Detroit’s recent craft beer boom is great for both beer lovers and the local economy. But trying to keep all the new taprooms straight can be a bit tricky.
JOLLY PUMPKIN VS. HOPCAT
The beer started flowing this month at Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery Detroit, which is nestled down the street from Shinola, Traffic Jam & Snug and Motor City Brewing Works in Midtown.
Hopcat – Detroit, which opened last December in a historic building at the corner of Woodward and Canfield, lays claim to offering Michigan’s largest tap selection – 130 to be exact.
BEER BY BUS, BIKE OR FOOT
Get a personal escort to many of these locations through Motor City Brew Tours.
West of Downtown Detroit you’ll find the up and coming area of Corktown. The good people at Visit Detroit guided me through this historic area and helped me discovered some delicious hot spots.
Before I get into the hot spots, let me tell you a bit of Corktown history. Corktown is Detroit’s oldest neighborhood and has been established since 1834. The area received its name from the Irish settlers which were primarily from County Cork, Ireland. Although the neighborhood contains tons of newer developments, it still retains some of its original Irish flare.
You can find notable restaurants like Ottava Via, SLOWS BAR BQ and ASTRO COFFEE by driving along Michigan Avenue, but some eateries are located in more secluded areas. Green Dot Stables is not on Michigan Avenue but is worth the drive to locate. Green Dot is known for it’s delicious $2 – $3 dollar sliders and horse racing aesthetic. Every week the restaurant chooses a special mystery meat slider. This week’s special slider was alligator. I wasn’t bold enough to try it but I’ve heard it was pretty good. I would suggest ordering their Fried Chicken slider with maple syrup and the Poutine. It kind of tastes like a chicken and waffles combination.
Originally published by Visit Detroit
Marketing Director for Shinola Bridget Russo filled us in on why Detroit was the chosen city to bring Shinola to life.
‘“Shinola was created with the intention of producing a watch in the United States. Aside from some smaller watchmakers, this hasn’t been done in the U.S. in more than 40 years.
In our search for our flagship store location, we had two criteria: find a place with a rich manufacturing history and a place where we can make a difference. After visiting and meeting the people here, we saw that Detroit was clearly the place.
There’s a lot going on in the city. The many new areas of development made it challenging to decide the best spot for the flagship store. We decided that spot was Midtown, making us one of the first to join the up-and-coming shopping area on West Canfield Street.”