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Michigan Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 1,577
Beer Avg: 3.44
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 14
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1093 Highview Drive
phone: (517) 521-3600
// CLOSED //
This location is currently closed, but the beers continued to brewed at the Lansing brewpub.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 32
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5 | $$
Overall grades go like this
Service... well whats lower than an overall total failure?
I dont usually ask too much. I like to have a feel like I got an enjoyable meal, a good beer and acceptable service. I felt like I only got one of those on this visit.
Service was miserable. We arrived hungry, wanting a good beer and in a pleasant mood. The dining room wasnt busy, and we seated oruselves after asking what was protocol.
Once we saw our waitress, we were basically accused of being idiots not knowing what we wanted when she first came by, as she pointed at the beer list about 20 ft away printed on an 8.5x11 sheet and walked away. When she returned after leaving us with menus I selected my beer and said I was ready to order my food, and she left as soon as the last person said their beer order.
10 minutes later she dropped our beers off and as we started to order our food she walked away again.
20 minutes later when she returned to get our food orders I ordered a corned beef Reuben for $8. I received a small rueben that wasnt even as good as I would have expected from Arbys. My fellow patrons ordered burgers (after waiting 15 minutes to hear they were out of the original items) and received what was described to me as "A $3 Sams club frozen burger". Once our meal was finished I approached the bar to order a growler as the beer I got (Porter) was quite good. Our waitress (who we hadnt seen even though we finished our meal a good 20 minutes before the point) was behind the bar and filled my growler quickly and said she would add it to my bill. I stated we would like our bill as we would like to get going (having been here for over 1.5 hours at this point) and it was STILL another 15 minutes before we received our bill.
I will NOT be returning, to Michigan Brewing Company in the forseeable future as I can find excellent beer elsewhere in this state, and they offered nothing else worth entering for.
03-03-2009 02:06:29 |
More by burritosandbeers
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5 | $$
Beer = Good
Food = Pretty bad
Service/Atmosphere = Real bad
As a native Michigander I was excited to try this place on a recent visit. It's in the middle of no where. You walk in and there are some cool things - the coolest is a room set up museum style with old fashioned bottle openers.
There is a bar area that is nice, but unfortunately that was full so we were out under florescent lights in this hallway type of area with uncomfortable seats.
Our server always seemed in a rush, and was unfriendly. She did not express interest in the beer. We tried the Raspberry Celis and IPA. The IPA was decent, the raspberry was interesting.
We ordered pizza (greasy and soggy), sweet potato fries (pieces of almost-raw potato briefly dropped in oil), burgers that were previously frozen, etc.
Prices were reasonable. 3 beers and dinner for 4 was about $45. (beer about $4 a pint, $12 for a pizza, etc)
If I were to go again, I'd probably just pick up a growler to go. It was a disappointment.
01-04-2010 03:02:55 |
More by sophisticated
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I regularly go to Things Beer, which is a brewing supply store located at the location of MBC. Usually when I grab brewing supplies I'll stop in at the pub. Over the last 4 years I have consistently had the WORST service that I can remember at any brewery I've ever been too. On some occasions particular bar tenders/waitresses seem to only serve the regulars at the bar while ignoring others at tables, on other occasions like today (50+ patrons due to a homebrewing class and discounts) I'm not sure who was getting waited on, seemingly no one.
It took over 20 minutes to get our first beer order and it took more than 45 minutes to get 2 bowls of soup, a salad, and a sandwich. This is unacceptable. The food came out, not as ordered (was asked if I wanted onions on my chilli and I said yes, and there were none), and the potato wedges were undercooked as they have been several times in the past. I had a few pints of the Mackinaw Pale Ale. Their beer is average, and I had no complaints. Not exceptional, but I didn't expect it to be. There was no designated bar tender, only 2 servers serving 50+ people, and I guess there was only 1 person in the kitchen.
Overall, I've been here many times and I am consistently disappointed with the service and quality of the food. Go for the beer supplies which are reasonably priced and with good selection, but don't stay for the average beer, substandard food, or inferior service.
03-07-2009 21:01:16 |
More by hophead76
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Upon arriving at MBC, one feels immersed in a business park, feeling far from where a homebrew shop and brewery should be. This new location is definitely a step up from the former building behind the gas station. When entering you almost don't realize that this is a taproom or homebrew shop of any kind. Things Beer carries homebrew ingredients and equipment located in segregated rooms but the selection would hardly compete with online retailers. The taproom down the hall to the right is beautifully lined with wood and centered by the old wood bar, a carryover from the old location.
16 beers were on-tap at the time and 8 were sampled. Overall, the Russian Imperial was the standout of the ones tried. The nut-brown is an old stand by but I resisted in effort to try some new brews. The beer there is decent but nothing exceptional. Flavors were muted with very few bold big-flavored beers.
The service was strangely short and marginally friendly with us. At times it seemed as though we were an annoyance for being there. Beer lists were briefly pointed at and servers seemed ill taught in the qualities of their beer.
Food was decent and mostly worth the price. ($6.99 for a wrap and fries).
Overall, the experience was lackluster. MBC seems to have overlooked the fact that Webberville is a moderate drive for just about everyone and we made the effort to visit them so a more friendly and knowledgeable staff would be appreciated. In comparison to taprooms and breweries in other parts of the state, MBC would most likely be considered second rate.
12-29-2009 04:21:02 |
More by BehindtheFinBrew
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
This brewery is in an industrial park. Not very appealing inside or out. They have just average food and average beers. In the same building is a brewers suppy store along with wine making supplies. The selection if brewing supplies is quite extensive. IMO not a destination, rather a place to try if your within a short drive. Most of the beers i have tried here tend to be lacking in flavor for most styles they brew. They are a contract brewer and brew Kid Rock's BadAss Lager. Growler prices tend to be higher than average for most breweries.
05-12-2011 00:01:55 |
More by jale
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
It was sad to see MBC move from the previous location, but there is some sense to make of the move. First off, the new place is bigger. The coolers are a nice touch, so it is easy to grab a 6 pack on your way out. But, it just doesn't feel like a bar. I suppose if you got your kicks from pretending to be at an office building, this is the place for you!
The beer is good, especially when it is fresh...but the atmosphere is lacking. Bring back the peanuts on the floor and the beer garden! I need 6 more words to make this 500 characters:)
02-06-2010 03:09:53 |
More by TCgoalie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
I drove about an hour to visit around New Year's (2004 into 2005). After taking the M-52 exit from I-96, I immediate turned into the Mobil gas station to get directions. Thank goodness I did, because the brewery is located behind the gas station. I literally had to weave between cars and gas pumps to get to the establishment. Outside seating appears to be available, but wasn't in use on this winter day. Dark wood and dim lighting make for a sub-dued atmosphere. Several long tables are to the left, the bar a few steps in, and a room is to the right with coolers of bottles for carry-out. Peanuts are free to patrons, who crack them open and drop the shucks on the floor. This is not family dining...it's a brewery with a rough tasting room and a few simple food offerings. MBC was much busier than normal (so said the fellow BA that I met there), which may be why the service was atrocious. I waited a long time to place my order. Most of my beer sample platter arrived (seven of the dozen offerings for $7) shortly therafter, but my turkey sandwich took nearly half an hour. The beer tasted great and the turkey sandwich was, well, it was okay (did you expect something more from a turkey sandwich?). This was worth the 40 minute drive (one way) and will be worth another visit when I return to see family again in Michigan.
01-01-2005 03:12:59 |
More by mentor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Michigan Brewing Company is an unusual place. Obviously, the location is a little odd. Is it a truck stop or a brewery? It is a no frills brewery tap room, and that is a good thing, imho. There is a very limited menu, but most of the crowd was snacking from the peanut barrel left of the bar. The tap selection was pretty good, about a dozen taps. The room was full, and one lone bartender served us all. She did ok, but you needed a little patience.
The charm of Michigan Brewing is its simplicity. No electronic diversions here, just beer and conversation.
07-12-2005 20:50:37 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
I just visited MBC for the first time this past weekend. Whereas I had never been to the old location (located behind the gas pumps right off the highway), I could just tell from the new location that is is an enormous improvement in just so much that sheer space in concerned. However, the physical bar in the new establishment is still very small -- it has only about 6 seats, and there is still a lot of unused open space in the taproom. If not for the lodgy wood decor, I would have felt like I was having a pint in a warehouse.
Perhaps it is because we stopped by on New Year's Eve, and to their credit the two bartenders appeared to be sick, but the staff tending bar was absolutely miserable. The woman snapped at two people and was downright rude to the point that I wanted to leave -- not to me personally but to several people around me. Yes, we got our beers in a timely manner and yes our requests for other merchandise were fulfilled, but the quality of the service was barely satisfactory. I really felt as though they were unhappy that they were even open and spent the time they were there complaining. This was a real disappointment after enjoying the friendly demeanor of the staff at nearby Founders and Dark Horse.
Things Beer is located within the same building on the other side. There is a variety of homebrewing supplies, novelty items, glassware, and apparel.
The two notable brews were by far the Russian Imperial Stout (at 12.9% ABV) and the Winter Warmer. Very impressed by the Winter Warmer, and picked up a growler of it to enjoy later. The Russian Imperial Stout was also very tasty, but I agree it was served too cold and if you are ordering a couple pints, I'd order the stout and let it sit while you enjoy the IPA first.
On Tap as of 12/31/06:
Mackinac Pale Ale (5.5%)
Black Ale (6.8%)
Winter Warmer (8.1%)
Bavarian Dark (4%)
Pumpkin Ale (5&) - OUT
Celis Grand Cru (7.6%)
Celis Pale Bock (3.9%)
Celis Raspberry (3.9%)
Celis White (3.9%)
Russian Imperial Stout (12.9%)
Nut Brown Ale (5%)
Wheatland Wheat (5%)
01-03-2007 16:16:01 |
More by rogue
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2
Stopped in here after seeing a small sign while driving west on I-96. Not having heard of the place or any of their beers, I was impressed to see 12 brews on tap. It's a small place with room for about 8 at the bar and perhaps 30 at the tables. I sat down next to this eccentric character who had an insatiable appetite for peanuts...shells are allowed on the floor:) After expousing my enthusiasm for beeradvocate.com to the bartender, a guy walks in, sits down and orders an imperial stout. Hehe, I recognized this character as Mike (sackaroo) from his column in the online MSU paper, so he pulled up a seat and we enjoyed our brews and talked about good beer. I was impressed by the 5 samples I had, and plan on returning tomorrow to try the rest. They have a good assortment of brews, including the recaptured Celis lineup which they now exclusively brew and distribute to Texas. There is a cooler filled with 6'ers and you can make your own sampler pack for $8. The ceiling is adorned with hundreds of coasters of brewpubs from all over the states, most of which I recognized. The place was quiet when I was there in the middle of the afternoon, tucked away behind a gas station, and situated next to the relocated new home of Things-Beer, a friendly and well-stocked homebrew shop.
04-29-2003 12:33:31 |
More by Mitchster
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