The Detroit Beer Experiment

Five Breweries Collaborate on New Fall Beer Tradition

Five Detroit breweries have kicked off a new fall tradition with a collaborative beer release.

The project name is a nod to the 2003 release of a musical collaboration – The Detroit Experiment – between Detroit musicians Carl Craig, Marcus Belgrave, Bernie Maupin, Geri Allen, and Regina Carter that combined jazz and electronic music.

Atwater Brewery, Batch Brewing Company, Brew Detroit, Detroit Beer Company, and Motor City Brewing Works decided to celebrate camaraderie with a collaborative release just in time for the Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market.

The inaugural release is a Weizenbock – a dark wheat-based beer of Bock strength, at approximately 6.5 – 8.0% ABV.

Each brewery crafted its own recipe using the same strain of Michigan-grown Magnum hops from Hop Head Farms in Hickory Corners.

“It’s been a great way to honor the collaborative spirit that was the origin of the Guild, and very much about how the Detroit brewing community works as a whole,” says Dan Scarsella, co-owner and brew master at Motor City Brewing Works.

Justin Riopelle, head brewer at Detroit Beer Company adds: “After 12 years of brewing beer in the city of Detroit, Detroit Beer Company is thrilled to be working together with all of our friends at the other Detroit breweries. It’s a fun way to showcase the great beer made in this city.”

“We’re excited to see the Detroit brewing scene become even more collaborative, especially since each one of these breweries helped us get our doors open,” says Stephen Roginson, founder and head brewer at Batch Brewing Company. “It’s a tight-knit community of great brewers that was just begging for a project like this.”

Each brewery will be serving its own version beginning October 19th, and all breweries will have it on hand at the Eastern Market Fall Festival on October 23-24. Tickets are still available for Friday while Saturday as already sold out.


Atwater in the Park
1175 Lakepointe Street
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

Batch Brewing Company
1400 Porter Street
Detroit, MI 48216

Brew Detroit
1401 Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48216

Detroit Beer Company
1529 Broadway Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Motor City Brewing Works
470 W Canfield Street
Detroit, MI 48201

Hop Head Farms
4630 W Hickory Road
Hickory Corners, MI 49060

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