Friday, January 20, 2012

No Better Way To Celebrate Your Birthday Than With Motor City Brew Tours!

Written by  Tammie Wahl
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Motor City Brew Tours at Big Rock Chophouse

We met Stephen Johnson the owner of Motor City Brew Tours a couple months ago at the bloggers dinner we went to at Frankenmuth Brewing Company. After hearing about his tours we were very anxious to check one out. Imagine my excitement when I saw on Facebook that they were hosting a tour on my birthday!! I couldn’t think of any place I would rather be on my 31st birthday than on a bus with other beer enthusiests touring a few of the many Detroit breweries. I immediately called Paul to tell him what I had seen. He very calmly replies “I already got tickets” he knows me so well!
Burger & Buffalo Chicken Sliders at Big Rock ChophouseFor those of you who have never heard of Motor City Brew Tours, let me fill you in on what they are all about. Motor City Brew Tours is a company that hosts various bus and bicycle tours. Usually you visit 3 – 4 breweries during the tour. As a tour guest you receive beer samples at every stop. They also try to set up a tour of the brewery by one of the brewers along with lunch at one of the stops as well.

On this particular tour we were stopping at Big Rock Chop House, Rochester Mills Brewing Company, and Black Lotus. This made us extra excited because we have never been to any of these breweries before.

The bus picked us up at Black Lotus and took us to Big Rock Chop House for our first stop. I really had no idea what to expect on our tour since I had never been on one before. I have to say I was very impressed. When we arrived at Big Rock, we were greeted by the brewer (Dan Rogers) and led over to the bar to sample a couple beers. Dan told us a little about each beer as we were sampling them. After a couple samples we headed back for a tour of the brewing facility. I have been on many tours of breweries and I always love listening to the brewers speak. I love to hear how they make their passion for brewing come to life.

Fermenters at Rochester Mills Beer CompanyAfter the tour of the brewing facility, we headed back to the bar area where Stephen had arranged for us to have lunch. There were amazing Buffalo Chicken Sliders with crumbled Blue Cheese as well as Hamburger Sliders and sides of Fries. The food was delicious.

I liked eating at the first stop because we had a chance to hang out while eating and get to know the other people on the tour with us. I thought it was really neat that there was a group of people from Minnesota. They were in town for the Lions vs Vikings game and decided to find something fun to do while they were in town for the weekend.

After hanging out at Big Rock for a while, it was time to board the bus and head over to Rochester Mills. It wasn’t too far of a drive but it was the longest we had to go for the day. The building where Rochester Mills is located is an old historical building. It used to be a knitting mill. I absolutely love breweries that are located in historic buildings. We were greeted again by the head brewer (Eric Bingham) as we walked in. We were taken through the very large, open pub/restaurant area to some tables where we could sit and enjoy our beer samples. Eric took the time to explain every beer to us and take us on a tour of the facility.Black Lotus Brewing Company

We didn’t spend as much time a Rochester Mills because we spent a little too much time a Big Rock. Once we got done with the tour it was time to board the bus again and head to Black Lotus for our last stop.

We got to Black Lotus, walked in and took a seat. We later found out that the brewer had something come up and wouldn’t be able to give us a tour. I think we were all okay with that because after a couple tours you start to get information overload. We all joyfully sipped our beer samples and visited with each other.

I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed spending my 31st birthday sipping wonderful beer on this well organized and fun brew tour. I highly recommend signing up for one of Motor City Brew Tours upcoming tours. I promise you will not be disappointed!