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Taps: 32 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
14600 East Eleven Mile Road
phone: (586) 776-9428
(Place added by: beernut7)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This was the third stop on our Microbrewery tour and literally had no idea what to expect. We walked in and I was shocked with how cool the interior to this place was. Loved all the tap handles which they had a TON of with all different styles of beer.
One of the women that was working there gave my dad and I along with a few others that were in the brewery a behind the scene tour of the brewery. She brought us all over, and even let us try different types of malts. Which I have never gotten to try before which was great. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions.
I even got a chance to try to first Chipolte ale which I was pretty nervous to try. Over all I totally enjoyed it was well as the other 5 beers I got a chance to sample! If your ever in the area I highly recommend that you stop in and have a drink! Cheers guys loved the whole operation!
07-26-2011 00:54:36 |
More by yankeej13
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally got a chance to get out to DM to see what the hype was about.
After sampling everything I could find in the bottle, I decided it was time to try the real deal.
Pass this place pretty much every day, so I knew how to get their, but I can see how others could have a problem with directions.
Bellied up to the bar, since there were no tables available Jam packed on a Saturday night.
Had a flight... took about 10 minutes to make a decision, I felt like a girl in a shoe store. They had over 30 on tap.
Finally got it down to a Hefe, Honey brown porter, Dubbel, RI Stout & ESB.
All were vary tasty and fresh. I will be back for their Final Absolution.
The staff was nice, although when I asked the waitress for a flight of beers and she had no idea what I was talking about, I proceeded to ask the guy sitting next to me for his recommendations.
08-27-2006 19:19:57 |
More by onsite416
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
At first we decided to stop here to kill time between our visit to Kuhnhenn and another place that wouldn't be opened yet, but we're glad we did, and spent more time here than originally thought.
From the outside, Dragonmead looks like a typical late 1990s constructed mini-mall building parallel to the interstate. But once you get inside, you're really taken away by how all out they went with the theming. This place belongs at a Renaissance Fair with its huge assortment of medieval theming; knight armor, banners, coats of arms, stained glass with dragons on it, mosaics, and most impressive to a beer lover...50 taps for beer! Though they "only" had 37 things on tap at the time (all their own brews), combine that with all the medals and awards they proudly have displayed on the walls surrounding their large bar showing the brews are worthy of enjoyment and this place could easily be a beer drinkers resort, if only they allowed camping.
The bartender was really upbeat, happy to see us, prompt, and knowledgeable about the beers. Beers come in a variety of sizes and styles, most with Medieval themed names or something relative to Dragonmead, and are all descent, some like the Final Absolution are downright phenomenal. The only downside to the place is that they don't offer much food, and their fryer was down when we were there, so no mozzarella sticks or jalapeño poppers for us, thus limiting our selection even more. They did offer hamburgers and assorted cheeses and snacks, but this is clearly a place where drinking comes first. They'll gladly allow outside food to be brought in though.
In all, a really impressive place that shouldn't have to play second fiddle to other places in the area. We're definitely heading back, maybe next time spending a whole day just in Warren, MI, and we'll bringing our own food to better soak up all the amazing beers we'll have to try, maybe even breaking out the turkey legs to better suite the theme.
05-06-2008 22:32:54 |
More by HopDerek
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited the Dragonmead place at about 3:00 p.m. on a thursday. When I walked in there was only one other fellow in the place beside the bartender.
A: The only reason the atmosphere suffers is becuase it was quiet... too quiet. Granted I guess most bars should be pretty dead at 3:00 in the afternoon... but damn it, I was done my work and in Detroit for the first time, what's your excuse? The most impressive thing was the number of brews on-tap which are all brewed on-site. There are several swords on the walls, and several awards from various beer events. It's a smaller brewpub, but very welcoming.
There was also a small PA system on-site which suggested, to a local music fanatic like me, that acoustic performances might take place there from time to time... which is awesome.
Q: I started with a pint of the Broken Paddle IPA which was pretty good. It was a bit sweeter than most IPAs, but was very drinkable. I followed the IPA with the sampler. The sampler consists of five (5) 6oz tasters of my choosing: I got the Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (Eh), the Oatmeal Stout (Holy poop thats good), the Rauchbier (normally not my thing, but this one was very drinkable), the Final Absolution Triple (again, not usually my thing, but very tasty), and the Lionheart Pale Ale.
The bartender noticed the other fellow and I were discussing cask conditioned ales, so she brought me a taster of the Lionheart from the cask, so I could compare it to the regular draft sample.
Everything I tasted was good, if not great. The beers I sampled reflected their style well. I wish I had more time to sample more... or at least someone else driving.
Service: They scored bonus points for bringing the second lionhart sample to taste, as well as a bowl of pretzels and mustard. What really puts these guys over the top in my mind is the fact that one of the owners was there, and offered a tour of the brewery. We talked homebrewing for a while too, which was nice.
Selection: They brew several small batches and have a huge variety on tap and cask. I lived in Portland, OR for a while and am accustomed to several pub-brewed beers on tap, but this place was rather astonishing. I usually just ask for the IPA when I walk in... but they had three IPAs from which to choose.
Food: I regret to say I did not eat on-site.
The place is certainly worth checking out if you find yourself in the Detroit area.
06-15-2007 02:21:52 |
More by guitarfacepete
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Made 2 seperate trips to Dragonmead, one with a friend. While not a serious beer drinker, he really enjoyed the beers he had and liked the atmosphere as well. Quaint, relaxed, with a great selection of brews on tap...some casks, nitros, belgians, americans, british, german....When I was there, there wasn't any lagers, though the barkeep said that they do them occasionally. The brew quality is outstanding. Mustard and pretzels are there for snacking, but as mentioned before, don't count on food being there..bring your own. The menus, pamphlets, and fllyers all had a stylish look to them..they have copies of Michigan Beer Guide to peruse while enjoying their brews. The barkeep was decent in her knowledge of the beer, and kept everybody happy. Good brewpub...they hope to start bottling their Final Absolution soon, as well as some others (Erik the Red, Inquisition Pale Ale, Nagelweiss, and Kaiser's Kolsch). Recommended.
05-03-2003 19:13:43 |
More by Mitchster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Atmosphere is nice, and this place is very f'in small, homey, cozy, etc. A pubs pub. Quality of my impy stout was great, as are the prices here. Service was also fast, and friendly. The selection here is the real highlight, but none of the beers really jumped off of the mnu at me, except for the great, lower abv, sam-smith-esque, imperial stout that I mentioned above. Still, 30+ lines is quite an accomplishment and I hear that the beers are pretty damn solid as well. No food here, but you can eat anywhere, come here to drink beer. The imperial stout ruled, and i'd love to try some others another day...
05-22-2005 23:15:22 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I missed this place last time I was in the area so I made it a point to go there this time. Once we entered we were met with a medieval that was a bit strange but was not over done and provided for some interesting scenery once we got used to it. There is a decent sized area of tables on the left with the bar wrapped around the right. As usual we sat at the bar where the waitress was quick to bring us complementary pretzels and take our beer orders. The staff was also friendly and we chatted with them most of the time. They had a huge selection of beers for a brewpub at around 30 and they said it was a bit low and is usually 40+. Definitely a selection that even the pickiest of drinkers could find something to drink. The styles varied greatly as well wish Wee Heavies, an Imperial Stout, Irish Stout, IPAs both American and British, A trippel and so on. I had the Under the Kilt Wee Heavy on cask which was excellent. All others I tried were great as well the Earl Spit Stout, Imperial Stout, Crown Jewel IPA and 2 others I am forgetting. This was a great stop with the only disappointment being no bottles were available which was no problem since they directed us to a beer store close by that had them. A must stop if you are in the area in my opinion.
05-04-2006 20:16:40 |
More by meathookjones
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Dragonmead occupies a unique space in an industrail mall on the I-696 Service drive. The decor is renaissance fair chic. Even if that is not your style it still works.
The sheer variety of their own craft beer is the draw here. They have multiple styles form varying regions of the world. They do not do interpretations of styles, but rather do a spot on example of the styles they are brewing. They have limited food service but do allow take out from nearby resturants. Service has always been great.
07-22-2009 21:20:28 |
More by moshea
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
cool little place i stopped at on my trip in MI.
Like an old mess hall at a castle, this place was decorated with old brick, armor, flags and fun! The people here knew their beers for sure and the amount of stuff they had on tap that they brew in house as a ratio of how large the place is was mind blowing. Tons of great stuff on the menu. complimentary pretzels and mustard to keep you from getting smashed (and they were a nice break in between brews too to cleanse the palette).
Overall, a great place. We didn't order food here, but it is also bring your own food if you like...cool concept since a lot of places get mad at you for doing this.
Fun, would go again and highly recommend.
05-26-2011 21:55:41 |
More by Preismj
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
As far as SE Michigan microbrews go, these guys have taken the cake on selection. They make over 30 beers and have most of them there at a given time. Let me restate that. 30 beers! So naturally, St. Peter checks you in at the door as you walk on through the pearly gates to this place. ;)
Sadly, I avoided this place for ages based on a bad sampling of their tripel (Final Absolution) at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. A friend (who's more or less into beer for the drinkability of some strong, high ABV microbrews) gave me an imperial stout brewed there almost a full year later, however, and I decided to give it another chance. And I'm glad I did.
My only complaint is that there's no food there. They let you get take out or delivery which is nice of them. But frankly, I don't want to order 4 dollar pizza and wait 45 minutes for them to find the dimly lit exterior of the building while I drink my beer. A lot of times, I really enjoy having a decent meal with my beer -- nothing fancy and nothing overdone. But *something.* They make up for their negligence in this area with the lack of smoke.
Anyhow, long story short, it's a great place for some good microbrew. No posing going on here. It's the real deal.
02-05-2003 10:03:12 |
More by marburg
Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren, MI
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