Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Axle Brewing Co.’s Livernois Tap Opens Saturday in Ferndale

Written by  Paul Starr
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The team behind Axle Brewing Co. is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated opening of their taproom, Livernois Tap in Ferndale. The sprawling production brewery, taproom, and restaurant opens Saturday, June 3rd at4pm at 567 Livernois Ave. Livernois Tap will be open six days a week, serving their proprietary craft beers, cider, and a menu of ‘inspired beer food’ created and managed by their dynamic culinary partners, Four Man Ladder, the team behind Grey Ghost Detroit. Axle’s Livernois Tap is a modern American interpretation of a classic European beer hall, inspired by contemporary breweries, urban parks and communal gathering spaces.
“We started brewing our beers in late 2015, and it feels damn good to put down roots on Livernois with such enthusiastic support from the City and our neighbors. Our goal was to create a timeless destination with amazing beer and incredible food in a space that feels familiar, but very unexpected. I’m blown away by what our team has accomplished and thrilled to open the doors.” says President Dan Riley.

Livernois Tap will have a rotating list of 12-15 beers on draft including their flagship beers along with seasonal pours and tap room exclusive releases. In addition to draft pours, 32oz Crowlers will be available to go. Axle’s core collection includes Mother Handsome Double IPA, Livernois Lager, Long Cut IPA, City Pale Ale and Porter.

New draft selections include Industriale London Strong Porter, Dual Citizen Cream Ale, Corduroy Brown Ale, 14th Amendment Kolsch and others. The brewery team is led by award-winning head brewer Adam Berretta. Grey Ghost Detroit Chefs Joe Giacomino and John Vermiglio have brought on Chef Reid Shipman (formerly of Gold Cash Gold) to co-create the menu. The menu is divided into snacks, vegetables, ‘stuff on bread’, ‘from the cast iron’, sides and desserts. Stand-out dishes include a Fried Bologna Corn Dog, Crispy Animal Parts and Buffalo Fried Green Tomatoes. Floats will be a featured dessert featuring Axle’s beer and a rotating artisan ice cream.

The 10,000 square-foot space was designed in partnership with Patrick Thompson Design (Kresge Court at the DIA, Trumbull and Porter Hotel, The Meeting House, Go Sy Thai). A 65-seat beer garden sits at the entrance of the space flanked by greenery and circles a 7ft fireplace and adirondack chairs. Inside is a 30-seat bar and 80-seat dining room lined with wood floors and adorned with murals and artwork by Don Kilpatrick & Joe Benghauser of Detroit Wood Type Co. Hints of blue and accents of brass, white oak and flannel accent the space.

Dubbed a “neighborhood gathering place” Livernois Tap features many family-friendly features such as multiple bike racks, stroller parking, a bike repair station and a mix of casual seating options both inside and out. Community events such as beer tastings, yoga classes, group bike rides and more are in the works.

The taproom will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 4pm – 10pm, Friday 4pm-11pm, Saturday 10am – 11pm, and Sunday 10am – 9pm.

Photo By: Roche Photo Collective

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.