Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Large Coffee Mug (best enjoyed on your day off)
Wake up and smell the beer! This brew has vanilla and Java beans added to it, explaining the unique aroma. Expect roasted coffee beans and a bite of vanilla on the nose. Look for roasted coffee flavors, chicory, ultra-dark chocolate, and a lactic (milk-like) flavor. Overall, the flavor is smoother than the sharp nose suggests, presenting prominent vanilla and slightly woody notes, rounded out by a chocolate milk and coffee-like finish, fading with the slightest note of dark rum in the aftertaste. This beer begs to be paired with ultra-dark chocolate. And we have to pitch our Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club here because it has perfect treats to pair with dark, chocolatey beers like this one. Chocolate and beer go particularly well together (particularly rich, roasty, dark beers)—and, even if you're not looking to get into beer and chocolate pairings, you know someone out there who would love getting gourmet chocolate treats on a monthly basis. Visit www.monthlyclubs.com for more info.
The Atwater Block Brewery is located in the heart of Detroit's Rivertown district. Housed in a reconditioned 1916 warehouse, the 18,000-square-foot brewery features an imported state-of-the-art Kasper-Schulz German brewhouse and a 170-seat restaurant featuring a 60-foot bar with two-story glass walls that give patrons a direct view of the brewhouse.
The brewery has changed hands a few times, from the original group of investors who, founded the place in 1996, to the second set of owners, who changed the name and founded the "Stoney Creek Brewing Company." Current owners Howard Hampton and Mark Rieth took over in 2005 when Stoney Creek owners hit troubled waters. The pair restored the original name and retained the original German brewmaster, Hazen Schumacher. ABBC typically focus on German-style lagers, but they offer up some tasty and creative ales as well. Prost!
For more information about the brewery and brewpub—and scheduled tours—call (313) 877-9205 or check out their web site at www.atwaterbeer.com.
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