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Best Bars With A Rotating Beer Menu In Detroit

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The Detroit area has a large pool of great places that offer an evolving selection of brew for your drinking pleasure. Each place has its own unique roster of standard offerings, peppered with specialty selections that are only featured for a select amount of time. There are so many great places to grab a pint, that the places below are an expanded list of breweries and bars that serve seasonal styles. Check out the first group here.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
311 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 913-2730

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales knows how to brew a tasty pint. An outstanding range of beer is available for a limited time, with tried-and-true standards that are offered on a consistent basis throughout the year. Each type on the menu is a journey through the meticulous brewing process from start to finish. From pale ales to chocolate stouts, the complex flavor combinations will impress with the very first sip, all the way to the last. A beer sampler is the perfect introduction to the different styles of beer made at the brewery. A second bar is located on the upper level, near the outdoor deck—the place to be when weather permits.

Related: Best Microbreweries In The Detroit Area

Monk Beer Abbey 
419 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 544-6250

Monk Beer Abbey serves an extensive selection of Belgian and German beer in an chic yet cozy spot. It offers patrons beer crafted on-site at Monk's counterpart, Bastone Brewery. Seasonal batches of beer are brewed on a limited basis and once they are gone, they are gone for good, with crowd favorites sometimes only lasting weeks after they are launched. The sampler is a great way to familiarize your taste buds with the array of beer available at this intimate little hideaway.

Liberty St. Brew Co.
149 W. Liberty St.
Plymouth, MI 48170
(734) 207-9600

Liberty St. Brew Co. is unique neighborhood place with an inventive selection of beer and truly innovative tastes. Featuring half a dozen standard beers on tap with an ever-changing roster of specialty beer introduced on a consistent basis, this is the place to be adventurous with your brew. The beer sampler is the way to go to try the range of styles brewed on site. This cozy spot has tons of thoughtful touches that set it apart from other brew pubs. Live music can often be heard upstairs, and the fresh popcorn can't be beat.

Batch Brewing Company
1444 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216

Batch Brewing Company is a nano-brewery that offers the ultimate in craft brewing. Only four barrels of every beer are made, leading to a menu that changes when you blink. The small quantities allow the owner to experiment with different flavors. Another aspect of constant change will be an evolving fleet of food trucks, featuring a new menu served in the brewery each week. In addition to its uniquely-titled standard line of beer, Batch will donate $3 from each pint of a pre-designated batch to a charity. The list of charities Batch donates to also evolves.

Related: Best Resources To Brew Beer At Home Near Detroit

Royal Oak Brewery
215 E. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 544-1141

The Royal Oak Brewery features an evolving selection of beer, crafted on site using a specialized brewing system. The beer available changes often, and usually includes an established collection of lagers and ale. There are seasonal offerings and beer brewed for certain holidays. There are pints that are perfect for warm weather, when the cold frost settles in, or for the depths of winter. Whatever your mood, Royal Oak Brewery has the beer to match.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and

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