Erik Smith

Erik Smith

Erik Smith is a relative newcomer to craft beer, having first been turned on to the scene by a chance encounter with "The End of The World" (Unibroue's La Fin du Monde) during the summer of 2011. Since then, he has increased that love of beer by serving as the 'un-official' photographer for the many beer events at Ashley's in Westland, MI. His goal is to visit every Michigan brewery. An avid traveler, beer tourism has played a prominent role in his travels since 2012. 

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Add Holly to the list of Michigan cities that now have their own hometown microbrewery with September’s opening on Northern Oak Brewery. Situated with near downtown Holly, with a gorgeous view of Bevins Lake, the brewery is the realization of a decade-old dream of co-owner Ed Kruppa.


Upon the release of the beer list for the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Fall Beer Festival in Detroit’s Eastern Market this weekend, I try to zero in on 20 beers I’d like to try.

ascenstion brewing article

Another of Detroit’s Northwestern suburbs now has a brewery to call their own. Ascension Brewing opened in Novi on Friday, July 24th. This new brewery will certainly be unique, not only among the area’s breweries, but also in the new brewery scene. Ascension, along with 12 taps of their beer, will feature a full kitchen, specializing in clean, high-end dishes.


We’re a week away from the 2015 edition of the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Festival at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, and thanks to the fine folks at the Brewer’s Guild, I’ve had the beer list to ponder for a couple days now. So many amazing breweries and beers, can I possibly create a list of 20 that are top priority? No harm in trying.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Canton Welcomes Brew Works

canton brew works article

Over a year in planning, Canton Brew Works opened to the public in late April. Owners Barry and Cara Boggs are excited to finally be able to share their beer with the eager residents of Canton and Western Wayne County.

techomsy brewing article 

With microbrewries opening around the state in record numbers, the experience of Tecumseh Brewing Company’s founders have put them ahead of the usual learning curve.

north center brewing article

When I met up with North Center Brewing Company owner Kevin DeGrood, during their investor soft opening, I asked about their brewing philosophy. “For us it’s pretty simple- If you like it, it’s a good beer”, he said. That phrase is featured on the backs of their brewery t-shirts, and is a good summary of this new brewery that wants to approach beer in 'a less pretentious way'.

batch brewing article

For years, downtown Detroit’s microbrewery scene has lagged behind the rest of the state. There has been a recent influx of new restaurants and bars into the city, and, in February, two breweries in the Corktown neighborhood located just west of downtown.

welcome baffin brewery article

Baffin Brewing is Saint Clair Shores is a community focused brewery, like so many in Michigan’s thriving microbrewery scene. Since it’s opening in January, they have been delighting their customers with good beer and a welcoming, communal space.

Recap of Ashleys westland belgian beerfest

Saturday, February 7th, saw close to 1,000 fans of Belgian Beer descend on Ashley’s of Westland for the first ever North American Belgian Beer Festival.
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