When Brew Detroit first opened, the partners planned for a collaborative brewery that would provide the extra capacity Michigan fastest-growing craft brewers needed to meet demand. However, last Thursday the brewery quietly opened its new taproom, where the company's recipes will take center stage.
Located in Brew Detroit's 64,000-square-foot facility in Corktown, the new tasting room features small-batch beers brewed in a low-capacity two-barrel system. "Keeping them small will allow us to keep things fresh and seasonal," says Erika Brockberg, director of retail operations. The taproom debuted with a selection of nine beers on tap and one more already in the fermenter. Occasionally, says Brockberg, the company will feature special recipes by partnering breweries.
The tasting room offers a relaxed atmosphere with 40 seats at the central square bar, as well as tables, and couches manufactured from pallets. Six televisions are arranged around the room. Brockberg says they envision customers stopping by for a beer while watching the Tigers or Lions game.
Visitors are encouraged to order- or bring-in food from the neighborhood's many restaurants. However, Brew Detroit is also partnering with food trucks Delectabowl and The Mean Weenie on Fridays and Saturdays. "Because we have such a big facility with all these bay doors the food trucks can pull right into the facility," she says.
On February 12, the tasting room will celebrate with a Grand Opening, which will likely feature several more food trucks.
Brew Detroit Taproom's hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The taproom is located at 1401 Abbott St. in Corktown.