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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.
Evoking the Roaring Twenties sentiment, this trendy distillery tasting room brings back the craft of artisanal, small batch liquor. From hand crafted whiskey, vodka, and gin, the Detroit City Distillery sources local ingredients from neighboring farms and even the Eastern Market, where the tasting room resides. Distinctly unique, these quality liquors are the perfect base for a artisanal cocktail or even just neat or on the rocks. Following the Roaring Twenties theme, the bottles feature stylized labels that are a piece of art unto themselves. Both classic and signature cocktails can be found, from a typical Whiskey Sour with egg white and lemon, to a Transfer Season made with lemon, annise tea, bitters, soda and their famed Two Faced Bourbon.
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.
Located in the historic neighborhood of Corktown, this popular distillery is known as being the first licensed distillery in Detroit since the Prohibition era. Distilled and bottled locally, Two James aims to further the artisanal craft movement and revitalizing the Detroit community by using locally sourced products in their production, from grains in the liquor to artists for the labels. The tasting room affords visitors a glimpse and a taste of this beloved local product that has garnered citywide attention. Handcrafted cocktails and tasting flights highlight their vodka, gin and whiskey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Established in 1998, the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is a one-to-shop for all home brewing enthusiasts. Known for experimenting with new flavors, the brewery is often known to come up with as many as a staggering 100 beers in a year, each with distinct personalities and tastes. A healthy collection of meads and wines such as fruit wines, reds, whites and sweet wines are also produced here. With a focus on quality, you can be rest assured to find flavors like none other. Their charming taproom features an eclectic assortments of beverages served in a comfortable space perfect for socializing. So without further adieu, head to the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company for a true taste of perfection in a bottle.