All across the nation, young adults are getting into a trend that seems to be growing each and every year: Craft beer. Michigan itself is home to some of the finest and most well-respected craft beer brewers in the United States. From Bell’s and Founders outside of Detroit, to the Detroit Beer Company and Dragonmead Microbrewery right here in the city. Some of the best places to pick up these beers are the breweries themselves, complete with restaurant and taste pairings, but sometimes, you just want a place to pick up your craft beer fix. Here’s the best of both!
Beer Baron
19610 Middlebelt Road
Livonia, MI 48152
(248) 987-6563

Voted as Metro Detroit’s Best Craft Beer Store by a number of local sources, the Beer Baron in Livonia is the absolute best one-stop-shop for all things involving craft beer. Since 1945, back when they were just a country market located back on 8 Mile in Detroit, the Beer Baron has focused all their attention and time to providing locals with the best top-notch craft beer Michigan has to offer. With nearly any beer available that you can think of, Beer Baron has the craft beer you want. And if they don’t, just ask and they’ll get it for you!

Cloverleaf Fine Wine & Craft Beer
711 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 357-0400

Royal Oak is home to some of the best bars and beer houses in all of Southeastern Michigan, with a nightlife that is called one of the best in the state. Cloverleaf Fine Wine & Craft Beer offers locals the absolute best local selection of craft beer that you could be looking for. But they don’t just stock the best local craft beers either; Cloverleaf Fine Wine & Craft Beer has some of the most exclusive and sought-after craft beers from all around the world, too. Stop by and see for yourself!

Dragonmead Microbrewery
14600 E. 11 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48089
(586) 776-9428

Dragonmead Microbrewery is known throughout the land as being the best producer of one thing: A fine variety of amazing craft beers. There are so many different types of craft beer that Dragonmead makes, the only real way to enjoy them is to sample them all down at their flagship location. It’s also the only place to go to ensure that you get your pick of the best selection and see what is available right from the source. Best of all, the brewery is now open all week long, so stop by whenever you want!

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(The Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor location is right in the city's downtown. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro)

(The Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor location is right in the city’s downtown. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro)

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
311 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 913-2730

In the world of craft beer and food pairings, there are few in the Detroit area that compare to Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Centered in Dexter, but more famous for their storefront in Ann Arbor’s downtown, Jolly Pumpkin’s craft beer is the kind that you can’t truly enjoy without the food that was meant to be shared with it. Pick up some of their beer for your next dinner party to give your guest a true craft beer experience.

(Detroit Beer Company in Detroit. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro)

(Detroit Beer Company in Detroit. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro)

Detroit Beer Company
1529 Broadway
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-1529

Located smack right in the heart of downtown Detroit is the Detroit Beer Company. Loved by all Detroiters, whether they are new to the Motor City, or long time residents, this craft beer brewery won over fans right away when they came into town. Their main location in downtown Detroit offers plenty of beers on tap, as well as beer to go, too. There’s really nothing like being right at the brewery itself to pick out the best and most prized beers to take home with you, so if you’re interested in getting a good craft beer in the middle of Detroit, why not go right to the source itself!

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at