15 Favorite Metro Detroit BreweriesModified: July 08, 2022 | Story by Danielle Alexander | Photos by Atwater Brewery
Even though Detroit is known for being the Motor City, at one time Michigan had more production breweries than anyone in the country. Luckily, many cities in metro Detroit are still working towards that brewtiful goal.
Hop on over to these 15 (of many) Detroit breweries in and around The D:
1. Atwater Brewery
Located in the historic Rivertown district, Atwater Brewery’s Detroit Tap House opened in 1997 and succeeded in its plan of making traditional German-style lagers along with unique boutique ales. Atwater’s menu includes a variety of appetizers to share, sandwiches, pizzas and more. Not a beer drinker? No problem! This brewery also sells wine and spirits, including vodka, gin and bourbon.
2. Batch Brewing Co.
Batch Brewing Co. features a constantly evolving menu of small batch, handcrafted beer. Additionally, they feature a handcrafted, scratch kitchen pub cuisine, emphasizing that “food is not something we also do; it’s something we do.”
3. Brew Detroit
Corktown’s Brew Detroit is one of Michigan’s largest breweries and has a tasting room that features 10 constantly-rotating taps, brewed on a two-barrel system. In addition to the beer, there are two floors of entertainment including six 50-inch flat screen TVs, an arcade that features pinball, air hockey, shooter and racing, a 22’ tournament-style shuffle board, three bristle professional dart boards, a professional billiards table and a foosball table. For tour information, as well as what’s on tap, visit Brew Detroit’s Facebook page.
4. Detroit Beer Co.
Located near Comerica Park, Ford Field and the Detroit Opera House, Detroit Beer Co. has become a great spot for pre- and post-event dining and drinks.
5. Eastern Market Brewing Co.
With the mission of “Community. Camaraderie. Craft.,” Eastern Market Brewing Co. opened its doors in 2016 in order to create classics, as well as original beers with local flavor that only the freshest Eastern Market ingredients can provide.
6. Granite City Food & Brewery
One of many great restaurants in the GMRENCEN, Granite City is passionate about creating fresh menu items from scratch and uses its patented brewing process to deliver the best brews.
7. Jolly Pumpkin
Besides its extensive beer menu, distilled spirits and wine are also available for non-beer drinkers. In addition to beverages, Jolly Pumpkin’s food menu is really popular among truffle fry and pizza lovers.
8. Motor City Brewing Works
Motor City Brewing Works is committed to producing handcrafted superior quality beer and also offers the very popular brick-oven pizzas and more.
In The D, Founders is the new kid on the block, but it’s national reputation already make it a city favorite. Founders serves up munchies, sandwiches and salads along paired with its craft brews. Check out their live music, too.
10. Dragonmead Brewery
The mission of this brewery is to “produce beer so very good that it changes the very nature of the industry.” At Dragonmead, visitors can enjoy over 40 different beer styles, made-in-house wine and mead and/or great food.
11. Ascension Brewing Company
Open seven days a week, Ascension Brewing Company prides itself as having “good beer for real people.” In addition to its locally-brewed craft ales, Ascension’s food menu contains quite the variety of choices, including healthy greens and soups, comfort food, sandwiches and street tacos.
12. Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Located in Birmingham’s emerging new Rail District, Griffin Claw features a taproom and traditional outdoor biergarten.
13. Rochester Mills Beer Co.
Rochester Mills Beer Co. opened its doors in 1998 and continues offering its wide selection of handcrafted Lagers and Ales for Rochester residents and guests. Additionally, visitors can choose from a delicious food menu (that’s kid-friendly), play pool, hang out on the outdoor patio and/or enjoy live entertainment.
14. Dearborn Brewing
Dearborn Brewing is a small microbrewery that brews eight hand crafted beers at a time and has an on-site taproom. Hungry? Feel free to bring in or order your own food from any local restaurant!
15. CJ’s Brewing Company
CJ’s offers a wide variety of delicious and creative beer, as well as “friendly dishes made with the freshest ingredients.” It’s a family-friendly restaurant and does have quite a few HD TVs, best known for playing The Big Ten Network.
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1Atwater Brewery237 Jos. Campau Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-877-9205
2Motor City Brewing Works470 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201313-832-2700
3Jolly Pumpkin441 W. Canfield St., Ste. 9, Detroit, MI 48201313-262-6115
4Detroit Beer Co.1529 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226313-962-1529
5Brew Detroit1401 Abbott St., Detroit, MI 48216313-974-7366 Ext
6Batch Brewing Co.1400 Porter St., Detroit, MI 48216313-338-8008