7 episodes

Listen as a variety of beer industry leaders and historians tell the comprehensive story of Detroit brewing. 

Untold Detroit: Beer focuses on the long history of beer and brewing in Detroit — from before Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac arrived in Detroit to current events in Detroit’s beer scene. It takes a deep dive into the thoughts of those directly involved in creating today's brewing history, including brewing giants like Larry Bell, founder of Bell’s Brewery, John Stroh from the Stroh’s family and Annette May, the only female-certified Cicerone in the United States.

Untold Detroit: Beer is the first podcast from the Detroit Historical Society and is hosted by Billy Wall-Winkel.

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Listen as a variety of beer industry leaders and historians tell the comprehensive story of Detroit brewing. 

Untold Detroit: Beer focuses on the long history of beer and brewing in Detroit — from before Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac arrived in Detroit to current events in Detroit’s beer scene. It takes a deep dive into the thoughts of those directly involved in creating today's brewing history, including brewing giants like Larry Bell, founder of Bell’s Brewery, John Stroh from the Stroh’s family and Annette May, the only female-certified Cicerone in the United States.

Untold Detroit: Beer is the first podcast from the Detroit Historical Society and is hosted by Billy Wall-Winkel.

    Detroit Beer Today

    Detroit Beer Today

    Detroit is a craft beer leader, so how has the industry evolved since craft beer took off? Hear from current industry insiders Eric Briggeman, Kristy Melquist Smith, Angie Williams, Dave Engbers, and Annette May on current issues in brewing – including diversity, selling out, and seltzers. 

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    • 36 min
    The Craft Beer Movement in Detroit

    The Craft Beer Movement in Detroit

    Big beer has fallen, and the craft brewing renaissance has begun. National heavyweights like Stroh's collapsed, and the last of the German brewing families are no more. This episode traces the roots and rise of the craft brewing - from Detroit to Grand Rapids. Rex Halfpenny, former president of the Michigan Brewers Guild, Angie Williams, president of Fermenta, a women's craft beer collective, Larry Bell, founder of Bell's Brewing; John Linardos, president of Motor City Brewing Works and Scott Graham, current president of the Michigan Brewers Guild, unearth the take-off of ales, sours, and of course, IPAs. 

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    • 33 min
    Detroit Beer Becomes Big Business

    Detroit Beer Becomes Big Business

    Beer is becoming a big business, and Detroit is thriving. Stroh, Goebel, and Pfieffer rule the brewing scenes. Some brands stayed local, expanded regionally, and even became national brands – but some didn't survive. Learn how they fared against big brands including Budweiser, Miller and Pabst. in the post-prohibition world and hear from beer historian Gregg Smith, John Stroh, and Detroit History Podcast host, Tim Kiska.

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    • 39 min
    Surviving Prohibition in Detroit

    Surviving Prohibition in Detroit

    Prohibition is in full swing – the brewing industry is illegal. But, Detroit beer can't be stopped by Prohibition. How did the breweries survive, and how did Detroiters get their precious beer? Listen to Joel Stone, Detroit Historical Society Senior Curator, John Stroh, local beer historian Stephen Johnson, and Detroit historian Tom Klug share how Detroit beer survived Prohibition. 

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    • 33 min
    Rise and Fall of Detroit Beer Barons

    Rise and Fall of Detroit Beer Barons

    The only thing that could stop Detroit beer barons? The Temperance Movement. Beer production in Detroit was skyrocketing, but so was the resistance against it. The battle over booze is raging, and all roads are heading towards Prohibition. Hear from Joel Stone, Senior Curator of the Detroit Historical Society, beer historian Stephen Johnson and Detroit historian Tom Klug about the beginnings of Prohibition in Detroit and its impact on beer.

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    • 26 min
    Detroit Beer on the Frontier

    Detroit Beer on the Frontier

    A frontier outpost with frontier beer, Detroit was at the far end of French colonization in the New World but making its way to become a beer-centric city. As new immigrant populations came to the city, including English, French, German and Polish, they each brought their unique beer styles to the city. changing its landscape forever.  To help us explore Detroit beer's earliest age, we're joined by Joel Stone, Senior Curator at the Detroit Historical Society, beer historian Steve Johnson, and Detroit historian Tom Klug.

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

JW@Det ,

Great podcast!

I found it informative and entertaining.
Billy, the host did a wonderful job of the driving beer bus through Detroit’s history.
Hope to hear more.

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You don’t even have to love beer!

If you’re at all into Detroit, history, culture and/or beer, take a listen! Great stories and interesting voices.

The Bite Tonight ,

Impressive

As a fellow podcaster, I was super impressed with this podcast. The host, Billy Wall-Winkle does a great job. Untold Detroit: Beer tells a story. And for someone that isn’t that into beer like myself, it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I learned a lot about the history of Detroit and beer and it was very interesting. And if you are into beer, this podcast is for you!

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