Metro Detroit is known for innovation: The car, hot-and-readys, Faygo. But there's one invention that's flown under the radar for sometime now—Fowling (pronounced FOH-ling) is a hybrid game invented by Chris Hutt. He and his friends came up with the idea 15 years ago for a game that combined the delights of bowling with the fun of chucking a football really hard.
After years of transient play, last week, Hutt opened his official venue, Fowling Warehouse, a 24,000-square-foot space at 3901 Christopher St. in Hamtramck. The location features 20 fowling lanes, two bars, and a 175-seat beer garden, according to DBusiness Daily News. Players are encouraged to bring their own food, but Hutt says he's also planning to eventually bring in pop-ups and food trucks.
"There's something about the game that's infectious," Hutt says of fowling. "You don't have to be an athlete to play. You see people who have never thrown a football before beating former football players."
The game uses a regulation football and 20 bowling pins. The goal is to knock down as many of your opponent's pins as possible before they knock down yours.
The company will begin offering league nights soon and hopes to take the game state-wide and even national.