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Detroit Beer Co.
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 149
Beer Avg: 3.54
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
1529 E. Broadway
phone: (313) 969-1529
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
I stopped in yesterday on a trip to Detroit to see the Tigers. This is my fourth visit, and finally got a meal here. It is located conveniently close to Commerica Park right across from the Detroit Opera House. As you walk in the bar is on the right and accommodates about 10-12 people. Brewing equipment is right behind the bar. The walls are brick with high stamped ceilings. There is an upstairs bar, but I have never made it up there.
They had five beers on tap. I had the Milkshake Stout, the ipa and the bock. They all were quality. They also had a tripel and a light beer. The bartender was friendly and fairly accessible. I was torn between ordering the mac 'n' cheese or the catfish. My decision was made for me when I was informed that they were out of mac 'n' cheese. My date ordered a turkey sandwich. She loved her food. Me, not so much. The catfish was covered in Cajun blackened seasoning. That is all I could taste. I have had Cajun catfish numerous times and it was never caked in seasoning. I couldn't finish my meal, and I am a fat ass that never leaves food on my plate.
Although, I was disappointed in my meal, my date was happy, and my wallet was not abused. It is very reasonable. I had four or five beers, my date had 2 or 3, we both ate, and it was around $40. I will go back because the beer is quality and I will try another meal. Or I can always go to Slow's.
One more thing. The restroom was not even close to being clean. But after a few pints, who can hit a urinal?
08-27-2012 01:34:35 |
More by buschbeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$
They have very solid beer, though only a handful of choices. Variety, selection and quality of food is terrific! Avg sized food menu, but almost every option is a bit unique--You will honestly have trouble deciding between so many desirable choices. The set up is 2 floors--nice, roomy and pretty comfortable layout. Enough tv's to satisfy our sports needs, but not too many to be overpowering and destructive of the ambiance and atmosphere. LOVE the tanks being right behind the bar for all to see!
I hope to be back many more times!!!
03-20-2012 03:07:42 |
More by ballertim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Third stop on a recent trip to Detroit with my girlfriend.
Atmosphere: fun welcoming vibe, patrons of all ages, cool chalkboard drawings, Christmas lights add a nice charm, busy spot on a Saturday night, not much seating aside from the main bar and a few tables in the back.
Service: waitress was fast, courteous, and capable of describing the house beers, food arrived in reasonable time. No complaints here.
Selection: ordered the Local 1529 IPA (solid) and Big Sky Scotch Ale (average) on tap; the lady enjoyed her wine. They seem to brew a respectable range of styles as the chocolate stout, pilsner, brown ale, altbier, porter, and tripel were all available on our visit. SN Celebration was the other guest draught.
Food: went with the Brewhouse Nachos, which were pretty tasty. Pizza, sandwiches, and pasta dominate the menu but there's some lighter options like salads and catfish.
Overall: while there's nothing spectacular about this brewpub, I like the approachable party ambience and the IPA is very good. I'd love to return for a full meal to get a better feel for the place; however, based on our positive experience I'd say Beer Co. is worth a crawl if you happen to be downtown.
12-30-2011 01:41:25 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This was the first stop on our Microbrewery crawl and I wanted to insure my dad that these breweries aren't anything like your average bar. We got there and the people behind the bar did not want to interact with us at all and they kept talking about how hung over they were from the night before. Not a good start to our tour! Besides those facts the beer was pretty good.
They were out of their main beer which was understandable.
Food-I did enjoy the nachos that we got and the atmosphere was pretty impressive. A quite large place, had a second floor which lead to another bar which was pretty awesome.
A little expensive but I can live with that.
Not exactly the best first experience but I would most likely go back if I were in the area and give them a second try.
07-24-2011 02:05:33 |
More by yankeej13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I'm going to give this place high ratings because both my wife and I really enjoyed it and it was our favorite stop in a little tour of beery Detroit (along with Traffic Jam and Motor City Brewing Works).
Location is a winner for Detroit Beer Co., as reflected by the higher number of reviews here on BA (nobody goes to Traffic Jam or what?). Right on Downtown, on one of the nicest, less-ruined streets of the city. They even have sidewalk seating, which is something somewhat unexpected in Detroit (don't get me wrong, I love the D, but...)
Near the Opera House, the stadiums and the Fox Theater. Yeah. Neat. Parking was not difficult, barely a block or two from the brewery.
Once inside, the Detroit Beer Co. looks pretty much like any other brewpub in Middle America, which is not a bad thing per se. Might not have a ton of character, but it sure is fun. A very long bar with brewing tanks behind it, on view; a narrow room, kind of like a railroad car or apartment with tables squeezed between the wall and the bar; a dining area on the back, and extra seating and tables on the second floor. Lots of TV's, but not in a way that they become the focal point of the room. The interior is, overall, a tad cramped but manageable.
The decor is a mixture of sports, old pictures of Detroit and breweriana. The joint was boisterous and lively on a Saturday evening, but not crowded or uncomfortable. We sat at the bar and enjoyed chatting to our friendly bartender. She recommended the Monk's Madness, an almost 10% Belgian IPA we found delicious (more so for a small local brewpub). Wish I would have got a growler!
Food-wise, we were not particularly hungry, but for some reason we were enticed by a clam chowder served in a bread bowl. Sounds ridiculously simply, but so disgustingly good we got two. Other than that, I'll admit, the menu is basic pub grub. Nothing fancy.
My wife was telling the friendly bartender how my father-in-law played football for the Detroit Lions back in the 50's and the bartender told my wife to go upstairs and look at a vintage photo of the Lions to see if her dad was on it (he wasn't, but it was fun looking for him)
We had a grand time here. Sure, the beer and the food might not be amazing (although Monk's Madness is a serious good beer!), but the whole package works so nicely, we will definitely go back next time we're in Detroit.
05-19-2011 05:42:00 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
been going here after classes and before tigers games for almost 3 years now. the atmosphere is great around tigers games, without the tigers there is always a lively group there. the quality of the beer isnt amazing but consistent and very drinkable, nothing thats going to blow your mind but still good. the service is pretty good, and wait staff has been very nice. the selection of beers arent anything amazing but always a decent selection, well decent enough to make most people happy. the food on the other hand is delicious. the food is a bit pricey but the beer is reasonably priced, all in all my go to spot before i tigers game and will always hold a special place in my heart
05-05-2011 00:53:53 |
More by SeaUrchin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by Detroit Beer Co. when passing through with a friend recently.
Detroit Beer Co. has that nice brewpub feel in which everywhere you look there are tv's, town/city significant pictures on the wall and a overall warm feeling. There were quite a few patrons at the bar and throughout, giving a general feel that this brew pub was a popular for the lunch/dinner crowd and a place to go after a long day at work.
I just tried two of the beers they had, the Detroit Dwarf and their oatmeal/sweet stout. Both which were quite smooth and had an excellent taste to them. I can see why they won a few awards for both.
Our service was good also. The waiter was interested in serving us and quite knowledgeable of their beer, describing each one to a T.
The selection of the styles of beer were pretty generic, having your typical stout, ipa, pale ale, lager and I believe a porter. They had just one seasonal on tap, but will be getting additional ones soon.
The food was excellent. I ended up having the Dagwood which was at a perfect portion and a very reasonable price. The menu was just about the same as Rochester Mills and Royal Oak brewing, but as I stated in those posts, had a nice selection for everyone.
Overall a nice place to go and reasonable in prices, with Pints being 4.25 and the food priced accordingly. I will return to Detroit Brew Co again and recommend it to everyone when in the area, or watching a Tigers game at comerica as it's not to far away.
09-24-2010 14:37:04 |
More by beerguru15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Nice sidewalk seating, a great happy hour, and the closest brewpub to downtown Detroit = a winning combination.
I went here in October 2008, and the inside is vastly more pleasant now that smoking is banned in all Michigan bars. Inside is a long bar and very high ceilings, and the sidewalk seating is pleasant.
The beer we tried was solid: a good stout, a good basic lager of some kind, an underwhelming altbier or something (Detroit Dwarf.)
Service was friendly and helpful, though he did get very busy as people packed in for happy hour.
The appetizers are all half price during happy hour, and beers were $3. Two of us walked out after nachos and two pints each for $20 before tip. I will definitely go back -- it's not amazing, but they are filling an important niche downtown.
I selected a single $ for value, though if it weren't happy hour, I'd probably have to select $$.
06-26-2010 22:04:21 |
More by warmstorage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Thi swas the first time I had the opportunity to stop for a beer after several trips to Detroit.
I like the atmosphere, typical look and feel of a brewpub. Housed in an older building, there is a large bar with some brewing equipment visible behind. Dark wood, exposed brick and a high, tiled ceiling. I beleive there were 8 house brands on tap when I visited, with a large range of styles. I only had time for one pint, so went for the Milkshake Stout which was good.
Service was good, but it was early afternoon, and only a few other people were in there. Did not have any food on this visit. Price for a beer was as expected. Overall a pretty decent place, I'm sure I will be back again.
12-02-2009 13:49:35 |
More by BigBry
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited this place with bmoney575 as we meandered our way back to our hotel after the Them Crooked Vultures show. The place is nicely lit with some of the brewing equipment visible from the basement. This place looked like it belonged in downtown Detroit. The beers were average (for the most part) and the selection wasn't bad- the IPA and red ale were pretty standard, but their Anniversary Ale (which was a 10% ABV Belgian Stout and was described to us as a Guinness) was very enjoyable and was a welcome treat. I was surprised, but not shocked when the bartender poured our second beers into the same glasses as the first without even a rinse. But whatever, it may be a one time thing and what is Detroit without a little badassery? I would definitely go again if I was in the area.
10-14-2009 03:54:24 |
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Detroit Beer Co. in Detroit, MI