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Detroit Beer Co.
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 186
Beer Avg: 3.56
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
1529 E. Broadway
phone: (313) 969-1529
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
We came straight from the airport to Downtown Detroit looking for this place, and stubled upon it quite by accident. Glad we did. The beers were quite good and so was the food. The staff was friendly and prompt, but the place was quite empty as it was a Sunday afternoon with no games going on in the arenas and stadiums nearby. I can imagine this place gets some traffic during the weekend nights and during games.
We tried the stout and the IPA which were both very good, on the edge of exceptional. As we had three other pubs that we wanted to enjoy that afternoon, we only drank the two and moved on. In the same downtown area there is Motor City, Traffic Jam, Atwater Block, and Detroit Beer Co. Probably about 10 minutes apart at most, less if you know the area and aren't driving by GPS as I had to this first time.
Worth the visit, and mirrors the quality of the other pubs in the Beercos.com group (Detroit, Royal Oak, and Rochester Mills).
04-08-2006 14:22:44 |
More by beerjournl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Atmosphere: Kind of hard for me to judge since I was there at 11AM on a Monday and the only person besides the staff. However, the place looked really nice, well lit, clean, nice long bar and several TVs around. Looked like it would be a fun place to have some pints and hang out.
Quality: Their beers were really good from the three I tried. I had a pint of the IPA with lunch, then sampled the Zweickel and Belgian double after, but I really couldn't judge them fairly after the hoppy IPA.
Service: Great, nice friendly, fast...but again I was the only person there so its hard for me to say how service would be, but my impressions were very positive.
Selection: Very wide variety for a brewpub. IPA, Red, Zweickel, Light, Belgian Double, Stout, and a nut brown I think. Plus the had three guest taps (which weren't very good - Amstel Light, Heineken, and a third), and several varieties of Belgians in bottles.
Food: The burger and fries were great. Came out fast, full of flavor, and cooked just right. The fries are damn near addictive.
All and all a great place I would love to go again and share a pint with friends. Or even have lunch with the place to myself and sample more of their brews.
Oh and if you want a funny reaction tell them your from NC (or one of the other 4 states with a 6% ABV limit) and that they could only legally sell two (TWO!) of their beers in NC. That good a fun reaction.
01-11-2005 14:43:06 |
More by Loki
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is part of the chain of three jonts. The Royal Oak Brewery (which I live near and go to often), Rochester Mills (been there once), and this place. I like the Detroit Beer Co. It's right near Comerica Park and it has a great old warehouse type of feel to it. It feels like some old brick building that has been standing stagnant in downtown Detroit for years has been revived and transformed into a wonderful place to guzzle delicious intoxicants. There's two stories of brick-walled nostalgia. There were about six different brews being created there at the time my wife and I went tonight. A porter, red, IPA, light, lager, and some crazy sweet high alcohol ale... Not quite a barely wine but similar.
The waitresses were great. Answered all questions, friendly, and good at getting beer and grub. There was a vast selection of food at good prices. And because it was my birthday month I got a free entree and a pint glass. Happy days.
The ONLY reason that I won't go here that often is that the Royal Oak Brewery is right down the street and this place is a downtown Detroit. Maybe I'll hit it before Tiger games.
02-16-2008 04:43:47 |
More by berserker256
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
If you are in the downtown Detroit area, make this a "must" visit if you like beer. The place is owned by the owners of the Royal Oak and Rochester Mills breweries and the beer is quite similar. The atmosphere is pretty cool as its located in an old building across from the Detroit Opera House on Broadway. The tin ceiling is still there and has been painted grey. There is a nice bar with 5 tanks hanging out behind it and a second floor w/bar as well. They have a Stout, IPA, Red, Hefe and Light on tap and all are delicious. They also have guest taps, full range of good liquors and a extensive martini menu. TV's showing sports are everywhere. The bar is located within walking distance from Comerica Park and Ford Field. Nice people, good beer and they were generous with the samples. Give it a visit, you'll be glad you did.
10-01-2003 13:57:00 |
More by proc
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: 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 $$.
06-26-2010 22:04:21 |
More by warmstorage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by Detroit Beer Co. when passing through with a friend recently.
Detroit Beer Co. has that nice brewpub feel in which everywhere you look there are tv's, town/city significant pictures on the wall and a overall warm feeling. There were quite a few patrons at the bar and throughout, giving a general feel that this brew pub was a popular for the lunch/dinner crowd and a place to go after a long day at work.
I just tried two of the beers they had, the Detroit Dwarf and their oatmeal/sweet stout. Both which were quite smooth and had an excellent taste to them. I can see why they won a few awards for both.
Our service was good also. The waiter was interested in serving us and quite knowledgeable of their beer, describing each one to a T.
The selection of the styles of beer were pretty generic, having your typical stout, ipa, pale ale, lager and I believe a porter. They had just one seasonal on tap, but will be getting additional ones soon.
The food was excellent. I ended up having the Dagwood which was at a perfect portion and a very reasonable price. The menu was just about the same as Rochester Mills and Royal Oak brewing, but as I stated in those posts, had a nice selection for everyone.
Overall a nice place to go and reasonable in prices, with Pints being 4.25 and the food priced accordingly. I will return to Detroit Brew Co again and recommend it to everyone when in the area, or watching a Tigers game at comerica as it's not to far away.
09-24-2010 14:37:04 |
More by beerguru15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
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