After 13 years of brewing and serving craft beer Downriver, Lincoln Park's Fort Street Brewery plans to close at the end of July. 

Earlier this month brew master Ryan Walker posted a statement from owner Pete Romain announcing the brewery would shorten hours and menu offerings while remaining open to sell the last of the beer. 

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years and also hope that you will continue to support us 'til the very end," said Romain in his statement. He took responsibility for the closing, adding that "apparently we did not do a great job with keeping up with the times and allowed more new and exciting places to pass us by." 

Walker points to the I-75 construction as one of the reasons for loss of sales. He says the plan is to stay open until late July while serving a limited food menu of pizza and sandwiches. A new cask will be tapped each Thursday night. 

Fort Street Brewery also plans to participate one last time in the annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival July 27-28 at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. 

Fort Street Brewery is at 1660 Fort, Lincoln Park. Hours are 3-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 1-10 p.m. Sat. and 1-9 p.m. Sun. Call (313) 389-9620.

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