Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Atwater in the Park! Germany meets Grosse Point Detroit.

Written by  Erik Smith
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Atwater in the Park: Germany meets Grosse Point Detroit brewing mainstay Atwater has brought the feel of a traditional German Biergarten to Grosse Point Park. The grand opening on Saturday, June 21st saw an enthusiastic crowd of locals and beer lovers, all impressed with this exciting new venue.
Occupying the site of an abandoned church at the corner of Lakepointe & Kercheval in the suburb’s small, adorable commercial section, the patio portion is spacious and open, with many long tables featuring European-style community seating. The interior of the church has been transformed into a beer hall with high ceilings and stained glass. The former altar area now holds the four-barrel system, which will be used to brew pun-only exclusives.

I had an opportunity to talk with Atwater in the Park’s head brewer, Brad Etheridge, who spent some time at Warren-based Dragonmead before coming to Atwater. He told us of a number of exciting beers he had coming up, as well as urging us to try Scherthing, a 5.5% ABV cream ale that he was particularly proud of (with good reason- it was a perfect warm weather beer). I also tried two other of the pub exclusives, the tripel and HGP, a hoppy Double IPA. I especially enjoyed the tripel, since it is one of my favorite styles, and one I’m usually a pretty tough critic of.

As if the outstanding atmosphere and selection of beer wasn’t enough reason to visit, there is a German-inspired menu available, with the food being provided by the well-respected, Detroit-based Epicurean Group. We tried the German Platter for two, which had bratwurst, kielbasa, smoked knockwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, pale ale mustard, and country bread. Atwater in the Park is a great addition the Detroit area craft beer scene, and their beer and food menu, as well as the beautiful space will undoubtedly make it a top draw in the area.

Erik Smith

Erik Smith

Erik Smith is a relative newcomer to craft beer, having first been turned on to the scene by a chance encounter with "The End of The World" (Unibroue's La Fin du Monde) during the summer of 2011. Since then, he has increased that love of beer by serving as the 'un-official' photographer for the many beer events at Ashley's in Westland, MI. His goal is to visit every Michigan brewery. An avid traveler, beer tourism has played a prominent role in his travels since 2012. 

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