Detroit-based Atwater Brewery to expand to Texas

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  1. mittenbrew

    mittenbrew Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2011 Michigan


    Detroit’s Riverfront brewery, Atwater Brewery, has plans to undergo a large expansion. But it’s just not in Michigan — Atwater is expanding its operations to Texas.
    In the past year the brewery, located on Joseph Campau has doubled their capacity and added six fermenting tanks. It also now fully owns the entire building on Joseph Campau and have big plans for its future.
    Read the full story here.
  2. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,413) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    For some reason, this reminded me of Big Buck brewery. They had a place in TX for a while. ;-)
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  3. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (924) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I like some Atwater brews OK. Texas needs some breweries.
  4. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    I'm sorry Texas.
  5. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (2,988) Oct 14, 2009 Texas

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  6. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    Surprised at the dislike of Atwater. I tend to like their products.
  7. core42

    core42 Zealot (522) May 5, 2010 Michigan

    I always try to support MI beers but I just don't like Atwater. I keep trying almost everything they put out but I keep ending up underwhelmed
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  8. APBT91

    APBT91 Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 North Carolina

    its funny, ive never heard of this brewery untill yesterday when the manager at my bottle store gave me some of their beers for free. He told me he really didnt like them but wanted another opinion and since im a regular and i was there at the time he gave me some of the ipa, a blueberry beer i think, and a stout. still havent tried them yet..
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  9. FrankHammer

    FrankHammer Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2013 Michigan

    They really don't do much well. If, by some miracle, that stout is the VJ Black, then you lucked out. That is literally the only beer I've had of there's that I would rate above a 3. Maybe that Blueberry Cobbler you got, but it doesn't do much for me as far as fruit beers go.
  10. APBT91

    APBT91 Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 North Carolina

    i cant think of which it was, i will have to check when i get off work. i havent tried anything from them before.
  11. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio

    I'm a fan of their VJ Black and Vanilla Porter. I think Decadent Dark Chocolate is decent.
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  12. schepelz

    schepelz Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2013 Michigan

    I'm with kzoo on this one, never found a beer of there's I liked. All of them I've tried have tasted like a watered down version of it's intended style of beer.
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  13. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,396) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Thanks for being the guinea pig for me. I too like to support Michigan breweries, and it's been probably 5 years since I last tried any beers from Atwater and I've been wondering if I'm missing anything after hearing a few favorable comments about their beers. But your post tells me that I'm not missing a thing. Thanks for your efforts. :slight_smile:
  14. lurpy1

    lurpy1 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota

    VJ Black is the only Atwater beer I'd rate beyond mediocre, and even then, Atwater calls it a "huge imperial stout". No. Thinnest stout I've ever had. VJ Porter is just a train wreck but could be much more. Unfortunately it's in nearly every MI bar I've been to, so they probably aren't motivated to improve it given the acceptance it already has.
  15. Can_has_beer

    Can_has_beer Champion (899) May 14, 2013 Texas

    Well, Texas does have some breweries...but what Texas definitely needs is higher quality breweries, and more adventurous breweries. The quality here is way under what you would expect to get in the Midwest or Northeast. Karbach, Lone Pint and Deep Ellum are off to a good start, and Jester King is doing really well...but Buffalo Bayou, No Label, Saint Arnold's and a few smaller breweries are constantly releasing disappointing beers.
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  16. Kerrie

    Kerrie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    The Vanilla Java Porter is all I really care about of theirs, and even then, there are way better MI porters. Hopefully the better MI breweries expand at some point.
  17. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (924) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Oh, I know Texas well. Atwater may shine in The Lone Star State, but just for a while. Texas brewing will burst forth, surely, but other political battles must and will happen first. I have two first cousins- one in Dallas, one in Austin- so our conversations are lively, always. Something beyond "Old Texas" is afoot. We shall see.
  18. Can_has_beer

    Can_has_beer Champion (899) May 14, 2013 Texas

    God, I hope you are right. Cheers!
  19. nsheehan

    nsheehan Devotee (409) Jul 3, 2011 Texas

    Good to know, I won't bother picking Atwater up. I wasn't planning to any way, I had a feeling about them.

    St. Arnold and Real Ale are the biggest real craft in TX and some what they do is great (I think Real Ale is better than SA). There are a bunch of average breweries (e.g. No Label), but I think there are more breweries turning out great product occasionally than you give credit for. I'm guessing you're not in Austin because 512, Austin Beerworks, and Hops & Grain get a lot of love from beer geeks (more than I think is fitting for now). I guess we'll agree to disagree.
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  20. alexanf

    alexanf Initiate (0) Jun 22, 2012 Mississippi

    Ha! Drove past that on 75 many times. Threw me back for a second.
  21. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan

    Wish we were sending you guys Bell's. At least we have Founders down there to represent Michigan.
  22. steebo777

    steebo777 Devotee (413) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Not a fan of Atwater at all. I really wish they would focus on better beer and not expansion.
  23. dgherm

    dgherm Devotee (477) May 29, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Been a few years since I've had an Atwater product, wasn't impressed.
  24. GRPunk

    GRPunk Meyvn (1,209) Apr 5, 2007 Michigan

    Teufel Bock and Voodoovator stand out as solid brews. Most of their other stuff just seemed "ok." I've had better, but you could do a lot worse. Cough, cough, Schmohz.
  25. Morakaton

    Morakaton Disciple (303) May 6, 2013 Michigan

    Sorry Texas, we promise you that the thin, tastless murky water of Atwater does not represent Michigan beer as a whole ;P
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  26. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas


    And anyone who says Texas doesn't have good breweries needs to shut their mouth and come here. We've got plenty of world class beer... the vast majority just isn't exported, is regional or is draft-only.

    Also, this should be in the Southwest forum. Texas isn't allowed to be mentioned in "Beer News"
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  27. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Crusader (752) Apr 3, 2006 Michigan

    Decadent Chocolate is like a chocolate soda. Really good if that's what you're in the mood for.
  28. Can_has_beer

    Can_has_beer Champion (899) May 14, 2013 Texas

    I've tried most of the beers that those Austin breweries put out, and I like what they do. I wish I could find 512 in bottles or cans or bombers though. I think those breweries get a lot of love from beer geeks because they have the best of what to offer in Texas, but they are far from being able to hold a candle to Midwest breweries.
  29. HurricaneDitka

    HurricaneDitka Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2011 Michigan

    Shaman's Porter, brewed with grains grown upside down in zero gravity while circling the earth at 12 times the speed of sound, with water blessed by no less than 3 popes and then used to bathe Jim Koch, and finally aged in 500 year old french tierçons. It still tastes like ass.
  30. Neverdie7

    Neverdie7 Initiate (151) Jun 7, 2008 Wisconsin

    Stopped buying Atwater years ago when they were putting the wrong beer into bottles (bought voodoo vator and got spewing cheery stout instead) and they refused to even answer my correspondence. Any company that does business like that can kiss my ass!

    Even provided pictures of the beer spewing out the top of the bottles in my sink that were labeled voodoo vator but the beer was the cherry stout when they had the spewing problem. Atwater sucks!
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  31. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (2,041) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
    Society Trader

    Careful! You might have people looking for the latest collaboration with Lagunitas. :grinning:
  32. nsheehan

    nsheehan Devotee (409) Jul 3, 2011 Texas

    Lagunitas collaborated w/ a brewery that no one likes?
  33. johnnnniee

    johnnnniee Poo-Bah (6,491) Feb 28, 2007 New Hampshire
    Society Trader

    I too bought Cherry Stout that poured itself after opening, although mine was labeled correctly. Someone at the company offered via email to send me a replacement six pack, but eventually stopped responding to my emails too and of course never sent anything. I guess I should consider myself lucky, at one point they had bottles of this beer that were exploding in transit, and at retail. Injuries and lawsuits followed.

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  34. AnchorDrops

    AnchorDrops Aspirant (230) May 11, 2013 Michigan

    lol, I see a lot of that around GR collecting dust...does anyone buy it?
  35. Morakaton

    Morakaton Disciple (303) May 6, 2013 Michigan

    Schmohz is one of the only breweries I know that would honestly call an American Dark Wheat Ale an Oktoberfest (it should be illegal to not call anything that's both in the Marzen style and a LAGER an Oktoberfest). And Hop Knocker is horrible.
  36. GRPunk

    GRPunk Meyvn (1,209) Apr 5, 2007 Michigan

    I have no idea how anybody could be a repeat buyer. I get that some might buy a sixer on a whim due to the cartoon boobs on their labels. But after drinking it, you're just setting yourself up to get fooled twice.
  37. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (924) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Wow. How about creek dirt liquified, fermented with tadpole and crawfish "essence"? A special brew named after a yet to be named landmark. Damn, what's the name? Something circus or carnivally?
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  38. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Quebec (Canada)

  39. tommyz

    tommyz Disciple (379) May 28, 2007 Michigan

    This just amazes me...
  40. jiggidy

    jiggidy Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2013 Michigan

    Kwame? Atwater has a couple ok beers.
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