Batch Brewery is a long anticipated addition to the Detroit beer scene. The nanobrewery is the first of its kind in the city and a winner of the 2013 Hatch Detroit business incubator contest. The location couldn’t be better, a short walk from Mudgie’s, it’s tucked into the Corktown neighborhood bar and perfect gathering space (it has a parking lot!). There is a patio outside and open, community seating inside.
As a non-beer drinker, what stood out to me was the fact Batch bypassed the wood panel trend and opted for Pinterest perfect strung lights and subway tile. As you can see the place was hopping but it was just the right amount of people from a customer standpoint. Enough for lively atmosphere with the benefit of ample elbow room.
It was a beautiful day and a friendly environment so I decided to ask Alex for a quick interview and I’m so glad I did because I learned he lives on the Eastside. A quick note, there’s an Eastside-Westside thing in Detroit. People generally gravitate to one side or the other. Typically, it’s based on where someone went to high school. I’m a western Wayne county girl; therefore, the Westside is closer to my house and where I spend most of my time. Aside from the Jefferson corridor, the Eastside is a black hole in my mind and I was thrilled to meet someone from that side of town.
Do you live in Detroit?
I live on the Eastside. Moross and 94.
What attracted you to that part of town?
A friend of mine. The house we live in is owned by family friends. The neighborhood is near where my girl grew up and where I grew up in east Detroit. It’s a lot of neighborhoods. Our neighborhood is pretty quiet for the most part. The loudest thing about it is that the hospital is right there so we hear sirens. There’s a park nearby, Bulduck Park is really great. There’s always recreational sport games, a sledding hill, they do movies in the park. They put in new playground equipment recently, it’s looking really good.
What do you like about Detroit?
I’ve always liked being here, rather than not. So many people chose not to be here. I think it’s an easy choice to make to be here and be around good people.
What would you like to see change in the city?
More people. More people are coming and that’s exciting.
Are you looking forward to anything happening in Detroit in the near future?
What’s your favorite item on the menu?
Beerwise…it’s tough. I like the dry Irish stout that we have on tap – Dead Irish Writers. Foodwise I’m a big fan of the steak nachos and the Cubano sandwich that just came out.