Similar to northern Michigan mainstream pub, Frankenmuth Brewery, providing serviceable standard fare, TRAFFIC JAM & SNUG was Detroit’s first brewpub in 1987. Visited August ’04, the 40-year-old bar inside this old brick building shows its age and the wood paneled interior fits blue collar Wayne State University neighborhood.

Award winning cheeses crowd the deli cooler while soups, salads, entrees, and great desserts fill out the menu. Rear brew tanks offered musky corn-soured wheat-imbued citrus-muted Grand Theft Pilsner, gentle raw-grained Steam Beer, softly acidic hop-embittered currant-juniper-sniped 40th Anniversary Pale Ale, butterscotch-candied whiskey-burnt medicinal-bitten Strong Ale, and carbolic hop-charred coffee-swiped Dry Rye Stout.

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