Try great beer and have some fun in Macomb County on the Detroit Brew Trail
Story By: Max White
Michigan and the metro Detroit area are known for the beer culture, and that’s where Visit Detroit and the Detroit Brew Trail come in.
It’s impossible to get everything done in a day or even a weekend, so we’re looking specifically at Macomb County. Below you’ll find an itinerary of things to do in Macomb County over the course of a weekend, trying great beers and having a lot of fun on the Detroit Brew Trail.
Copper Hop is known for “great people, great beer” and opened after years of planning at the end of 2019, just months before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The brewery quickly became one of the best breweries in Macomb County and metro Detroit, offering something for everyone. On top of beer, they have hard cider and wine, with the menu changing weekly depending on what the brewers are working on.
“Gonna Need A Bigger Boat” is a great New England hazy IPA that is perfectly juicy and hoppy and the “Das Hefe” is a delicious what Hefeweizen that could take you straight to Germany.
Kuhnhenn has two locations in Macomb County and has been brewing beer since 1998 – specifically 186 gallons of beer a day. They’ve won several awards, which makes it impossible to pick a beer you want to try because they’re all so good.
The DRIPA – a double rice IPA – and the TRIPA are great options for those who want to try something incredibly strong with a lot of hops.
You can also try their Raspberry Eisbock, or a bourbon barrel-aged barley wine.
Not only is Cap N Cork a brewery, but it’s also a spot where you can get supplies to try your own home brews.
On top of beer, they also feature a variety of red and white wines for those who may not like beer.
Their menu is also easy for any beer drinker, broken up by easy drinkers like their Cap N Kolsch, hoppy brews like the M-59, named after the famous highway in Macomb County, or dark brews like the Lithuanian Black Metal farmhouse ale.
Baffin Brewing Company might have one of the best logos of any brewery in the country – a smiling dog with sunglasses – and their beer is just as good.
St. Clair Shores is a hotspot for breweries between Baffin, Copper Hop and soon-to-be-mentioned Jamex.
On top of their beer, they’re constantly changing up their hard seltzers, offering a variety of fruity and refreshing seltzers as we get into the summer.
Their beers also come with great names like the Mango Unchained, an American Pale Ale, the Mickey Redmond, an Irish red ale named after the Red Wings legend, and the Macho Man Shandy Savage, just in time for the warm weather.
There are also a variety of beers to try at Jamex Brewing Company with different ABVs. You can try their IPAs or lagers, or go darker with a Russian Imperial Stout or a dark German lager.
Things to do
Macomb County has three different Huron-Clinton Metroparks where people of all ages can explore the outdoors, see farm animals and much more.
At Stony Creek Metropark, which is not far from Brown Iron and Blake’s, there are more than 4,000 acres of outdoor recreation. You can kayak, hike, play golf, bike, skate and even go swimming if the water is warming enough.
Lake St. Clair Metropark has a great beach right on the beautiful Lake St. Clair, and it’s near the breweries in St. Clair Shores and Kuhnhenn.
It also has things like hiking, golf, boating and fishing, and there’s also a splash pad for children and a pool. If golf isn’t your thing, there is football, where you play with a soccer ball, and a waterslide.
Finally, Wolcott Mill Metropark – which is also near Brown Iron and Blake’s – has a great farm center where you can get a look at what working on a farm is like. They have. 250-acre working farm with cows, chickens, goats, pigs, sheep, ducks and more, and you can get up close and personal with all the animals.
Located on the same area as Blake’s Hard Cider Taproom, the orchard and cider mill is a place where you can spend an entire day.
There’s an artisan market, Blake’s Big Apple, and at the cider mill, you can get cider and donuts. There are also things for kids to do and have fun, and you can sit around the bonfire with a hard cider.
Located in Utica near many of the breweries on the list, Jimmy John’s Field is home to the United Shore Professional Baseball League. It’s a great place to catch a baseball game for a great price, with a total capacity of 4,500 fans per game.
Tickets to sit on the lawn are just $6 per person if you get them ahead of time and $7 on game-day with free parking, cheap drinks and food for the entire family.
Located in Sterling Heights, Go Full Throttle Adrenaline Park is the perfect place for anyone wanting to go fast and get their adrenaline pumping.
They have karting, axe throwing, a rage room and virtual reality so people can spend hours having fun.
The go-karts are twice the speed of most other places with speeds up to 40 mph in some parts of the track. For kids, they have junior karts and even micro karts. You can get as many 6-minute sessions with a 2-hour adrenaline pass on their track that features a ton of curves.
Their axe-throwing features digitally projected targets where you can play a variety of games, not just aiming at one target or a bullseye.
The 2-hour adrenaline pass includes the karting, axe throwing and virtual reality where you can dance ,cook, shoot or throw for $55, and it’s central in Macomb County within many of the breweries on the Detroit Brew Trail.