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Detroit Beer Week

October 23 2013 | no comments


A lot of craft beers are being poured this week.  Detroit Beer Week celebrates this growing industry in the state.

“Michigan currently ranks number five in the country for total number of craft breweries in the country,” said Jon Piepenbrok, who works in the industry and founded the Detroit Beer Festival. “We have over 140 licensed brewers in the state.”

Piepenbrok says the goal is for the craft beer industry to become the next auto industry in Michigan.

At Green Dot Stables, located near Corktown, the handles inside the restaurant primarily pour Michigan craft beers.  Two Bell’s Brewery taps were being poured during the lunch rush on a recent visit. Bell’s Brewery is located in Kalamazoo.

“Probably 80 percent of the time, all four are Michigan (beers) but I like to throw in a California one every now and then having spent a couple of years out there,” said Green Dot Stables owner Jacques Driscoll. “I still have a little bit of love for the breweries out west.”

A charity event, “Cans for Cans” is scheduled for Thursday at the restaurant.  One dollar from every can of Michigan craft been sold will benefit Gilda’s Club, which provides support for people with cancer.

“That’s another great thing about the craft beer industry,” Piepenbrok said. “We’re very community oriented. We like to give back. We like to be a part of something. We like to thank the people who are thanking us.”

The pouring will continue this weekend. Craft beers from across the state will be featured during the annual Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival at Detroit’s Eastern Market.  The event starts Friday. Since 2009, Detroit Beer Week has produced more than 200 events at over 40 venues throughout Detroit and the immediate suburbs.

Click here to go to the Detroit Beer Week website for a list of events and more information.



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