I went on a road trip to Kuhnhenn to pick up some growlers and bring them back upstate to share with friends. I got there and slightly introduced myself. I felt a little awkward and excited, this being my first official brewery visit. The bartender Mary seemed a bit distant and not very talkative about the products. I bought 6 growlers of each of their available beers. They seemed a little taken aback, and were very prompt in filling them up. They offered me some free samples of everything which was really awesome. Most of the regulars were very nice and talkative and I enjoyed their company. Father Kuhnhenn was there ( I’m sorry I forgot your name sir :( ) but he was really cool talking about his beer industry stories and travels. Then he went to the back room and cracked open a Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Style ale which was simply amazing, and a Dark Heathen Triple Bock which was just as good (although not one of my favorite styles). Those 2 beers did blow my mind though and Mr. Kuhnhenn senior was very cool and inviting which definitely put me at ease, more so than the bartenders. The big screen was showing some ESPN, but most people were more into beer geeking than sports or other things. That is fine, but I felt a bit outta place and could have used a warmer greeting. Overall it was a great experience though and I enjoyed the beers thoroughly.
We stopped here at the end of the trip. The brothers are usually running around brewing pretty much right next to you which was cool. Bunch of their beers on tap. Only part i didnt like was paying for samples.
Wow, I love this place. The bar and seating are pretty much right in the brewery. I could toss food into the mash tun while eating if I wanted. Well, I’m sure someone would stop me first and toss me out on the street. They had both cheap food (small pizza for just 4 and a half bucks) and free (the popcorn). There were 13 house beers on tap (amazing!) and with their selection why bother with guest beers. It looks like they don’t. The stuff I tasted was geared for both mass appeal and for sensory overload a beer geek like me is looking for. The A Few Shillings Too Many was just incredible as was the Crème Brule Java Stout. Most of the brews I found to my liking and would certainly have again and again if I didn’t live so far away. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the Solstice Party. They blew through and sold out a couple of beers I was looking forward to. By the time I was able to get down there the Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, Winter Wonder and Extraneous Ale were gone.
The last stop on the trip. Half homebrew shop, half brewery, with a bar that looks like they just pushed some equipment aside to make room for it. Great beer selection, all their own. Bottles of KRE for sale at the time, and growlers to go. Really cool to be able to watch them brew while you drink. This place was great. Just wish I could have spent more time there.
hopscotch (263) Vero Beach, Florida | December 13, 2006| Updated August 1, 2010
They’ve expanded since my first review. Larger seating area and a menu. Nothing elaborate, but the cheese-filled pretzel was pretty darned tasty... the pizza too.
Nothing fancy. No food available. Kind of a combo brew on prem, brewing supply shop and beer bar. 10-12 beers on tap when I was there. Most of the beers are well above average. You can actually order a pizza from elsewhere to eat at the joint. Really, if you’re a beer geek and in Detroit, you gotta go. No exceptions.
Cool brewery. Felt like a brewpub mixed with someone’s garage. I loved the old giant mirrors around and the piano in the corner (and the popcorn machine). Service was good; we tried a ton of samples (awesome beer) and chatted up the locals. Bought some beer to go, but were surprised and disappointed to find out later that local area stores sell it for far cheaper - DO NOT BUY BOTTLES FROM HERE UNLESS YOU DO NOT THINK YOU WILL FIND THEM ELSEWHERE!!! The price difference on the 4th Dimension was stupid. Other than that, great spot, this price thing will be reflected by a couple of points in my overall rating. Definitely worth a stop.
Cozy little spot, I liked the decor though it bordered on woody sports bar without the memorabilia. Beers were all solid with only one or two that failed to really impress out of about 9 sampled. Did not try the food offerings. Service was quite friendly. Disappointed to find out at Bella Vino that they were selling the 4th Dimension for about $10 a six pack LESS than at the brewery!
Fabulous establishment. Looks like an old hardware store. The bar is small and comfortable with the serving tanks in full view. There is also a homebrew shop next door. All the beers I tried to great - especially the Eisbock. BTW - they have about a case of the 2004 left at $10 a bottle (6.2 oz.). Good service, great beer and great ambiance.
punkrkr27 (24) Berkley, Michigan | June 30, 2006| Updated April 10, 2007
Place doesn’t look like much. It’s an old converted hardware store and the decor is pretty spartan. Pretty much typical bar snacks but with a nice little selection of cheeses. The beer, well, if you are on this site than you already know that it speaks for itself.
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.
JCW (142) Cincinnati, Ohio | February 5, 2006| Updated August 23, 2008
Pretty much a dump inside, boxes stacked every where, bathroom that reminded my of a gas station, but this brewpub is probably where I’d hang out if I lived close. Fantastic selection of Kuhnhenn beers, attentive service. Comfortable surrounding, very unpretentious. Didn’t get a chance to eat there, but what I saw looked typical for a brewpub.