
14600 East Eleven Mile Road
phone: (586) 776-9428
(Place added by: beernut7)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
These guys seem the most serious microbrewers in Michigan. My friend describes the atmosphere as industrial park. No food is served. This is for people who are serious about the beer. They serve several Belgian styles along with covering a lot of other style territory (Scotch Ales, Oatmeal Stout, etc). When I went to the Michigan Brewer's Guild Taste Festival in 2002 their Dead Monk Ale beat everything that I tasted. The festival included most brewers in the state. Although the Dead Monk on tap at Warren I've had hasn't quite matched the festival experience. They even offer equipment you can rent or buy to be able to serve cold carbonated beverages on tap at home. Their growlers are also a notch above with a locking cap that seals the beer for better storage. I ran into some interesting characters and joined a conversation easily. Not everyone is a beer snob with some just drinking the Belgians for "the higher alcohol content". I did see at least one family with children and they do offer soda made on premises. The only down side is that they aren't open on Sundays. No frills, just beer.
10-27-2002 11:40:30 |
More by mjohn27603
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
We stopped in on a Saturday night. The beer menu is downright impressive! We tried as many beers as we could reasonably try. The selection of American, English, and German beers was unparalleled. You'd be hard pressed to find a place that suited so many different places.
THEY ONLY SELL THEIR OWN BEER! And that is so cool.
The place was small, so I wondered a bit more about their brewing operation. They didn't have any of the brewing equipment in view.
There isn't really a food menu (it includes popcorn, burgers, cheese and crackers). But they're okay with you bringing in carry out food from restaurants. A number of people ordered pizzas while we were there. The cheese and crackers were tasty and went well with the beer. The sampler trays were generous and a nice way to attack their massive beer menu.
I particularly enjoyed the IPA and the ESB. The growlers are brown glass, and they have a more modern sealing mechanism and the beer transported well. The server insisted the growler kept in carbonation for a month. I didn't get a chance to try it; we drank it all when we got home.
There was live music when we were there; the guy was really quite good and added a lot to the atmosphere. When he wasn't there, they didn't have music playing. I'm sick of going to brewerys, etc. where they feel that loud music is a way to make up for lack of ambiance and customers.
I'd recommend this place to anyone. It's too bad it's 7 hours from home.
04-02-2008 03:32:57 |
More by Reneejane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Dragonmead Microbrewery is a very cool and unique place! WOW! When I heard they had 50 taps I assumed that they carry other brewery's beers on some of those taps. No. The usually have 40 - 50 of their own beer on tap at any give time. UNBELIEVABLE!. Obviously they must brew small batches and so I asked what size they are, to keep all those beers fresh. 3 barrel batches. That makes sense. But they brew a lot of them, goodness. Even the biggest microbreweries I know don't have that many house beers on. When we arrived the server apologized because that day they only had 36 beers on tap. Bummer =) but she gave us pretzels and mustard right off the bat so all is good. Here are the ones I tried:
Imperial Stout on cask
Under the Kilt Scottish wee/heavy on cask
Honey Porter -> my favorite beer of the day
Breath of Dragon
Bishop Bobs Holy Smoke
Rev. Freds Oatmeal Stout
Crown Jewels IPA
Guienevees Golden Belgian Ale
My favorite beer of the day was the Honey Porter. The rich molasses anise and roasted cocoa along with a drop of golden sweet honey was fantastic. I also ate a chicken sandwich wish was tasty. Two casks, nice.
They only have five beers bottled.
Sir Williams ESB
Eric The Red
Final Absolution Triple
Under The Kilt - Scottish
Crown Jewels IPA
After a stop in Warren we visited Bello Vino Market in Ann Arbor, Michigan and found 4 of the five Dragon Mead bottled beers. GrandCruDrew informed me that they will have "Eric The Red" soon but it was just released in the bottle. Beer reviews (from the bottles) of Final Absolution Triple, Under The Kilt - Scottish, and of Crown Jewels IPA our coming shortly, on a day when my mind stops swirling. As memory serves though, I did like the Crown Jewels IPA, I still must say the favorite of the beers I tasted was the Honey Porter.
This is a must see in Michigan.
Hope this is helpful.
05-01-2007 06:01:23 |
More by Phatz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the first review I've attempted. I was at Dragonmead last night for the second time in my life and felt right at home. This is an excellent microbrewery. The atmosphere is great, it has an old world pub feel. A Scottish folk musician added to that atmosphere last night. There is a selection of board games for you to enjoy with your beer. Complimentary pretzels and mustard are brought out with your beer...ahh the beer. Dragonmead's beer is exceptional and at any given time they have about 30 to choose from. My personal favorite is Under the Kilt Wee Heavy. The staff is very helpful if you have any questions. They will usually bring you a couple of samples if you can't decide between two beers. They are also very friendly and will provide you with takeout menus so that you can order food in. The welcoming atmosphere and great beer make it easy to lose track of time and spend a whole evening there which isn't a bad thing. If you live within an hour of Dragonmead I would highly suggest checking it out.
08-09-2004 02:39:04 |
More by bozebus17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Simply can't imagine a better brewpub. Well I can but it would cost way too much money. Spent an afternoon and evening with a buddy there recently and we managed to sample every beer on tap. Something like 33 beers were sampled. Although palate fatigue set in we really did not have 1 "bad" beer in the bunch. The Belgian category was the most memorable with some outstanding beers. Another that was truly outstanding was a Scootish Wee heavy. One of the owners, Bill Wrobel, was nice enough to take 3-4 of us on a tour of the operations and spent some time talking about the set-up including answering some fairly detailed questions from my friend and I regarding their process, flow and capacity.
Everyone beer lover should visit for the beers. Every homebrewer, whether serious or beginner should visit for a tour to see how much you can with with a very little space.
11-20-2003 13:33:28 |
More by CRJMellor
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
take this review with a grain of salt. i am into the whole medieval, dragons, Lord of the Rings thing, so i may be swayed by the theme. but even regardless of that, this place is awesome. the place is decorated with medival type stuff, banners, tapestries and the fonts are all reminiscient of camelot. most impressive was the amount of beers avaiable, the beer menu was 3 pages. all their own, broken into 11 styles, American, Scottish style ales, Barleywines, belgians, cask conditioned, czech lagers, english ales, german ales, RIS's, mead/wine, and Norwegian ales. i had the Excalibur Barleywine (11%) and their flagship beer Final Absolution (a 10% trippel). highly impressed, makes my trips to Mi. that much better. kuhnhenns one day, dragonmenad the next. and the prices are reasonable too. they dont serve much food, little finger foods, but they encourage ordering out and provide menus to do so. an incredible establishment, will be a staple of every michigan trip.
12-31-2007 17:07:31 |
More by sinstaineddemon
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
My wife and I stopped here on a recent trip to Michigan. The place is fairly well lit with a nice long bar. Medieval style decor lines the walls along with breweries numerous awards. There is an incredible selection on draft, over 30 beers, including a cask variety. All selections we tried extremely well done. Our bartenders were friendly, talkative, and good at keeping up with the surprising number of people that were here after 10pm on a Wednesday. We did have a chance to chat a bit with one of the brewers for a while also.
Nothing I write in this review could ever be enough. This is perhaps one of the best places to get a beer in Michigan - and perhaps even for better than 250 miles (or more). You would not be disappointed to go out of your way to stop here on whatever would take you in Dragonmead's direction - and if you live in the Detroit area and haven't been here, you're missing out. We will definitely be back on return trips (and plan more time also).
06-21-2008 13:17:32 |
More by scoobybrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
This is a really fun place to go. The fact that it's located on a service road for a major interstate highway in an industrial plaza just adds more excitement to the experience. It's a very relaxed atmosphere, with a large following of locals who show up regularly (at least on weekends).
I've been totally impressed with the quality, and quantity, of beers they keep on tap. About 30 are always available, including one cask, with styles ranging from english ales to belgians to german lagers (along with a number of "experiments" that they're always working on).
Although horribly understaffed when it gets busy, servers are very courteous. Recently my whole table was given a tour of the brewery at about 11pm on a Saturday night, after the rush ended. (They have a very impressive brewing system that allows them to brew a lot of small batches, which makes sense since they keep so many beers on tap at once.)
There are only a few food items available (pretzels, cheese and crackers, etc.) and while they're good (and appreciated), they're not worthy of giving a rating. They do keep a binder full of take-out and delivery places in the area and have absolutely no problem providing plates and utensils if you bring in food.
If you're in the area, or even just passing through, Dragonmead is definitely a spot that you should check out. Easily one of my favourites.
08-06-2004 20:56:38 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Only 38 beers on tap when I was in on a Friday lunchtime. And a mead. All made in house. Truly a dizzying selection. I worked my way through four half pints - Dragon's Blood Bitter, Wench Water Belgian Pale, Dragonslayer Alt, and a Crown Jewels IPA. All of them were quite good, with the edge going to the Dragon's Blood for my palate. Lots of American, Beligan, and English styles, with a handful of German, Scottish, and a Czech pils. Incredible selection.
Service was very good, with a patient, helpful bartender who was able to answer all the questions I asked, and never let my glass get empty.
Nice atmosphere, with lots of wood, and comfortable seating at the bar. I was, frankly, surprised at how small this place is. Very cozy and inviting though.
07-06-2007 19:39:56 |
More by Realale
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We had the pleasure of visiting this brewpub during a recent run through Warren, MI. Right off the bat as you pull up, you know that with its cool looking castle like brick façade (hey at least for a brewpub), this is going to be a pretty neat place. The interior has some of the coolest theming that I've seen in a brewpub in a while. Medieval is definitely the motif, with coat of arms banners and European flags hanging from the rafters, a suit of armor in the corner, and various dragon influenced artwork all over the walls. The coolest stuff in reserved for the bar area though with it's Knight & Dragon stain glass windows, shield tile mosaic (that houses just some of the dragon themed taps) and the classic wood wraparound bar. An all around great atmosphere that really sets the mood for the beers to come...
Ah, onto the beers. They offer at least 50 different styles of which they had 37 available. Yes, I said 37 different beers...from one brewpub! The styles ran the full gamut, from their Ring of Fire Chili beer, to the Crown Jewels IPA, to a Bourbon Imperial Stout, to their absolutely magnificent Final Absolution Belgian Triple. We tried a lot of stuff (and were glad that they offered ½ pints) and everything was top notch for the style. If you go back towards the bathrooms, they offer you a peek into the brewery and their awesome looking "tank farm" of small fermenters that shows just how they can keep so many beers on at a time. Pretty cool!
They offer a limited food menu (and encourage you to order in your own if you want) and although their fryer was down, we still made due with a tasty cheese and cracker plate. The service here was great. We were promptly greeted by our server April at the bar as we entered and were treated like we were the only ones in the place (OK, we actually were for our first 15 minutes here;) but still, she did an outstanding job the entire time we were there. Owner Larry Channell even came out to talk with us for awhile. We felt very welcomed here and wish that we could have stayed longer.
This really was a surprise of a visit for us as we didn't expect to like this place this much! A great themed atmosphere, awesome (and a massive selection of) beers, and a friendly staff make this a must hit if your in the area. We definitely can't wait to visit again.
04-30-2008 20:10:08 |
More by Kegatron
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