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Beer Bars We Love in Detroit, San Antonio, and Indianapolis

In each issue our Love Handles department visits three great beer bars. Here where we went for our June/July issue.

Brian Yaeger , Jeremy Banas , John Holl Sep 25, 2019 - 5 min read

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Detroit, Michigan

Fourteen draft lines that feature the best of craft beer from many local breweries and across the globe.

What it is: Downstairs, Kyle and Lea Hunt’s Gather, an all-scratch restaurant, slings sustainable morsels befitting its Eastern Market location. This is Detroit’s—and one of America’s—oldest public market. Upstairs is for beer foraging. Cøllect riffs on the Danish word for “ale” (øl) and runs with it in this Scandinavian-themed (pristine, minimalist) tasting room with a rooftop deck. The owners live up to the bar’s name by hunting down some of the greatest beers out there, locavorism be damned. Why it’s great: There are only fourteen taps, which is plenty when the list is expertly curated. There’s a great sour IPA brewed exclusively for Cøllect from Detroit’s small Batch Brewing Company. While I generally only drink beer from the state I’m in, Michigan’s lone keg from Brooklyn’s Freethought landed here, and the beer (Principia) with lemon, fennel, and pollen was so great that I ordered a second. The bottle and can list will floor you. Looking for bottles from Speciation Artisan Ales near Grand Rapids? They’ve got quite a collection. —Brian Yaeger

Hours: 4:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday; 4:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Friday; 2:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., Saturday
Address: 1454 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, Michigan

The Hoppy Monk

San Antonio, Texas

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