3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | January 2, 2008| Updated January 21, 2013
The solstice party wasn’t as packed as I imagined but it was still quite busy, but the crew handled things very well. Lots of great stuff on tap, lots of bottles available, freindly servers even when swamped, and the crowd and staff got along great. It was a fun atmosphere. The place itself is half bar and half red room (extra seating), but the bar is very nice looking, classic in design, loud and big. This is a place I would drink at often if I lived in the area.
A bit out of the way this large boxy tap room is basic but functional in a very decent way. Lots of bench seating and a huge U bar without distractions. Service was great and friendly, even though they were packed and it may have slowed a bit. Popcorn and samplers were available. Prices were decent. A good place to go with tons of taps. A tickers delight.
(Visited 08/2011): Kuhnhenn is located on the north side of Warren on Chicago Rd. There is a private parking lot.
The interior is open with the U-shaped bar in the center. Wood high back tables in the rest of the space. Brick, red and yellow motif. There is a chalkboard on the wall listing the beers on tap. In addition there is a cooler stocked with bottles of wine, mead and beer.
Kuhnhenn had around 15 taps on my visit, and my understanding is they are constantly changing and rotating. Some of the options on my visit were White Devil, Penetration Porter, Loonie Kuhnie Pale, Conundrum and Play In The Hay. Many bottles of mead on the menu too, including Black Jelly Bean, Raspberry Braggot and Elderberry Melomel. I also happened to be sitting next to ownership and got to try the Tripel Bock which was not officially on yet. Kuhnhenn also has various sample options like "Pick A Winner" and the "Kuhnhenn Paddle". All of the beers, meads, braggots and melomels are top notch.
Service at Kuhnhenn on a weekday afternoon was good for the entirety of my visit. Thorough knowledge of the beer list and friendly.
I did not have any food on my visit, and it looks like they have a pretty limited menu.
Overall this is a great brewpub and is recommended highly.
Dropped in here on a very cold Monday evening in January. There were only about 3 other customers. It’s an odd place -- they have a huge list of beers, but the "food" list was limited to a fried thing or two, and some free popcorn. The service was kinda silly. I felt like I was at someone’s homebrew garage party and I was the only stranger. In addition to the aloofness of the place, the atmosphere was far from inviting. That said, I’d go back again because the three beers I tried were flat out excellent. But I’d bring a sandwich along. (Brewery #495)
Kuhnhenn was one of my first favorite breweries back in the old days, and I’ve always considered it as kind of a mecca. Glad to finally make it after all these years and also glad to be the 150th place rating! Small parking lot behind was no problem early afternoon on a Saturday. The place is dominated by a large bar in the center. Tables around. Honestly a lot cleaner than I expected I didn’t try the food and the staff didn’t even try to make it sound good. A million taps, tons of styles. Flight of five was $13, pretty steep.Bottles to go also pretty steep. Quality of beers and meads was good, and, if variety is your thing, which is most likely is if you’re reading this, this is a great place. My expectations after so many years wasn’t met, but, I wasn’t let down either. This still remains an essential stop well worthy of going out of your way.
Located in a typical small Michigan street just outside a very ugly Boulevard with too many gas stations for my own architectural tastes, Kuhnhenn does not promise much from the outside. As we entered, we were not particularly impressed with the whole place, but it has to be said that they are into big renovations, moving the bar and brewery and increasing size. We asked for food and all that was available were yellow cheddard, small dry and spicy sausage and insipid crackers. We were hungry, so we still took those, but as we ordered a second beer, a guy at the bar noticed we were not from town. We told him we were from Montreal. It turned out he was Mr. Kuhnhenn senior, the father of the K. brothers. He started offering us samples of everything, invited us at the bar. It turned out they had a big BBQ organized in the afternoon and they insisted that we test every kind of homemade sausage they had, coleslaw, excellent maple/spicy beans. We ended up eating more than we’d hoped and it was all good! And between every drink available in this place, we had a phenomenal drinking experience. Superb meads, one of the best scotch ales I’ve ever had, spot on oktoberfest, surprising funky ale. It started out disappointing, but we fell in love with the place and spent way more hours than expected, and would have spent many more if we were not on the way back to routine after a road trip. We were very lucky though and while I give the place a 90, were it not for the father, it would only have scored well for Selection, atrocious for food, ambiance and okay for service.
This is one of the most facinating establishments I have been to. This former hardware store that served homebrew equipment, and still does. A long bar that they plan to double. Very easy going on snacks, and free fresh popcorn. People from everyone in Detroit, all walks of life. The parents of the brewmaster brothers, who have been experimenting for more than 20 years, were serving. After a spotaneous tour, the parents who sailed to a second place finish in my hometown regatta, popped open a raspberry eisbock for the heck of it. It was very low carbonated, and I enjoyed it better than the more normal bottle I had in 2005. It was shared among all the middle-aged drinkers in my corner of the bar.
Oh, and the beer alone was worth a 4-hour drive. They brew a world-beating root beer for a taste change up, with honey. They allow a few people to brew small batches in a deal that splits the results 50/50 and then they can bottle it with the Kuhnhenn name on it. I got the only bottle available on this.
A must trip.
Stopped her after lunch on a Monday. Easy to find location on corner with good parking. Nice bar area that is open to brewing operation. Very good freindly service partly due to the fact I was the only person there that time of day. Had the sampler and it was well presented and well explained. No Raspberry Eisbock on sampler,but did buy a good supply to take with me. Did not eat due timing of visit but did review the pub style menu and looked good. Well worth the visit.
Very excited to hit this place up this weekend. The feel is small town brewery, with a total local crowd in there. Everyone was a local, clearly not many beer nerds like me. It was pretty dead but it was Memorial day weekend so I think that really killed the crowd. Pretty bland inside but thats fine. The brewery is wide open at the back so that was very cool to go back there and observe. I love it how they only have their beers, not even messing around. They about 12 taps that were varied, more than enough for an evening. The service was good. Big time local yokels but they knew there stuff and offered great other places to visit. The selection was great as it was balanced with easy drinkers, a couple stouts and knock you on your ass barleywine. I really enjoyed it hear, local place but they know what they are doing.
This place was an absolute high point on our recent trip across the state. Great prices, our server worked her butt off to keep us supplied with samplers, bottles and general deliciousness. When the four of us made her go digging for more than a dozen bottles of mead, she spent more than 10 minutes digging through their back of the house supply to get us everything we had requested. Had the benefit of running into hopscotch while we in here as well, which was kind of cool. The brewer (Mike) took a break from his brew day to chat with us for a half-hour or so about what they’ve done with the space, expansions and ideas for future brews. As you would expect, the beers served at the source were a whole lot fresher and brighter than the stuff we’ve seen in NYC. Highlight was the Oude Bruin, which was damn tasty stuff. I’d go back here in a heartbeat.