Brew Detroit to open tap room

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Brew Detroit is a collaborative brewery that makes suds for a variety of local beer makers. In the next few weeks, the facility will open up a tap room and begin serving original Brew Detroit beverages.

A long time in the making, Brew Detroit's bar will have 10 rotating taps of its own beer, which can't be purchased anywhere else.

"It's great for us because we're not a brand," says Brew Detroit's Erika Brockberg. "You won't find Brew Detroit in retail at all, at least not yet."

Brew Detroit is a massive 68,000-square-foot contract brewery that opened in 2012. It makes products for Atwater Brewing and Kid Rock's American Badass Beer. Brockberg says, though, that the Brew Detroit beer will be "a really creative, small, two barrel system."

Brockenberg says the new tap room will offer seasonal beers that are always changing. The bar area is spacious with seating for around 150. It'll have a shuffleboard table, couches, table and bar seating.

"It's a pretty big bar," says Brockberg, who is Brew Detroit's director of retail operations. "To make the furniture, bar and bar top we used reclaimed wood from our shipping pallets from our brew house. It's all German and Italian wood. It has a raw, industrial vibe. You can tell you're in a brewery."

Brew Detroit's tap room, 1401 Abbot in Detroit, doesn't have a concrete opening date, but could start serving in the next few weeks.

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Melody Baetens