Another brewery bites the dust in metro Detroit.

Yesterday, Black Lotus Brewing Co located in Clawson at 14 Mile and Livernois closed its doors for the last time. Rumors had been circulating for months about the brewery’s future after the brewery appeared to be for sale for $450,000.

Black Lotus Brewing opened in 2006 and its owners lived by the philosophy of “Think Global, Drink Local.” A combination of this mindset, an award winning beer in Ninja Pirate, and Nick the Brewer, kept the doors open for 13 years. But those doors had to be closed because owner Michael Allen shared in a Detroit Free Press article that he was no longer able to “keep the doors open.”

Photo Credit – Nick the Brewer

Despite the potential sale of the brewery, last night’s closing was a bit of a shock to the craft beer community as there was no farewell party, no week- or month-long celebration to remember the old times. It was just closed.

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BBA Ninja Pirate

I am now faced with finding a new record store-brewery combination. I’ve always enjoyed stopping in at Flipside Records and then grabbing a pint or two afterwards at Black Lotus. If you know of any solid record store-brewery combos, shoot them my way either on IG (@beerded_ed) or via email (ed.norton.betterondraft@gmail.com).

Nick the Brewer and Black Lotus beers were featured in several Better on Draft blog posts and podcasts. Check them out to relive our journey with him and Black Lotus.

We at Better on Draft wish Nick, Black Lotus Brewery, and those who have thought global and drank local the best. Cheers!





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By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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