52033 VAN DYKE, SHELBY CHARTER TOWNSHIP, MI 48316 (586) 884-4741 http://www.bbrewing.com/
Located in the heart of Macomb County, Brooks Brewing is a good stop for all beer loving east siders. It's been a great addition to the craft brew scene. I've been here three times now. Originally stopping in the first month they opened, then again about a year later. The third time was this past Wednesday 6/14/17. I wouldn't have a problem recommending Brooks Brewing to anyone.
The beer I enjoyed the most this time was GOBLIN KING IPA (3.75). An Imperial IPA 8.5%, described as a "hop lovers beer with a powerfully complex arrangement of hop aromas, flavors, and bitterness". Which hops though? I always like to know. Also tried the BABA YAGA IPA (3.25). An American IPA 7.1%, "a bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character. Citrus fruit, floral, and pine aromas waft from this intense IPA. Well balanced against a mild biscuit malt back bone". Again, which hops were used to make this beer? The other beer I had was BARLEY HELMET (3.25). This American Brown Ale 6.3%, "is a malty beer that uses its hop flavor to complement and enhance its chocolate and caramel characters. Medium in body with rich caramel, biscuit and light chocolate flavors. Almost no hop presence. Clean American ale style finish".
Brooks had at least 18 beers on tap, not including their wines and ciders. Needless to say I'll have to make a few more trips to sample each. They also bottle two of their beers. This is a family owned and operated business. You can tell the Brooks family has put a lot of hard work into the beer and the brewery itself.
No food menu here besides small snacks. However there is a food truck Thursday-Saturday, 6-11pm. They're also "food friendly", so you're welcome to bring in your own or have it delivered the other days of the week.
Brooks has a fun atmosphere. A wide open space that makes you feel like you're on a brewery tour the entire time there. They have many games to play. From foosball, a few arcade games, an extra large game of Connect Four, and Cornhole on Sundays. $10 gets you two beers and all day play. Although I wish they had an area to play cornhole on slower nights like this past Wednesday.
I'm a sucker for any artwork that has to do with Michigan. These two pieces may not be new, but they're new to me. I fell in love instantly. Brooks has them displayed separately (assuming because of their large size), but would love to see the U.P. in its proper place. Also one wall is covered in a large, colorful mural. Great work from that artist!
Overall Brooks Brewing is a good stop for good beer. It's not on the top of my list for a local brewery, but a much better choice than all the "Tap Rooms" that seem to be popping up everywhere. Why go taste beer that someone else has made, when you can taste from a place that produces their own. I compare it to grocery shopping for food, or sitting at the farmers kitchen table for dinner.
Side notes... Don't go in hoping to get a growler filled if it's not theirs. For some reason they won't. I've never been turned down by a brewery trying to fill someone else's growler. Guess it forces you to purchase one of theirs. Also, Brooks website is not updated often. As of today it's last update was April 3rd. I know many people that like to check out someone's tap list before going. One to two weeks in understandable, but two months????
RATING 3.50 Pints