Brewery: Saucy Brew Works - Detroit Brewpub (Detroit, MI)


On a beautiful stretch of John R., just a short walk away from Comerica Park, is a brand new brewpub just waiting for drinkers. Saucy Brew Works, an Ohio-based brewery chain, parked its fabulous new location in the heart of downtown Detroit. Once I heard about it, I knew I had to check it out.

The inside of the brewpub, which is on the ground floor of what appears to be an apartment building, is clean, spacious, and modern. The bar has dividers spaced along it to encourage social distancing. Having only opened up in March of this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect at 2:30 p.m. on a Saturday. Would I have to fight for bar space? What if they don’t like me? My worries were unfounded, though. Within minutes, I was sipping on my first beer of the day: Separate Czechs, a 4.1% Czech Pilsner.

Honestly, it would though to choose my first beer. Saucy Brew Works boasts a huge tap lost — 20! — and a good portion were Lagers and IPAs. I vowed to order a flight later. The Czech Pilsner didn’t disappoint. It had a light malty scent, crisp taste, crystal clear appearance, and slightly bubbly mouthfeel. It was the perfect choice for a 75° day in Detroit.

As I sipped and took in my surroundings, I couldn’t help but notice the newness of the brewing equipment that was in the corner. I was told by General Manager, Joe Skarvelakis that the Detroit location is not currently brewing, but they plan to in about a month. He said they would start with small batches, test things out, and see what works in the Detroit market. I sure hope something like the Czech Pilsner makes it through testing.

Current Saucy Brew Works locations as of May 2021

According to the Saucy Brew Works website, Detroit is the fourth location for the brand. Similar to international outfit, BrewDog, Saucy Brew Works offered a sort of investment opportunity with tiered levels of commitment. One, at $50,000, allows the donator to be a brewer for a day (note to self: check bank account when I get home).

Soon enough, it was time for another beer, and I chose Love You, Bye, a towering 8% Imperial IPA. Juicy was most definitely the word for it. A beautiful orange color with a creamy head and notes of mango. This one went down easy.

I had seen photos of the food menu items on Instagram, so when a previously ordered Nashville hot chicken pizza arrived, I was ready to dig in. Paired with their signature braided bread and rosemary butter, it was carb heaven.

Overall, I felt the experience at Saucy Brew Works was excellent. The staff were incredibly sweet and attentive, and love to talk beer. Many samples were tasted on my trip and I went home with more merch and canned beer than I have in months from anywhere else. I’d recommend Saucy Brew Works to a medium-sized group, as they boast a lovely patio in addition to the brewpub area. They also offer morning fare, like craft coffees when they open at 7 a.m. throughout the week for anyone with a craving for tasty coffee in a beautiful downtown space.

I know its early, but I do hope Saucy Brew Works sticks around to add to the ever-increasing beer scene in Detroit!

Disclaimer: Thank you to General Manager, Joe Skarvelakis, for the hospitality including the conversation regarding Saucy Brew Works and the complimentary food and pints.

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By Danielle Fracassa

Early late 30s, married, 4 cats, cheeseburger obsessed, New England IPA lover and world traveler. Head of the Detroit Chapter of Girls Pint Out, a national organization for women who love craft beer.

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