9 Beers from Metro Detroit Breweries to Try This Winter

Check out brews from Royal Oak Brewery, Drafting Table, Griffin Claw Brewing Co., and more
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Michigan Fluff photograph courtesy of Urbanrest Brewing Co.

Looking for a new go-to drink this winter? We recommend checking out these seasonal beers, which are crafted by metro Detroit breweries using locally sourced ingredients.

Urbanrest Brewing Co.’s Fluff Monster series

Based off its best-selling Fluff Monster IPA (6 percent ABV), Urbanrest also offers a Double Fluff Monster (7.7 percent ABV) and Triple Fluff Monster (9.5 percent ABV). The original Fluff Monster features notes of Seville oranges and lemon-lime slushies. The double is reminiscent of ripe citrus fruit and pineapple, while the triple has notes of passionfruit and tropical gushers. The brewery is currently open for curbside pickup, contactless delivery, and outdoor patio service. Urbanrest Brewing Co., 2615 Wolcott St., Ferndale; 313-389-6439; urbanrest.com

Roak Brewing Co.’s Blow Your Face Out 

Dark, piney, and tropical, and with a 10.5 percent ABV, Blow Your Face Out is a double IPA from Roak Brewing Co. The Royal Oak brewery chose this beer’s name because it’s so hoppy, it’s sure to blow you away. Roak is open for carryout orders, and Blow Your Face Out is available in four-packs of 12 oz bottles and draught. Roak Brewing Co., 330 E Lincoln Ave, Royal Oak; 248-268-8780; roakbrewing.com

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Buzz Blanket photograph courtesy of Drafting Table

Drafting Table’s Buzz Blanket

On the sweeter side of things, Drafting Tables’ Buzz Blanket is made from lactose and coffee from High Grounds Trading Co. in Traverse City. This cream stout, which is available for curbside pickup at the brewery, has a 7 percent ABV and a sweet, latte-like flavor profile. Drafting Table, 49438 Pontiac Trail, Wixom; 248-956-7279; draftingtablebeer.com

Rivers Edge Brewery’s Bucktrout Brown Cocoa Lager 

Made with all-natural, liquid cocoa, this 5 percent ABV lager has an earthy and spicy flavor profile with a malty sweetness. Rivers Edge brews its beers right in the heart of Milford. Customers can place online orders for 64 oz. or 32 oz. of Bucktrout Brown for curbside pickup on the Rivers Edge website. Rivers Edge Brewing Co., 125 S Main St. Suite 400, Milford; 248-685-1625; riversedgebrew.com

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Axiom photograph by Chuck Nowak

Brewery Faisan’s Axiom

This Belgian style witbier has a 4.3 percent ABV. Selling 16 oz. cans through curbside pickup, Brewery Fiasan’s new release features subtle notes of cranberry, orange peel, and cardamom. The light and refreshing neutral beer goes with all types of food. Brewery Faisan, 1087 Beaufait St., Detroit; 313-290-2987; breweryfaisan.com

Royal Oak Brewery’s Jeremy Altbier

This altbier balances malt flavoring with authentic, high-quality German hops. With a 6.5 percent ABV, the Jeremy Altbier is a fan favorite from Royal Oak Brewery. Known as Oakland County’s oldest brewpub, the brewery’s patio is open for service and to-go beers are available for purchase. Royal Oak Brewery, 215 E. Fourth St. Royal Oak; 248-544-1141; royaloakbrewery.com

Loaded Dice’s The Birth of the Fat King

Paying tribute to Elvis Presley, The Birth of The Fat King is released each year in January to celebrate Elvis’ birthday, and again in August on the anniversary of his death. With an ABV of 6.7 percent, this traditional German wheat ale shakes things up with subtle hints of bacon and banana. During the pandemic, $6 cans are available for purchase through the brewery. Loaded Dice Brewery, 1725 Rochester Road, Troy; 248-602-0996; loadeddicebrewery.com

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Conflict of Interest photograph courtesy of Griffin Claw

Griffin Claw Brewing Co.’s Conflict of Interest

Juicy with fruity, tropical notes, this New England style IPA has a 6 percent ABV. The brewers use Nelson Sauvin hops, known for adding grape-like flavoring to beers. Griffin Claw — which was named last year’s No. 1 Brewery by Best of Detroit voters — offers this beer in pint sizes, as well as in flights or growlers to-go. Griffin Claw Brewing Co., 575 S. Eton St., Birmingham; 248-712-4050; griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Third Monk Brewing Co.’s Big Gretch American Stout

Named after Michigan’s governor, this American stout was originally released in the summer following the state-wide lockdown. Third Monk Brewing Co., which is currently offering to-go growlers, brought back this beer for the new year to show its continued support of Whitmer. With a 5.1 percent ABV, this stout is made using local ingredients. Third Monk Brewing Co., 228 S. Lafayette St., South Lyon; 248-278-6366; thirdmonkbrewingco.com

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