470 W. Canfield
Detroit Michigan 48201United States
A 17-year-old brewery in the heart of Detroit serves up homemade brews and locally sourced casual fare in an artsy, eclectic setting.
Despite Detroit's perceived urban blight, Motor City Brewing Works, the state's second oldest microbrewery, is a bastion of shiny, well-landscaped prosperity. Located in a renovated loft area, the brewery's large vats are second string to an eclectic decor featuring poured concrete counters, mosaic walls, wrought-iron skylights and plenty of local art. While the beer is impeccable, especially the Detroit-themed Ghetto blaster, its diminutive menu composed of Eastern Market-sourced items is equally fine. Vast, garden-fresh leafy salads studded with grape tomatoes, red onion and goat cheese are a steal at $4, and the brewery also boasts a wood-burning pizza oven. While it's tough to make a choice, diners can't go wrong with a lamb-studded Greek-themed pizza that marries Mediterranean tang with a delicate, salty crust. Coupled with Motor City's pale ale, it's a locavore dream of a lunch. Later, climb up the red metal steps to the brewery's deck, where herbs planted in beer barrels rest aside comfortable tables and wicker couches. It's a cozy, hidden respite in the heart of downtown. Salads from $4; pizzas from $8.