This place is NO LONGER a Brew Pub ... they sold off their brewing equipment and have all guest taps (they had 3 left over brewed beers when I was there). Nothing special (especially since they are not brewing their own any more - no reason to stop by). Food was OK.
If you are in this area, stop by for lunch or dinner and a beer or two. The food isn’t bad and the beer is surprising good or at least the IPA that I had. The brewmaster may not set the world on fire with his beers but they are solid. As for service, we were allowed to enjoy our drinks before ordering our meal. When asked our server gave an honest opinion. If travel plans bring us back to Frankenmuth, we will stop in again.
I was given really good reviews by other beer geeks about Black Forest, so I was pumped up to give it a try. Ordered the super sampler, and that was the end of my excitement. I really can’t say that I liked any of the 9 beers I tried. The styles were not at all diverse, and the tastes were pretty under par with the Michigan beer scene. The inside of the brewpub is very dated, and makes me think of Frankenmuth in 1996 (when I was 10). I’m pretty sure I won’t be back. The bartender was very friendly though.
A somewhat odd brewpub (maybe more of a restaurant) located in a little Germany in Frankenmuth. You’d think that the place would serve German food or even German beers, but it didn’t. The place was fairly empty at ~3:00pm on a Friday - however, I saw that when another party came in later, they were told to wait for their table, even though there were clearly many tables available. Also, apparently this place hosts wedding parties upstairs. The beer was surprisingly very good (especially the Lost Sailor IPA - definitely try if you can) and they have a large selection of taps (maybe 9 or 10). The food menu was a little uninspiring (maybe perhaps because I was hoping for German food) so we just got a sausage plate and that was pretty tasty. Anyway, this place is worth a stop for the beer alone, although the atmosphere leaves something to be desired.
Decent food, above average beer, but the decor. Seriously? They seem to be trying a bit to hard to fit into a non-descript family restaurant. I felt like I was drinking in a Denny’s. Our bartender was great and even had a conversion with us about how hop prices were putting a pinch on their ipa. I tried a weizenbock, porter, ipa and pils and all we solid. The food was typical, nothing special, but a good pair to the beers. Frankenmuth is worth the trip alone - little Germay would be a good description. We saw a meat haus, cheese haus and chocolate haus on the way to the brew haus. Other than the ambiance, my only other gripe is that they only had one guest tap - Framboise Lambic - a few more local beers would be gladly welcomed.
Stopped in here before the World Expo of Beer. More of a restaurant layout than a brewpub, but’s it’s pretty nice inside. The service was good considering they were pretty busy. They were out of the chicken cordon blue pizza so we settled for the steak and cheese instead. It was pretty good too, but there were way too many pepper rings on it....that’s all I tasted. They had a nice selection of beer. We had the farmhouse ale and hefeweizen which were some of the best of those styles I’ve had at a brewbup. They also had a porter, IPA, red, bitter, light and lindemans framboise on tap. Definitely worth checking out if you are in birch run or frankenmuth.
(Visited 10/2006): Found this place completely by accident traveling from Bronner’s to Frankenmuth Brewery. It is located on Heinlein, which runs pretty much parallel to the main drag and is in walking distance from Bronner’s. There is a large parking lot in front of the establishment.
Inside, the atmosphere does not lend itself to a brewpub look and feel. It looks more like a Perkin’s. Unattractive green color scheme and chain-restaurant look really hurt the appearance. However, a live piano player and a really impressive collection of coasters behind the bar are a couple of saving graces. The bar is on the left side of the seating area.
As for the beers, the selection is decent. Black Forest offers 7 beers from a Light to a Robust Porter and Stout, along with the usual brewpub offerings and a couple interesting seasonals. There are also a few guest taps available. The beers are available in a sampler as well.
Service here is solid. The bartender was well-versed in the beers that are on draught and was happy to fill us in a little on the history of the establishment.
The only food we had here was an appetizer called Brew Haus Nacho Fries and frankly it was unique and delicious.
Overall I am happy to have stumbled across this place. Putting aside the lack of imagination on the interior design, the beers and food make up for it. I would definitely visit again.
This joint shares the ambiance of all of Frankenmuth in that it feels a bit like being in a retirement home with the gentle pastel colors and average age of the clientele during my visit hovering somewhere above 60. Regarldess they put out some decent brews, bartender was knowledgeable and friendly. Locally made sausage platter was very good.
There were 8 house taps and a guest tap available during my visit with samples offered. I didn’t try their food. The place looks kind of ski lodge like from the outside. Really nice. The inside looks like a mid 80s Denny’s with the Miami Vice color scheme. The departure from this was the brew equipment, behind plexiglass, that sort of juts out into the restaurant area. A couple of the beers were pretty good but they have brought on a new brewer who will be changing things up a bit.