Cheers to… summer! Whatever you’re raising your glass to tonight, let it be at one of Metro Detroit’s two new breweries. ROAK Brewing Co. of Royal Oak has been open since June, while Dearborn Brewing opened its doors merely a week ago.
ROAK’s Livewire IPA has been one of its most popular beers so far, and its summer seasonal, Melonfest (a cantaloupe wheat ale), was well received, according to Eeva Sharp, director of marketing at ROAK. Coming soon is Roaka Cadabra, the brewery’s fall seasonal.
“Roaka Cadabra is a spiced apple Belgian brown ale, so we hope that it reminds you of fresh baked apple pie and chilly fall days,” Sharp said, noting that a limited draft only Harvest IPA with Michigan hops will also be released.
Each month, ROAK partners with a Metro Detroit-based nonprofit organization to raise awareness, and the brewery makes a donation based on taproom sales of one of its beers. This month, the cross-promotional program benefits the Michigan Humane Society.
ROAK’s taproom menu includes pizzas, salads, paninis and snacks. Try the ROAK Deluxe pie with a Devil Dog Float (Devil Dog Oatmeal Stout and mint chocolate chip ice cream) for dessert.
Next stop, Dearborn Brewing! The brewery hasn’t celebrated its official “Grand Opening” yet, but co-owners John and Sheila Rucinski have already launched a cream ale, amber ale, brown ale and an IPA.
“In the future, we have plans to do an American wheat, an oatmeal stout and probably come springtime, a Belgian Witbier. We’ll work those in and expand our selection as we can in the next few months,” John said, adding that he hopes to eventually offer eight taps with four standard brews and four rotating or seasonal ones.
Dearborn Brewing doesn’t serve food, but patrons are encouraged to bring in food from nearby restaurants like L.A. Bistro or Buddy’s Pizza.
Rucinski is already envisioning the growth of Dearborn Brewing, and ideally would like to add another location for production a few years down the line. He also hopes to see Dearborn Brewing in local establishments in the future.
As always, drink responsibly, and enjoy these new Motor City breweries!