Third Friday Lecture: A History Of Brewing In The Motor City

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Preservation Detroit says
Friday, October 21 | Doors at 6:30, Talk at 7:00
David Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue

FREE for PD members, or $5 suggested donation for guests.
Not a member? Join at the door and you get in for free!*

Join author and Motor City Brew Tours founder Stephen Johnson for Detroit history by the pint!

While in recent years Detroit's craft beer scene has exploded with activity and innovation, brewing has a long history in the Motor City. Small brewers popped up during the mid-1800s to support nearby saloons. Many breweries survived the dry years by producing near beer, or non-alcoholic beer, which was quickly abandoned after Prohibition. Consolidation marked the following decades until only Stroh Brewery Company remained. Local brewing returned triumphantly with dozens of breweries opening their doors since the 1990s. Stephen will have copies of his book for sale and will sign copies at the conclusion of the talk.

About the lecturer:
Stephen received his bachelor’s (BA) degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1996. and his master’s (MBA) degree at Walsh College in Troy, Michigan, in 2010. Along the way, Stephen got involved in the Detroit beer scene and became a regular at local breweries and beer festivals. In the summer of 2009, Stephen launched Motor City Brew Tours, which originally focused on bus transportation of people to various Detroit breweries. Shortly thereafter, Stephen started researching Detroit’s brewery history, as well as other Detroit history such as Prohibition, automobiles and so on. In the spring of 2011, he launched Bike & Brew Tours, which specializes in taking small groups on narrated bike tours to various historic sites in Detroit, followed by a visit to a brewery for beer and food. In the last seven years, the business has expanded to where Stephen (with help from his wife, Laura, and other tour guides and volunteers) provides guided bus, bike and walking tours to breweries in downtown and metropolitan Detroit, as well as other parts of Michigan. More than fifteen thousand people have taken his tours thus far, and there’s no end in sight.

*Our Third Friday Lecture Series is made possible by the generous donations of our members, to share the tales of Detroit’s historic buildings, architects, neighborhoods, and cultural assets and build support for historic preservation’s importance in revitalizing our neighborhoods.
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By: Preservation Detroit

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