|The Motor City Brewing Works, Detroit, Michigan|
The first thing that I noticed about the place was its interesting aesthetic blend: the exterior had a certain modernity to it while the interior was reminiscent of a welcoming local Midwestern watering hole. Initially, we were seated upstairs in the outdoor eating area. As it was lunch time, there was a considerable wait for interior seating and so we took advantage of the opportunity to sit down right away. As soon as we reached the upstairs section, we realized why there were tables open. The weather that day was beautiful but also scorching; by that point, the temperature was hovering around ninety. The only seats available were those not covered by umbrellas or located in the shade of the building. Being that we were exceedingly hungry and thirsty, we decided just to suck it up.
The first thing that I looked at was the beer menu (pictured right). My palette was raised to full attention by the descriptions of the beers and the sight of so many people enjoying brews in their shaded utopias. I felt like a shipwrecked sailor, stranded on a deserted island--thirsting desperately for some sort of liquid sustenance while watching a cruise ship filled with intoxicated tipplers passing by, the tiny umbrellas in their fruity libations twirling in their fingers. In short: I wanted a beer.
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Still, the place was packed and nearly everyone had at least a pint in front of them. The beer might not have bowled me over but it had obviously generated enough of a buzz to fill the place in the early afternoon, so I'm chalking it up as just something that didn't mesh well with my palette.
I'm giving the Motor City Brewing Works a grade of B+ because of its solid food, decent beer, and great drinking environment. Given the popularity of the beers with locals, I'm convinced that I just didn't enjoy them under the optimal conditions. Overall, we had a great time and it's definitely a place that I would go back to if I found myself in Detroit. I would definitely recommend scoping it out.
Nut Brown Ale
Hard Cider (non-beer)
For further information on the Motor City Brewing Works, please visit their official website here
--Beer Whisperer Matt