Detroit Beer Co.
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 186
Beer Avg: 3.56
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This was the first stop on our Microbrewery crawl and I wanted to insure my dad that these breweries aren't anything like your average bar. We got there and the people behind the bar did not want to interact with us at all and they kept talking about how hung over they were from the night before. Not a good start to our tour! Besides those facts the beer was pretty good.
They were out of their main beer which was understandable.
Food-I did enjoy the nachos that we got and the atmosphere was pretty impressive. A quite large place, had a second floor which lead to another bar which was pretty awesome.
A little expensive but I can live with that.
Not exactly the best first experience but I would most likely go back if I were in the area and give them a second try.
07-24-2011 02:05:33 | More by yankeej13
3.33/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.4/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Detroit Beer Co. is a typical city bar/pub, it is narrow with seating in back an at bar. the have about 8 beers on tap. Part of the brewing equipment is visible by the bar. They have decent beers, nothing too special. Bartender seems to know the beers. Definitely a good place to go before a tigers game, micro beer and real close to the park. Been here a few times and the service was always good, even though it is real busy before games. Just wish they would have a couple extreme or standout beers to choose from.
02-24-2009 20:47:33 | More by MasonBeerMan
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.45/5 rDev -9%
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
3.56/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Same thing as Royal Oak Brewing and Rochester Mills Beer Co. -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Those are good spots, and this brings a similarly nice spot to the downtown area, which was in need of such a place.
The beer is good, though somewhat uninspired. This isn't a risk-taking sort of place like a Kuhnhenn's or a Dragonmead. It's riding the brewpub trend very well with very drinkable beers and a good food menu (which is more or less identical to the other two places as far as I could tell).
From an atmosphere standpoint, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It looks like they tried to keep the feel of the original building the owners renovated by keeping all the high ceilings, the staircase up to the next floor, the old school tin cieling look, etc... They just polished it up a notch. The long bar on the first floor looks kind of "homey" because the bartenders looked pretty chatty. But let's not kid ourselves; this is definitely appealing to fringe beer drinkers and after-game folks more than beer lovers. And that's perfectly cool...just something folks need to be aware of.
Our waitress was kind of a bitchy, though she did politely offer to clean out our "souvenir" pint glasses and checked on us pretty regularly.
All in all, I feel like I might be being too hard on DBC; really, it's a pretty good spot in an extremely good location.
12-29-2003 22:35:02 | More by marburg
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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
3.6/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere: all about detroit here. lots of historic and more known detroit themes. other than that there is nothing super exciting about this place
Quality: nothing to make me wish you could buy it anywhere but they had some decent beers and it was a good place to sit down for a beer before an event
Service: it wasn't busy when i was there and we didn't encounter any problems with service
Selection: a good variety for the amount of beers but they only had about 6 beers
Food: this was probably the best feature of the place. I had some good creole pasta that had great proportions
Overall: a great place to hit up before a sporting event or other event downtown. but not a place to put on a must visit list
09-21-2013 18:54:24 | More by SportsandJorts
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
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
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
This was my first trip to 'the D' and I found this place while looking for my hotel. I was only in town for a wedding and doubted I had time for a beer excursion, but the location of this place made it possible. Only a block 1/2 away from the D.A.C. this was the perfect short getaway from a stuffy reception. I tried the sampler (about 6 beers) and found 3 worth lipservice - the Heavy (with 6.2%+abv) was dangerously drinkable and the Red was nice. The best beer of the night was by far the Stout. The guy next to me was drinking a stout as well and we got into a conversation about it- he turned out to be one of the owners on his way back from a Tigers game and I got a free pint of that stout.
06-23-2004 19:49:08 | More by BeerZack
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Detroit Beer Co. in Detroit, MI
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