While Detroit might be known as the Motor City, it is also home to plenty of local craft breweries. This is not an exhaustive list of all the breweries in metro Detroit worth checking out, spending a night checking out as many of these as possible will give you a great taste of what Detroit has to offer a budding beer enthusiast like yourself.
An essential part of any Detroit brewery crawl, Atwater has been brewing lagers and more since 1997 right here in the city. In fact, while Atwater has enjoyed success and ships its beer all over the country and even Germany, it wasn’t until it last year that Atwater opened another location outside of Detroit, this time in Grand Rapids. The most popular brews on tap at Atwater are the self-titled lager, Dirty Blonde Ale and the vanilla java porter. Give ‘em a try!
Being within walking distance of some of Detroit’s most popular venues, like Comerica Park, Ford Field and The Fillmore, Detroit Beer Co. has been brewing craft beer for Detroiters since 2003. It’s located on the first two floors of the Hartz Building and has seating throughout. So, after catching a game or show, head over to Detroit Beer Co. and try The Detroit Dwarf or the Evo Pils.
Batch in Corktown does something special when it comes to craft beer. Every month, Batch partners with a local nonprofit charity, creating a brew for that month to match the nonprofit organization. Whenever someone orders that beer, proceeds go directly to the nonprofit. Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try one of Batch’s other great batches, like The Audacity and Second to Last Word.
You won’t have to go far to hit up Brew Detroit if you’re going through this list in order. Brew Detroit is also located in Corktown and has been since 2012. It wasn’t until 2015 that Brew Detroit opened its own tasting room where patrons could go to drink one of ten beers on tap from various brands, like Stroh’s, Motor City Brewing Works and Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. The tasting room has access to televisions, billiards, arcade cabinets, shuffle board, darts and foosball, too!
Having been around for more than two decades, Motor City Brewing Works knows a thing or two not only about craft beer but the city of Detroit. Being located in Detroit’s Cultural Center near Wayne State University and the Detroit Institute of Arts helps with that. Some of MCBW’s more popular brews are Ghettoblaster, an English-style mild ale, and Bohemian Lager, made with pure Detroit water.