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Atwater Brewery

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32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 25.95%
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 4,233
Beer Avg: 3.33
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

237 Joseph Campau
Detroit, Michigan, 48207
United States
phone: (313) 877-9205

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @atwaterbeer

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(Place added by: Todd on 12-20-2006)
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Reviews by guityler83:
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3.64/5  rDev +6.1%

An accidental find while going to a Red Wings game in Detroit, Atwater was right around the corner from a pub that had a shuttle that was going to the game. Of course I had to check it out!

When we walked in the rolling door there was some kind of silent auction going on but that didn't deter us from talking a seat at the small bar in the back of the brewery. It took a while to get the attention of the bar tender (understandable considering what was going on) but when we did the beers came quickly (3 double IPAs). Solid beers, but nothing life changing.

The atmosphere was great, the brewery was active. There was a batch in the process of being mashed in, they were checking levels on ferm tanks all the while we sipped on our beers.

The next beer was a Java Vanilla Porter, very nice flavorful beer. That was the last beer for the night before heading to the game, but they did have about 5 other beers on tap.

A great find that kept me interested and I'd recommend if you are in Detroit, not a destination brewery, but solid.

guityler83, Dec 19, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

this place is awesome. BYOF (food) and grab a freshly brewed Voodoo Vader....
you're pretty much gonna be sitting right in the middle of the floor of operations, gives you an understanding of all the work that goes into brewing all of this magic.

ClutchyHopkins, Aug 25, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +19%

rigsbystephen, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Kevin46, Aug 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

hotsudge, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

styleisking, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Gear54, Jul 26, 2014
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2.83/5  rDev -17.5%

Sunday morning in Detroit, doing the usual ruin-porn sights, the art museum and a couple of beer joints… Atwater was our first stop, not too far from the hotel we were staying at. It is a working brewery and it smells like such, I like that. The taproom is basically an L-shaped bar inside the warehouse, with a long communal table to boot.

On tap this day: Decadent Chocolate Ale, Teufel Bock, Hop-a-Peel, Detroit Pale Ale, Conniption DIPA, Voodovator… 12 taps plus a cider for the ladies.

The place is pretty cool- I love having a beer inside a brewery! And the prices and service are fine.
But the problem is the poor quality of Atwater’s beers. The Pale Ale tastes like the IPA tastes like the DIPA. And so on. All watery, indistinguishable, mediocre. Terrible stuff, I have had homebrewed beers that are way better than what this commercial, nationally-distributed brewery puts out. What a shame.

DoubleSimcoe, Jul 20, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

98green, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

A_Ondersma, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Drk93TT, Apr 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

amishbooze, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

RusImpStoLuv, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Doublicious, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Rice1303, Feb 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Morakaton, Dec 30, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

leadahmer, Dec 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +45.8%

sternamagrapha7x, Dec 05, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -49%

Stu_Grimson, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Jaysmittyland, Nov 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Danielr26, Nov 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

chewy6935, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
2.19/5  rDev -36.2%

Atmosphere: i have nothing against the brewhouse/bar feel. but it is over crowded. it smell a lot like vomit in the bar while i was there. not the best use of space.

Quality: I have probably tried 7 or 8 atwater beers. I only find one of those even drinkable. every beer i have had from them has had a major flaw in it.

Service: not too bad but the bartender stepped out side for a rather long smoke break when i really wanted to get my check and get out

Selection: I mean they have more the 10 beers on tap but thats not to say that you could find a beer you like on there

Overall: I don't understand how this place stays in business. they are not exactly in a place in detroit you want to visit and there beer is just plain bad. no reason to go here except to say you've been there and to check it off the list and never look back

SportsandJorts, Sep 21, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev +6.7%

Atwater Block was a couple blocks from my hotel so I had to stop in. I thought the place was closed. The light out front was off and a gentleman that was there ahead of me told me the place must be closed. There was a sign on the door that said tasting room around the corner. I ventured on and found an unmarked door that was ever so slightly ajar. When I opened the door I thought I was walking into the production facilities. I was right, but at the far end of the building was a couple tables and a bar. Their tasting room is just where they brew. So I enjoyed that aspect.

I bellied up to the bar and sampled a few beers. I used to love the Vanilla Java Porter, but did not care for it the last time I tried it. I tried the Shaman's Porter and Coniption Fit, a DIPA. They were decent. The beers were served in clear plastic cups. It didn't look like the had any food. The bartender, while knowledgeable, was not outgoing. I think they had 8-12 beers to choose from.

It is a neat setup for a tasting room. I'm glad I stopped in even though the beers are remarkably unremarkable.

buschbeer, Feb 03, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +30.3%

I visited back in July. I did not expect a bar in a warehouse but I really enjoyed how bare-bones it was. Beer was served in plastic cups. I'm not sure if that it typical here. It's a very straight forward place and I like that.

It's worth mentioning that there were no food offerings. It looks like they are working on that.

Very few beers compare to the tasty-ness of their Vanilla Java Porter on tap. It's like liquid cake. You also can never go wrong with the Dirty Blond. It's simple but well rounded.

martyrthisthat, Jan 29, 2012
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Atwater Brewery in Detroit, MI
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.