I’m not sure why people are bitching about value; a huge selection of microbrewed beer where not one pint goes over $7? Have any of you ever been to a mainstream bar or pub, or even microbreweries that try to sell themselves as "classy joints" with pints as high as $10? This place is a steal with amazing beer. Food does the job (nothing to write home about), the ambiance is nice. Interesting mix of frat boys, families and the older crowd who knows their beer. For one or two people serving the bar the whole night, our waiter was amazing; took the time to talk beer with us AND gave us a "sample" about the size of a 1/2 pint of his favorite beer. Great place.
Interior has a medieval feel, and is fairly spacious yet cozy. Servers are quick to help and make recommendations. Not only do they have a lot of beer, all of it is of their own making - and it ranges from OK to excellent. Food is fairly good; I have had more generous servings of spinach artichoke dip, but theirs is a cut above. A must if you live anywhere near the Detroit area.
flatmatt (88) Northville, Michigan | March 5, 2016| Updated July 24, 2016
First of all, a great beer selection. So many beers on tap with several meads as well! Can’t say I had anything bad to say about any of the beverages I tried! The wooden sampler trays and their accompanying paper slips are really well done (paper slips is a misnomer here, though; they’re quite fancy). Service was reasonably good. Food menu is fairly limited, but I really liked the pizza: the "barbecue sauce" is really more like a spiced tomato sauce than its name would lead you to believe, and the dried herbs on the pizza really added a lot to it. Can’t say I was a huge fan of the atmosphere. Could be I was expecting something more castle-like; could be there just weren’t enough people there (we got there early on a Monday evening). It wasn’t bad, but it just seemed bland. But that’s probably the least important thing about this nice place.
UPDATE: The beers were much more plentiful as well as 1st rate...every one we had was outstanding. The pub fair was decent and reasonably priced. However, the service was terrible...our server was standing right outside of our table smoking cigarette after cigarette and we had to flag down other servers due to the neglect.
ORIGINAL RATING: I’ve been going here since the place opened several years ago when it was just a plain room that had awesome beers. As the decor improved the inverse happened in the beer quality. It’s still OK, but lack of innovation has really hurt this place. No reason to go here anymore when there are so many other great places so close.
An odd bar in a commercial plaza, reminds me of a biker hang out. Interesting staff and clients, worth the visit just for the characters around. Service was pleasant and had a bit of beer knowledge. Selection is huge with tons of beer and some mead as well. Food is very basic and filling. Prices are good. I would go here as it is a good stop on the highway and they have lots of choice, but it will unlikely be a destination for me.
Dimly lit restaurant vibe, pretty wide open. Good service, eccentric staff. Quite a large selection of beers, but to be honest, they’re all pretty much decent at best. A few of them are good, but many of them are very forgettable. No food as far as I know. Stop if you’re in the area, otherwise, meh.
This brewery is very unassuming. In fact, if you didn’t know what exactly you were looking for, you’d drive right by it 9 times out of 10. But once you find it and step inside, you find the best microbrewery in the Detroit area, with its medieval theme, massive selection of beers, wines and meads, and the flexibility of decent, cheap bar food or the option to bring in your own food or have it delivered to the bar. The drink list can be overwhelming but the staff knows their stuff and can definitely recommend the best beverages. There is an area in the back for darts and games, and some amazing decor all around. My suggestion is to order some pizza from Detroit-Style Pizza Co. just up the street, sit down and grab a Final Absolution Trippel Ale, and enjoy the best beer and the best pizza in the region.
UPDATE: They no longer allow you to bring your own food or order food from outside, unless it’s during non-kitchen hours, which I learned when I brought in some Jimmy Johns and they turned my pregnant wife and me away (and we had to eat in the car outside the brewery). We brought the food, not realizing the rule had changed, because their food selection is not great. Their sandwiches are good, as well as a few of their appetizers, but most of their food is just bad. The pizza and chicken tenders mentioned below are no longer options. They’ve been doing weekly board game nights, though, which has been fun.
ORIGINAL: I’ve been here a few times, and plan to visit again, and I really enjoy it. The service is great, and the beer selection is massive. Fortunately they have a good price on their samplers. I would say the beer isn’t mind-blowing, and it ranges from excellent to meh, but with so much to choose from that’s bound to happen. The food they have at the brewery is decent, with a free appetizer of pretzels and mustard, and a choice of cheese and crackers, sandwiches with chips, and chicken tenders with fries, among others. You have the option of bringing in your own food, or even ordering food from elsewhere to be delivered. That way Dragonmead positively impacts the local business community. Overall this is a very nice place to go with a group of people, scratch your heads over what beer to order, and just have a good time.
I really like the style of this brewery with the old Celtic/English feel. I also really liked how the beers were classified by country, there were a lot to choose from. I liked all the beers I had and cant wait to go back.