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A glass of Night Heron from Brewery Faisan
Michelle Gerard

17 Great Breweries Worth Visiting Around Metro Detroit

A guide to the area’s top taprooms and beer gardens

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A glass of Night Heron from Brewery Faisan
| Michelle Gerard

Michigan is undoubtedly home to one of the most important brewing scenes in the country with heavy hitters like Jolly Pumpkin and Bell’s. And that tradition of great beer in a great atmosphere is very much alive in metro Detroit. The area is home to dozens of breweries and beer bars, meaning folks are never far from a good pint. Some spots like Batch Brewing Company serve excellent food in addition to ales while others, like Urbanrest in Ferndale, specialize in sours and let food trucks handle the snacks. There’s even a few meaderies in there for good measure (Yes, we know it’s technically wine. But it’s undeniably marketed to beer drinkers.) Here, Eater has assembled a guide to some of the most sought after beer halls and taprooms around metro Detroit.

A number of metro Detroit restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

‎Batch Brewing Company

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This Corktown brewery has become absolutely essential in the local brewing community as well as the Detroit hospitality industry at large. Batch is a consummate neighborhood spot that keeps dozens beers rotation and also takes care with its food — turning out everything from nachos to po’boys to shepherd’s pie stew. Currently offering service in an outdoor pavillion nicknamed the “Fauci Fieldhouse,” Batch also accepts orders for carryout. Occasionally, the brewery hosts restaurant pop-ups and supports local organizations through its Feel Good Tap program.

Brew Detroit

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This contract brewery located in an industrial building in Corktown provides larger brands with opportunities to brew at larger volumes while also turning out some special small batch beers, hard seltzer, cider, wine, and mead for its own taproom. Currently the brewery is open with both indoor and outdoor seating as well as curbside carryout. This spot does not have an onsite kitchen, so plan to grab food elsewhere.

Detroit Beer Company

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This downtown stalwart is a laidback spot to grab a beer and a meal near Tigers Stadium. The brewery primarily focuses on classic styles like ales and IPAs but also carries hard seltzer and a handful of labels from other Michigan brewers. Some indoor and outdoor seating is available as well as takeout.

Atwater Brewery

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No longer a small, local brewery, Atwater remains prominent early trendsetter in Detroit’s brewing revival. The original taproom and its larger restaurant features a rooftop patio with views of the Detroit River and the historic Rivertown Warehouse District. The brewpub does serve food, but crowd pleasers like the vanilla java porter and Dirty Blonde are the main event. Online ordering for carryout is available.

Brewery Faisan

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This Belgian-style brewery located in Island View features an expansive indoor and outdoor seating area and a robust selection of thoughtfully brewed beers ranging from witbiers to saisons to kölsch. Brewery Faisan is currently only available for curbside beer pickup with online ordering, but plans to reopen for onsite service in May 2021.

Eastern Market Brewing Co

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Eastern Market’s Brewing Company revived the prominent food neighborhood’s rich brewing tradition in 2017, with highly drinkable German-style and market-inspired beers made and served in an expansive former meat packing facility. Since then, its founders have hit the ground running, expanding to a second beerhall and food brand incubator, Ferndale Project, in 2020 — just days before the pandemic arrived in Michigan. Since then, EMBC has rolled with the punches, expanding into street seating and adding a delivery service to bring beer and other products directly to customers’ front doors.

Lagerhaus No. 5

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This Eastern Market newcomer had the unfortunate timing of opening in the middle of 2020, when many beer drinkers were still huddling inside. The brewery specializes in Belgian-style beers with a small menu of Bavarian food. Indoor and patio seating are available in addition to carryout.

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery

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Ann Arbor’s own Jolly Pumpkin has expanded significantly in the past few years to outposts both in and around Detroit. The brewery stands out as one of the few places in the U.S. making traditionally barrel-aged sours. Additionally, Jolly Pumpkin’s Cass Corridor location is known for serving some really good pizzas and truffle fries. Indoor and outdoor seating are available as well as carryout and delivery.

Pint glasses of frothy amber beer sit on trays.

Traffic Jam & Snug

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One of Detroit’s oldest brewpubs, Traffic Jam & Snug hugs the now buzzy corner of Canfield near several other prominent beer makers. The brewery features a full menu pub food menu with options like corned beef egg rolls and Club sandwiches.

Motor City Brewing Works

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Another Midtown institution, Motor City Brewing Works is known for its beer and brick oven pizzas. One of the most recognizable local labels, MCBW’s menu includes regular and seasonal beers like Ghettoblaster, as well as wines, ciders, and craft sodas. Indoor seating and outdoor enclosed and open-air seating are available. The brewpub also offers carryout with online ordering.

B. Nektar Meadery

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Ferndale is a hub of great meads. Amongst those venerable taprooms, B. Nektar stands out for its unfussy, come-as-you are aesthetics and highly drinkable carbonated honey wines. Find everything here from meads to beer to cider (and in between varieties like Cyser). Don’t overlook the Kill All the Golfers, a black tea and lemon flavored mead that will make you want to order a pitcher. The taproom is open, but folks can also take something to-go, order curbside, or bottles them shipped. The taproom doesn’t have a kitchen, but allows outside food and occasionally hosts food trucks.

Schramm's Mead

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Founder Ken Schramm literally wrote the book on mead and his knowledge shines through in each glass sold out of the Livernois brewhouse. Meads here are served still and come in flavors like blackberry, raspberry, and ginger. Due to the pandemic closure of the Nine Mile taproom, customers can order for curbside pickup only for now.

Urbanrest Brewing Company

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Wild ale brewery Urbanrest has quickly become a mainstay in Ferndale’s brewing scene since its taproom’s debut in an warehouse on the east side in 2017. Draft and growler refills of beers like the tripel-style Capitulation are available alongside rotating kombucha flavors, cider, and wine. Online ordering with contactless pickup and delivery to select metro Detroit cities are available. The brewery features outdoor seating and frequently hosts pop-ups and food trucks.

Royal Oak Brewery

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Oakland County’s oldest brewery resides in downtown Royal Oak. Here on 4th Street, beer fans can sip classics off the menu like the Suicide Blonde. Patio seating is available as is carryout.

Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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One of metro Detroit’s most prolific breweries, Griffin Claw Birmingham is a destination for a wide range of beers as well as ciders and spirits. Visit the original beer hall for fan favorites like the Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA. The beers are accompanied by solid pub food such as fish and chips, burgers, and spicy fried chicken sandwiches. The brewery’s sister restaurant, Lumen, in Detroit specializes in Belgian-style beers. Outdoor seating and takeout are available.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.

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Part brewery, part home brewing supply store, there’s a reason why craft beer heads continue to frequent Kuhnhenn. The brewery serves not only beer but also ciders and meads. Find options here like barrel-aged old brown ale, imperial creme brulee java stout, and barleywine. Indoor and patio seating are available.

Dragonmead Brewery

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One of metro Detroit’s oldest and most celebrated microbreweries, Dragonmead serves a laundry list of beers in regional Belgian, American, German, Scottish, Russian, and English styles. At 10 percent alcohol by volume, the Final Absolution Belgian tripel packs a wallop, but is worth every sip. Dragonmead now features a location in St. Clair Shores in addition to its Warren outpost. Indoor seating and to-go options are available.

‎Batch Brewing Company

This Corktown brewery has become absolutely essential in the local brewing community as well as the Detroit hospitality industry at large. Batch is a consummate neighborhood spot that keeps dozens beers rotation and also takes care with its food — turning out everything from nachos to po’boys to shepherd’s pie stew. Currently offering service in an outdoor pavillion nicknamed the “Fauci Fieldhouse,” Batch also accepts orders for carryout. Occasionally, the brewery hosts restaurant pop-ups and supports local organizations through its Feel Good Tap program.

Brew Detroit

This contract brewery located in an industrial building in Corktown provides larger brands with opportunities to brew at larger volumes while also turning out some special small batch beers, hard seltzer, cider, wine, and mead for its own taproom. Currently the brewery is open with both indoor and outdoor seating as well as curbside carryout. This spot does not have an onsite kitchen, so plan to grab food elsewhere.

Detroit Beer Company

This downtown stalwart is a laidback spot to grab a beer and a meal near Tigers Stadium. The brewery primarily focuses on classic styles like ales and IPAs but also carries hard seltzer and a handful of labels from other Michigan brewers. Some indoor and outdoor seating is available as well as takeout.

Atwater Brewery

No longer a small, local brewery, Atwater remains prominent early trendsetter in Detroit’s brewing revival. The original taproom and its larger restaurant features a rooftop patio with views of the Detroit River and the historic Rivertown Warehouse District. The brewpub does serve food, but crowd pleasers like the vanilla java porter and Dirty Blonde are the main event. Online ordering for carryout is available.

Brewery Faisan

This Belgian-style brewery located in Island View features an expansive indoor and outdoor seating area and a robust selection of thoughtfully brewed beers ranging from witbiers to saisons to kölsch. Brewery Faisan is currently only available for curbside beer pickup with online ordering, but plans to reopen for onsite service in May 2021.

Eastern Market Brewing Co

Eastern Market’s Brewing Company revived the prominent food neighborhood’s rich brewing tradition in 2017, with highly drinkable German-style and market-inspired beers made and served in an expansive former meat packing facility. Since then, its founders have hit the ground running, expanding to a second beerhall and food brand incubator, Ferndale Project, in 2020 — just days before the pandemic arrived in Michigan. Since then, EMBC has rolled with the punches, expanding into street seating and adding a delivery service to bring beer and other products directly to customers’ front doors.

Lagerhaus No. 5

This Eastern Market newcomer had the unfortunate timing of opening in the middle of 2020, when many beer drinkers were still huddling inside. The brewery specializes in Belgian-style beers with a small menu of Bavarian food. Indoor and patio seating are available in addition to carryout.

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery

Pint glasses of frothy amber beer sit on trays.

Ann Arbor’s own Jolly Pumpkin has expanded significantly in the past few years to outposts both in and around Detroit. The brewery stands out as one of the few places in the U.S. making traditionally barrel-aged sours. Additionally, Jolly Pumpkin’s Cass Corridor location is known for serving some really good pizzas and truffle fries. Indoor and outdoor seating are available as well as carryout and delivery.

Pint glasses of frothy amber beer sit on trays.

Traffic Jam & Snug

One of Detroit’s oldest brewpubs, Traffic Jam & Snug hugs the now buzzy corner of Canfield near several other prominent beer makers. The brewery features a full menu pub food menu with options like corned beef egg rolls and Club sandwiches.

Motor City Brewing Works

Another Midtown institution, Motor City Brewing Works is known for its beer and brick oven pizzas. One of the most recognizable local labels, MCBW’s menu includes regular and seasonal beers like Ghettoblaster, as well as wines, ciders, and craft sodas. Indoor seating and outdoor enclosed and open-air seating are available. The brewpub also offers carryout with online ordering.

B. Nektar Meadery

Ferndale is a hub of great meads. Amongst those venerable taprooms, B. Nektar stands out for its unfussy, come-as-you are aesthetics and highly drinkable carbonated honey wines. Find everything here from meads to beer to cider (and in between varieties like Cyser). Don’t overlook the Kill All the Golfers, a black tea and lemon flavored mead that will make you want to order a pitcher. The taproom is open, but folks can also take something to-go, order curbside, or bottles them shipped. The taproom doesn’t have a kitchen, but allows outside food and occasionally hosts food trucks.

Schramm's Mead

Founder Ken Schramm literally wrote the book on mead and his knowledge shines through in each glass sold out of the Livernois brewhouse. Meads here are served still and come in flavors like blackberry, raspberry, and ginger. Due to the pandemic closure of the Nine Mile taproom, customers can order for curbside pickup only for now.

Urbanrest Brewing Company

Wild ale brewery Urbanrest has quickly become a mainstay in Ferndale’s brewing scene since its taproom’s debut in an warehouse on the east side in 2017. Draft and growler refills of beers like the tripel-style Capitulation are available alongside rotating kombucha flavors, cider, and wine. Online ordering with contactless pickup and delivery to select metro Detroit cities are available. The brewery features outdoor seating and frequently hosts pop-ups and food trucks.

Royal Oak Brewery

Oakland County’s oldest brewery resides in downtown Royal Oak. Here on 4th Street, beer fans can sip classics off the menu like the Suicide Blonde. Patio seating is available as is carryout.

Griffin Claw Brewing Company

One of metro Detroit’s most prolific breweries, Griffin Claw Birmingham is a destination for a wide range of beers as well as ciders and spirits. Visit the original beer hall for fan favorites like the Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA. The beers are accompanied by solid pub food such as fish and chips, burgers, and spicy fried chicken sandwiches. The brewery’s sister restaurant, Lumen, in Detroit specializes in Belgian-style beers. Outdoor seating and takeout are available.

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Co.

Part brewery, part home brewing supply store, there’s a reason why craft beer heads continue to frequent Kuhnhenn. The brewery serves not only beer but also ciders and meads. Find options here like barrel-aged old brown ale, imperial creme brulee java stout, and barleywine. Indoor and patio seating are available.

Dragonmead Brewery

One of metro Detroit’s oldest and most celebrated microbreweries, Dragonmead serves a laundry list of beers in regional Belgian, American, German, Scottish, Russian, and English styles. At 10 percent alcohol by volume, the Final Absolution Belgian tripel packs a wallop, but is worth every sip. Dragonmead now features a location in St. Clair Shores in addition to its Warren outpost. Indoor seating and to-go options are available.

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