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The growth of the Detroit craft brewery scene

December 12, 2018 | Detroit Business
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The craft beer scene across the country has seen a boom in recent years, and it looks like it’s not going anywhere any time soon. Why would it? There is something to be said about heading to your local brewery for a carefully concocted beer that differs from the beers typically found in sports bars. Fortunately for Michigan beer lovers, Detroit’s craft brewery scene has seen steady growth over the years with no clear signs of slowing down.

The Beginning: Bell’s and Founders
Michigan is known for many things. However, for beer lovers, it is known for Bell’s Brewery and Founders Brewing Co.; two breweries that sit nicely among the top 20 largest breweries in the United States. In 2014, Michigan’s beer scene was responsible for an overall economic impact of $1.85 billion. That number grew to $2.3 billion in 2017 and is expected to grow even more in the coming years.

With over 40 breweries in Detroit (and over 300 state-wide), Detroit has quickly become a travel destination for craft beer lovers.

Must-Visit Detroit Breweries

Motor City Brewing Works
Location: 470 West Canfield
Located in the Cultural Center of Detroit, Motor City Brewing Works is Detroit’s oldest operating craft brewery and Michigan’s second oldest brewery. It is a haven for locals and tourists alike and offers not only delicious craft beer but pizza as well. Motor City Brewing also has an aesthetically pleasing beer garden for days when drinking a cold beer in the warm sun is a necessity.

Batch Brewing Company
Location: 1400 Porter St.
From opening its doors in 2015, this nanobrewery has seen steady growth and makes an effort to give back to its community. To date, Batch Brewing has donated $300,000 to various nonprofits throughout Michigan. To add to its altruism, Batch Brewing is not only known for its handcrafted beers, but for its food made from locally sourced ingredients as well.

Brew Detroit
Location: 1401 Abbott St.
Founded in 2013, this contract brewery is not only known for its eclectic beers (like its blue cotton candy kettle sour), it also hosts indoor its own indoor weekly Bocce Ball league. Further, guests can request tours of Brew Detroit to see some of their favorite beers being created in real time.

Atwater Brewery
Location: 237 Jos Campau
Located in the Rivertown District, Atwater Brewery is Detroit’s largest brewery. Aside from being known for its German-style lagers (and its fish tacos), Atwater Brewery has been in business since 2005 and has three locations throughout the state. If you have a big group with you, Atwater Brewery is the perfect craft-beer destination as it boasts 125 bar stools and a 25-seat bar.

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