Detroit’s beer landscape got a little bit broader this week with the debut of Founders Brewing Company’s Detroit taproom. The Grand Rapids-based beer dynasty landed in Cass Corridor on Monday with 32 taps pouring popular brews like the All-Day IPA and Breakfast Stout.
While it’s no longer strictly considered a craft brewery, Founders still has a relatively small physical footprint compared to larger brands and even some craft beer companies. The Detroit taproom is only its second location. The new outpost features an expansive dining room and bar space. Towards the back of the building, patrons can find an events space with textured walls and barrels designed to mimic the gypsum mines where Founders ages its beers in Grand Rapids. That venue features its own bar with an additional eight taps.
In addition to beer, Founders’ Detroit tap house also has a kitchen. The menu promises popular bar snacks like beer cheese dip, deviled eggs, and pretzels alongside a lineup of 13 sandwiches.
Although the majority of the beers served in Detroit will still be brewed at the Grand Rapids facility, customers can also expect to see a few beers special Detroit join the menu in the coming weeks. Some of those beers are already in the on-site fermenters.
Photographers Chris and Michelle Gerard received a tour of the space on Friday ahead of the brewery’s official debut. Take a peek around the building in the gallery below.
Founder’s Brewing Company’s Detroit taproom is located at 456 Charlotte St.; the brewery will open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Clarification, 12/7/2017, 11:23 a.m.: Editors added additional information about eight taps in the barrel room events space.
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