DETROIT – Three-dollar pints and the funky sounds of Detroit band Sound Proof fueled a lively 12th anniversary party at the Detroit Beer Company.

Mug club members and fans of the brewery also enjoyed food specials and the chance to mingle with brewers, owners, and staff during the celebration.

The brewpub, located just steps from Comerica Park, Ford Field, and the Detroit Opera House, usually sees a good mix of regulars and out-of-towners stopping in for pre- or post-event dining and drinks.

“We are a destination brewpub with a neighborhood feel,” said Josh Guitar, general manager. “We want to be a cool place to hang out while giving the best service and the best beer possible, whether you are stopping in before a game or after work.”

As a neighborhood brewpub, mug club memberships are an important aspect of the business, Guitar added. “We wanted to celebrate the community that gathers here on a regular basis,” he said.

The brewpub has seen a number of different brewmasters over its 12 years, but many of the same customers have met at the bar since day one.

“Recipes have been handed down from brewer to brewer, with each putting his or her own unique spin on the lineup,” said Brewmaster Justin Riopelle. “We also get a lot of feedback from customers who have been here from the beginning,” he added.

Riopelle spent three years as an assistant brewer before becoming brewmaster in January of this year. He is making a notable move towards local hop and malt suppliers for an upcoming brew—a Michigan Pale Ale.

“We aim to create local flavor rooted in tradition,” Riopelle said.

Catch the Detroit Beer Co. next time you are downtown for a game or at the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market in Detroit on Oct. 23 and 24, where they will release a beer brewed in collaboration with Batch Brewing Company and Motor City Brewing Works.