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Atwater Brewery Announces Expansion

Detroit's riverfront brewery, Atwater Brewing Company, which recently completed a $1 million upgrade to its current facility, is looking for an additional 70,000-sq-ft site in Detroit to expand its full scale brewery operations to produce approximately 100,000 barrels annually. The company also announced it plans to open "Atwater in the Park," a brew pub and pilot brewery in Grosse Pointe Park in the fall and said that it may convert the now closed Atwater restaurant into a tasting room. Atwater owner, Mark Rieth, said that last year the brewery installed six 150-barrel tanks at its current facility, doubling annual production capacity to 30,000 barrels per year. Atwater produces more than a dozen different beers under a variety of labels including its most popular, Dirty Blonde. The brewery produces lager, stout, ale, pilsner, porter and specialty beer flavors that are sold throughout Michigan and in 12 other states. Atwater was named 2013 Best Brewery in Detroit.