Craft Beer Conversation: HomeGrown Brewing Co. Is A Family Endeavor

"We brew good beer that you’re gonna want to finish."

WWJ News
September 12, 2019 - 11:09 pm

WWJ’s Zach Clark is searching metro Detroit for the best of the best when it comes to craft beer. On a quest for the best tastes, funkiest brews and most unique experiences on the craft beer scene, “Craft Beer Conversation” will be a weekly series highlighting the area’s best. Be sure to check it out every Friday.

OXFORD, Mich. (WWJ) – When you walk into HomeGrown Brewing Co. in Oxford, you’re getting just that – a homegrown, family feel.

Founder John Powers began brewing beer in his basement a decade ago and in 2017, he and his wife, Marie, opened the restaurant on M-24 in downtown Oxford with the idea of giving customers a simple, approachable and inclusive beer-drinking experience.

“I think the world of craft beer is accessible to anyone now and everybody’s interested. Some breweries do science projects, we brew good beer that you’re gonna want to finish,” general manager Jeff Powers told WWJ’s Zach Clark.

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Jeff Powers goes to work in his home town every day with his family, including his brother, Joe, who takes care of brewing with his dad -- right behind the bar. HomeGrown has a stable of six core beers and several rotating taps for an ever-changing variety of different styles, focusing on seasonal trends.

From the classic Oxford Ale -- an American cream ale – to the Ruck-A-Chuck IPA and more, Powers says their beers pair well with their fresh, farm-to-table food menu, prepared from scratch in their kitchen.

“People dine out because they have a certain thing they’re looking for. Those six beers, they pair well with food. There’s something that is welcoming, comforting,” Powers said. “It’s not just for us to go out there and see how weird we can get. We want to make you happy. We want you to enjoy that pint.”

HomeGrown has a heavy focus on the in-house experience. The Powers family wants customers to feel at home when they’re there. But the brewery does distribute beer, with some bars pouring HomeGrown brews from the taps, and some stores carrying it on their shelves.

Being in their own home town, the family loves being able to get the community involved, utilizing locally grown products in their beer and food menus.

“Being outside an immediate metro area, there’s a lot of agriculture within arms reach, and that’s where we’ve built our menu out of and how we source and design our beer menu. I don’t think you need to be in a downtown metro location to offer a quality craft beer product. That was a thing with our flagship beers, was approachable,” Powers said.

The HomeGrown kitchen is closed on Mondays, but they offer hot dogs and discounted beers. On Tuesdays, they offer a pub menu and Wed.-Saturday, their full menu is on display.  Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and the chefs put out a “Sunday Funday” menu for dinner.

Learn more about HomeGrown Brewing Co. on their website.

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