PHOTOS: A Tour of Atwater Brewery in Detroit’s Rivertown district

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo recently toured Atwater Brewery in Detroit’s historic Rivertown district. So although Detroit is known for being the Motor City, at one time Michigan had more production breweries than anyone in the country. Atwater wanted to re-invent that product back in 1997 of making German style Lagers. Mark Rieth, graduate of Michigan State University, personally invested into the brewery in 2002 and purchased the brewery outright in 2005.  Dirty Blonde and Vanilla Java Porter quickly became front runners in the Michigan market, along with Hop-a-Peel, an American IPA, and the Bronze World Beer Cup Winner, Decadent Dark Chocolate. Atwater expanded distribution on the east coast soon after and has had great success.


Visit Atwater Brewery at 237 Jos Campau Detroit, MI 48207. For more information, call (313) 877-9205 or visit