A passion for the craft beer industry, freshly prepared food and a desire to share with the community are what Brown Iron Brewhouse is all about. Brown Iron Brewhouse, located at 57695 Van Dyke in Washington Township (just across the street from the historical Octagon House), is a full-service smokehouse restaurant which features 70 taps of all-American brewed beer.
For years, my husband Tim and I wanted to have a place where people could come learn about the craft beer industry and where Tim, a brewer since 1994, could brew our own brand of beer that could be enjoyed with freshly prepared food in a casual German-style beer hall. Then we met Chef Deni Smiljanovski who ran a successful and award-winning BBQ restaurant, Lazy Bones. Deni shared the same love and passion as we did, and we became partners.
Brown Iron Brewhouse features 70 taps of all-American brewed beers, ciders and meads. Our beer menu changes daily and uses a state-of-the-art system called Digital Pour which allows customers to see the style of beer, price, glass style and how much is left in each keg. The menu can be viewed in the restaurant or even online at our website! Beer can come in a full pour size or in six-ounce sample sizes to try different brews or to make your own “flight.” Growlers can also be purchased for most of the beers too, so you can take your favorite home in a Brown Iron Brewhouse growler!
On Mondays, we have “Kill the Keg” which gives a $2 discount for any beer that is running low in a keg. This ensures that the beer rotates quickly and is always fresh. Tuesdays are Quizzo night at 8 p.m., and it is free to play. Test your knowledge of trivia and win fun prizes! Every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m., an American brewery is featured, and representatives from the brewery come to share their knowledge and have fun with the customers playing games, raffles and giving out prizes. Thursday night the brewhouse sponsors a bicyclist club which meets there for local rides each week. Sundays feature an extensive Bloody Mary bar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all of the fixings including freshly made bacon, sausages, cheese and pickled vegetables. Of course, there are always happy hour specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and game day specials for local sports!
It was important to Tim, me and Chef Deni to offer the best quality meals at a reasonable price. Brown Iron Brewhouse features smokehouse cuisine which uses a 500-pound smoker. Bacon, brisket, pulled pork, “beer can” chicken, turkey, salmon, corned beef and pastrami are all daily features of the menu. On weekends, you could find specials such as smoked prime rib or a whole hog pig roast done out on our 100-seat authentic German-style biergarten. Sauces, dressings, slaw, mac and cheese and hot fresh-made jumbo pretzel sticks are prepared daily. Having complete control of the recipes allows us to offer an extensive gluten-free menu as well. Gluten-free buns and even gluten-free cheesecake is always on the menu! Brown Iron is able to cater small to large events either at the brewhouse or at your place.
Along with the unique menu and beer selection, the space itself says we are different. Two under-used and blighted pieces of property were raised and converted to a large 6,400-square-foot space which was built to mimic a turn of the 20th century factory. The inside space is open, and light from the several windows gives a warm and inviting feel. Tables inside are crafted by a husband and wife couple who use old barns to make farmhouse-style tables. The beer hall dining area can hold over 200 people and is a great place to host a party. The outdoor biergarten and outdoor bar feature fire pits and authentic biergarten tables. The outdoor space can seat 100 people.
Brown Iron Brewhouse is a great place to meet friends, enjoy a wonderful meal, learn something new and Discover Beer Here!
Brown Iron Brewhouse
Washington Township, MI 48094
Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Patti Eisenbraun co-owns Brown Iron Brewhouse in Washington Township along with her husband Tim and Chef Deni Smiljanovski.