Outside the Atwater Brewery in Detroit, Michigan

Outside the Atwater Brewery in Detroit, Michigan

Atwater Brewery

Born in Detroit. Raised everywhere. Atwater Brewery is the largest brewery in Detroit and has been a major part of the city’s brewing tradition in the historic Rivertown District. The brewery makes unapologetic German Style Craft Lagers and Specialty Ales in our 100 year old building. The top-selling beers include the Dirty Blonde and Vanilla Java Porter. The company also has locations in Grosse Pointe Park and Grand Rapids.

History

Founded in 1997, Atwater Block Brewery made its debut in Detroit, Michigan in the historic Rivertown district. The original owner’s reasoning and focus was to bring back the Bohemian style lager that Stroh’s Brewing Company had made famous in the mid 1800’s. The passion for beer started in 1848 when the first mass produced beer was bottled in the Detroit area. So although Detroit is known for being the Motor city, at one time Michigan had more production breweries than anyone in the country. Atwater wanted to re-invent that product back in 1997 of making German style Lagers. The owners purchased a Kasper Schulz, the oldest makers of brewing equipment in the world! It was purchased at a trade show in 1996 and by 1997 Atwater was producing beer!

Mark Rieth, graduate of Michigan State University, personally invested into the brewery in 2002 and purchased the brewery outright in 2005. Rieth’s background and passion for beer took off when he lived in Boston, MA in the late 80’s. He was brewing his own Sam Adams Boston Lager knock-offs right out of his basement and sharing it at parties. With an automotive background, Rieth already had a strong understanding of the three tier system of production to distributor to consumer. He moved back to Detroit in 1997 with intent to be a part of bringing Detroit back and stumbled across Atwater. After realizing it was a German style brew house which happened to produce his favorite style of lager, Rieth knew immediately what he wanted.

Rieth purchased the brewery outright in 2005 and exponential growth soon followed. Dirty Blonde and Vanilla Java Porter quickly became front runners in the Michigan market, along with Hop-a-Peel, an American IPA, and the Bronze World Beer Cup Winner, Decadent Dark Chocolate. Atwater expanded distribution on the east coast soon after and has had great success.

Atwater currently holds true to making traditional German style lagers, along with unique boutique ales. Rieth says, “We’ve analyzed the marketplace and studied what consumers really want in a beer and have successfully provided this for them”. Atwater keeps things fun around the brewery, never taking things too seriously; a favorite slogan around here, “We drink all we can and sell the rest”. Rieth says the company recently became international when beer was shipped to Munich, Germany in a partnership with an all-American craft beer tap house. Today the brewery is thriving and expanding at its original Joseph Campau location, including a full scale Biergarten and Tap House. We recently opened Atwater in the Park which is located 8 miles from the brewery in a renovated church serving unique styles and great food, along with Atwater Spirits and Wine. Atwater in Grand Rapids opened its doors in October 2016 and is located in the renovated Rowe Hotel downtown.

Detroit Taproom

Atwater in Detroit offers a private room, dubbed the Game Room, is available to host your shower, rehearsal dinner, business meeting, presentation or holiday gathering for up to 60 guests. The Brewery room can also be reserved for larger parties and can hold up to 150 people. Combined, we can host strolling venue buy out parties for over 200 guests!

Atwater in the Park

Situated on Kercheval & Lakepointe in Grosse Pointe Park’s business district, Atwater in the Park is proudly serving handcrafted beer and spirits. A biergarten and gastropub with a unique and unorthodox dining experience, stop by and try a beer from one of our 40 taps! Housed in the former Grace United Church, Atwater in the Park brings an authentic German brewery feel and comforting pub fare to a quaint corner of Grosse Pointe Park. Atwater in the Park is the perfect location for events looking for a comfortable and contemporary atmosphere. From hosting small gatherings to full buyouts, Atwater in the Park has a variety of options for your celebration.

Atwater in the Park is located in Grosse Pointe Park in the former Grace United Church, a non-denominational church built in 1936. Voted “Best Church-Turned-Bar” by The Detroit Metro Times, this is an amazing venue to host any type of event!

Our private room, dubbed the Munich Room, is available to host your shower, rehearsal dinner, business meeting, presentation or holiday gathering for up to 40 guests. The Main Dining Hall seats 100 people and can be reserved in whole or part for large parties and wedding receptions. Our Biergarten Patio will accommodate 125 for a seated event and, combined, we can host strolling venue buy out parties for over 200 guests!

Atwater in Grand Rapids

Atwater in Grand Rapids is the newest of all the Atwater Locations. Right in the heart of downtown GR, this special brewery hosts a number of different events, including bachelor parties, corporate gatherings and wedding receptions. Whatever you need, we will accommodate!

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Inside the taproom at the Atwater Brewery location in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Inside the taproom at the Atwater Brewery location in Grand Rapids, Michigan

This brewery has multiple locations.

Detroit Taproom

  • 237 Joseph Campau St
  • Detroit, MI 48207-4107
  • United States
  • (313) 877-9205

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 12 AM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 12 AM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Atwater in the Park

  • 1175 Lakepointe St
  • Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
  • United States
  • (313) 344-5104

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Monday: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 12 AM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 12 AM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Atwater in Grand Rapids

  • 201 Michigan St. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • United States
  • (616) 649-3020

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 11 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 11 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 11 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 11 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 1 AM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 1 AM

No Brewery Tour Info

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Molson Coors Acquires Michigan’s Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Brewery Increases Production of Hard Seltzers

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