Favorite Southeast Michigan Breweries

Nick Mattar

As a fan of Michigan breweries, I am always looking for a new and creative beer, as I believe it has become an art form. From the ingredients down to the naming convention and illustrations, beers are a commentary on modern-day society.

Every beer is different and every brewery has its own unique take on the budding brewery culture. Because of this, I had to select 11 breweries that represent a vast geographical area of Southeast Michigan. Not a fan of my choices? Submit your own favorites list here.

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  • 1

    Kuhnhenn Brewing

    Kuhnhenn Brewing - Chicago Road, Warren MI

    Home to two of my favorite beers (DRIPA and Fluffer), Kuhnhenn is a my vote for best brewery in Michigan, representing everything positive and creative about the industry.

  • 2

    Batch Brewing Company

    Batch Brewing Company - Porter Street, Detroit MI

    This place has the best combination of beer, food, venue, and (bonus) board games! Plus the outdoor seating is fantastic.

  • 3

    Ascension Brewing Company

    Ascension Brewing Company - Grand River Avenue, Novi MI

    This will come as a shocker to the hard-core beer fans, but this holds a special place in my heart and is home to the best beer name and illustration for you Breaking Bad fans: Heisenberg

  • 4

    Atwater Brewery & Tap House

    Atwater Brewery & Tap House - Jos Campau, Detroit MI

    Previously not on my list, this shot up into the top 4 when they expanded their menu and added a rooftop bar. Plus the nitro Decadent beer is irresistable. Those factors make one of the best breweries in Michigan.

  • 5

    Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery

    Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery - South Main Street, Ann Arbor MI

    With three locations throughout the region, I include the Ann Arbor location here since it is the largest (I think?) and I've had memorable experiences in this location.

  • 6

    Kickstand Brewing Company

    Kickstand Brewing Company - Union Lake Road, Commerce Charter Township MI

    Looks can be deceiving! This awesome Michigan brewery hides in a strip mall but has an amazing ambiance and great beer selection.

  • 7

    The Royal Oak Brewery

    The Royal Oak Brewery - East 4th Street, Royal Oak MI

    Often overshadowed by other Royal Oak breweries, this simply-named locale always has a great lager or Hefeweizen on tap.

  • 8

    Witch's Hat Brewing Company

    Witch's Hat Brewing Company - South Lafayette Street, South Lyon MI

    This little-known Michigan brewery is best known for distributing to many events and bars across the state. But if you're in South Lyon, this is a necessary stop.

  • 9

    Frankenmuth Brewery

    Frankenmuth Brewery - South Main Street, Frankenmuth MI

    Bonus points for the best Christmas Ale, Frankenmuth is not necessarily the best year-round Michigan brewery, but from October through January it's a must-see.

  • 10

    Fenton Winery & Brewery

    Fenton Winery & Brewery - North Long Lake Road, Fenton MI

    Since Fenton makes both beer and wine, the beer selection is limited but extremely high quality. Their high-gravity beers are the best.

  • 11

    Farmington Brewing Company

    Farmington Brewing Company - Grand River Avenue, Farmington MI

    I'm not a big fruit beer person, but the Blood Orange Wheat is epic and complements a classic appearance nestled in downtown Farmington.

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