Granite City Brewery opens inside Detroit’s Renaissance Center. Complete photo gallery at end of post!

Granite City Food & Brewery inside Detroit’s Renaissance Center!

Detroit’s Renaissance Center complex has defined the skyline of Detroit’s sprawling cityscape since it was built in 1977. At 5.5 million square feet, the RenCen is the 6th largest building by square footage in the United States and quite an imposing structure.

Teeming with 11,000 employees, the RenCen is a downtown hub of activity and as such, offers some amazing eateries and activities. The newest addition to this enclosed wonderland maze of walkways, ramps and elevators, is Granite City Food and Brewery.

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Granite City has 35 restaurants in 14 states and this 16,000-square foot Detroit location inside the RenCen is their flagship restaurant.

Extremely conveniently located on Level One of Tower 100 at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street, Granite City features an easy-access entry door and 1,000sq ft patio on Jefferson. There are 120 seats on the patio and 450 seats inside.

Also inside you’ll find a beautifully designed interior, 5 on-site beer fermentation tanks, 6 beers on tap, 12 rotating seasonal beers and a huge menu featuring everything from jumbo sea scallops to burgers to desserts.

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Not many people know that the RenCen is such a massive building, it actually has its own zipcode: 48243. In celebration of this hilarious factoid, Granite City has smartly released a delicious uber-exclusive small-batch extremely limited release 48243 IPA beer, which comes in a 13oz. snifter.

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The Captain and I loved the 48243 beer. Absolutely delicious. The Captain did pick up a growler to go and can’t wait t try the other selections of beer as well.

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Our waitstaff was awesome. Our server, Lindsey Hudson, was delightfully attentive, warm, wonderful, informative and professional. Full of suggestions and was able to determine exactly what we wanted.

About half way through out meal the manager, Elliott Hardy, came by to introduce himself as well and to check if everything was alright. Mr. Hardy was very accommodating and hospitable, making us feel very comfortable and at-home in the bustling restaurant.

The food was outstanding. We recommend trying:

Northern Cheddar Ale soup ($6.00 bowl) “creamy Wisconsin-aged cheddar soup.”

Wild Boar Bratwurst Sliders (3 for $12.00) “Jalapeno cheddar wild boar bratwurst sliced on pretzel buns with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard aioli.”

Maple Pepper Bacon and Tomato Flatbread ($12.60) “Maple pepper bacon, tomatoes, basil and a blend of cheeses on a garlic aioli brushed crust.”

Jumbo Sea Scallops ($24.00) “Pan-seared jumbo sea scallops served on a bed of creamy wild mushroom and asparagus risotto and a balsamic beurre blanc.”

The Captain left with a humungous amber-colored 68oz. glass flip-top growler full of 48243 IPA beer and a big ole grin.

We each paid 0.75 cents and hopped onto the People Mover, full, content and ready to recommend Granite City as a must-visit location for anyone going to Downtown Detroit. Casual attire acceptable and yes they do carry-outs. Check it out!

JobbieCrew Review: Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit: 5 out of 5 stars.

Granite City Brewery (inside the Renaissance Center)
100 Renaissance Center
Ste. 1101
Detroit, Michigan 48243

Contact: (313) 309-9120

GCFB RenCen Homepage



Open 11 AM – Midnight
Full Menu until 11 PM
Lunch Menu 11 AM – 4 PM
Drinks until Midnight

Friday & Saturday
Open 11 AM – Midnight
Full Menu until 11 PM
Drinks until Midnight

Open 10 AM – 10 PM
Brunch 10 AM – 2 PM
Full Menu 11 AM – 9 PM
Drinks until 10 PM

Happy Hour
Monday thru Saturday
3 PM – 6 PM

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