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48 /100 470 WEST CANFIELD
“Directly across the street from Jolly Pumpkin and that's the only reason I visited. Small, intimate place with 8-10 beers on. Flights or small pours available at $2/pour (after tax). Service was extremely endearing. Beer quality was night -- wasn't enamored with anything on. Not worth a stop with so many other good places in town.“
mcberko 428 days ago
78 /100 441 W. CANFIELD
“Cool spot, right across the street from Motor City Brewing Works, and very close to Founder's. Prettily designed, with plenty of bar seating. Half of the beers are JP's, the other half by North Peak. Small pours available of everything, with some being higher than $4 -- that seems high. Super-friendly service. All in all, I preferred JP's location in Royal Oak, but this had that grungier feel to match the Detroit vibe. Worth a visit.“
mcberko 428 days ago
86 /100 456 CHARLOTTE STREET
“Founder's brings their A game to Detroit, with a very nicely designed, long interior with tons of bar seating. Many beers available, sorted by "class" -- the higher the class, the heavier and more expensive the beer. Lots of imperial stouts and hoppy things to be found. Flights of 4 or single small pours available , priced per the beer. Friendly, competent staff. Top-notch place by a top-notch brewery. Don't miss it when in Detroit.“
mcberko 428 days ago
60 /100 1400 PORTER ST.
“About 15 minutes walking from Slow's BBQ, this is a cool little spot. Over a dozen taps, with flights / small pours available, charged by the beer (usually $2-3). Beer quality was not very good, with many beers just not dialled in properly. With the many good breweries that Detroit has to offer, this isn't worth a stop if your time is limited.“
mcberko 428 days ago
72 /100
Slows Bar BQ (Restaurant)
2138 MICHIGAN AVENUE
“Elegant interior to this place with many separate areas of seating, including plenty of bar seating. Extensive, well-curated taplist, but: no flights or small pours! C'mon -- if you're going to showcase this many cool beers, you gotta have a tasting option. At least the bartender was happy to offer tastes. Not a ticker-friendly place, but it might be worth checking out depending on your priorities.“
mcberko 428 days ago
72 /100
Slows Bar BQ (Restaurant)
2138 MICHIGAN AVENUE
“Came here on 23.2.2020. A BBQ place not far away from Detroit downtown. A restaurant area, an outside patio and a U-shaped bar. Liked the interior: red brick walls with wooden panels and a copper bar. Around 40 beers on tap. Some Belgium beers, a few Michigan IPA’s and even Riegele Helles from Germany. All beers are priced between 6 $ and 7 $. The Pulled Pork was decent and the service just ok. Not a bad place but was surprised that is the highest rated beer place in Detroit.“
Schlenkerla 439 days ago
72 /100 1087 BEAUFAIT ST
“Brand new brewery but by the Beltline Corridor. Clean open feeling with a bar in the back and plenty of seating. Bartenders knew the beer pretty well. Small pours available and 8 beers on tap when I visited. They had waffles in house when I visited. Prices were quiet competitive. Has potential!“
deyholla 474 days ago
64 /100 DETROIT METROPOLITAN AIRPORT NORTH TERMINAL
“Visited after dinner on a Tuesday. Located between gate d20 and d19. Appears to be fairly new, nice open design with plenty of bar space. Pretty traditional airport setup in terms of food menu. Beer selection is 9 Atwater beers available as a 4 oz taster or a full pour. (Just ok) I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 572 days ago
76 /100 4265 WOODWARD AVE
“A good sized bar with an upstairs that is diner/dive sheek. Service was friendly but really when it gets busy service declines. Upstairs says you can have the full menu, but complains when you actually ask. Small pours and tastes are fine but no flights. Huge and wonderful selection, but impossible to tick well.“
Ferris 731 days ago
72 /100 441 W. CANFIELD
“In a very gentrified area, this spot is nice and open but not as cozy as the other locations. More of a cafeteria feel with walk up service, it is a bit impersonal. Beer list was expansive and flights available. Only issue is it is a bit prices, some samples $4.“
Ferris 731 days ago
90 /100 456 CHARLOTTE STREET
“Very nice design. Good food. Beer selection, though, is amazing. If there's anything to criticize about the beer, perhaps it's too heavy on the strong beers and double IPAs in particular, but that makes it right up my alley. Really loved my first visit.“
flatmatt 770 days ago
88 /100 456 CHARLOTTE STREET
“Really nice addition to the beer scene in Detroit. Founders bring their great stuff to this side of the state, really great tap list with all the favorites as well as some only at the taproom, Easy walk to the new arena (LCA). Some nice food, good service and staff should be on all beer drinkers to do list. Now if we can get Bell's to do the same!“
KPD 858 days ago
78 /100 2515 RIOPELLE ST
“A cool little spot on a small street off the eastern market. Warm feeling inside with picnic style seating and a small bar in the back. Serves were friendly and had good recommendations. They had 12 beers on tap with samplers available. Cans also available to go. No food on site but they appear to often have food trucks. Prices were fair. A nice spot to have a beer.“
deyholla 866 days ago
76 /100 4265 WOODWARD AVE
“Visited around lunch time during week in June of 2018. Crowded at that time but we found a stand to sit. Many taps, with many locals but not too many new beers for me (a Greek guy visiting Detroit). I dont know about bottles. Good service, nice ambiance, the food was good too (pulled pork sandwich).“
rouhlas 870 days ago
80 /100 441 W. CANFIELD
“Visited on a Friday evening for dinner and drinks.The place is located in downtown Detroit. Some metered parking is available. The part of town it is in is really nice. Walkable and friendly area of town. Service here is kind of strange. You walk into a line that you order at. All orders are done at the cash register, so if you decide you want a second beer, you order at the cash register, then go to the bar to pick it up. If you buy a bottle, they can give it to you at the register, but to get a glass, you have to go to the bar. Perhaps if we were sitting at the bar, we could have ordered there, but it was already full when we arrived. All of us ordered the lamb burger, and everybody loved it. I also ordered truffle fries, and they too were great. The food and beer here are both phenomenal, and priced somewhat reasonably. The Jolly Pumpkin beers are on the higher side price wise, but that is just how it is. They are worth it. I would definitely come back again. I would like to have tried more beers, but since flights weren't really an option, I had to decide which were most important to me.“
JStax 930 days ago
66 /100 470 WEST CANFIELD
“Visited on a Friday early evening. Located in downtown Detroit in a nice part of town with some cool shops and restaurants nearby. At about 5:30 pm, the place was starting to get busy, but we were able to get a table for four easily, maybe one of the last available, though. Service was quick and attentive. We ordered a flight of everything, and one of the guys also got a mixed drink of some sort. The beers ranged from alright to good. Service here was the most noteworthy part of the visit. Our server was great! Pricing was on the lower side, but considering what was offered, it was fair. Beer styles were pretty common. Didn't get too wild. Food is available here, and the stuff that came closely smelled really good. Had we not already had dinner plans, this would have been a good option.“
JStax 930 days ago
60 /100 WORLD GATEWAY PLACE
“It's an airport bar that does flights and if you're not from here there should be enough local ticks to make it worth it. Pints less so at that price. Didn't try food. Service airportish. Ambience... well ya.“
solidfunk 954 days ago
50 /100 1400 PORTER ST.
“Decent looking place in a cool location, had a flight of ok beers. The servers were some of the worst I have ever experienced. I won’t rush back“
KPD 987 days ago
76 /100
Slows Bar BQ (Restaurant)
2138 MICHIGAN AVENUE
“Nice barbeque restaurant with a solid beer selection. Not overly large, but the beers favor MI breweries and they're typically pretty good. BBQ is nice, especially the brisket. Visited with Nick in 2018.“
ads135 1023 days ago
76 /100 470 WEST CANFIELD
“A cool, funky little brewpub in midtown. Surprisingly good beers, make pizzas (but I didn't get to try them), and the atmosphere is really nice. Visited with Nick in 2018.“
ads135 1023 days ago
72 /100 441 W. CANFIELD
“A nice place to pick up some Jolly Pumpkin beers. Nice location in midtown, more or less across the street from Motor City. Large and featuring pizzas (which I didn't try). Would go back though!“
ads135 1023 days ago
68 /100 237 JOSEPH CAMPAU STREET
“An okay brewpub in a city that needs a few more. Industrial chic, space near the river, plenty of space nearby. Food left something to be desired and the beers were okay. Nice place to unwind, pretty quiet though. Visited with Nick in 2018.“
ads135 1023 days ago
82 /100 456 CHARLOTTE STREET
“An impressive taproom. Far less crowded than the original, with a nice selection of their own taps and a few special-made for this location. Located fairly near downtown, this looks to be an anchor for some revitalization of this neighborhood.“
ads135 1024 days ago
66 /100 470 WEST CANFIELD
“I visited this place more than 15 years ago, and it did not change. Cool little brewery located in a hipster area, with a good pizza and bar menu, hummus and such, friendly service.. Beers are still stuck in 2000 though.“
Lubiere 1049 days ago
66 /100 511 WEST CANFIELD ST
“Cool little place on Cass Corridor. The beers are OK but limited, but service is very good and friendly. Decent prices for food, basically pub grub. Interestingly, they make their own bread, cookies, and cheeses..“
Lubiere 1049 days ago
80 /100 441 W. CANFIELD
“Very similar to the Chicago location, with exact same food menu of pizzas and burgers, great tap selection, samplers available by the unit, good service. Parking may be complicated in the evening.“
Lubiere 1049 days ago
80 /100 2515 RIOPELLE ST
“A great little brewery in the Eastern Market. Located in an old industrial area, the brewery as a cool groove with communal seating , open garage doors in simmer, barrel room, friendly service, and decent price, around 3$ à sample. Beers were all pretty solid and well done. Parking may be complicated m“
Lubiere 1050 days ago
80 /100 456 CHARLOTTE STREET
“Located just two miles from downtown, this location feels more intimate and less corporate than the main location. They have a small system to brew taproom exclusives which is always fun to discover. They also have a small store in the front for merch as well as to go sales. They had over 20 taps with taster sized pours available so it was great way to sample a lot of their beer. I'm glad to see this kind of investment from Founders in Detroit. I hope it's successful.“
DiarmaidBHK 1079 days ago
86 /100
Slows Bar BQ (Restaurant)
2138 MICHIGAN AVENUE
“Located in corktown in the shadow of the former Michigan Central Station. There wasn't a ton of parking near by, so I had to park a couple of blocks away. It looks like the neighborhood, like much of Detroit, is starting to turn the corner. It was wonderful old building with lots of friendly people both behind the bar as well eating there. The beer section was Michigan heavy which is cool and they also had a lot of heavy-duty 10 plus stuff and enough sense to serve in proper sizes. I think this place is mandatory for any visit of Detroit.“
DiarmaidBHK 1085 days ago
80 /100
Slows Bar BQ (Restaurant)
2138 MICHIGAN AVENUE
“Parking is on the street. Nice place with a big bar and many tables. It also has an outside area with concrete tables which I enjoyed soaking up the sun. Pork butt sand which is very good. Service was very good. Pricing is above average, but was worth it for me.“
weihenweizen 1087 days ago
76 /100 441 W. CANFIELD
“Visited for a late lunch on a Thursday. Located in a new development and a part of town that is renewing. Street parking is located on the blocks around the area, though I am sure is a challenge on weekends. Seating is long tables, at the bar or on a pretty sidewalk patio. Food and drink is ordered at the bar. Beer selection is 11 North Peak, and 11 Jolly Pumpkin beers. Nothing to crazy, but certainly a lot of great choices. Menu is Pizza, and really solid pizza at that. Cocktails and spirits available as well. Friendly service. I enjoyed my visit.

76 = *** (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.“
theisti 1104 days ago
60 /100 WORLD GATEWAY PLACE
“Next to Gate A36 and across from the Westin. Fancy modern place. Hot food on one side, nibbles and drinks in the middle, bar in back. You can sit at the bar and order food and drink or grab either and sit at long tabkes in the center, conveniently appointed with outlets for charging. Beers were $9-12, pretty steep, even for an airport. Leaps and bounds better than anything we have at CLT.“
Travlr 1111 days ago
70 /100 441 W. CANFIELD
“Moderately sized, moderately priced, and the service was decent. They make almost exclusively sour ales so if you are a fan of those it is definitely worth a visit. Otherwise, they don't have much else and don't sell much of anything that isn't their own.“
Dfonorow 1135 days ago
80 /100 4265 WOODWARD AVE
“Large place, large tap selection, and the service was good enough. Prices were a bit high but it is downtown in a major city so its to be expected. Worth a visit if you are in town.“
Dfonorow 1135 days ago
70 /100 1529 BROADWAY
“Interior has a cozy feel while being fairly spacious. I had a little trouble getting the server's attention, but after she acknowledged me there were no more problems. Food is quite good - try the black & white dip. Beers are fairly good; I didn't have anything outstanding, but maybe I didn't try their best brew. Worth a visit if you live in or near Detroit, or are visiting for a few days.“
Cybercat 1289 days ago
78 /100 441 W. CANFIELD
“Visited on a Saturday evening in early July 2015. Like a giant, nicer WVRST in Toronto, with long wooden communal tables and cafe-like food ordering. There are tap handles attached to the side of an enormous barrel, it looks cool. Just quiet music playing, seems pretty chill. Beer selection from JP is pretty good, and bottles to go. There's a whole section for North Peak too, but hard to compare. Very friendly, helpful staff. Would love to return if in the area again. (4/9/11/8/8/15) 78“
mabel 1289 days ago
82 /100 4265 WOODWARD AVE
“Visited on a Saturday afternoon in early July 2015. Sat on the top floor patio covered by enormous orange tarps, and there are soccer and tennis matches playing on television screens behind protective glass. Funky music. There is an enormous tap list, just wildly enormous. Fantastic selection. Bar downstairs was packed but has a nice atmosphere, a bit more upscale than the patio feel. Would absolutely return, you could be here a few days and still not try everything. Food was great. Servers were busy but helpful. (4/7/14/8/8/16) 82“
mabel 1289 days ago
72 /100 612 WOODWARD AVENUE
“Visited on a Saturday morning in early July 2015. Ate a nice, straightforward breakfast. A bunch of others in the room were clearly going to the game and had stopped in for breakfast first. It has a nice Detroity atmosphere, with a tired bar decor of worn wooden everything, and there's a huge long mirror behind the bar. Slow service but friendly. Unfortunately Jer got covered in salsa by one of the other servers tripping nearby. Oops. Beer selection is decent, we tried a couple local brews we hadn't seen yet. A good little stop if you're not in a rush. (4/7/11/7/8/14) 72“
mabel 1289 days ago
66 /100 1529 BROADWAY
“Visited on a Friday evening in early July 2015. Surprisingly empty, right next to the stadium, but started filling up about 40+ minutes after the game finished. Sports bar feel with long wooden tables and stiff chairs and TVs. Friendly server, poor guy tried to sell us shots like we were youngsters looking for a booze-up. Hah. Tried a couple flights of beer, all decent but I think it's not a place we would frequent for the beer selection. Food was OK. Worth checking out if you haven't been before, I guess just to say you've been. (3/8/8/7/7/14) 66“
mabel 1289 days ago
82 /100
Slows Bar BQ (Restaurant)
2138 MICHIGAN AVENUE
“Visited on a Friday at the beginning of July 2015. Smells good! Great tap list. Sat at the bar first. Delicious pulled pork, brisket, corn bread, and more. Excellent beers to try, local brews and from farther away. Would definitely return if in the area again. (4/8/13/9/8/16) 82“
mabel 1289 days ago
46 /100 1400 PORTER ST.
“This place had god awful malty beer that isn’t worth ticking. Especially at the absurd price of $15 for 5 samplers. That’s big city prices. This is a skip.“
chibuck 1410 days ago
86 /100 1400 PORTER ST.
“Really small nanobrewpub down the street from the also delicious Mudgie’s Deli in Corktown. Large selection of small batch well made beers. The beers range in a large variety of styles. Food is offered with a limited but fresh from scratch menu. Seating is a mix of bar and communal. Overall, very nice place.“
mitchroyea 1539 days ago
68 /100 1529 BROADWAY
“Old school brewpub right in downtown near the sports arenas. An old sports bar feel to the place with a bit of brewpub charm. Dimly lit. Service was solid and server knew the beer pretty well. They had about 10 of their own beers on with flights available. I did not try the food on my visit. Prices were decent.“
deyholla 1585 days ago
84 /100 1400 PORTER ST.
“Dropped by on my way to a show in Detroit. Came in close to open on Sunday. It wasn’t very busy, so the bartender was very attentive and helpful. The few 4 oz pours I had were quite good, especially their bourbon barrel aged Better Together stout. The food was fantastic. You absolutely must have the bread pudding. There were a few people actively working in the brewery portion and it was fun to watch. Prices were fair for what I got. For sure worth a visit!“
Msdrbeat 1616 days ago
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