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.
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!
First thing cool about this place is the big formatters outside the building that for the non-connoisseur must look like big aluminium things waiting for the scrapyard. For the connoisseurs we know what these things contains. Actual pub is pretty cool because it just doesn’t look like much. A bunch of tables thrown in an open space, an improvised bar and there you go, you’ve got a pub. Smaller than I expected given the worldwide reputation of the brewery. Beer menu is obviously to die for. About 10 taps with 2 or 3 of them tap exclusive (not bottled). And then you’ve got the bottles, quite a few of them. No guest beers and that’s fine, Kuhnhenn has enough variety. Beer menu is obviously very variable given the history of their history of brewing a new beer more often than brewing a previously brewed beer. One of the owner/brewer Bret noticed I was a beer-geek and we talked beer and exchanged stuff. He even went to the back to get me some Bourbon Barrel American Imperial Stout that wasn’t on the menu. Amazing stuff. So my suggestion to you is try to look as a beer geek, take notes, ask pointy questions about the beers, whatever, and hope the same thing happens to you. There were about 6 different kinds of beers available in bottles to go. The most interesting ones were the Aldebaran, the Forth Dementia and the classic Raspberry Eisbock. I left with a six-pack of Aldebaran and Raspberry Eisbock. Don’t expect super deal, the interesting Kuhnhenn bottles are expensive even directly at the brewpub.
Visited Kuhnhenn on a short round trip to MI. I could only have a beer seeing I had to drive back, so I had a glass of fourth dementia. Definately a brew pub, with the distinct smell and brewing equipment exerywhere. The place was full but I got good service sitting at the bar. They have 7 or 8 of their brews on tap including some of their top picks (dementia and extranateous when I was there) so the selection is good. They do growler fills although somewhat expensive. The beers are worth what you pay for them.
Un grand local qui maximise comme il peut son potentiel. Le côté boutique à l’entrée a plusieurs produits maison à part la bière mais je n’ai pas eu l’occasion de les essayer. Tout est grand dans cette salle, le bar, les tabourets, le plafond et la liste de fût. Un passage obligé si on passe par Sarnia.
Stopped in here on a Friday around noon and the parking lot was pretty empty. We were the only folks in here for a little while. We were mostly here for meads, but it turned out they only had their Orange Blossom available at the time, so that was a bit of a let down. Fortunately, though, their tap list was excellent. I was able to try a lot of great beers, and several that I had actually wanted to try for some time. Service was great, the staff was all knowledgeable, and pricing was decent. They do have a small food menu, but we did not order anything as we already had a lunch destination picked out. I hope to make it back here some day.
Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon. It was fairly busy, as it was the Summer Solstice release, although not completely packed at all. The beers I got were ok but nothing special and all very high gravity. The worst part about this brewpub is the staff. They were not very knowledgeable about their products (the waitress had me point to the mead on the menu I wanted and then had to call over someone else to see if the mead was available). It wasn’t that the place was so busy -- more that the staff was just chilling by the register and seemed almost disgusted that someone would disturb them to order something. I had high hopes about this brewpub, but it did not live up. Also they don’t really have much of a food menu so bring in your own if you can.
A must visit if you’re in the Detroit area. Hopefully you have a rental car to go and pick up some bottles or a growler. Cool space with amazing beer, but you probably already knew that. Hell yeah, Kuhnhenn!
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.
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | November 27, 2008| Updated November 12, 2009
Stopped in two times while in Detroit on business. From outside it does not look like much. Looks like 3/4 of the place is newly remodeled. Behind the bar they brew the beer. Place would look a better if they remodeled the rest of the brewing and bar area. Bartenders were cool. Had the $5 pizza which was decent but a great deal. Had 8 or so beers on my 2 trips. They had about 11 or 12 beers on tap and a ton of wine and meads available also. They sell samples and growlers of all there beers which is great. Everything I tried was good high quality beer. The scotch ale was one of the best beers I ever had. Would be the first place I stop to get a brew if I was in Detroit.
11/11: Stopped in again today and place looks great since remodeling. Brews were all good. Cool bartenders dont hurt either. Love this place.