Holiday Spirits

Ah the holidays. Eating, drinking and being merry. If you are entertaining guests or just find yourself with a little extra time this holiday season, I have put together some great local breweries that will be sure to keep you jolly!

It really does not matter what area of Michigan you are in, you are close to a great beer. The infamous Atwater Brewery, Frankenmuth Brewery and Motor City Brewing Works are surrounded by other local legends. In no ranking order, and by no means a complete list, below are some highly regarded breweries in Oakland/Macomb Counties and a little bit about what makes them so special!

Macomb County

  • Sherwood Brewing Company – Located on Hayes Rd in a plaza might be the last place you would think you would find an authentic brewery. Think again! All beer, wine and soda are made in house. Menu has something for everyone and my personal favorite, Spinach and Artichoke salad paired with their house Blondde Ale.
  • Dragonmead Microbrewery – You can literally find their beer everywhere! If you are looking for a unique atmosphere, head to 11 Mile in Warren where you find beer from American Ales to winter season Norwegian Jul Ol Christmas Ale. Visit their website for full descriptions of their available beers, very handy for those who need a little help choosing!
  • Other Must See’s – Kuhnhenn Brewing, Falling Down Beer Co.

    Oakland County

    • Black Lotus – This brewery has a philosophy that goes beyond! “Think Global, Drink Local” is a way of life for Black Lotus. Dedicated to serving its patrons and community with killer bar food and seasonal beers that have to be experienced. Located with the unique address of 1 E. 14 Mile Road, this Clawson brewery should not be missed.
    • Rochester Mills Beer Company – Right in the heart of Rochester lays a brewpub with an atmosphere as comforting as the food and drink. Great bands, pool tables, a sprawling bar and great made in house craft beers!

    Other Must See’s – Woodward Avenue Brewers, Griffin Claw, 51 North, Royal Oak Brewery, Bastone Brewery.

    Please always remember, don’t drink and drive

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