Detroit City Distillery, Food Truck Ordinance, & More Metro Detroit Dining News

Here are a few of the latest food and drink headlines you need to know this June
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Detroit City Distillery represented Motown well in San Francisco, with these bourbons and a rye. // Photograph courtesy of Detroit City Distillery

Detroit City Distillery Takes Home Three Gold Medals from World Spirits Competition

Eastern Market drinking destination Detroit City Distillery won big at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition in April. Butcher’s Cut Bourbon (a high-rye bourbon made from organic corn and rye from Washtenaw County and a blend of barley malts) and Homegrown Rye (a classic rye whiskey made from organic rye from Washtenaw County) won Double Gold medals — the highest honor bestowed by the competition. It was the second Double Gold for Homegrown Rye, which also won in 2020. In addition, DCD’s newly released Four Grain Bourbon (made from four different Michigan grains) earned Gold. “Bringing home three golds for our three whiskies is like sweeping the Olympics in the spirits business,” says Michael Forsyth, co-owner of Detroit City Distillery. “We go against the top distilleries from across the globe, some of whom are much bigger and more well known than we are.” Forsyth also noted the Great Lakes State is home to “the freshest water in the world and some of the most diverse agricultural production in America. When you combine that with our Detroit work ethic, it’s the right ingredients to make some of the best whiskey in the world.”

Local Breweries Join Global Brew for Ukraine Effort

Shortly after the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Taras Maselko of Pravda craft brewery in Lviv called on beer peers around the world to stand with Ukraine by making one of Pravda’s signature beers for charity. The brewery shared its recipes on Facebook to inspire others to join the Brew for Ukraine campaign, which launched on March 8. Southeast Michigan breweries that have joined the effort include Batch Brewing Co. in Detroit; Bearded Lamb Brewing Co. in Plymouth; Eastern Market Brewing Co. in Detroit; HomeGrown Brewing Co. in Oxford; and River’s Edge Brewing Co. in Milford.

Beloved Hamtramck Bakery Closes Up Shop

Next Paczki Day you might have to find a new place to get your sugary jelly donut fix. After nearly 50 years in business, the Hamtramck bakery staple New Martha Washington closed its doors in April. Sunca Bakic, who goes by Sandy, has reportedly cited medical issues in the family as reason for the closure. Her parents have owned the bakery since 1973.

New Food Festival Coming to Royal Oak This Summer

A festival dedicated to tacos will take place during Fourth of July weekend in Royal Oak. The Royal Oak Taco Fest will showcase more than 35 food vendors. The family-friendly event will feature activities for all ages — including bounce houses and face painting — at the Kids Zone as well as action-packed entertainment with lucha libre wrestling. For more information, go to royaloaktacofest.com.

Detroit Rolls Out New Food Truck Ordinance

The popularity of food trucks has soared in recent years, and the pandemic only further drove demand as in-person dining came to a halt. But regulations have not kept pace with the growth, leaving many food truck vendors across the country, including in Detroit, frustrated. On April 30, an overhauled policy took effect that expands the footprint for food trucks, allowing them to go beyond downtown and into the neighborhoods.


This story is from the June 2022 issue of Hour Detroit. Read more in the digital edition.  

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