All News News Posted February 8, 2022 By Choose Marshall

Choose Marshall Chamber welcomes Dark Horse Brewing as a new Chamber Member!

The Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA)/Choose Marshall held a New Member Ribbon Cutting Presentation for Dark Horse Brewing Co.

New owner of Dark Horse Brewery, as of February 2020, John Leone, is very excited to be here in Marshall, and passionately stated, “I love the Marshall community and the people who live here!  Please think of the Dark Horse as YOUR brewery.  We are here for you and Marshall and intend to be a vital part of this community!”  By the end of 2020, John had closed his ROAK brewing facility located in Royal Oak, Michigan and moved the operation to Marshall, and now both Dark Horse and ROAK craft beers are brewed in Marshall following the same recipes and brewed by the same Dark Horse brewers.

The new cold food offerings in the Dark Horse Commons area are the most noticeable change since the new ownership. Need a meal to take home or to work?  They now offer a bountiful cold selection of homemade, delicious, and beautifully prepared Italian style foods to-go.

Dark Horse General Manager, Emily Lafleur, commented on the wide variety of offerings, “You can’t go wrong with the bestselling red or white lasagna, but the chicken piccata and chicken Marsala are crowd favorites too, as well as the Greek salad, homemade Italian sausage, eggplant rollatini, beef stroganoff or any of the pasta dishes.  And coming soon is everyone’s favorite, chicken pot pie!”  She also added, “Call ahead to order large trays for your parties and family gatherings.  We will also try to honor your special requests.  Items are easy to heat up and are very reasonable priced!”  Canned and bottled Dark Horse and ROAK beers are also sold in the Commons and beer variety packs have been added to the offerings.

Leone looks forward to new and innovative growth for his Marshall business and commented on the exciting new plans for the brewery. “We are awaiting final approval on our spirits license.  This will allow us to distill spirits and serve tantalizing craft cocktails.  Our plans are to move the distillery into the old motorcycle shop, where we will distill a whiskey rye, vodka, gin, rum and tequila.  We also may add a line of seltzers.”  Leone is also looking at ways to expand the indoor taproom seating.  The food menu in the taproom has been altered only slightly, keeping many of the old Dark Horse favorites.

Plans to revitalize their old and develop new festivals are in the works as well, and a new full calendar of upcoming events will soon be announced.  Right now, enjoy Acoustic Tuesday Nights in the taproom. Starting in May, live music will be on the calendar four nights a week in the beer garten.  LaFleur added, “Be sure to check out our upcoming specials. Surprise your loved one with a Valentine’s Day special or call ahead to pre-order a Super Bowl Party to-go!  Special tailgate-style foods include wings, mac and cheese with crispy pork belly, Buffalo dip, Bavarian pretzels and more!”

Dark Horse Brewing Co is located at 511 S. Kalamazoo Avenue.  It is open Monday through Sunday 9am-8pm; Taproom hours are Sunday -Wednesday 11am – 9:00pm (kitchen closes at 8pm) and Thursday – Saturday 11am-11pm (kitchen closes at 10pm).  Contact Dark Horse at 269-781-9940 and visit or

Pictured left to right:  Chamber Ambassador Jenny Modert, Huntington Bank; Patty Williams, Choose Marshall; Kierith Kurth, Choose Marshall; Dark Horse General Manager Emily LaFleur; Dark Horse Owner John Leone; Chamber Ambassador Diane Peters, Housley Peters Law Office; Heather Bernaiche, Housley Peters Law Office; Jim Durian, CEO, Choose Marshall.

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