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Dark Horse Brewing Co.



Brewing with attitude and passion since 1997, while carrying on the brewing tradition in historic Marshall, Michigan

It all started back in a dorm room in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where Aaron Morse discovered his ability to make the kind of beer that people remembered long after that first swig. Instead of leaving college for the corporate world, he surrounded himself with like-minded souls and eventually launched Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall, Michigan in 1997.

From the beginning, Dark Horse Brewery was established with a commitment to brewing great beer with a little bit of rebellion and a lot of personality. The first years were filled with lots of hard work and it eventually started paying off. In 2014, Dark Horse was featured in a reality series on the History Channel named ‘Dark Horse Nation,’ that showed the creative endeavors and challenges behind the brand. That same year, Dark Horse Brewery ranked sixth in Michigan by volume, brewing nearly 20,000 barrels of craft beer. More equipment was purchased, and production was projected to nearly double over the following few years.

When the Dark Horse crew ran into business challenges, John Leone of ROAK Brewing Company saw an opportunity to join forces and create something totally unique and extraordinary - and today the brewery is stronger than ever with an impressive variety of cutting edge ales and its aversion to the status quo still very much intact.

The Dark Horse Brewing Company, still located in Marshall, Michigan, offers visitors a great atmosphere for enjoying drafts of award-winning Dark Horse beer, hearty delicious food, and informative tours of the brewery. The location also includes a Commons market with plenty of beer and food to-go options.

We are proud to offer two of Dark Horse Brewing Company’s most popular ales to our Craft Beer Club members and hope you enjoy. Cheers!

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Trivia Time

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1. What do hops and potatoes have in common?
Hop plants prefer the same soils as potatoes, so it makes sense that the leading potato growing states in the United States are also major hop-producing areas. Hops production, like potato-growing, is concentrated in moist, temperate climates.

2. Which country produces the most hops?
Germany produces the most hops in the world, followed by the United States.

3. How are hop flavors and aromas described in beer?
Hop flavors and aromas are described using these general terms: grassy, floral, citrusy, spicy, piney, lemony, grapefruity, and earthy. Hops are added at different times during the brewing process to contribute to the aroma and flavor of the finished beer. Hops contain bitter-tasting compounds that vary greatly between hop variety and between years in the same variety.