United States > Michigan > Plymouth
Pailhead (6) Brownstown, Michigan | January 23, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
The way I always describe this place to friends is "Itís not a beer bar. Itís a bar with a lot of beer." They usually have a pretty solid tap list with a wide range of styles. The bottle list is large, but there are a few holes, most notably off the top of my head...Jolly Pumpkin. Maybe thereís a story to this that Iím not aware of, but any craft beer bar in MI should at least carry something from JP from time to time. Iíve never seen anything. They also need to do a better job of getting rid of old beer. Charging full price (in the area of $4-$5) for bottles from King Brewing Company (they went out of business 3-4 years ago...maybe longer???) looks really bad to anyone who knows what it is. I also wouldnít recommend ordering a bottle of anything hoppy and expecting it to be fresh. On the positive side of this...you can order an Expedition Stout, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, St. Bernardus Abt 12, older Barley Wines, etc. and probably get one with a couple years on it. Having said that, I do visit semi-regularly for the solid rotating tap list and the service has always been friendly and great. The food is also good and reasonably priced.
mikem409 (181) bloomfield, Michigan | July 14, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
cool little place in downtown plymouth. kinda basement like vibe decent food and good bottle selection. price was great also
mickeykaline (15) Northville, Michigan | October 22, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
everything average except for beer selection. Good place to try different beers.
flatmatt (61) Ann Arbor, Michigan | August 30, 2009| Updated July 9, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
First time Iíve been here since I started drinking. Very impressive bottled beer list, along with some good tap selections. I was a bit apprehensive having read some reviews around the Internet regarding their current service and food, but it was all good when I was there tonight. Took a little while to get our first beer, but service was pretty quick after that. Food seemed good enough as well. I would prefer a bit more detail in the beer list, as itís kind of hard to process without any styles listed. But the Box Bar generally seems like a good place for a great beer selection, while everything else if at least decent if not better.
Update: Went back, sitting at the bar tonight. Great beer, good service, with knowledgeable bartenders. Had a nice vintage Galeís Prize Old Ale 1998 and discovered how amazing Samuel Smithís Imperial Stout can be; hadnít decided to try it until tonight. Good time.
BeerBaron617 (25) Royal Oak, Michigan | June 14, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I think that the owner of this place should start reading the reviews regarding the service! I went in there, having read the reviews, and low and behold, the service was horrible! But the bit about the waitstaff not knowing anything wasnít true about my waitress. I ordered a Samuel Smith India ale, and then asked if they had any more IPAís and she suggested Lagunitaís IPA, which was fantastic. so, overall I would say they put too much into beer(which isnít a bad thing) and not enough into who they hire.
billb (1) Kennesaw, Georgia | April 5, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This is where ratebeer.com was born.
dannypo (5) Garden City, Michigan | March 12, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Great selection on tap and in bottles. The wait staff has no idea about what they are serving but thats on par for the detroit area.
SuIIy (53) Burlington, Vermont | July 14, 2005
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Food is generic bar food. Tons of bottles and lots of rarities. Good place to sit and drink, plus you can carry out bottles of anything in stock. retired bells stouts and other rarities arnt bought by the locals and are therefore often in stock.
jtw (27) farmington, Michigan | June 25, 2005
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
clark has most of these on the money. 40 taps, nothing too special on draft. tons of rare bottles, i had a 94 thomas hardyís, and old beers that are either no longer available or no longer brewed anywhere else. the food was decent at best, but the server was at least attentive if unknowledgeable about the beer he was serving. worth going to this place just to drink some rare bottles.
ClarkVV (91) Allston, Massachusetts | April 22, 2004
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Sporting the largest number of bottled beers available at a Michigan bar, it had my expectations high. As far as the selection, you arent going to find any better in Michigan. Because so few people buy the really eccentric beers, you can find beers still available at the bar, that are no longer distributed in Michigan (3 Floydís), beers that are no longer brewed (Bellís November 2002 Stouts) and breweries that no longer are in business (Lighthouse, Old Hat, Roffeys). Good selection of vintage beers (relatively speaking). Fullerís Vintage 1999, Thomas Hardys back to 1994, JW Leeís back to 1988 and Harveys Elizabethan 1997. Rarities such as Gouden Carulos Cuvee Van de Keizer are not uncommon and most beers that are or were brewed by the major Michigan breweries. The food is awful, the service slow and uneducated about beer.
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