Located in the historic Corktown District of Detroit, Michigan, Brew Detroit operates in a 68,000-square-foot facility. Brew Detroit was incorporated in September 2012 and installed its BrewHouse and its canning and bottling lines in 2013, with the initial brewing and packaging beginning in early 2014. Brew Detroit’s 100-barrel brews are fermented in eleven 400 barrel fermentation tanks and two 200-barrel fermentation tanks. The 200-barrel tanks are primarily used for our customers’ seasonal brands throughout the year.After the centrifuge, the beer is moved to our 400- and 200- barrel brite tanks. Customers have the option of pasteurization and packaging into cans, bottles and kegs. Our facility consists of a keg cooler for kegs and a temperature controlled section for finished cases of bottles and cans.
Brew Detroit’s commitment to quality includes an internal lab, with a certified lab technician, a certified HACCP food safety plan and in-process inspection equipment for packaging lines.
In our Tasting Room, patrons can enjoy the brews of customers’ beers and the creation of our craft beers brewed on the Nano system from recipes created by our Brewmaster.
Brew Detroit started with one customer in January 2014 and grew to eight customers by mid-2016. We are still growing today, with new customers and additional available capacity to grow our BrewHouse.
Jerry Kocak, CEO
Jerry is responsible for overseeing the growth and development of Brew Detroit. He has over 30 years of financial and operational experience in companies from start-up to $1 billion in revenues. He has helped companies with cost control and revenue generation, acquisitions, public offerings, cash management, reengineering operations, financial and SEC reporting, strategic planning, forecasting, financial analysis, and cash flow. Jerry has over 15 years of experience working directly with entrepreneurs on issues ranging from strategic planning to day-to-day operations.
Jerry has assisted past companies through his focus on increased revenues and a reduction in operating expenses by organizing, developing and implementing the financial and operational processes required for growth, increased profitability, and meeting rapidly changing market and operational demands. He provides and implements plans at a tactical level thereby ensuring success by establishing performance standards and metrics to hold associates accountable for results at all levels. Jerry’s past experience includes: CFO of a $100 million retailer, VP- Finance and Operations of a $75 million wholesaler, VP- Corporate Controller of a $500 million telecommunications company, VP of Finance and Operations of a $100 million hospitality company, and Audit Manager of Coopers and Lybrand (currently Price Waterhouse Coopers).
Jerry received his BS-Business Administration degree from Duquesne University and his MBA degree from Florida Atlantic University. He holds a CPA license and belongs to the AICPA.
Joe Thorner, Brewmaster and Operations Director
Joe is responsible for all brewing and lab activities in our Brewery, including ingredient acquisition and quality, developing and transitioning customer recipes, and overseeing the complete brewing process from raw ingredients to the finishing and quality of brite beer for packaging. Joe started his brewing career in Detroit in 1978 at the former Stroh Brewery in Detroit. Fresh out of the Navy he started in the racking room throwing kegs on the line and soon progressed to learning brewing and all the jobs in the Brewery.
During his career Joe worked at 5 Stroh breweries, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Newark, NJ, Redhook Brewery and The Boston Beer Company, holding various positions including Brewmaster and Assistant Brewmaster. Additionally, Joe has over nine years of malting experience working in five different malthouses including the Stroh St. Paul, MN malthouse where he was the Brewer & the Maltster, Cargill Malt, and Malteurop. He has worked in hops and hops processing with Kalsec, Inc. Joe has extensive experience with brewing raw materials, brewery capital projects and new product development. During his career he has had wide-ranging experience in contract brewing making Jack Daniels Beer, Pete’s Wicked Ale, Blackstar Beer, Goose Island beers & a host of other beer styles.
Joe has relocated from The Boston Beer Company in Cincinnati returning to Detroit, Michigan to be part of the Brew Detroit team. He holds a diploma in brewing technology from the Siebel Institute of Brewing.
Ryan Locke, VP Business Development
Ryan is responsible for new business development with brewers interested in wholesale market expansion through contract brewing.
Ryan has 23 years of experience in brewery operations, on and off premise retail account management, craft brewery branding, sales, marketing, and distributor/wholesaler logistics management.
Rob Nicholl, Production Manager
Phil Krukowski, Inventory/Purchasing and Warehouse Manager
Mike Seppala, Shipping and Receiving Manager
Kevin Ahrens, Taproom and Events Manager
1401 Abbott Street
Detroit, MI 48216
TASTING ROOM HOURS
Sat and Sun: Closed
Sat and Sun: Closed