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Detroit Beer Co.
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 184
Beer Avg: 3.56
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
1529 E. Broadway
phone: (313) 969-1529
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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 |
More by david131
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited on 10-8-09
Stopped by while in Detroit to see "Them Crooked Vultures." On one of the nicer streets Downtown, in a great old building, the atmosphere was very enjoyable. The brewing equipment is visible behind and at the end of the bar, where it goes into the basement. The quality was good, the bar was clean and nicely lit, with all the shiny stainless steel. The selection was decent, maybe 6 different house beers on tap, including Detroit Dwarf, an Anniversary Ale, an IPA, a red, and a couple others. Considering the size, it was a pretty good selection. Everything was reasonably priced, in the $5 range for a pint. The service, however, was a low point. I asked the bartender how the Anniversary Ale was, and she said "I's like a porter, like a Guinness." Considering that it turned out to be a 10% Belgian stout that was very well-crafted, I'd say the description was poor. And then she proceeded to pour the next beer into our glasses, without even a rinse. Still, a nice place, and a must-stop if you're Downtown.
10-12-2009 22:21:18 |
More by BMoney575
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The final stop of the Tour of Michigan's lower peninsula. A late dinner on Monday night.
Atmosphere: The brewpub is pretty nice, a long bar and brewing equipment greet you with seating upstairs and in the back. We were seated in the back.
Quality: Good food, fast service and quality beers. I was content with the whole package.
Service: Our waitress was fast to refill beers and take our orders. Nice to be back in a full service joint.
Selection: 5 regular taps and two seasonals. I had the Belgian IPA (seasonal) and IPA (regular). I was pleased with both.
Food: My tacos were filling and ksak's flatbread was good to snack on. A nice little hole in the wall in Detroit.
07-21-2009 02:16:59 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Detroit Beer Co. is a typical city bar/pub, it is narrow with seating in back an at bar. the have about 8 beers on tap. Part of the brewing equipment is visible by the bar. They have decent beers, nothing too special. Bartender seems to know the beers. Definitely a good place to go before a tigers game, micro beer and real close to the park. Been here a few times and the service was always good, even though it is real busy before games. Just wish they would have a couple extreme or standout beers to choose from.
02-24-2009 20:47:33 |
More by MasonBeerMan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by the Detroit Beer Co while in Detroit on business. It has the typical look and feel of a brewpub. It's in an old building with exposed brick and a high, tiled ceiling. The room is narrow but very deep and there seems to be a second floor in the back. The bar is fairly large and has fermenting tanks behind it.
The beer selection included a light, lager, red, IPA, porter, stout and a house special called the Dwarf. I enjoyed the IPA and the Dwarf. I tried the stout only to find that it's brewed with coffee (the name didn't give any indication and the bartender didn't mention it). I hate coffee but the bartender switched me over to an IPA.
The Detroit Beer Co is a decent place with pretty good beer. It's nicely located by the stadiums and Detroit People Mover.
01-13-2009 12:14:03 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Great location if you're downtown either for a baseball game or seeing a show. And only a couple minutes from the tunnel if you're coming from Windsor.
The bar and some of the brewing equipment was visible as you first walk in, with the bar extending down one side of the space and several tanks tucked in behind the bartenders. Just past the bar were stairs to the second floor (we didn't check this out) and beyond that was a small dining area with a bunch of tables. We weren't there for food, so we sat at the bar.
There were 7 or 8 beers on tap when we visited, including a rye beer, the Detroit Dwarf, an imperial stout, and their IPA. Beers were pretty good, solid but not exceptional. Growlers were available too.
Service was good, quick to ask you about another beer when your glass was close to empty, available for questions, yet unobtrusive. I wouldn't hesitate to stop in again on a future trip to Detroit.
12-29-2008 00:31:22 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Detroit Beer Co is my favorite of all the Beer Co's. I suppose I may be a LITTLE partial because it's where my girlfriend and I spent our first date, but beyond that, it's a wonderful spot.
The atmosphere is pretty cool, as with most every beer spot in the city. It's in an old building with updated interior architecture. The tanks are all visible, and the dark, cozy vibe really makes you wanna stay for at least a couple beers.
The quality is spot on. A few months back I had their DIPA which was great. Yesterday I enjoyed a couple pints of their Amarillo Pale Ale which was also tasty, and they had a strong Wit that was also good. Detroit Dwarf is obviously a great beer too, and it's nice to get it on tap.
Service is fine. After a Tiger's game, it's a little packed so getting a bartender's attention is usually the only hiccup. I have no complaints, tho.
The selection isn't the hugest but they cover all the bases. A good IPA, good seasonals, a good pale ale, and good sessionable lagers. Everything is good.
Haven't eaten here but Small Plates is next door.
As far as value is concerned, prices are on point, and nothing could be construed as overpriced.
All in all, a great place to stop and grab a pint of tasty brew. I would definitely make this a hangout if I lived downtown.... Also, the area it's in isn't rough at all, so you don't really need to worry about ducking shots :)
06-15-2008 22:32:46 |
More by SaucyA
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is part of the chain of three jonts. The Royal Oak Brewery (which I live near and go to often), Rochester Mills (been there once), and this place. I like the Detroit Beer Co. It's right near Comerica Park and it has a great old warehouse type of feel to it. It feels like some old brick building that has been standing stagnant in downtown Detroit for years has been revived and transformed into a wonderful place to guzzle delicious intoxicants. There's two stories of brick-walled nostalgia. There were about six different brews being created there at the time my wife and I went tonight. A porter, red, IPA, light, lager, and some crazy sweet high alcohol ale... Not quite a barely wine but similar.
The waitresses were great. Answered all questions, friendly, and good at getting beer and grub. There was a vast selection of food at good prices. And because it was my birthday month I got a free entree and a pint glass. Happy days.
The ONLY reason that I won't go here that often is that the Royal Oak Brewery is right down the street and this place is a downtown Detroit. Maybe I'll hit it before Tiger games.
02-16-2008 04:43:47 |
More by berserker256
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located right in the shadows of Ford Field and Comerica Park, it remains nearly inexplicable how I managed to initially overlook in February 2006, when I was in town for Super Bowl XL. When I eventually did find it, the place was jam-packed with patrons and I had to give it a pass until my summer excursion.
They had a removable fence out front that they use for patio seating during the summer months, but it was actually in use back in February, just for the sake of additional seating. The entry is through a short vestibule and up a slight ramp to the maitre d station. Facing aft, there were a couple of tables and chairs at the extreme front with the long, wood bar beginning just aft and to the right of the maitre d station. The brewhouse was also up front, just before the beginning of the bar, and was partly below street level. The brewhouse was fronted by glass as well as by a shallow bar that continued aft to become the main bar. Above the brewhouse was the grain hopper and mill, suspended from a steel I-beam contraption that struck me as unique.
Continuing aft, behind the bar, there was a cooler with six packs to go and another cooler underneath the first, filled with wine, Chimay, and Lindemans. Next to the coolers were the five (5) Serving Vessels. Along the left wall, still headed aft, were restaurant tables and chairs, opening onto a spacious restaurant area, most of the way aft. All of the way aft were the washrooms. Just beyond the bar was a metal staircase leading up to the second floor. Up there, the kitchen was all of the way aft; there was a bar in the center of the room; and a couple of big windows forward, overlooking the street.
A few words on service and food: I realized that I arrived right at the lunch crush, but once seated, it was as if I turned invisible. I had the massive chicken macaroni & cheese and a sampler, but when I finished the sampler, the server was nowhere to be found. I ended up ordering a pint from the bar and having them add it to the tab. At long last, the server reappeared and presented me with my check and I left.
08-24-2006 13:26:58 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Within walking distance of Comerica we headed over in the 8th inning as the Tigers were getting knocked around by the Angels.There is seating outside but we elected to go inside where the bar was somewhat dead with a few friendly regulars asking about the game and a police officer who was as asking about the game,big tanks sit behind the bar with the offerings on small chalkboards,I believe there were five tap beers of their own ranging from a zwickel to a light brown ale.The bartender had no clue she was down talkin to others at the end of the bar and didnt pay much attention to us,the good thing was she didnt keep a tab.The dwarf the zwickel and the IPA named for a local union shop were pretty good and they made a beer just for Tiger baseball called baseball beer a light brown ale wich was kinda cool.The bar became pretty full after the game and we all talked about how great it was that the Tigers are finally having a good season after so long.Anyways the beer is pretty good service not so good but we only paid $5.00 for 5 beers cuzz are server was so bad.
05-08-2006 23:47:24 |
More by oberon
Detroit Beer Co. in Detroit, MI
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