Atwater in the Park microbrewery to open Saturday in Grosse Pointe Par…

The eagerly awaited Atwater in the Park microbrewery opens Saturday, bringing a traditional German beer garden experience to Grosse Pointe Park’s developing restaurant and entertainment district along Kercheval Avenue.
“What we wanted to do was a traditional German theme,” owner Mark Rieth said today. “You can see that in the menu and in the traditional German beer garden with community seating. We wanted to bring everyone together — to have them sit together and enjoy local beer and local food together.”
The facility also is licensed to make wine and hard cider and will have a distillery license within two months, “so we’ll also have our own spirits,” said Rieth, who also owns the award-winning Atwater Brewery on Jos Campau in Detroit. He has already produced the hard cider, called Detroit Dry, he added.
The Park location will brew its small-batch beers with 5-hectoliter (4-barrel) Braukon brewing equipment imported from Munich, Germany, Rieth said.
The bar’s 40 draft handles — plus 10 at the outdoor bar — will serve about 25 beers made throughout the year by the main Atwater Brewery and “15 new, unique beers that can only be found at Atwater in the Park,” he said. The Park location’s microbrewery equipment allows the company to do smaller, more experimental brews, some of which could be put into wider production at the larger Atwater facility, he said.
The Epicurean Restaurant Group — whose well-known dining spots include Coach Insignia in Detroit and Northern Lakes Seafood in Troy — is doing the brewery’s food on site. Coach Insignia executive chef Kevin Green designed the hearty — and at times, lighthearted menu, Rieth said.
Offerings include a pork belly corn dog, fried German pickle chips, German pizza with bratwurst and sauerkraut and the Bier Garden Kielbasa Challenge: 48 ounces of beer-braised kielbasa links, sauerkraut and caraway mustard. Green also features four schnitzels, including an eggplant vegetarian version.
Not all the food is Germanic-themed; salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and hot entrees are also included on the moderately priced menu.
Other features of Atwater in the Park include outside heaters and a fire pit in the beer garden, as well as a merchandising room selling home-brewing equipment and Atwater T-shirts and glassware.
The project took a year, because “it’s such a unique project, converting a church into a brewery,” Rieth said.
He is leasing the building from the Grosse Pointes’ Cotton family. The entire microbrewery project cost about $2 million, counting the Cotton family’s building renovations and Rieth’s costs for kitchen and brewing equipment and furnishings, he said.
Saturday’s ribbon cutting is set for 2 p.m.; doors will open to the public immediately afterward.
The brewery’s hours will be 2 p.m.-midnight Monday through Thursday; 2 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday; and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Atwater in the Park is at 1175 Lakepointe. For information, go to

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