New Breweries & Beer Bars in the D

By: Amber Ogden | February 25, 2015

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re experiencing a bit of a winter chill at the moment. I don’t know about you, but earlier this season I remember thinking to myself “I think I’ll be okay if it’s freezing this winter, as long as it doesn’t snow as much as last year,” as if that were a decent trade-off. I may be rethinking my stance.

When it’s too cold to play outside, what’s left to do in the D? Visit a brewery and warm yourself up from the inside out! The good news is, several breweries and beer-centered businesses have just recently opened up, so we can warm our frozen bones over a cold one with some great company. Make sure these locations are on your list:

Craft Breww City, 27843 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, opened up at the end of last month, and while the establishment isn’t a brewery, it does boast 40 rotating craft beers on tap and 100 bottled varieties.

There are plenty of Michigan beers on draft, including Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale, New Holland Dragon’s Milk, Founders Porter and more. You can find the full beer list here. Craft Breww City does offer a full food menu, complete with starters, burgers, sandwiches, entrees and salads.

Batch Brewing Company, 1400 Porter St., Detroit, just opened in Corktown a few weeks ago. Winners of the 2013 Hatch Detroit contest, the nano-brewery focuses on crafting small batches of beer.

You can find a list of all of the beers that are currently available on the official website, including Nearly Noble IPA, Obscure Reference Imperial Stout, Dead Irish Writers and Vienna Mild Ale. The small food menu offers great pairings, including Bavarian Pretzels (served with Wheated Kolsch beer cheese and Vienna mustard dipping sauces), Smoked Whitefish Dip (served with pita bread) and the Vernor Ave Pasty (pulled chicken braised in Batch’s Black IPA with corn and black bean salsa and poblano pepper).

Whether you’re there for just the beer or a bite as well, Batch Brewing Company will not disappoint.

HopCat, 311 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, recently opened another Metro Detroit location in A2. If you haven’t checked out the Detroit one yet, here’s a second chance to experience the beer extravaganza. HopCat Ann Arbor opened on Valentine’s Day, and you can take a look at the triple digit list of draft beers here.

Weekly specials you may want to take advantage of include a Monday through Thursday burger and beer deal, which will get you a classic burger, crack fries and any local 30 draft for $7. Just make sure you’re there between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.!

Shareables, burgers, sandwiches and HopCat’s famous “Crack Fries” are all on the menu, and will pair perfectly with one of the countless beers on tap. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for brunch at HopCat Ann Arbor, beginning on Sunday, March 1!

Brew Detroit, 1401 Abbott St., Detroit, held its taproom opening during the second week of February. No matter when you visit, you’ll always find 10 different beers on tap brewed at the tasting room. The collaborative brewery also allows for guest breweries to utilize space for brewing.

While Brew Detroit doesn’t have a kitchen, it’s one of the very awesome establishments that allow you to bring your own food or order out, courtesy of local food delivery.  You can stay up to date with recently tapped beers via Brew Detroit’s Facebook page, as well as event information and more, like food truck Friday and Saturday details!

While we eagerly anticipate rising temperatures in Metro Detroit, kicking back with some friends at one of the above beer-focused establishments should keep our minds off of the winter chill. Right? It’s worth a shot.