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Best Brew Pubs/Local Brews in Detroit

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Roast

Renowned Chef Michael Symon brings his passion and culinary expertise to downtown Detroit with Roast. Located at the iconic Westin Book Cadillac, Roast is one of the finest steakhouses in the city. Decorated in warm hues, modern accents and plush banquettes, it presents an ideal venue for enjoying delicious meats with friends and family on special occasions. Roast's menu focuses on superior and fresh ingredients, locally-sourced produce and authentic flavors. The bar menu is just as great as the food menu with a variety of wines, beer and cocktails. Although the entire selection is impressive, it is the beer menu which takes the cake with its variety of craft brews which are also available on tap.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Level Two

Level Two Bar and Rooftop is located in Greektown neighborhood of Detroit and attracts the more youthful crowd. The place is done up just right for relaxing and having a good time. If you are a sports lover, you can catch your favourite games on the large screens here.

Detroit, MI, United States
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The Detroit Beer Co.

Located in a restored historic building just minutes from Comerica Park and Ford Field, the Detroit Beer Company is one of the city's top breweries and taprooms. Beer aficionados will love the selection of craft beers available and will enjoy sampling some of the company's own brews, which can be found on tap at any given time. Favorites include the Saison, Double Chocolate Pumpkin Porter, and Detroit Dwarf. The Detroit Beer Company offers seating on two levels, meaning there's plenty of room for larger groups to come, order a beer sampler, then chow down on delicious bites from the extensive menu.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Atwater Brewery & Tap Room

The Atwater Brewery is located in a big warehouse in Rivertown in Detroit. Since 1997, Atwater has been brewing up tasty beers using a 200 year old brewing method. All the brewery's equipment is imported from Germany, ensuring that their beers are all done as properly as possible. The tap room is located at the brewery and there you can taste all of their creative offerings. If you're not in an adventurous mood, don't worry as they have plenty of traditional offerings as well, ranging from a pale ale to classic Pilsner. The brewery also produces special seasonal beers as well as a single batch series.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Traffic Jam & Snug

Eclectic, tongue-in-cheek and enterprising, this rambling, multiple-roomed, oft-expanded corner eatery is like a fern bar gone mad. The eccentric menu features prize-winning cheeses, breads, beer and ice cream made on the premises. It's Michigan's first licensed brew pub. In the late 1960s, the Snug was an ice cream parlor and the Traffic Jam a bar, then they combined into a Wayne State University/Medical Center hangout and went a bit upscale without losing their sense of anarchistic humor. The food features adventurous embellishments on American standard soups, sandwiches and salads. Inside the plain brick exterior are plenty of distractions and surprises in the pseudo-trendy decor.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Motor City Brewing Works

This fantastic brewery was made from salvaged equipment and reshaped into impressive brewing equipment. Brewery tours are available, but they have to be arranged in advance. Visit the laid-back taproom to leisurely taste their brews and enjoy delicious food. The hand crafted beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized, ensuring a naturally amazing flavor. Try the Motor City Pale Ale or the Bohemian Lager. If you're not in the mood for beer you can try one of their wines or their sodas, like the MCBW Orange Cream Soda. Motor City Brewing Works also offers a beautiful patio area, where you can sip on beer and devour food.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Small's

Small's is a very popular bar lodged in the beautiful city of Hamtramck. It is considered as one of the best rock venues by a number of magazines and critics alike. Housed in what was formerly a bank, Small's front room is home to an Art Deco era mahogany bar stocked with an impressive selection of 53 variants of beer and top shelf liquor. You also get one of the best 'Jukeboxes' here which belts out some great tunes. Then there is the back room which has one of the best live rooms in town, where bands have gigs and keep audiences entertained. Besides this, the bar also boasts of a pool table and arcade games arena which adds to the overall fun quotient. You can also expect great acts at this place which is considered to have the best sound system around town. "Small" only in name, this bar promises the best in drinks and entertainment.

Hamtramck, MI, United States
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One-Eyed Betty's

One-Eyed Betty's is a beer lover's paradise, offering 44 beers on tap and over 100 types of bottled beer. Enjoy a game of pinball with friends in between rounds of refreshing drinks. The food menu is also impressive, featuring items like delicious burgers, salads and full meal plates.

Ferndale, MI, United States
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Valentine Distilling

Avoiding the mass production scene and sticking with small batch artisanally crafted whiskey, gin and vodka, Valentine Distilling is a unique Detroit attraction. Following a slow and precise process, the liquors that come from this distillery are handcrafted with care and attention that can be tasted in every premium bottle. The cocktail lounge offers a taste of this fine product either in a flight of tastings or cocktails made with specialty infusions. A special happy hour, as well as tours of the facility and process make this truly a one of a kind Detroit experience.

Ferndale, MI, United States
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Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead Microbrewery creates world class beer that fits any taste. They have a wide variety of beers, including American Ales, German Style Lagers, Belgian Style Ales and more. The Willy's Oompa-Loompa Stout is especially good. Their pub has a casual atmosphere with medieval decor. Although this microbrewery is obviously known for their beer, you should also try their custom-made sodas in flavors like Dragonroot Beer and their Strawberry Cream.

Warren, MI, United States
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The Royal Oak Brewery

The Royal Oak Brewery is located right outside of Detroit and is one of the area's most popular breweries. The 14 barrel brewing system was custom designed for the brewery so that it would fit behind the bar. In fact, the brewer is often behind the counter performing his duties and chatting with guests about the beers and the system. This way it is also possible to tour the brewery from your barstool! The menu is an eclectic combination of bar favorites from around the world, including some modern combinations and brick oven-fired pizzas.

Royal Oak, MI, United States
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