The place looks small, but fits a lot of people without feeling too crammed. I like that they have some of their barrels out for customers to get a look at what they’re doing. The Wild Cherry Ale sounds interesting. It’s unfortunate they don’t have a beer menu. The waiter said they cycle through their beer too fast. They had seven beers on tap when I went: their Royal Pride IPA, Michigan Kolsch, a Belgian pale ale, a dark saison, their 4th Street Wheat, an ESB, and their Red. I’m always sad when a brewery doesn’t have at least one dark, malty beer on tap. The saison was interesting, and the wheat and Belgian pale ale were pretty good. The Red and ESB were a bit bland. I did enjoy the food, and the service was good. I’ll probably go back, especially since they offer a free meal during your birthday month.
A great location in Royal Oak. The beers are pretty average but not bad. The food is also pretty good. The place was packed when I went so they must be doing well. Worth a visit if you are in the area but probably not a destination.
Good spot in Northern suburbs. Nice bar. Good servers although their knowledge of beer is not a strong point. Decent beers, though only the IPA went done well with me.Other people are not there to socialize and meet people.
Came by on a Saturday night, really hot with air conditioning overwhelmed by mid summer heat. Tried 5 beers they were mediocre to ok, worth a stop if in the area. Ipa was an ok pale ale, northern light decent session beer in the heat.
Kind of a chain brewpub feel to it with seven beers on tap and one on cask. The beer was nothing to write home about but the service was okay, though she didn’t know much about beer. I got a five sampler and the IPAs were the best of the bunch, though only ok. Bastone’s around the corner had a lot better beer.
(Visited 08/2011): Royal Oak, one of several brewpubs in the city, is located in the heart of downtown on E 4th not too far off Main Street. Metered parking is available all around.
The interior has a cozy feel of wood, brick and maroon colors. The bar is along the right side and boasts a direct view to the tanks. Large historical pictures adorn the walls, and there is a beer garden out back.
Royal Oak’s beer list consists of 5 brews, and are available in a sampler. On my visit the options were Northern Light, Summer Wit, Royal Pride IPA, Pappy’s Porter and India Ink Black IPA. All of the beers are decent.
Service on a slow weekday early afternoon was good. The guy tending bar gave the impression that he has been there awhile and knew the beers and the history of the place.
I did not try any food on my visit.
Overall I favored the beers slightly more at Bastone but aside from that I would still recommend a stop here.