Come one, come all! The Detroit Brew Trail is here and ready to help you experience Detroit brew culture, the metro area’s craft beer scene, and everything in between.
The Detroit brew trail is the perfect opportunity for visitors, locals, and beer savants alike, to explore the city, support local businesses, and immerse themselves into all things Detroit-centric. Designed to guide you to some of the best craft breweries all over – Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, and even downtown!
Hop on our trusty trail guide below to learn how to sign up, what prizes you can win, participating locations, and how to make the most of your visit.
Sign up. Get Your Pass. Check in. Earn Prizes.
If you are looking for a weekend getaway, the Detroit Brew Trail is a great reason to hop in the car or on the plane, and make your way to the country’s hottest and bourgeoning craft brew mecca.
The exciting new Detroit Brew trail continues to grow its sites for you to explore and wet your whistle. Our trusty trail guide has everything you need for tasting and earning points while sampling in ales, lagers, stouts, porters, wheats, pilsners and other craft creations.
Tilt an elbow and bend an ear at some of our personal favorites and award-winning breweries in the state such as Founders Brewing Company, Atwater Brewery, and Jolly Pumpkin. The more check in’s you do, the more prizes you can win!
5 check ins – Custom Brew Trail Coozie
+ Detroit Brew Trail Sticker
10 check ins – Custom Brew Trail Bottle Opener
+ Detroit Brew Trail Sticker
15 check ins – Custom Brew Trail Pint Glass + Custom Coasters
+ Detroit Brew Trail Sticker + an automatic entry into the grand prize drawing!
+3 additional check ins – Each three additional check ins are an additional entry into the grand prize drawing
Welcome to Detroit Brew City! Detroit is one of the most culturally rich cities in America — and it’s also home to one of the country’s oldest beer traditions.
Detroit has a rich beer culture and history of breweries that date back to the 1800s. You can still find remnants of that bygone era at many of the city’s craft breweries.
Detroit is a major hub of craft beer in America. More than two dozen breweries have opened in the past few years, and more are on the way.
In downtown, this yeast-hops-malt-and-barley trail leads you from Midtown to Corktown, downtown and to the Detroit Riverfront, where you’ll catch sight of the Michigan Science Center, Historic Fort Wayne and Dearborn’s Brewery District before heading East to see Henry Ford’s final resting site and the beginning of the Macomb County path of the brew trail.
This path is home to a lot of breweries, and has a strong history that can be traced back to the Prohibition Era. That’s right, the history of beer in metro Detroit even extends from the Detroit Riverfront to Oakland County, the next region on the map to visit.
Oakland County is home to the highest concentration of breweries and pubs in the area, that serve up more than 400 different kinds of beer. As a self-guided tour, the Detroit Brew Trail includes suburban breweries with sites from Royal Oak to Rochester Hills. The path is also family friendly and perfect for those looking for an afternoon or weekend adventure.
You will find that every pocket of Oakland County has its own unique flavor. From coffee inspired beers to gin-burnt wheat beers, the choices are endless. For visitors, one of the most exciting reasons for coming to Oakland County are almost always linked to one of its many notable features, in this case, it’s the beer.
The Macomb County craft beer scene is home to one of the largest varieties of beer experiences in Michigan. It has an abundance of breweries, brew trails, and even festivals that are sure to be a hit with any beer enthusiast!
This path takes you to all the best brewery watering holes in Macomb County including Cap N Cork Brewing Company, Sherwood Brewing Company, and Baffin Brewing Company.
You can always enjoy craft beers during your weekend in Macomb County because the Detroit Brew Trail has plenty of options to enjoy these popular beer selections and the beautiful views of the boats on Lake St. Clair.
The Wayne County path can be found right below the Detroit River, and is the largest of the 88 American counties with a population of more than one million people. Wayne County sits at the edge of the river where Detroit and Windsor, Canada began their beautiful beer exchange relationship.
Home to the Henry Ford Museum, the best Mexican food in the state, and the largest Arab American community in the country, this path is the best way to experience some of the most diverse food, cultural landmarks, Detroit history and some of the best beer around. Check out the Detroit Experiences Packages to maximize your visit.
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Podcasts are the perfect platform to learn about the history of beer or even get advice on how to make your own.
These are a few of our favorite local podcasters and experts for those interested in learning about Detroit’s past and present. Check out some of these episodes show features interviews with locals to get insight into metro Detroit’s beer culture.
Detroit and the metro area is full of culture and history that’s reflected in the restaurants, museums, and other attractions to take in when you’re here. There are also plenty of craft breweries to visit, close to any hotel you choose to stay in.
Hotels on Each Path:
Downtown Detroit Path – The Westin Book Cadillac which is a historic hotel, dating back to 1924. It was converted into apartments after the war but recently renovated into a boutique hotel again with modern amenities like wi-fi and great views of downtown Detroit. Most importantly, walking distance, Qline ride or scoot over to any of the several local breweries.
Macomb Path – The Cambria Hotel – Shelby Township, features spa-like bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors, open air lobbies, huge patios and bar and restaurant that gives a preview of what the region has to offer with locally-sourced menu items and craft beer from area breweries on tap.
Oakland Path – Hyatt Place – Detroit Royal Oak Offering complimentary hot breakfast, gallery menu, 24/7 late night bites, and coffee to cocktails bar for guests. Within walking distance to shopping, more breweries, restaurants, nightlife, as well as event venues like Royal Oak Music Theatre and the Detroit Zoo.
Wayne Path – DoubleTree by Hilton – Detroit Dearborn is a newly renovated hotel, just minutes away from The Henry Ford and Fairlane Town Center or short drive from downtown Detroit, three casinos and the Detroit Metro Airport. In town for the day or a long layover? Take advantage of the nearby brew trail stops!
A source of pride and one of our favorite things to share with visitors is, our food scene. With a wealth of family-owned restaurants and small eateries, you’ll find options to suit any taste. Locals love to try any of the number of options from their life long favorite restaurants to every pop-up and food truck option you can dream of. All of the eateries, breweries and pubs offer their own unique experiences, from vintage arcade settings to ornate biergartens, rooftops and outdoor igloos. The blend of food, beer and atmosphere at any of the establishments, is a guaranteed good time.
Detroits Brew Trail is one of the best ways to explore the flavors of the region. Mix in a bite or two along the trail or even get your fill at any one of the breweries with restaurants featuring the perfect food pairing to go with your new favorite Michigan beer.
What makes Detroit the ultimate destination? Our rich American heritage and cultural roots, musical births and sports lover paradise, arts hub and a the home of innovation, American muscle and pioneers of sustainability, for starters.
Art lovers will revel in the fact that the city has an extensive art museum, sculpture garden and theatre district. Those who prefer to stay active will enjoy the many parks and bike trails Detroit offers. The city’s nightlife offers something for everyone from concerts, live music venues, casino gaming to night clubs with DJs spinning all your favorite top 40 hits.
So when in Detroit, do as Detroiters do. Check out some of the curated itineraries and guides below. The Detroit Travel Guide will help you plan a trip that includes all the best that metro Detroit has to offer.