Experience some of the best tasting beer in Michigan at these Metro Detroit breweries.
By Ri’An Jackson
Ascension Brewing Company
42000 Grand River Ave., Novi
Founded in 2015, this microbrewery offers locally-sourced beer and food that is both fresh and delicious. At the taproom, you can expect a comfortable environment, expert beer and food-making and a high-quality menu.
Black Lotus Brewing
1 E. 14 Mile Road, Clawson
Named after the mythological healing tonic, this brewery has offered high quality beer and a zen taproom for 12 years. Featuring handcrafted beers alongside hand-selected wine, high quality cocktails and spirits, and appetizing food, Black Lotus will serve you a unique and tasty beer experience.
14600 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren
Founded in 1997, this medieval-themed microbrewery offers over 40 different styles of beer alongside over 15 selections of Dragonmead wine and mead. The microbrewery specializes in crafting beers inspired by places all over the world. At the taproom, you can try a sample platter or even ask a staff member to recommend a beer based on your taste preferences. There’s also a variety of great-tasting food selections.
Exferimentation Brewing Company
7 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac
If you’re into science and beer, keep this brewery on your radar! Since 2016, the Exferimentation team has provided unique beer flavors by experimenting with various ingredients and techniques. At its comfortable taproom, you can expect to find tasty food and handmade beers served in beakers.
Founders Brewing Co.
456 Charlotte St., Detroit
At this modern brewpub that originally opened in Grand Rapids, you can indulge in creatively named craft beers that push the boundaries in taste. Also, be sure to check out the selection of beers that are exclusively served at this location.
Griffin Claw Brewing Company
575 S. Eton St., Birmingham
Although Griffin Claw Brewing Company opened in 2013, brew genius Dan Roger has been crafting beers since 1991. Visit this brewery if you want to try award-winning beer and great bar eats in a beautiful taproom.
Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery
441 W. Canfield St., Detroit
The quirky name of this brewery perfectly explains thebeer served. Since 2004, Jolly Pumpkin has been home to fun-flavored sour beers. Using Belgian brewing methods, the brewery strives for beers with complex flavors but simple ingredients. At the Detroit location, you can try one of the award-winning beers or munch on their delicious pizza.
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
36000 Groesbeck Hwy., Clinton Township
Since 1998, this brewery has produced many award-winning beers like the infamous Double Rice Indian Pale Ale (or DRIPA) that won the Gold Medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup. Here, they push the limits with their beer flavors but ensure they are still drinkable. At their new Clinton Township location, you can try one of their uniquely flavored beers and sit at the beautiful outdoor beer garden.
Roak Brewing Co.
330 E. Lincoln Ave., Royal Oak
Founded in 2015, this industrial-style taproom features creative, flavorful craft beers (like a kettle sour ale named Ice Cream Man) and a variety of food. Visitors can also enjoy live entertainment every Thursday and Sunday as well as indoor and outdoor seating.
Rochester Mills Beer Company
400 Water St., Rochester
Rochester Mills Beer Company has been providing hand-crafted lagers and ales since 1998. Inside the rustic taproom, you can enjoy tasty beer, food and live entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Woodward Avenue Brewers
22646 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
This brewpub features a cool, simple taproom alongside beer crafted by brewing expert Chris Coburnyou can enjoy delectable food and beer, play pool or use the photo booth. Every beer is also offered in a 1/2 pound to-go growler.