Michigan has been gaining steam as one of the preeminent craft beer states in the nation. Cities like Holland, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Traverse City have become destinations for those with a taste for beer. Detroit joins a few surprising cities on the list. Birmingham, Alabama was voted number one with a 63.8% increase in craft beers sales. That would not of been a first guess. Other cities were Greenville, South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, San Diego, Des Moines, Iowa and Minneapolis.

A few years ago it was hard to spend an entire afternoon cruising around on a bicycle stopping off at breweries and other restaurants trying new beers. Now it takes a few days and that is nothing to complain about. It is a great problem for a city to have.

Besides the staples like Atwater, Motor City Brewing Works, and Detroit Beer Company, there has been a few more joining the ranks lately. Batch Brewing in Corktown, Jolly Pumpkin in Midtown, and Hopcat, also in Midtown increase the options for tasting a litany of craft beers from Michigan and abroad.

This is an exciting development in Detroit’s seemingly endless efforts to reinvent itself.

Other notable spots just outside Detroit are Kuhnhenn Brewing Company and Dragonmead Microbrewery both in Warren.