Autumn isn’t only perfect for finding cider mills and sweet, harvest-time desserts, it also happens to be the right time to try a new seasonal microbrew at all of the local brewpubs in the Detroit and surrounding areas. Create your own Oktoberfest by visiting these locations, all of them provide some of the best seasonal beer found in the area.
Rochester Mills Beer Co.
400 Water St.
Rochester, MI 48307
www.beercos.comA favorite spot for Rochester locals, the Mills (as it is called in the area) provides a great selection of micro-brewed beers, its own selection of beer brewed in the building and popular brands like Guinness. Much like other brewpubs, Rochester Mills offers seasonal brews, although the favorite for most is the IPA. All of the servers are very friendly and will walk you through the seasonal delights that await your anticipating palate.
The Detroit Beer Co.
Detroit, MI 48218
www.detroitbeerco.comA staple for anyone who calls himself a true Detroit local, this brewpub is one of the best within Detroit and offers a full bar on top of an extensive beer list. There are all sorts of brews to try from wheats to hops and fruity to seasonal selections that can’t be found anywhere else. Detroit Beer Company won’t disappoint the avid beer lover. Some local favorites include the Detroit Dwarf and IPA. Detroit Beer Company is located right in the middle of downtown, providing a wonderful view of the opera house and easy access to the People Mover.
Located in Midtown, Motor City Brewing Works is another excellent destination in Detroit for a night of drinking and trying micro-brew beers. Not only does it provide samples of seasonal beers and a wide selection of other staples, it also happens to have some of the best pizza that can be found in Detroit. And what is better than a beer-and-pizza combination? If you want to get the full seasonal experience, try the sampler for a taste of multiple Motor City Brewing Works brews.
14600 E. 11 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48089
www.dragonmead.comIf you’re looking for the full brewpub experience with locally made beer, then Dragonmead is a must. Voted “Best Brewery 2012” by MetroMix.com, Dragonmead is located in Warren and has won other consistent awards for its beer including the popular Ring of Fire. And who can resist beer with names like Crooked Door Pale Ale, Dragonslayer Altbier and Guinevere’s Golden Belgian Ale? Dragonmead has beers with tastes from various worldly destinations like America, Belgium, Germany, England and even a little bit of Russia.
If you’re looking for seasonal beer with a bit of the tangy and sweet taste as opposed to the traditional bitter or overly hoppy taste, then Black Lotus Brewing Company in downtown Clawson is your spot. A popular choice among the regulars is the Apricot Wheat brew. However, if looking for a heavier autumn taste, there are other selections that provide a serious hoppy bite. Black Lotus also offers an interesting menu selection including sweet potato fries and something it describes as “banana bread in a glass.”