Raise a glass to Glenn Frey Thursday in Royal Oak

Dawn Riffenburg
The Detroit News

As the Eagles song says, "You can't hide your lyin' eyes," and a Royal Oak brewpub doesn't want to hide them either.

Royal Oak is ready to pay tribute Thursday to Glenn Frey, the city-bred Eagles co-founder who died last month at age 67.

Beginning Thursday, you can drive down the newly renamed Glenn Frey Drive and then taste a beer named in his honor. Roak Brewing Co.
330 E Lincoln Ave., is naming an English golden ale "Lyin' Eyes" in tribute to the rocker. Roak will serve up the beer during an after-party following the unveiling of the new street name.

The ale registers 4.5 ABV and 20 IBUs, so those enjoying it can really take it easy.

"It's easy for anyone to drink, and it pairs well with any food," said Roak manager Kerrie Sursely.

Glenn Frey of the Eagles performs during the 41st Annual Country Music Association Awards, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn.

The Royal Oak School Board voted earlier this month to rename part of Willis Avenue after Frey, who graduated in 1966 from Dondero High, which now is Royal Oak Middle School. The street running along its south side between N. West Street and N. Washington Avenue now will be known as Glenn Frey Drive.

The unveiling ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. in front of Frey’s alma mater. Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison and school officials will be joined by Roak co-owner John Leone for the unveiling, and then the party travels to the brewpub.

The brewpub is open regular hours Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight, and WCSX’s Doug Podell will broadcast live from 3-7 p.m. The radio station WCSX-FM met with city officials and the Royal Oak School Board to rename the stretch, representatives for owner Greater Media Detroit said.