Batch isn't the only Corktown brewer celebrating a Grand Opening tonight in Corktown. Brew Detroit's tasting room officially opens tonight after debuting quietly several weeks ago. The event at the Abbott Street craft brewery takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight through Saturday and features live music, food supplied by The Mean Weenie and Delectabowl, and, naturally, pints.
For a company whose primary business is brewing other people's beer (Atwater and Motor City Brewing Works to name a few), it's a new but seemingly natural step. "We invested $100,000 into a small batch pilot system," with the goal of using it to entice clients to brew their product in their facility co-owner David Crawford tells Eater. But with the company at 1/3 capacity and growing "we now have an idle pilot system," he says. In order to take advantage of the unused equipment Crawford and his team enlisted Erika Brockberg to develop a plan for a tasting room at the 68,000-square-foot facility.
The completed space features a rectangular bar with televisions and a skylight as well as communal tables and couches made from the brewery's leftover shipping crates and equipment skids. The beers on tap right now include The Bees Knees (honey amber), Daywalker (red ale), Mogwai (American IPA), Serious (black ale), Classy Brunette (brown ale), Tripel Lindy (Belgian tripel), Baddass American Lager, and a Gentleman of the Road collaboration brew.
The tasting room is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.