Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Active Beers: 109
Beer Ratings: 7,197
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 8
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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5/5 rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This was one all around excellent brewpub. The atmosphere was perfect. A laidback bar with good music playing, an interesting crowd and plenty of great beer to be had. The brewing equipment can be seen behind the bar where one of the brewers was working. We unfortunately got there to late to check out the homebrew store. When we first got there on a Saturday night around 7 music was playing and there was a decent sized crowd of people drinking. We grabbed some bottles and growlers and headed back to where we were staying to stash them and cab it back. When we got back some people in the crowd had broke out their guitars and were going to town with various songs. I started off with the B-Rads banana stout on nitro, which I highly recommend. The sampler was impressive with a sample of each of the 15 or so beers they had on tap. One of those could be it for someone for the whole night. No food here except snacks, but thats not what one would come here for. Almost every beer I tried was excellent with no stinkers. As the night went on we were talking to the bartender and eventually offered some of our beer for her and the brewer there to try. While doing that the brewer brought out several samples of stuff not currently available in bottles or on tap as we chatted for a few hours. A great all around time was had and I would make it a point to stop here anytime I was within a few hours.
05-05-2005 19:29:13 | More by meathookjones
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a great brewpub. It is also less than a mile from my house, I am a lucky BA indeed!
The atmosphere is great. The decor is simple, but it fits the place. The only decorations on the wall are various awards that the brewery has received. Various blues music is played over the stereo. It is at just the right volume; loud enough to be heard but not so loud that you have to shout to have a conversation. This makes for a very relaxing bar. I could spend many hours here with a few good friends. I feel right at home when I walk through the door. It is also a non-smoking bar, in my mind this is a plus.
The quality is outstanding. Their beers look taste and smell fresh. All of their beers are full of flavor. These people have a real passion for brewing and it shows in their products. They even take chances by brewing some unique beers. During my last visit they had a banana stout on tap. I am a huge fan of stouts but not of bananas so I did not try this one. The mere fact that they make beers like that show that they aren't afraid to think outside of the box.
Their selection is very good, they usually have about 16 on tap. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed last night because they didn't have any traditional stouts or porters on tap, but that's okay, their English IPA and dunkel did me just fine. This bar has something for everyone. They even make a basic lager style that has mass appeal. Even if your friends don't like beer bring them along. They have a few meads and a wide variety of wines to choose from. I hear the wine is good but I never touch the stuff so I couldn't judge that.
The staff is probably the friendliest you'll ever come across. I don't go their enough to be called a regular but they make you feel like one. The lady behind the bar was very friendly. You never feel hurried in this place. You can just relax and drink beer at your own pace.
All in all this is one of the best places around to have a pint (or five, I think it's impossible to only drink one beer here!). Aside from growlers some of their beers are readily availible in bottles.
04-26-2005 22:29:05 | More by bozebus17
4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Located a little north of Detroit, this place was really easy to find. 14 beers on tap. They offered a sampler of all 14 for $12 or something, but that was way too many to try, so I just got half-pints of a few beers. Everything was enjoyable, but there didnt seem to be a "house flavor/style" that I typically sense. Upon chatting with the bartender/server, I discovered that there are multiple brewers. All of them seem to be pretty skilled. Even the bartender was a home-brewer. No food to speak of. This place is all about the beverages. I say beverages because there are many wines available as well. The bar is lacquered wood, about three feet across and 12-15 feet long. Numerous small tables are present as well. The brewing equipment is visible behind the bar. All and all, this is a great brewery. And the tap room is just that: a tap room. Wish I was able to visit more often. A wonderful way to cap my trip to the area.
04-01-2005 03:09:48 | More by aaronh
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
I'm re-reviewing this place as since my first review on 2-28-05 this place has really become a mainstay for me; a home for my beer loving soul. This little brewery that could really embodies what I think great craft beer is all about; being true to who they are, sticking to their roots, advancing their art and having an eye on community while doing it.
The beer is what brought me here to begin with and it's what keeps me coming back. From ultra-sessionable beers like their Classic American (the only light lager I've ever truly enjoyed, though whether it's truly "light" is another question entirely) their Kolsch, Hefeweizen and Oktoberfest, to their truly massive offerings like their Stouts, the Fourth Dementia Old Ale or Raspberry Eisbock this place has a beer for you no matter what your tastes. Though, with so many beers, they don't always have everything available, in fact the menu revolves so much you can come back once a month and hardly recognize the menu at times. So if you're looking for their Hefeweizen in December, yer outta luck fella, cause you'll be waiting until May for that one. I for one tend to like that mentality though. Hefeweizens are for summer, Stouts for the dead of winter and so forth. You wouldn't wear your boots and snow hats in July would you? I guess maybe I'm just a sucker for a certain amount of tradition. The house flavor tends toward the malty side, as one of the brother puts it "We try to brew beer that we enjoy, and my tastes tend toward malt." I'm glad my palate agrees with his.
The pub itself is a simple place as others have pointed out but who says you need super-slick decor to be interesting? I'd say this place's beer speaks for itself. The atmosphere and soul of this place is classic Detroit; no frills, just gimmie the bottom line and shut up about it. This isn't to say the place isn't friendly though, rarely will you be ignored sitting in this place, whether you end up chatting it up with the barstaff, a brewer, an owner (or their dad for that matter) or one of the many beer loving patrons, you can go in alone but it'd take more effort to keep to yourself than not to. Underneath it all this place is all about making some good, top notch beer. I've come to really see the beauty of the place over the past year while attending many of the various events they hold from the Oktoberfest party, to St. Patty's to the BBQ weekends (oh boy was that stuff good!) to Michigan football games this place has a great community feel to it and is just a great place to have some of the best beer you're likely to have (in my humble opinion). I won't say they can do no wrong however, their website is... well I'll be polite and simply call it unusable. Some of their beers occasionally just don't do it for me (can you say oatmeal stout? I knew that you could). I really wish they'd expand a bit and serve food in a more expansive form, but according to one of the owners whom I know decently well at this point it just doesn't prove to be worth the hassle in the end. But c'mon, with the beer they serve, we need some good food to pair it with! Also their bottling needs some improvement, if you buy a sixpack you're in for an adventure as to whether it will be flat, off flavored or just about right.
All in all I love this place and I stop by for pints and growler refills often. The prices are perfect, other than the Raspberry Eisbock, and I hope they manage to stay that way. I hope they continue to expand and make this place an even bigger beer haven than it already is but still sticking to what got them here in the first place.
Original Review posted on 2/28/05 //
I really enjoy stopping by Kuhnhenn's for a pint or six, I mean REALLY enjoy it, I've got a smile on my face for a few days afterwards. Everything about this place is all about the beer, no muss, no fuss, just beer. You walk in the door, what do you smell? Mash and.. um, yeah, beer. The place is decently big and I haven't seen it anywhere near full. It seems like there is always a fellow beer lover present at all times too, afterall you don't just walk into this joint on accident. The staff is great, everyone is really friendly and there is always someone around who likes a bit of chat about the beer.
Ah yes, the beer... I love just about all of these guys' brews, maybe just because I get it fresh at the source but all I know is the beer is top notch. I can smell it on my fingers hours after leaving.
Seriously, if you love beer and you're in the area you seriously need to check these guys out. You owe it to yourself. Heck, if you aren't in the area, get yourself in the area.
02-28-2005 06:40:35 | More by Gaisgeil
3.65/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
Well, my expectations for this place were built up really high and I was quite disappointed. Stopped in near the end of 2004 to buy some homebrew supplies next door and then sample the famous beers. After a truly fantastic experience in the homebrew shop, I stopped in to get a sampler of their beers. Upon entering, the place smells of mashing grains and boiling wort. Yum! The windows were even fogged up with steam from the goings-on (at 8 pm no less!). Some tables are set up to the left and the beautiful wooden bar is along the right. Mind you, this is more of a tasting area set up in a brewery, not an actual brewpub. They had 15ish+ beers on tap, plus at least one soda offering. I selected 10 beers to sample (for a reasonable $9) and also ordered a (pre-made) turkey sandwich (about $5) that was dijon-mustard spicey and tasted good. The service and the beers were, unfortunately, disappointing. I waited a while at the bar before being approached by the single bartender/waitress and most of the beers in my sampler suffered from a lack of malt. Thin on the sweet and the mouthfeel. Growlers were available, but I found them to be quite expensive. I do think it's important to note they also had an enourmous selection of wines and even some meads available Because of this, I give them a 5.0 on the selection. However, I went quite a bit out of my way during a vacation to Michigan to visit this brewery. Even if I was in the immediate area, I would never visit this brewery again.
12-31-2004 05:13:31 | More by mentor
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
In the heart of Warren, MI- I stopped by on a trip visiting friends/ relatives (partially because of reviews read on this site). Located in a quirky building attached to a car repair shop. It's a comparatively small space, but comfortable and not cramped. I went on a Monday night, about 10:15pm (closes at Midnight), with about a dozen people there. The place was decorated tastefully for Halloween.
When I sat down, the patron before me had left a BA list of beers and their ratings! The barkeep was prompt and friendly, with good knowledge of all dozen or so beers, and more than happy to offer a taster glass before making that all- important ordering decision.
There was a wide range of beers from light, fruity ones to serious Belgian style ales. A few to keep the newbies to good beer happy, but mostly geared to serious beer drinkers. The few I tried were excellent examples of the styles they were supposed to represent, and of good quality.
A few snacks are available to pair with the beers, but no true food menu. An interesting feature is their "brew on premises" feature which is available.
Overall, an EXCELLENT place. Truly the best I've been to in Michigan thus far. I will definitely make it a point to stop by every time Im back in town.
10-27-2004 05:39:38 | More by amicar
4.51/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
So: I've never been to a brewery tasting room in MI before. If they were all like Kuhnhenn, I might dedicate a whole vacation to the state.
Truth be told, the numerical rating system of BA is not fully able to express a simple fact: sometimes it's really just about the beer. the atmosphere is really only appealing to those who want to hang around a brewery. But with these choices done this well, you can overlook the hard cement and the "workplace" atmosphere.
14-count-'em-14 choices when I was there, ranging from 4.5% to 12.5% in ABV, from lager to old ale, from fruit beer to IPA. The Simcoe Silly was an outstanding take on a Belgian ale (and I'm a devotee of Allagash and Ommegang, so I mean it.) The server wouldn't let me leave (I was driving and wasn't going to even try anything at 12.5) without a shot of the "Few Schillings Too Many" which reminded me of the '00 and '01 Newport Storms, muddy and mouth-filling, and extremely intense, while also complex.
And that's a server attitude I can get along with: here try this, I think you'll like it. It gives an aura of "labor of love" rather than "sell! sell! sell!" that this BA digs. I brought home some bombers of Devil's Horn and IPA, since I didn't have the time and energy to try them at the source.
Do not miss. I can't wait to go back.
08-13-2004 17:25:35 | More by ecoboy
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Atmosphere: Kuhnhenn is located at the corner of Chicago and Mound Road in Warren. The exterior of the building has the typical hardware store look (unsurprising, since it was one), and there's a homebrew supply store next door. Inside, the place has a fairly spartan look, with just tables, the bar, and their (numerous) awards hanging on the walls. Behind the bar sits a large flat-screen TV. In the back corner is a collection of Kuhnhenn's wines and meads. Behind the bar sits a kitchen-like location with their brewing and winemaking equipment, fermenters, and 20 gallon BOP pots. In the back sits most of the storage facilities. We went on a Friday night, and there was a very large crowd, mostly wine drinkers with their crackers and cheese, but there were several people drinking beer as well. On Monday night, the place was nearly dead, which gave us a nice chance to converse with people.
Quality/Selection: Kuhnhenn usually has about 12 offerings on tap, with a couple bottle-only beers offered as well. The range of beers were from a surprisingly good American Lager up to a delicious Fourth Demensia Old Ale. If the selection of beers is good, then the quality of these beers is even better!! I didn't have a truly terrible beer in the whole time I was there, some were quite unique, and some of their beers are truly world-class (the Raspberry Eisbock being a prime example).
Service: Where I really came to love Kuhnhenn was their service. The first time we went, the place was packed and yet we did get served fairly quickly. Brett did indeed come and check our IDs again, but we did have out-of-state IDs, and to be fair we do look young. In addition that night, Mr. Kuhnhenn saw me taking pictures around, and gave us a nice on-the-spot tour of the location. I was outside talking to trbeer about getting to his house, so I wasn't there while my brother purchased the first round of beers, so I couldn't speak there. The day after, at the Summer Beer Festival, I ran into Eric Kuhnhenn and he promised me a taste of their Raspberry Eisbock whenever I made it to the brewery on Monday. On Monday, they certainly came through on their word!! We did get a chance to taste that sheer ambrosia, as well as some Simcoe Silly and Few Shillings Too Many (at no cost, no less!), and I definitely appreciated that. In addition, we stayed and chatted with Brett and Eric for almost 2 hours, and it was truly enlightening, as they both have a true passion for beer and converse about it quite well. The Kuhnhenns actually manage to make their service match their beer quality, and that's not easy to do!
Food: The food at Kuhnhenn tends to be typical wine tasting fare, with items such as crackers and cheese, along with things like pretzels. I also saw people bringing in food.
Wow...I'd heard so much about Kuhnhenn, and I couldn't wait to get there. I admit that we were maybe a bit tired and probably wouldn't have rated the place as highly as we did, but even then I noticed that the beers were well above-average for brewpub beers. Mr. Kuhnhenn's tour just made our day that much better. As for Monday, I can't say that I've had a better experience at a brewpub. Brett asked us to raise the profile of Kuhnhenn on BA...well, I had to tell him that wasn't necessary as they already have the highest regard on BA, and it's certainly deserved. So, I have to thank the Kuhnhenn family for one of the top brewpubs in the country, with fantastic service to match, and I have to admit that I'm horribly jealous of those who could go there on a regular basis, so you can bet I'll be going again!
07-31-2004 23:45:05 | More by beergeek279
4.86/5 rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I am in heaven, that the feeling I got when I walked into the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company. The family saw the writing on the wall when Home Depots started to show up all over Detroit, it was time to turn the hardware store into a new business. I am really glad they decided to turn the place into a brewpub.
The selection of beer includes ten tap selections and a few beers on the menu that are bottle only choices. Of the ten beers that were on draft, about half normal brewpub selections (American lager, Ipa, Dunkel) and some that are somewhat rare (Tangerine wit, Saison, and a Maibock) . I had the opportunity to sample all ten draft beer selection and the beers were fresh and the draft lines seemed to be well taken care of. I really did not find one of the ten beers that I did not like.
The atmosphere of this place is quite unique, the place fits the build of being an old hardware store perfectly. Inside there is a bar with about fifteen bar-stools scattered around. Also there are about eight tables, that raises the seating of the establishment to around forty people. At night all the seating is necessary since the place is packed, but even during this time, a person can enjoy a beer without distractions. However during a weekday around noon, the place can be very quite and conversation can be done with the Brett and Eric (if they are not busy brewing of course).
The service was excellent, upon entering the place the first time however I was carded twice (Brett explained that the place is getting so popular that he is starting to fear out of state fakes) so I will not let that factor into the score. The sampler includes all of the beers that are currently on draft, served in about six ounce mini mugs. The bartender also will answer any of the questions, that a customer would have about the beers.
Overall the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is one of top brewpubs in the world. This place should be a place that every BA, should visit multiple times during their beer drinking time. I did not look at the food menu, but they did have a full wine list that they also make themselves. They also have a Brew/Wine/Soda on Premises business that allows customers to make their own beer and wine.
07-28-2004 23:52:31 | More by cupbeerman
4.64/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Visited 7/19/04 around 9 pm. Situated in a northern Detroit suburb, the establishment consists of a brewpub alongside a homebrewer supply store. The pub features a large bar as well as tables, and at the time of our visit, more than 8 beers were offered.
The Monday night crowd consisted of a small group of beer fans, and a local homebrewer who came in to share stories, pass around samples from a recent batch, and enjoy some Fourth Dementia. Sitting at the tables were people who came in with casseroles who were enjoying the Kuhnhenns other product line, homemade German-style wines (which according to my partner were impressive in their own right). Its important to note that the menu is limited, however customers are welcome to bring their own food, or phone in an order for delivery.
The beer menu was pretty broad for a small brewpub (lagers, ales, a couple of wheat beers, and beers of various gravities and hop rates), and several were remarkable. The proprietors were happy to offer samples and discuss the various beers. An unpretentious establishment with excellent beer and enjoyable ambiance.
07-23-2004 02:48:54 | More by sparkydoyle
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, MI
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