acctualy an upscale chop house with a brewery inside so food is on higher side but the happy hour is killer!!! 2 buck house beers even 9 percent dbl ipa
KPD (225) Michigan | June 28, 2011| Updated July 21, 2013
Had the sampler which included the imperial stout and the raggedy ass IPA, The beer was outstanding. The lead chief came over and admired the tasters as we lined them up on the table. It was a beautiful sight. The staff were really knowledgeable and very friendly.
The food was extraordinary. I had a venison chop that was as good as anything Iíve had.
Left with two growlers of the Imperial stout. This is not casual or inexpensive.
Came to Big Rock after a recommendation from some guys at Dragonmead. We only went because it was during Happy Hour, and they have $2 drafts and pretty awesome deals on appetizers. The place is very nice inside, and has a really cool feel, but were surrounded by dudes in suits drinking martinis. The beers were all good (just a limited selection of about 6) and they gave us free samples before we ordered our pints. If you are a beer lover in the area, head over during happy hour to sit at the bar for a really good deal. *The salmon cakes with corn salsa were amazing*
Just wanted to stop in while I was in town with a friend, the beer is amazing, the only thing I didnít like about the experience is the CHOPHOUSE part of it. If you just want to go in to sit at the bar and have a pint, youíre surrounded (literally, the bar is planted in the middle of the far end of the restaurant) by people eating. Big Rock does have a dress code for the restaurant, but not for the bar. So me and my beer loving friends sat at the bar surrounded by well dressed people. Wasnít a problem for us, but still - itís a minor aspect of the experience.
The beer is some of the best in Michigan, if you have a chance, GET OVER THERE!
January 2010. Short review, because my visit was short. This seems to be a place trying to be an upscale steak house. They happen to have a central bar that happens to serve a few house-made beers. But youíd never know it unless you looked it up before hand. Tried one beer; it was OK. Wasnít impressed with the atmosphere, because it wasnít what I was looking for. (Brewery #494)
This is not the place to go when you just want to throw down a few beers with the buddies. However, if you want an excellent meal (a bit pricey) and the opportunity to enjoy some excellent beer, then this may be the place for you. Almost every beer I tried was above average except one. When I explained to the waitress that the beer in question was infected, they replaced it quickly with another selection. The dinner on the patio in late June around dusk was an ideal setting. Well worth a stop.
This place has some great beer, but its just not my thing. Too upscale, too expensive. If you want to impress your date, treat a client, etc. go for it, this place would be GREAT. But to go here for a few beers and hang out, donít waste your time. They only have 5-6 beers at any given time, but they do have bottled to go or growlers, which is what I go for.
Update: Ok, after coming back a couple times, I am a bit more impressed with this place. $2 beers for happy hour from 4-7 everday, beers are getting more impressive to me, but bottles and growlers are still a bit pricey.
Very upscale place. Not what you think in terms of what a brewery would look like. Square bar similar to goose island. Decorated to a T. White linens. Wine list awards posted everywhere. Valet parking for a Monday Lunch?? Food was top notch. Chili & burger were supherb. IPA & Scotch were solid. Great stop but make sure youre dressed for it. Bartenders & staff were very friendly. Head Brewer was great & gave us some sample bottles. Not your typical brewery. High end
gearbike (12) West Bloomfield, Michigan | October 19, 2008| Updated March 17, 2012
An upscale restaurant with great food. The brewery part is kind of hidden but far from an afterthought. Not a huge selection but solid.