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Detroit Beer Co.
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 185
Beer Avg: 3.56
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
1529 E. Broadway
phone: (313) 969-1529
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | 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: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by the Detroit Beer Co while in Detroit on business. It has the typical look and feel of a brewpub. It's in an old building with exposed brick and a high, tiled ceiling. The room is narrow but very deep and there seems to be a second floor in the back. The bar is fairly large and has fermenting tanks behind it.
The beer selection included a light, lager, red, IPA, porter, stout and a house special called the Dwarf. I enjoyed the IPA and the Dwarf. I tried the stout only to find that it's brewed with coffee (the name didn't give any indication and the bartender didn't mention it). I hate coffee but the bartender switched me over to an IPA.
The Detroit Beer Co is a decent place with pretty good beer. It's nicely located by the stadiums and Detroit People Mover.
01-13-2009 12:14:03 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 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: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Great location if you're downtown either for a baseball game or seeing a show. And only a couple minutes from the tunnel if you're coming from Windsor.
The bar and some of the brewing equipment was visible as you first walk in, with the bar extending down one side of the space and several tanks tucked in behind the bartenders. Just past the bar were stairs to the second floor (we didn't check this out) and beyond that was a small dining area with a bunch of tables. We weren't there for food, so we sat at the bar.
There were 7 or 8 beers on tap when we visited, including a rye beer, the Detroit Dwarf, an imperial stout, and their IPA. Beers were pretty good, solid but not exceptional. Growlers were available too.
Service was good, quick to ask you about another beer when your glass was close to empty, available for questions, yet unobtrusive. I wouldn't hesitate to stop in again on a future trip to Detroit.
12-29-2008 00:31:22 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 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
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: 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
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