Cheers: 20 years of beer for Motor City Brewing Works

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Long before Detroit and Michigan were serious contenders in the craft beer world, Motor City Brewing Works was pouring pints of locally made and regionally loved beer in the Cass Corridor.

To celebrate the 20-year mark, the microbrewery is having a “Canniversary” celebration. MCBW’s flagship brew, Ghettoblaster, is making its debut in a can, and will be sold in 15 packs featuring a case design by Detroit’s world-renowned pop artist Glenn Barr.

There will be a free outdoor party, too. On the evening of Aug. 1, local beer and music will intertwine with a concert at New Center Park, 2990 W. Grand Blvd. Hear sets by longstanding garage rock trio the Hentchmen and electronic/pop/R&B indie darling Tunde Olaniran. Between and after the live music, dance to tunes spun by DJs from People’s Records.

Even if you can’t make the party, pop into Motor City Brewing Works at 470 W. Canfield this summer and have a pint of Ghettoblaster, Nut Brown Ale, Honey Porter or the housemade cider, wine or soda. MCBW also serves some of the best brick oven pizzas in the city.

More chain restaurants come to downtown Detroit

Sandwich lovers have a new option when the first Which Wich opens in downtown Detroit at 645 Griswold in the Penobscot Building on Sept. 7. Known for highly customizable subs and salads, the first Metro Detroit Which Wich opened in Grosse Pointe in April. Besides the obvious, Which Wich also has a vegan menu, shakes and interesting sandwich toppings like potato chips, pineapple and Cheez Whiz.

Fast-casual restaurant chain Panera Bread will open its first Detroit location early next year in the GM Renaissance Center. The cafe and bakery will cover 4,429 square feet on Level A of the GM Wintergarden and will seat more than 70. This Panera location will be high-tech, with mobile payment features, fast-lane kiosks, advance ordering and other accommodations for busy people.

Food & beverage events

Michigan Brewers Guild’s 2015 Summer Beer Festival at Riverside Park: Sample from 800 products from 80 Michigan breweries at this popular annual beer fest. 5-9 p.m. Fri. and 1-6 p.m. Sat. $35-$40 in advance, $40-$45 at the gate. W. Cross and N. Huron, Ypsilanti.

Ramen Battle at Slurping Turtle: Chef Takashi Yagihashi is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Slurping Turtle in Ann Arbor by challenging some of the most applauded chefs in the area to a ramen battle. Luciano Del Signore (Bacco), Andy Hollyday (Selden Standard), James Rigato (the Root), Eve Aronoff (Frita Batidos) and Slurping Turtle’s own Tadashi Nagura will try to win the favor of the guests by making the best ramen dish. The winning chef gets $2,000 to donate to a charity of his or her choice. The event also features hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. 4 p.m. Sun. $70. 608 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. Buy tickets at

Hockeytown BrewHaHa Fowling and Feasting at Joe Louis Arena: Local and regional craft beer tasting paired with seasonal dishes, plus fowling with members of Detroit’s Fowling Warehouse. 6-10 p.m. July 31. $47.50. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit.

Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week: Some events in this week-long celebration include a Short’s rooftop garden party, pub crawl and brewery vs. brewery events. July 31-Aug. 7. Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

Dine out for Hunger at Trattoria da Luigi: Dining profits will be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank’s 2015 Hunger Free Summer, and Citizens Bank will double the fundraising effort. It’s also the restaurant’s two-year anniversary. 4-8 p.m. Aug. 3. 415 S. Washington, Royal Oak. (248) 542-4444.

Ribs and R&B Music Festival at Hart Plaza: Celebrating 20 years this summer, this annual event brings barbeque experts from across the country to compete for the titles of “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce.” Aug. 7-9. Free. Jefferson at Woodward, Detroit.

Vegan food and wine pairing at Cacao Tree Cafe: This raw food cafe in Royal Oak is teaming up with the Clean Plate club for a multi-course tasting of vegan dishes and wine. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 17. $40. 204 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (586) 843-3690.

Cider Dayze Festival at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill: This first festival features some of Michigan’s best hard cider makers, plus craft beer, bands and games like barrel races, apple bobbling, beer stein hold and more. Aug. 29 and 30. $30 one day, $45 both days (price goes up $5-$10 after June 29). $5 shuttle from Ferndale available. 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada.

Melody Baetens