Two advocates of the Detroit craft beer scene will join forces to kick off the Fourth Annual Detroit Beer Week on Saturday.
Atwater Brewery will team up with Tashmoo Biergarten to celebrate the brewery’s fifteenth anniversary at their once regular Blocktoberfest.
“It’s something we used to do in the past,” said Matt Cebula, Sales Manager for Atwater Brewery. “We’re resurrecting it this year for our fifteenth anniversary. We wanted to do something for the city.”
Atwater and Tashmoo crossed paths last year at the biergarten, located in Detroit’s West Village.
Suzanne Vier and husband Aaron Wanger started Tashmoo Biergarten about a year ago and said Atwater Brewery was a huge supporter.
“When they were getting ready to plan for Blocktoberfest, they approached us and asked if we wanted to partner with them to take Tashmoo on the road,” she said. “It seemed like the right thing to do and we’re really excited about it.”
Blocktoberfest will feature several Atwater beers including D-Light, Atwater’s Lager, Voodoo Vator, Purple Gang Pilsner and Double Down. The brewery is also bringing back an old recipe specifically for this event: Dunkel.
“We’ve won a lot of awards with it,” Cebula said. “We really want to showcase our German beers. That’s the heart of our operation.”
Blocktoberfest guests will get to eat and drink right inside of the brewery while local Detroit-based vendors provide the food. The event will be a combined indoor and outdoor biergarten with German-style bench seating and live music.
That’s where Tashmoo Biergarten comes in.
Cebula and Atwater owner Mark Rieth developed a relationship last year with Tashmoo founders Wanger and Vier and wanted to bring them on board for Blocktoberfest.
“Mark and I were talking about what a cool concept they have,” Cebula said. “Three months ago, we finalized the idea.”
Less than a mile down the road from Atwater, Vier describes the public beer garten as “very rustic, very community oriented and family friendly.”
Last year, the biergarten had over 7,000 visitors and they hope to bring their loyal following to the Atwater event.
“Our real focus when we started was to help expose the amazing things that are happening in and around Detroit in West Village,” Vier said. “We want to introduce people to the amazing beers and breweries in Detroit.”
Blocktoberfest will take place from noon to 9 p.m. inside and outside Atwater Brewery, located at 237 Joseph Campau in Detroit’s History Rivertown District.