Founded in 1997, Atwater Block Brewery made its debut in Detroit, Michigan in the historic Rivertown district. The original owner’s reasoning and focus was to bring back the Bohemian style lager that Stroh’s Brewing Company had made famous in the mid 1800’s. The passion for beer started in 1848 when the first mass produced beer was bottled in the Detroit area. So although Detroit is known for being the Motor city, at one time Michigan had more production breweries than anyone in the country. Atwater wanted to re-invent that product back in 1997 by making German-style lagers. The owners purchased a Kasper Schulz, the oldest makers of brewing equipment in the world! It was purchased at a trade show in 1996 and by 1997 Atwater was producing beer! Rieth purchased the brewery outright in 2005 and exponential growth soon followed. Atwater Beer is made and bottled in Detroit.
Atwater currently holds true to making traditional German-style lagers, along with unique boutique ales. Rieth says, “We’ve analyzed the marketplace and studied what consumers really want in a beer and have successfully provided this for them." Dirty Blonde and Vanilla Java Porter quickly became front runners in the Michigan market, along with Hop-a-Peel, an American IPA, and the Bronze World Beer Cup Winner, Decadent Dark Chocolate.
Since the beginning, Atwater Brewery has been a connected partner of the local Detroit community. Here are just some of the organizations they currently support: Detroit PAL, Cornerstone Schools, Eagle Sports, Kids on the Go, Racing for Kids, Race for the Cure - Karmanos Cancer Institute