Downey Brewing was an accidental find by my brother, but he was very pressing we take a trip to check it out when we were up in Michigan. Turns out, we’re glad he did.
Downey Brewing is located in the industrial/warehouse area, close to Ford Motor Company Rouge Complex, in East Dearborn, Michigan. Not your typical place for a brewery and tap room.
Key is to find the stand out red door with the brewery name.
The brewery ended up in the warehouse district because family owns/runs a business out of part of the building. You can read more about their back story HERE.
We like to sit up at the bar when possible, so we walked back to the bar. I tried the Raspberry Radler, and the White Tail. White Tail was my favorite. Matt had the Yang White Stout, but also tasted my White Tail. Perfect, since part of the reason we were up in Michigan was for Matt to go deer hunting. My brother had us taste the Little Citra Ale he was drinking. It had interesting hints of dill and lemon.
Loved the sitting area in the back corner with antique stable doors. The bartender called it the “kid friendly” area.
During the holidays, you can find their nostalgic Hudsons Department Store, Santa Bear display.
If you’ve ever lived in the Midwest or the Northeast, chances are you’ve hung out with friends and family in a garage or basement. And when I say basement, I’m not talking a fancy finished basement. I mean the unfinished, cement block, cement floor basement that comes with “Jack Frost nippin’ at your nose” during the cold winter months.
When we visited Downey Brewing Company during the cold of November, memories of hanging out in basements with family flooded back.
It also made me wonder if this was what “the guys” would do after work back in the day, when the auto industry was taking off. Hang out and drinks some beers after work.
Parts of the walls, and over the taps, the walls were covered with quite the collection of beer bottles.
The Warehouse Appeal
I don’t typically talk about bathrooms when visiting breweries, but this was a pretty cool bathroom, don’t you think? Love the old original industrial sink
and lockers heading into the women’s bathroom. Sorry guys, your bathroom was not as cool.
It was a great way to spend our last night in Michigan before heading home. A little celebration before the birthday boy turned 50 years old.
If you are headed to Detroit, or the surrounding area, check it out!! You can find them at 13121 PROSPECT ST, DEARBORN, MI, 48126
Because we liked Downey Brewing so much, we headed back the following summer during our visit back in Michigan. Except this time, we had a big group of family, plus we even took the kids with us.
Since it was summer, they were able to have to large roll up doors open. Therefore we were able to enjoy sitting outside. It rained a little, however, we were then blessed with the beauty of this rainbow.
So, with kids there, we had some friendly Cornhole competition.
That is to say, it got a little loud and crazy, because Matt and our nephew were the winners!
It was certainly a good time, and my sister and I had fun being silly with some brew tasting, LOL! We both liked the “She’s a Peach” beer. To sum it up, Downey Brewing is a family friendly place to hang out, and make some memories.
In addition, we stopped back in when Matt and I went up to Michigan in October. So I got to try another new brew, the RazzmaTazz. I loved it!
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