Ferndale Beer Guide: Your Ferndale guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Ferndale

88 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Located in a pretty neighbourhood of other small retail shops, there is meter parking out front or free parking a block over. Large selection of house meads when I visited, with many flight options (3 x 1 oz pours for $7-13; and staff are flexible about swapping some out if you ask), other 1 oz pours, and larger glasses. Lots of bottle available to go also. Friendly service. Beautiful interior that is very relaxing, at least in the afternoon when I visited. World-class place.“
mcberko 428 days ago
82 /100 2615 WOLCOTT STREET
“Expansive, modern place just a few minutes driving from Schramm's and B. Nektar. A dozen or so taps, orderable by the 5 oz. pours. I had 3 IIPA's (both west coast and hazy), an English IPA, a scotch ale, and impie stout. All were of absolutely stellar quality (they cost between $3-4 per 5 oz). Exceptionally friendly bartender. This was a top spot in town. Their IPAs really blew me away. Mandatory visit.“
mcberko 428 days ago
80 /100 1511 JARVIS
“Large, comfy place with different rooms that you can sit in. When I visited, they had 3 of the higher-ABV still meads available, 6-8 session meads, and another 5-6 ciders. Flights available, pay by the beverage -- the strong meads are available in 1 oz pours for $2.50-3 and the sessions for $3.75 or so for a 5 oz. Bottles avaiable to go. Friendly, reserved service. Prices can be high but worth it for the wuality. No tips -- if you do tip, the $ goes to charity -- nice touch. Mandatory stop when in Greater Detroit.“
mcberko 428 days ago
94 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“great ambiance. Ultra small and super friendly staff they put a lot of work in managing all of the trustee BS. Ken was just hanging around being social which was nice to see and a lot of things to try. You could easily get 20 rates just by dropping in (and spending serious cash). the goat cheese grilled sandwich was amazing.“
AdamChandler 553 days ago
82 /100 175 W TROY AVE
“Visited during week, late afternoon hours, June of 2018. Quite busy at that time. Many taps with interesting beers. I dont know about the bottles. Food was good. Service was good.“
rouhlas 868 days ago
68 /100 1511 JARVIS
“a good place if you like fruit sweet meads and ciders. and not of you dont. up there with kuhnhenn and the like. prices more reasonable than the tier of schramms is on.fun stop and owner knows everyone in brewing.“
Sammy 1000 days ago
74 /100 2615 WOLCOTT STREET
“Located in an old warehouse with, by Ferndale standards, abundant parking. The relaxed, intimate vibe makes seem like a good place to hang out with friends. i just missed that night's food truck but they also had a couple of cheese trays to nosh on. Both the beers and service were solid but not extraordinary.“
DiarmaidBHK 1077 days ago
54 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“It is a cool small bar with some tables inside and some tables and chairs outside. I called and asked there hours and were supposed to be open on Thursday, but must have changed their hours since I called. Sad short hours. Pricing is high. Will update rating if I actually get to try their meads here.“
weihenweizen 1084 days ago
82 /100 175 W TROY AVE
“One Eyed Betty's is a large place just off 9 Mile in Ferndale, a couple blocks from Schramm's. They have a good brunch and lunch menu. The tap list is extensive, divided up by style and representing a lot of regional and national crafts. Prices are a little on the high side but not outrageous. Parking is a little tricky, as the paid lots on either side of the building are small. The service was good; we had a really good waitress. I could definitely see this being a regular spot for me if I lived nearby.“
phaleslu 1170 days ago
86 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Visited here around noon on a Saturday, and no one else was in there when we walked in. Another group came shortly after we got there, though. The place is at the end of a block of newly renovated storefronts, and it has a sort of strip mall wine store feel. Textured dark yellow walls, sort of generic artwork. Not a lot of character. There are 24 (!) tap handles on the back wall, but I think most were empty. Most of my pours came from bottles behind the bar. They had a few bottles available to go, but nothing crazy at the time. They have full pours of about 10 meads available, plus one ounce pours of a few more, plus flights of three one ounce pours. They can be a little rigid about flights - there were a couple where I wanted two and they don't like to sub, but I convinced them to - but otherwise there's usually a way to get what you want if they have it available. The meads themselves are world class. They're not cheap - $8-$28 for full pours, $7-$12 for flights, and $7-$25 for one ounce pours - but they're special. The two bartenders were attentive and knowledgeable. I'm sure I'll be back next time I make it up to the Detroit area. Strongly recommended for a top-notch mead experience.“
phaleslu 1170 days ago
86 /100 1511 JARVIS
“A large space with picnic table style seating and a decent sized bar at the back. Bartender was a bit cold but knew about the mead. They had 16ish meads, cider and braggots available with flights an option. No food on site. Prices were competitive. Well worth a stop if you are in the area.“
deyholla 1272 days ago
88 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“A nice little spot that has a bit of a wine tasting room feel to it. Service was good and they knew about the mead. They had about 12 meads available and almost all meads had the option of a small pour. We did not try the food on our visit. Prices are expensive but it is world class mead. A must stop if you are in the area.“
deyholla 1272 days ago
50 /100 175 W TROY AVE
“Lively inside, seems more like a sports bar than beer bar. Lots of drafts but very common stuff, nothing I needed to try, which was very disappointing.“
chibuck 1536 days ago
72 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“On a busy street, but very busy inside at all. Nice selection of lots of their meads, including rarer ones. However, the prices were insanely high. $12-$28 for a glass. Small bits of food, solid but not their wheelhouse. I’d come back if close.“
chibuck 1536 days ago
88 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Was taken here by Hubsluvsbeer and was very impressed. They had just released Red Agnes and it wasn’t to crazy. Their meads are world class and very tasty. The service was a cut above. A must stop! The only downside at all was parking. Good luck.“
SHIG 1622 days ago
92 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Visited on a Saturday early afternoon. There is a paid parking lot almost right next to the facility, so parking is easy, you just have to pay for it. The area seemed to be a fairly trendy area with lots of nice looking restaurants and shops. Could be an interesting area to spend an afternoon. Inside, it is much cozier than I would have expected, but seemed to have plenty of room. Only a couple other parties were there during my visit, so it stayed fairly comfortable. The service was pretty good. As soon as we walked in and sat down we were greeted and offered a drink menu. They told us it was a bit out of date, but told us what they did have and directed us to a chalk board just behind the bar that was up to date. The selection was pretty good. They had a few regulars available on tap, plus a limited release and a super limited release. Also they had pours of Heart of Darkness available, so that was a huge plus. Flights are offered at pretty reasonable prices. Full pours were in line with expectations. The only drawback I had during my visit was that the bottle selection for take out was a bit small. They only had 3 to choose from and they were unfortunately ones I can get regularly. I was hoping to bring home some of the more limited things, but either way, I left happy. The mead here is world class. The servers know their stuff, and the vibe is comfortable and relaxed. I can’t ask for much more than that. I hope to make it here many more times.“
JStax 1791 days ago
90 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Stopped in after dinner on a Saturday and found they had 6 meads to try. Very pleasant place with great beverages. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Great place with unique beverages. Bought a case to take home.“
KPD 1866 days ago
92 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“World class place. Comfortable, upscale vibe. Could spend a lot of time here. Parking was a bit of a challenge. Friendly, helpful staff. Small food menu but the corned beef sliders I had were excellent. Meads are available in house and to go. Expensive for sure, but, the quality here is exceptionally high. Essential stop.“
Drake 1881 days ago
82 /100 1511 JARVIS
“Stopped by early afternoon on a Saturday. Street parking was easy but it might get tricky if they get busy. Nice tasting room, slightly upscale but comfortable. Staff were friendly and helpful. Sample prices might seem a little steep but they include gratuity. No tipping here, but they are currently fundraising for meals for poor kids if you feel the need to hand over some extra cash. Lots of variety on tap. quality overall very good. Bottles to go, most common but a couple unusual ones. Prices decent. Overall a worthy stop“
Drake 1881 days ago
80 /100 1511 JARVIS
“They’ve recently expanded into an actual full scale tap room with a lot of seating area. Much better layout than before. They usually have their normal offerings, bottles to go, and several meadery only meads on tap. Service is always great. Worth a stop if you are doing a mead tour around Detroit.“
Dfonorow 1931 days ago
86 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Definitely a top 5 meadery in the world. Almost everything they make is outstanding, especially if you are a fan of super sweet mead. They usually offer around 5-10 of their meads at once and will do flights of similar meads together for a reduced price. Food is basic, but good, and pairs well with their offerings. Service is great, but the place is small so it can be crowded during busy hours.“
Dfonorow 1931 days ago
88 /100 1511 JARVIS
“I love B. Nektar’s mead so I made it my first stop on my Michigan tour, literally going there directly from the plane. They did not disappoint. Yes, it’s a typical converted warehouse, with mismatched tables, but I wasn’t there for decorating tips, so who cares. I think I tried everything they had on tap that I couldn’t get locally and a few they let me buy a day early, because I was so obviously enthusiastic about there mead. Really lovely stuff. Anyway, I arrived in the early afternoon, so I could chat with the bartender and not be a pest about it. They have a few things on tap that are only available there, so that was exciting. They also gave me a heads up about there future plans so I could stock up on meads about to go out of circulation. I had an awesome time and hope you do too.“
magsinva 1953 days ago
88 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“I like the wine bar vibe on the main street sort of thing. If you drive on 9 mile road with Seger’s Main Street playing on your stereo then you’re pretty close. Yeah it’s pricey. It’s also some of the best mead in the world and the staff are very personable. I wish there mead was available closer to home.“
DiarmaidBHK 1953 days ago
86 /100 1511 JARVIS
“Definitely the prototypical warehouse brewery with a cool dive bar vibe, really nice and kind staff, and lots of good mead, beer, and cider to sample. this is a must visit if you’re in Michigan.“
DiarmaidBHK 1953 days ago
74 /100 22646 WOODWARD AVE
“This place seems to have changed since the last reviews from two years ago. Now the WAB does offer samplers: $7 for five 4 ounce samples, and they bring them out on some nifty fake vinyls cut in half. There were 8 of their own beers on tap, and they were all pretty average. My favorite was probably the sip I took from my wife’s Vanilla Porter. My wife and I each had a sample of the Hefty-Weizen, but I noticed right away the waitress mixed them up with the IPAs. The waitress was nice enough and attentive, and the food was excellent. I ordered their Wabanh MI pizza (apparently a Korean specialty and not an obscure town in Michigan). The toppings were fresh and the pizza dough/crust was tasty. I’d go here again, especially for the food.“
chucklemation 2084 days ago
82 /100 1511 JARVIS
“An interesting Michigan spot. Located in an industrial park with a small parking lot. You will probably be surprised as you walk in to the extremely runned down look. A few random non matching tables and chairs haphazardly set around. A wide array of different items from bar stools to folding lawn chairs to leather study tables. Looks like they shopped for furniture on trash day. Yet it’s funny and puts off a very laid back relaxed vibe. They make it work. Very small place. Adding to the look brick walls with crayon and marker covered walls with drawings and shout outs. A nice selection of taps and bottle pours. Always a great selection of bottles to go along with glasses and other things. A very friendly and laid back staff. Very cool people to converse about mead and whatever really. Always quick to give a free tasting of what you’re wondering about. A lot of cool events like special bottle releases. They often bring a projection screen down for movies. Devils Night they had a Devils Juice bottle release (good stuff) along with a horror movie marathon. Overall a cool place with good mead.“
SpongeRuiner 2286 days ago
86 /100
The Emory (Restaurant)
22700 WOODWARD AVENUE
“Stopped in here on a Friday mid afternoon for lunch. Has a definite old world charm. Lots of woodwork, long bar on the left side of the building with tables and booths to choose from for larger groups. The tap list did seem somewhat limited, but I was able to find a beer I had not yet tried that sounded good. They carried a lot of Michigan beers. I didn’t pay much attention to their bottle list unfortunately. The food menu is really what caught my eye here. I ordered the duck burger and added get and a fried egg and a side of the regular fries. They offer truffle fries with a mushroom aioli that my wife ordered and that was delicious. My duck burger came out cooked to perfection and my regular fries were really good. Everything everybody ordered was awesome. We also ordered a feta patti appetizer and it was also great. For beer this place is nice, but for an awesome meal at a decent price, this place is about as good as it gets. Highly recommended!“
JStax 2308 days ago
80 /100 1511 JARVIS
“Stopped in later in the evening on a Friday just after they opened. There is a small dedicated parking lot. There is a small tasting room set up when you first walk in the door. They had about 8 taps available, but only about 5 were active for my visit. They were also pouring anything that was available in bottles. The service was excellent, the brewers were the ones actually pouring the beer and meads and it was fun to talk shop with them. Behind the bar you could see hundreds, maybe thousands of barrels of mead fermenting. It was quite the unique setup. My only complaint is that it was kind of cold in there. Pricing was fair. I would definitely come back given the opportunity.“
JStax 2308 days ago
70 /100 1511 JARVIS
“Stop #2 of our tour. Interesting little place in an industrial park. Little bar setup with a small tap selection, including a collaboration and a few of their beers. Staff was cool and liked to talk beer and mead. Definitely worth a stop for a flight.“
zach8270 2345 days ago
94 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“It’s a bit pricey, but come here and sample some of the best meads in the world. That’s not an exaggeration. This stuff is truly amazing.“
rumproasts 2367 days ago
88 /100 175 W TROY AVE
“Very nice place. Lots of sours featured. Flights available, and for a very good price considering some of the awesome things they have on tap. Food was excellent as well.“
rumproasts 2367 days ago
84 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Small and friendly. Meads are out of this world.“
mikem409 2370 days ago
98 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Updating my rating now that I’ve been here about a billion more times. Was a 94 before, but it deserves more. The servers are the friendliest in town. Even Ken himself, if here’s there, will come out & chat mead with you. Such a friendly, humble guy. His daughter Alyson is extremely friendly as well, & so are all of the servers, really. Just great people. The mead is absolutely out of this world. You will not find better mead, ANYWHERE. This is really the pinnacle of mead, folks. The food is more of appetizer-ish & dessert food, but it’s also very good. Awesome cheese platter & blackberry pie. Every now & then they have special events where they include a multi-course meal, each paired with a specific mead. These have been some of the best events I’ve attended. Prices are a bit high, sure, but most mead is pretty expensive. And once you learn what goes into these meads, you’ll understand. This isn’t just some extract BS... Seriously, the quality of Schramm’s Mead more than warrants the up front premium. This place is heaven on earth.“
tectactoe 2396 days ago
86 /100 175 W TROY AVE
“Alas, the place where I was finally able to try Schlenkerla Fastenbier on tap! Cool place, friendly service. Nice tap list, constantly rotating. Really good food, too. They often throw brewery specific events with food pairings that are outrageously good & lots of fun. Prices are a tad on the steep side, but given the location, that’s to be expected. Overall a must-stop for people nearby.“
tectactoe 2396 days ago
90 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“A must stop. Very small place as all they have are a. Few tables and a small bar. Very nice and elegant is the best word to describe the feel. A very relaxed place that I really enjoyed. Service is very tending and friendly that knows the product. It’s really in a great area too that you could make a whole day out of. Right down the street from fellow meadery B. Nektar and full of other things to do. As far as the actual mead goes it can’t be beat. Plain and simple. So consistent. The prices are a tad high but it’s what you would expect for what you are getting and the quality of what you’re getting. I need to go back.“
SpongeRuiner 2413 days ago
84 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Ambiance: a smaller type of place, resembles a typical wine bar with the small bar area and some tables around Service: Was served by the owners daughter, very friendly, very knowledgeable, was willing to talk meads all day and offered up several not yet released meads for free. Selection: Decent selection over about a dozen meads,plus told us about what was upcoming and shared several new meads to come. Value: Meads are not cheap and the samples flights were pricey, especialylt whrm you added in the $10 1oz Heart of Darkness sample but when in rome. Overall, one of the best US mead makers...win regardless but dont go on a budget“
merc7186 2419 days ago
72 /100 1511 JARVIS
“Visited: 9.20.14 Ambiance: A dirty industrial park look/feel to the place...been to similar but B Nektar doesnt cover the dirt with paint Service: Both bartemders were very friendly, knowledgeable about the beers/meads and took the time to talk with you. Selection: Had 9 meads, 5 beers, a slushie and 3 still meads, nice selection plus their bottles Value: Minimum price of meads/beers was $6...decent for the quality but who wants a bunch of 10oz meads, even for B Nektar. Overall, a decent place for meads but had very few that was not available i. Bottles, beers only had one, and it was average.“
merc7186 2419 days ago
86 /100 175 W TROY AVE
“One of my favorite places in Detroit. It’s a nice cross between a drinking hall, a pub, and a sports bar with an excellent beer selection and tasty food. It’s more often than not busy, regardless of the night of the week - so much so, that parking can be a royal pain - but it’s almost always worth the wait. Sometimes, the servers can get a bit behind when it’s busy, but what restaurant doesn’t have that problem? I guess the minor complaint is that by 8pm, it’s always busy.“
ARH 2425 days ago
74 /100 1511 JARVIS
“Industrial in the questionable part of town, odd music and videos with a worn down industrial look. Service was at a tiny bar but by people who knew what they were service. Tasting flight was in plastic cups. Lots of taps of mead and some of their new beers. Prices are good with a discount if you purchase qty. Good beer, odd space.“
Ferris 2425 days ago
78 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“A small little bar with a quaint patio on a trendy street. More like a wine bar than anything else. Service was great who are all well versed in mead. They only carry their products, along with mead cocktails and snacks to go along. Prices are very high, but in keeping with the quality. If you like mead you must go, if you don’t this place with change your mind.“
Ferris 2425 days ago
84 /100 1511 JARVIS
“Ambiance is like a hipsters basement. Looks more like a warehouse, crappy tables (& very few) with unfinished walls. Hard to identify this place as a meadery. HOWEVER, the bartender(s) are always nice as hell & they love to give you samples & just BS with you about the mead itself or otherwise. I enjoy most B. Nektar meads, they always have good stuff on tap, & bottle sales are usually nice as well. No food. Aside from the run-down look of the place, everything else is awesome.“
tectactoe 2492 days ago
88 /100 175 W TROY AVE
“Really enjoyed my visit here. Big front room with lots of tables, but our booth was tucked away in the back, so it was quieter. Lots of rotating taps with an impressive variety among them. Great soup, good food. Also some good scotch.“
flatmatt 2561 days ago
78 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“This is a must-stop if you’re into mead. It’s small, but if you go to Schramm’s, you’re not going for the ambiance. Some incredible meads to be had here.“
b3shine 2562 days ago
86 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Nice little place, didn’t eat but they have food. The waitress was very informative and very friendly, enjoyed our stay! Had a little bit of everything, very good! We will be going back probably many times!“
Learninbeer 2573 days ago
74 /100 1511 JARVIS
“Very friendly, good selection, just wish it wasn’t a garage. Need more tables, met some good people a few rowdy’s but nice. I’m sure sometime in the future they will have a sitting area.“
Learninbeer 2573 days ago
92 /100 175 W TROY AVE
“Great place, a little unexpected. Really good and large tap list. Great food and a great atmosphere. Not much more to ask for.“
salvaticas 2593 days ago
86 /100 175 W TROY AVE
“It was really crowded when I went (a couple nights before Christmas) and as such it took awhile for the bartender to get my drink order. Also had to wait quite awhile to be seated at a table with a few friends. However, the beer selection was superb and the food was top notch, so I can forgive those other minor complaints, which hopefully were only specific to that particular night.“
mikejonze 2679 days ago
84 /100 914 LIVERNOIS ST
“Nice new place. Good set up, pleasant staff. Decent prices that allows you to try everything. You know Ken’s got quality stuff. Ken was hanging around and nice enough to sign our bottle and was interacting with customers. Good overall experience. Will be back to try whatever new he comes up with.“
charule 2692 days ago
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