Easy to see location directly off exit of highway with a service station next door. Clean tap room with a bar for 10 and tables for larger groups. Smoking indoor in a seperate room with tables and cooler for take out beers. Service was freindly and offered 12 tap sampler four at a time to let me sample. Good freindly crowd. Good beer selection with 4 Celis brews on tap. Limited soup menu and peanuts to fill the space. Interesting and fun location.
KPD (255) Michigan | October 2, 2011| Updated July 1, 2012
This was foreclosed on and is now liquidated, no great loss. their beer was mediocre. I used to look forward to going to MBC as the quality has declined so have my visits. The ipa, stout, and porter were fairly reliable.
Surprisingly difficult to find but worth the quick visit - we stopped in after the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Fest 2005. The garden was open to all and sundry with a buffet laid out and dogs and corn for whoever wanted as well as a few beers on freepour. Definitely nice people, decent beers and fine food. I hope I’ll have opportunity to return someday to sample more of thei hospitality.
Visited on a Friday afternoon for some beers. Their building was really nice, as it was a huge brewery with a nice little tap room. I think the sampler was 14 beers, and most were good to very good. The exception for me was the Celis Raspberry beer (which I guess they brew for Celis) which was pretty bad, although you have to know that I’m not a fan of raspberry beers in general. The service was pretty good, as we talked them into giving us a tour and our friend talked them into giving us some lowfills of their outstanding Pumpkin Ale. The taproom even had free peanuts and a couple playing music and singing that were actually good (even if they did "Hey There, Delilah"). Anyone traveling from Detroit to Lansing or vice versa should make a stop.
This was kind of out in the sticks between Lansing going towards Ann Arbor but it turned out to be a worthwhile visit. I guess they had about 10-12 taps on with samples (5oz) for $1 or pints for $3.50. A decent range of styles with some mediocre ones in the mix. There wasn’t really much to look at in the brewery because they were in the process of moving but the actual restaurant part is nice and comfortable.
Another 2004 rating that’s not on this site. Either I entered it on Pubcrawler only, or it got "lost." Definitely a beer lover’s paradise! They’re located in an unlikely spot, just behind a gas station off the Interstate (before their move to new digs on the other side of the exit), but folks were coming in well before the opening time of noon Sunday waiting for the taps to start. They had 12 taps running, so we shared a sampler platter. A barrel of peanuts provided the snacks, and you can’t beat the ambience of tossing your shells on the floor. The management couldn’t do enough for us beer geeks, even bringing us 4 bottled beers that weren’t on tap. As expected, the Celis were best of the lot, except for the Raspberry. Their seasonal Pumpkin Ale was great, too. Only had their delicious chili to eat, prepared right in the brewhaus (which we were given a tour of).
MrBunn (92) The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania | October 21, 2007
Swung by on a road trip to Grand Rapids and bought a six pack of Imperial IPA. The eating area was full of peanut shells, and most of the brews they make are in coolers and you can mix and match. Kind of a strange building... industrial park-type complex, but the bar area is neat.
Well, first we wound up in the middle of trivia night, which personally was annoying at first but turned out to be a bit entertaining. Anyway, ignoring that, this is a big open bar with a large patio. The actual bar is ten seats at most, but all the tables are high-tops. It wasn’t crowded at all, but the service was fairly slow, as the server seemed distracted and seemed to take too much time to socialize (from this observer’s biased opinion). A couple minor mistakes in the orders. Food was certainly nothing special; I had the chili, which was decent, and the "chicken sliders," which were overcooked frozen chicken patties, which I guess I should have figured out in advance, with little adornment. The Bavarian Dark was solid, but the RIS seemed very young and alcoholic and was served overflowing with no head. When asked for the IPA, the server warned that it was very young and yeasty, which was nice of her, but of course it begs the question of what it was doing on tap in the first place. Convenient location for travelers. Nice to check a place off my list, but I don’t feel a need to return.
Disappointing. Tried several of the beers, and was very unimpressed. So many other Michigan brews are far superior. It really only counted to check off my MI brewery visits. The food is also not very good, seems like they make a lot of stuff that is frozen. I am a fruit wheat beer lover, but the Celis line has never done anything for me. Only stop if you are in the area and want to check it off your list.