Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review of the Clubhouse BFD (Beer Food Drink) in Rochester Hills

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Review of Clubhouse BFD (Beer Food Drink) in Rochester Hills

A “Happy Valentine’s Day” indeed to craft beer lovers in Rochester Hills – Clubhouse BFD finally opens on February 14 after a delay, building anticipation of this new craft beer mecca for almost a month.
Review of the Clubhouse BFD (Beer Food Drink) in Rochester HillsThe Clubhouse is no secret oasis for locals only.  Located at Crooks and M59 (between Adams and Livernois), it’s easy access for any traveling beer nomad craving great beer, food, and atmosphere.

You’ll be greeted by staff, all of whom are outfitted in their Detroit pride. The extensive bar, host to over 40 taps on constant rotation and around 150 bottles (follow @clubhousebfd for updates), will make your beer-thirsty taste buds water. Fruity beers and meads are present. But if beer isn’t your taste: wine, cocktails, and “zero-proof” beverages are available.

Just as the walls and wait staff adorned with Michigan pride are an indication of the Clubhouse's homage to its home state, there is no shortage of Michigan craft selection on the menu. (Happy Hour: Tue – Sun: 3 – 6 p.m., $1 off all Michigan drafts).

Be sure to observe the Clubhouse’s décor and furnishings of sportsman’s nostalgia and Michigan spirit. Each historical ornament has a story (no corny reproductions here), so don’t be shy in asking whose goalie pads are hanging over the lounge area, how they acquired the WWII parachutes hanging over the bar, or even the previous use of your sitting surface.

Upon being seated, you’ll be presented with a clipboard of the brew list of nearly every style and origin. The Clubhouse can also boast of carrying rare and limited-distribution beers.

Review of the Clubhouse BFD (Beer Food Drink) in Rochester Hills

No matter the rotation, there will never be a shortage of selection. Try their flight of four, 4oz sample pours for $6 if you’re undecided – or if you just want to have your beer delivered to you via table tennis paddle. Take some bottles home if you have a favorite - or few. (hint: ask for "The List")

Even connoisseurs may feel intimidated by the lengths of craft selections. Luckily the Beer Dude On Duty (b.d.o.d.) will be happy to entertain any questions. You will no doubt leave knowing something you didn’t before your visit.  The friendly bartenders and servers are also an excellent decision-making resource.

Some food to go with that beer? A casual menu offers the usual: appetizers, burgers, soups, salads, and sandwiches. From sauteed mussels, to homemade chili, or perhaps a heaping pile of Tripple Mac and Cheese; the diverse options are designed to offer a list of one-of-a-kind favorites.

Under the info section on their Facebook page (, “outdoor seating” begs the question that a winter opening cannot answer.  

Plans are to have a biergarten setting out front when warm weather arrives. Clubhouse’s website is (, but they’re friendly and responsive on Facebook. Again, try to keep up with their “Tap Alerts” on Twitter. 

Connect with ClubhouseBFD on Twitter and Facebook for more info on location, specials, arriving/depleting stock, entertainment, etc.

Clubhouse BFD is closed on Mondays, but stop by Tuesday – Sunday. Hours: Tue - Thu: 3:00 pm-12:00 am; Fri: 3:00 pm - 2:00 am; Sat: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am; Sun: 12:00 pm-10:00 pm.

Happy Hour: Tue – Sun: 3 – 6 p.m., $1 off all Michigan drafts.