The narrative for Detroit has become refreshingly positive for quite a while.
Tara Nurin of Food & Wine magazine jumps on the bandwagon with this about the city's beer offerings:
Detroit, the city that spent the last decade of the 20th century and first decade-and-a-half of the 21st gasping through one of the worst economic depressions ever experienced by an American city, is poised to become an international craft beer destination.
Michigan’s largest municipality not only plays host to more than a dozen independent breweries, taprooms and beer-centric bars, with more on the way, but one of the nation’s most beloved beermakers is opening up a satellite brewery, taproom and restaurant right in the middle of the action.
On December 4, Founders Brewing Co., based across the state in Grand Rapids, is opening its first new location in its 20-year history in an up-and-coming Midtown neighborhood called South Cass, which began boosting the city’s revitalization efforts in 2013.
The 14,000-square-foot annex lies within a few minutes’ walk of the nationally acclaimed HopCat beer bar; a branch of Dexter's nationally renowned Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales; and Detroit’s oldest continuously operating brewery, Motor City Brewing Works, not to mention the brand-new Little Caesar’s Arena professional sports and concert venue and the city’s educational and cultural institutions, independent retailers and restaurants, many owned by chefs who’ve returned home to invigorate Detroit after years away. Additional breweries outside Midtown can be easily reached by train, too.