Another stop at RBSG 2010. The ambiance is incredible, with all of the ’Mug Club’ mugs hanging from the ceiling, tres cool. They had about 10 of their beers on tap, all served in appropriate glassware. I didn’t eat, but the food looked, and smelled, delicious, and I regretted my decision to wait, and eat at Bells. the little shop next door sells a variety of their beers to-go as well. Cool tour, neat place, you should definitely check this place out.
Dark Horse is a must stop when traveling between Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo...very easy find not far from the interstate in a nice looking old town called Marshall. The first thing you notice is that this is no ordinary taproom or bar or restaurant or even beer garden...it’s all of those and more. This place was built by a local family over time and includes a separate store and motorcycle shop a couple of other venues with more supposedly coming (candy store, bakery, and distillery). The best part is the outdoor gardens and decks as well as a large area for groups and events that includes a stage and a sizable open barn. There are cool garden decorations...fountains...and numerous different types of seating areas. The beers were pretty good to very good...the Crooked Tree IPA was my favorite. I understand their pizzas are very good...as we were headed to Bells next for beer and dinner we didn’t eat...but the wood fired pizza smell was great. Come here during nice weather if you can to enjoy the outdoor beer garden...also the indoor restaurant/bar is not very large.
Fairly spartan, definitely not upscale appearance. The service was good. The lunch menu was fairly large. The food was good, though relatively standard pub fare and nothing inspired. The mug club collection is huge for the size of the place!
Can’t believe I haven’t rated this place yet? Semi hipster bar-dive type atmosphere. Friendly staff. Good food. Beer list is usually pretty small & typically has things that they bottle. It’s not often that they have pub exclusives on tap. Sometimes, but not often. Where Dark Horse really shines is their yearly 4-Elf part. HUGE tap lists, all sorts of beers you’d never see otherwise. Crazy amounts of weird food (bison pizza, rocky mountain oysters, alligator, etc.) & tons of people make for a good-ass time. Plus BB Plead the 5th is the best beer ever & it flows like a waterfall at 4-Elf.
Tiny taproom. Good beer selection. Did not eat so can’t speak to that. Quick and fun tour with nice little VIP tasting at the end. Outdoor area looks awesome. We were there in winter so didn’t get to experience that. Cool gift shop with great swag and homebrew supplies.
Man what a cool little place! Dark and rustic with what had to be 3000 mug club mugs hanging from the walls and ceiling. Reasonable beer and food prices plus the food was awesome. A bit out of the way, but worth the stop.
I went to Dark Horse for the 4Elf party. A rugged hole in the wall type vibe. My review is surely skewed as I did not see the normal pub experience. The absolutely freezing cold bottle share in the back while waiting in line all night was a fun time. Their organization for these types of events is basically non existent. Very scattered and random. Yet it all worked out as I got my BB Plead. The actually pub was cool yet very full and busy. Didn’t stay in there too long as the main party was in the brewery with a ton of taps. Great beer comes out of this place. Will definitely be going back to get more BB Plead but hopefully they can pull together a better event act. I actually didn’t get food really so I don’t want to give it a rating. All in all a cool place and wouldn’t mind going on a normal day to see what it’s like.
Real funky ’homegrown’ pub that is a cross between a frat house/art gallery/hippie pad. Had plenty of time to look around because service was almost non-existent. Place was busy, but far from having every table full. Lousy service doesn’t work for me - DH if you want to be a great beer joint then get your shit together before you open the doors!