Fort Street Brewery
1660 Fort St
Lincoln Park, Michigan
Visited on March 13, 2010
One of the first breweries I visited in Michigan, on a trip to find an apartment in Lansing, was Fort Street Brewery, mainly because it’s fairly close to the airport. The place is definitely not fancy. The tables and chairs are cheap, and most everything about the place screams neighborhood blue collar after work watering hole and sports bar. It’s pretty typical. The beers weren’t great, though I do remember an interesting alcoholic root beer, I believe. And the food was below average pub grub. Michigan does much better than this.
I visited the Fort Street Brewery at the end of a whirlwind tour of East Lansing and downtown Lansing looking at houses and apartments. I was pretty beat by the time Saturday night rolled around, and life got pretty hectic shortly thereafter. Basically, I’m trying to produce an excuse as to why I forgot to write this review until June 30. So bear with me, the memory is a little fuzzy at this point, but the overall impressions should be accurate.
The building is located on the corner of a giant four-lane divided street, making it a little difficult to get to if you’re not sure where you’re going. It’s really, really big with plenty of tables, a long ass bar, some bar games, wooden rafters, televisions and a lot of laid back locals. It’s a pretty homely set-up, not that it’s a bad thing, but it is certainly nothing special.
The menu features a ton of bar food with a few surprises. In short, lots of fried stuff, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and the like. The surprises come in the form of some very Americanized German fare including fried sauerkraut balls, knackwurst, and a few other choices. I came away feeling like a rock had been dumped into my stomach because even though I ordered the small version of the krautball appetizer, there were a shit ton of them. Overall, the food was average, but not if you’re watching your waist line.
The beer wasn’t anything to write home about: in short, very average. An interesting sarsaparilla/root beer-flavored beer is featured, and while it may sound like a good idea, it isn’t. They feature some other exploratory big beers like a wheat wine called Opus Amor and an imperial stout called Beernormous. I give them credit for their imagination, but their execution needs a little bit of work. The Beernromous was my favorite, though most all of them would serve in a pinch.
I don’t remember a lot about the service, so there you go. It must not have been bad or great.