Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Atwater’s 5 Hectoliter Braukon German Brewhouse to Open April 1st

Written by  Courtney Ochab
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Atwater’s 5 Hectoliter Braukon German Brewhouse, Atwater in the Park, is scheduled to open April 1st, 2014.
The brewhouse, which will serve as a microbrewery and distillery for Atwater Brewing Co, is undergoing renovations at the church, which fronts Kercheval and is a few blocks from the Detroit border at Alter Road. A sign on the outside of the church reads: Born in Detroit. Brewed in the Park.

The brewhouse will seat 120 guests and the heated biergarten, with outdoor bar, will seat 50+. The beer hall will be in the basement of the reclaimed church and on the main floor a circular bar will be the center feature. Reclaimed pews will be used as community-style bench seating. The altar of the church will display the brewing equipment, the center of the church and biergarten. Separate rooms will also be used for seating and a merchandise room will be available.

The merchandise room will serve as a special events room will host beer tastings, beer classes, and homebrew equipment for purchase. Quarterly homebrew competitions and scheduled to take place and winners will brew a batch of beer in the facility.

40 Atwater taps will be housed in the church and heated biergarten, where long tables and other changes will make guests feel “just like they’re in Munich,” said Owner Mark Rieth.

Keeping with the German theme the menu will feature many German cuisines along with a few American dishes. Future changes to the menu include spirits, wine, and hard cider. Though distilling will begin at the Josh Campeau location and Atwater in the Park will later house the distillery.

Atwater opened in March of 1997 in a factory warehouse on the Detroit riverfront and prides itself on carrying on the history of Detroit breweries through German malt and hops, producing traditional German and influenced brews.

Atwater in the Park is one of many future expansions for Atwater. Future plans of a production facility in Texas and collaboration with Brew Detroit in Corktown are not far behind.

“Through every expansion we’re bringing Detroit with us. The city that has shown us this much love and support through the years is the reason we’re growing and we want to ensure the city expands with us, highlighted in every brew,” said Rieth.