Dark Horse Brewery

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
HeadquartersMarshall, Michigan
OwnerAaron Morse

Dark Horse Brewery is a brewery and tap room in Marshall, Michigan, USA. Dark Horse brews a variety of beers and beer styles, including the Crooked Tree India Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Raspberry Ale, Sapient Trip Ale, Boffo Brown Beer, and Black Bier. Several seasonal and experimental brews are also produced. Dark Horse puts out a significant amount of beer for their tank size but are still able to hand-fold and stock every six-pack produced. The brewery has won several medals at various brewing competitions.

Starting July 29, 2014, a reality show following the DH crew premiered on The History Channel called Dark Horse Nation.


Dark Horse Brewery began as a restaurant owned by Bill Morse. Aaron Morse, son of Bill Morse and current owner, suggested a redesign of the restaurant into a brewpub. The brewpub opened on 826 West Michigan Avenue in Marshall, Michigan and was later moved to its current location on South Kalamazoo Road in 2000, after Aaron Morse turned his brewpub license into a microbrewery license in 1998.[1]

In 2010, Dark Horse added a general store across the parking lot from the taproom that sells Dark Horse merchandise and home brewing supplies. In early November 2010, a fire claimed the building.[2] An arson investigation began, and firefighters recognized abnormal fire behavior. The taproom was broken into the same night. Reconstruction of the building began later that month.


Dark Horse Brewery's Taproom is located on South Kalamazoo Road in Marshall, Michigan. The brewery and taproom are located on property owned by Aaron Morse's father, proprietor of a convenience store adjacent to the taproom. The taproom is open Monday through Thursday: 11 am to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 12 am and Sunday: 12 pm to 10 pm.[3] Seating capacity in the taproom itself is limited to a few dozen.

Unique features of the taproom include 3200+ [1] mugs that fill the ceiling and walls owned by its mug club members.[4] Members must purchase their membership with one, non-recurring fee. The members keep their mugs in a designated spot within the pub and are able to drink beer directly from their mug. Dark Horse employees claim that the mugs of mug club members are larger than the pint glasses by which beer is served to non-members, and thus, mug club members receive a higher value for their purchases. Only the owner of the mug is able to drink from his mug and members are required to verify their ownership with a recognized form of identification. Mug club members at Dark Horse have a punched-card system where every sixth mug is .50 cents.

They also offer a variety of food, with the cuisine centered around items which can be produced in their pizza ovens. The menu includes items besides pizza such as: pretzels and beer mustard, nachos, bruschetta, cheese bread, salads, soups, and sandwiches.[3]

They also will not play AC/DC music under any circumstances.


The craft beer-rating website RateBeer ranked Dark Horse 29th in its 2013 list of Best Brewers in the World.[5] More than 13,000 breweries were involved in the contest.


  1. ^ a b Halfpenny, Rex. Michigan Beer Guide — Jan-Feb 2012: Dark Horse Brewing Company. http://digital.zoompubs.com/display_article.php?id=931433. Accessed February 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Investigators call Dark Horse Brewing fire 'suspicious' " Beerpulse.com http://beerpulse.com/2010/11/investigators-call-dark-horse-brewing-fire-suspicious. November 5, 2010. Accessed February 19, 2013
  3. ^ a b Dark Horse Brewery Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/DarkHorseBrewing/info Accessed February 18, 2013
  4. ^ "Beer Advocate: Dark Horse Brewing Company" http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1471/?view=beerfly&sort=latest&start=10 Accessed February 18, 2013
  5. ^ Liberty, John. "Best Brewers in the World 2013" MLive. February 1, 2013. Accessed February 19, 2013

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