Seven or so years ago, when a friend of mine lived in Howell, MI it seemed the best we could do for craft beer was heading to the local Meijer across the street and seeing if they got the newest shipment of Magic Hat #9, or the latest variation of Blue Moon. These days, there are a lot more options, including Eternity Brewing on Grand River.
I’m very lucky that I live in an area with a lot of really talented brewers and a great craft brew scene. You wouldn’t be hard pressed to find a couple of places where you can belly up to the bar and spend a few hours with some great beer. Considering how much I enjoy going to a brewpub with friends, I feel great ambiance is just as important as how good the beer is.
With that being said, this past Wednesday I was in Royal Oak, Michigan and decided to grab my friend Erik (he enjoys being grabbed) and visit River Rouge Brewing Company.