Craft Beer Headquarters
For years, Michigan has primarily been known as the auto capital of the world. Today however, the state can add another great industry to its resume; Craft beer. People from all over the country come to visit the mitten state to partake in what many folks are now referring to as the beer headquarters of the country. If you are tired of the same old mainstream beer brands, make sure to take a look and see what Michigan has to offer. Below we will explore new brands and established favorites in the state.
ROAK Brewing Company:
This microbrewery opens its doors on June 18th in Royal Oak. It will feature seven craft beers, deck-oven pizzas, and several small plates. A lot of buzz surrounds the new establishment considering that it has done $4 million in renovations and includes a 70-seat tap room. The company started distributing to stores and restaurants locally last month, which has given people in the community some insight to the quality drafts ROAK has to offer. ROAK also hired Mark Bommarito, an artist/sculptor, to make some unique and interesting architectural features to the bar. If you are looking for a brand new environment to drink quality Michigan craft beer, be sure to check out ROAK Brewing Company.
Rochester Mills Beer Company:
Opening its doors in 1998, this brewery first started serving its lagers and ales to the city of Rochester in Oakland Township. Today, the brand has expanded significantly. Michiganders all over the state come to visit this historic Western Knitting Mill. Rochester Mills Brewing Co. features much of the original character from the old building, giving it some rather unique qualities. Although the building is an attraction in itself, the beer is a main incentive to go. There are many brews on draft, and you can find their brand in 16 oz. cans distributed across the state.
Brown Iron Brewhouse:
With more than 60 taps and beer engines, there’s not much you can’t find at the Brown Iron Brewhouse. It offers beers, ciders, wine, and even a gluten free menu! The layout consists of a main dining hall, an outdoor bar, and an outdoor beer garden. Along with these features, the microbrewery offers classes on beer styles, brewing and club events. At Brown Iron, beer is a passion and their brewery headquarters in Washington is the perfect place to enjoy a casual evening with friends.
Griffin Claw Brewing Company:
This company is one of Michigan’s fastest growing breweries. It has 15+ drafts on tap and features a great food list. Dan Rogers is the genius behind the scenes, creating some of the best and unique concoctions in the world. He is truly a master of his trade, and the praise from competitions and beer drinkers alike confirms this. Griffin Claw has won nine gold medals for their brews in a highly competitive industry. This success has led them to expand outside of just brewing for the restaurant, but also for the public. Their brews are distributed to restaurants and liquor stores across the state. They are even featured in Joe Louis Arena, where Red Wings fans come to enjoy great hockey and refreshing beverages. If you are seeking an award winning craft beer, make sure to try this unique brand.
The craft beer industry in Michigan provides more than 57,000 jobs, generating roughly $6.6 Billion dollars
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