If you're a beer geek, Clubhouse BFD is one of those places where the heavens open up and angels sing down while sunshine glistens off each of the forty taps behind the bar when you walk through the door. BFD does not stand for "big fucking deal," even though it definitely could if you ask us.
"The Name Clubhouse BFD came from the memory of having a clubhouse in the neighborhood as a kid," says owner Scott LePage. "We loved the idea of expanding on it as an adult. The BFD stands for Beer, Food, Drink. My wife and I felt there was a need in our community for a place where people could come for top-quality food and beer that had a cool, comfortable atmosphere without any pretense."
Oddly enough, Clubhouse did not start off as the beer bar it is now. "We started out as a restaurant first, with a low-key sports theme," LePage says. "We just evolved into being craft beer junkies." Junkie is too mild a word to describe Scott and manager Jason Peltier.
Sitting down with Peltier is quite an experience. His knowledge of beer is endless and he loves discussing it. Going through Clubhouse's extensive draft list, there are obvious coups throughout the list. For example, Peltier beams with pride when he points out Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout on the list. "I think I got all of the kegs in the state," he says. That's a big deal for a new place. Bourbon County is a highly sought-after beer, so if you want it on tap, you have to visit Clubhouse.
Yes, I realize Goose Island isn't local, but don't fret; Clubhouse is very much Michigan-focused. "Our entire brand is centered around our love of Michigan, local sports, Detroit music and our community," LePage says. "We usually have a minimum of 15 Michigan drafts and have had as many as 25 on tap at once. We don't have to worry about dedicating taps because Michigan makes such kick-ass beer. It is always in demand and therefore on tap."
July is Michigan Craft Beer Month, and during this time all 40 taps will feature Michigan beers, according to Peltier. This would be a perfect time to visit during happy hour, which is everyday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features $1 off all Michigan drafts, as well as some really great food specials. Think 40 taps is overwhelming? Don't worry. Flights of tastes are available. Wait until you see how the flights are served.
Clubhouse BFD is a pretty exciting place with its incredible beer selection, fantastic food, knowledgeable staff, and plenty of TVs for game-watching. It's one of those places you could visit everyday and have a totally unique experience each time. | RDW