A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to Detroit. The word has ignorantly spread stating that the city has decayed horribly. I think Detroit has more life than the bare eye can understand. There is proudness in the people; the way they move and talk when refereeing to their hometown goes beyond patriotic. I realize that there is more than abandoned buildings or pretty parks in Detroit…it’s the people who make the city.
A few reasons to go to Detroit:
Atwater Brewing Company
As I parked my car outside a factory-like building…I was not sure that we had arrived to the place marked by the GPS as Atwater Brewing. As I parked, a ‘pompous’ touristy like couple arrived at the same time as we did but quickly panicked at the site and returned to their car…the place did give an air of shadiness, construction/alley feel…At first, we didn’t see any signs of a tap room or pub, so we began to explore our way inside…I didn’t travel half way across the state ‘not’ to drink an Atwater beer. As we imagined, the building entrance was hidden on the opposite side of what seemed the main entrance. I do not know if they’ve been remodeling, but what we entered as ‘Atwater Brewing Company’ was this huge concrete storage room packed to the roof with crates of beer…in other words, ‘beer paradise’. As we walked thru the tall structures of beer boxes of ‘Dirty Blonde’ and ‘Vanilla Java Porter’, we heard faint rumors of music and laughter. As we approached to what seemed like a provisional bar, we sat on a long table with some ‘hipster’ like chaps, and we drank some wonderful beer. People where friendly and eager to drink, and why not, the beer was fantastic. As I always do, I ordered the house IPA and later, the famously known Vanilla Java Porter…people have come to recognize this as a fantastic brew, and I have to agree. It is quite great…
As the drinks settled in our systems, we realized that we should keep drinking/moving, so we headed downtown for another beer.
Detroit Brewing Co.
As we parked the car in a possible ticket zone, we saw the shining beautiful sign of the Detroit Brewery Co. calling us forth. I had come here a year before to witness the Tigers get whooped by the New York Yankees. The place was equally packed as back then, but no game was scheduled… once again I didn’t try several beers that I would have liked to. The beer was good (though I am easily satisfied when it comes to alcohol), and people seem to love it. The Local 1529 IPA was my first pick and it did not disappoint, I also had some of the Detroit Red. By this point I was completely buzzed and ready for the main attraction of the night...anyways, if you want to have a great meal and some amazing drinks, you should go visit Detroit Brewing Co., it will not disappoint.
As we drove towards the main attraction of our trip, we realized that moving thru Detroit is so much easier than expected. We parked and went inside the Stadium. I wish I could come see a hockey game, but today was not the case. As we sat waiting for MUSE to come out and perform, we realized that the only negative experience in our trip was paying 7$ for a shitty Coors Light…but when the tongue is on fire, you need anything to put it out. We recognized some of our hipster friends from Atwater, and even some familiar faces from Detroit Brewing, but then again, alcohol makes you see things that you later won’t remember. MUSE was better than expected…the visual aspects of their show was phenomenal.
Come to Detroit, there is so much to do…