By Liz Parker

Detroit and its surrounding areas have a plethora of breweries and bars, which makes for a perfect backdrop when spoiling the dad in your life like crazy. So, where’s the best place to take Dad on Father’s Day? Read on to find out.

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Atwater Brewery
237 Joseph Campau St.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 877-9205

Atwater Brewery is well-known for its beers, but it also has a great food and cocktails menu. Try the Vanilla Java Porter or Dirty Blonde beer, two customer favorites, and make sure to grab either some pizza, a hot dog, or its bite-sized soft pretzel nuggets, which can be addicting. Atwater also has free parking for customers, in front.

Griffin Claw Brewing Company
575 S. Eton St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 712-4050

Griffin Claw is tucked away on a side street, about a mile from downtown Birmingham, and has a diverse selection of beer, as well as food. If you take Dad during happy hour, too, you can even save a few bucks – select beers are on sale, and you can order some $5 sliders, as well, or even potstickers. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, and although the brewery has its own parking lot, it tends to get crowded, so you may have to search for street parking nearby.

Kuhnhenn Brewing Taproom
36000 Groesbeck Parkway
Clinton Township., MI 48035
(586) 231-0249
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Kuhnhenn Brewing is a bit of a hidden gem – because it’s in Clinton Township (with another location in Warren, too), it sometimes gets overlooked, but really shouldn’t be, as both the alcohol and food menus are fantastic. You can choose a glass of beer, wine, or mead, or even do a flight, and you can even combine types of alcohol in your flight (ie, 3 ciders and 2 beers, etc.). Food options include duck fat fries, “the wurst platter” (various types of bratwurst), and a stadium pretzel so large that it comes in its own pizza box.

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Batch Brewing Company
1400 Porter St.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 338-8008

Batch Brewing Company is located in Corktown, at the corner of 8th and Porter St. Its list of beers on tap is extensive, and it also has a great food menu, including things like arancini, a Cuban sandwich, chicharrones, and even (seasonal) bread pudding. All food can be ordered at the register when ordering drinks, as well. Batch also created an initiative called the Feelgood Tap, in which a beer is created every month to honor a nonprofit with whom Batch partners; the nonprofit then receives a portion of the profit from the beer.

ROAK Brewing Co.
330 E. Lincoln Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 268-8780

If your dad is a hipster and/or likes a bar with interesting decor, check out ROAK, opened in June 2015, which is located just outside of downtown Royal Oak. ROAK brews its own beer, and also has a food menu, including pizza, salad, paninis, and appetizers. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, and plenty of parking on-site. ROAK also gives back to the community: all of the proceeds from its Devil Dog Oatmeal Stout is donated to the local VA hospital, and the brewery often chooses other charities to partner with, too, such as The Boys and Girls Club, The Michigan Humane Society, and The Royal Oak Nature Society.

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