Westborn, Atwater Brewery team up for exclusive release

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the name of the artist who designed the label.

Pursell Station Ale will be available Labor Day weekend.

Detroit’s Atwater Brewery is collaborating with Westborn Market to brew Pursell Station Ale, a private-label brew that will be of limited supply.

Described as “sweet, and tart, crisp and clean,” the American wheat beer, brewed with apricot, is named after the original name of the U.S. Post Office building that the Plymouth Westborn Market is housed in.

Pursell Station Ale will be sold starting Labor Day weekend only at Atwater’s Detroit tap house and at Westborn Market locations in Dearborn, Berkley, Livonia and Plymouth. Only 40 barrels will be produced for now, making enough for about 400 six-packs.

“At this point, there are no plans to produce another batch,” said Westborn Markets co-owner Austin Anusbigian in a press release.

The label, featuring an 1900s-era postman, was designed by Tony Roko, whose work can be seen on other Atwater beers. Coincidentally, Roko is a Plymouth resident and regular customer at Westborn Market.

“Westborn is one of Detroit’s longest-running, independently owned markets,” said Atwater sales manager Matt Trautman in a press release, saying the collaboration was a “no brainer,” with Atwater's history in the city.

Atwater will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sept. 16 with a Bloktoberfest Celebration at the brewery at 237 Jos Campau in Detroit. No tickets are required for the daylong party, which will have a special beer tapping, plus live music, German food and games.


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