Michigan is no stranger to the craft beer industry. Since the resurgence of craft beer in the early 1990s, Michigan has established itself as a serious contender in both the number of microbreweries as well as the quality of the fermented offerings produced by those breweries. While no brewery is known for being the best at everything, for those who seek award-winning, high-quality beer, the following breweries are among the best the Detroit area has to offer.
419 South Main Street
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri & Sat – 11 a.m. to midnight; Sun – noon to 10 p.m.
Bastone Brewery is one of the relative newcomers to the Metro Detroit beer scene, having opened in 2004. Styled in the spirit of the famous Belgian city of Bastogne, this brewery offers a full menu of Belgian-style fare and beers. Bastone is another of Metro Detroit’s award-winning breweries, having taken home a medal from the Great American Beer Festival on multiple occasions. Fans of Belgian-styled ales will especially enjoy the Dubbel and Triple, which are available year-round as well as the Saison, which is available seasonally.
Detroit Beer Company
Detroit, MI 48226
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to midnight; Fri & Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – noon to midnight
Occupying the first two floors of the historic Hartz Building, the Detroit Beer Company (DBC) is nestled in the historic Broadway District of downtown Detroit. Visitors to the DBC not only have a selection of award-winning beer at their disposal, but also complete food service with a comprehensive menu. DBC is especially well-known for their beer cheese soup. With DBC’s prime location in the shadows of Ford Field, Comerica Park, the Detroit Opera House and the People Mover, it is an ideal choice for a pre- or post-event gathering spot!
14600 E. 11 Mile Rd.
Warren, MI 48089
Hours: Mon to Weds – 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri & Sat – 11 a.m. to midnight; Sun – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. (seasonally)
Serving the Detroit area since 1997, Dragonmead provides patrons with a European pub atmosphere. While they offer an extremely limited food service, they do allow food to be brought in from outside vendors and even have a binder full of local restaurant menus at the front of the pub. Many of those restaurants will also deliver your order directly to Dragonmead so you can stay and enjoy the beer and atmosphere. There are board games and puzzles available for additional entertainment. Having won a number of medals for their beers throughout the years, Dragonmead is sure to please. Most weeks, there are more than 30 beers on tap to choose from. For those who prefer trying a smaller amount of a few different beers, Dragonmead also offers a sampler card with several different samplers to choose from.
Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.
5919 Chicago Rd.
Warren, MI. 48092
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to midnight; Fri & Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun – call for hours
Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. is a family-owned and operated brewery that is well known both locally and nationally, having won gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival. Note that Kuhnhenn’s is only a brewery. Their focus is their beer. There is no food service onsite, although they do allow patrons to bring in food from outside vendors. Kuhnhenn’s gets very busy at time but for those who are willing to be patient and extend some grace to the wait staff, the pleasure of the palate will provide sufficient reward.
Motor City Brewing Works
470 West Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to midnight; Fri & Sat – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun – noon to midnight
A downtown staple since 1994, Motor City Brewing Works (MCBW) is located in the heart of Detroit’s cultural district. This location, with close proximity to Wayne State University, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Main Library make MCBW a great place to enjoy great beer while taking in downtown’s cultural ambience. MCBW does offer limited food service, including a selection of excellent wood-fired pizzas and light appetizers. MCBW is also worthy of a stop simply to see their 20 BBL custom-fabricated brewing system. Made from salvaged metal and equipment from Detroit’s industrial era, the craftsmanship of this system is truly unique.
Enjoy the D!