The Detroit Beer Company

On Saturday, October 8th, my friend, Keath and I dropped our wives and his step-son at the Fox Theater for the “So You Think You Can Dance” concert. We wanted a place to watch the football that was on in the late afternoon, as well as the Detroit Tigers playoff game that evening. I had read about the Detroit Beer Company, and figured that we should give it a try.
The brewery is housed in the historic Hartz Building, a building over 100 years old that used to be a surgical supply company in Detroit’s heyday, but like so many others, fell in to disrepair. The Detroit Beer Company’s owners had already opened two successful breweries in the suburbs, The Royal Oak Brewery and The Rochester Mills Beer Company. When they opened the Detroit Beer Company in 1993, it helped in revitalizing the Broadway Avenue Historic District, located just to the east of Comerica Park and Ford Field.
The rehabilitation of the building was done with the brewery in mind. Keath & I have both visited many microbreweries, and, as Keath put it, “There’s something cool about sitting in a bar drinking a beer in the place it was brewed.”
Besides occupying a cool space in a historic walk a few blocks from Detroit’s major sports and concert venues, The Detroit Beer Company brews award-winning beers. They offer seven different beers year-round as well as seasonal selections.
The first beer I tried was the Lambic Framboise, a raspberry beer brewed in the Belgian style. I am a big fan of fruit beers and this was one of the best I’ve had.
Keath stated out with their Summer Wheat. He gives it good reviews.
For my second beer, I had the Detroit Dwarf, an amber ale. Since returning from California a few weeks back, I’ve been looking for a quality amber, since Fat Tire, my favorite amber ale from out west, isn’t available in Michigan. While it’s not Fat Tire, the Dwarf is very good.
The bartender let us try samples of a couple of the other beers, The Pumpkin Spice, which was interesting (a nice cinnamon taste) and the Football Beer, an English style IPA, which was also good.

For anyone who loves microbrews, or is going to be in the area attending a game, I highly recommend a visit to the Detroit Beer Company. I intend to check out their other locations soon.

2 Responses to “The Detroit Beer Company”

  1. Kris Koeller says:

    I happen to enjoy So You Think You Can Dance, but when compared to beer and football, well… no contest. Those all sound amazing. A few breweries in NYC do a pumpkin beer, and the ones I've tried are worth the effort of seeking them out.

  2. Jen says:

    Pumpkin spice sounds amazing!x

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