Ever wanted to take your homebrew out of the basement for a slightly more mainstream audience? The Ann Arbor Michigan Corner Brewery Co.’s “Rat Pad Project” is giving you that chance. Selected local home brewers can use a 10-gallon pilot brewing system at The Corner to create a small batch of their best homebrew, which will then be offered up on a Wednesday evening, several weeks later, to a waiting crowd that usually downs all 10 gallons by 8 p.m.
“Every Wednesday night at 6, when the new beer is unveiled, we have a crowd of people here to make sure they get a glass before it sells out,” says Corner Brewery co-owner Matt Greff. “It’s really given us a lot of credibility and excitement and enthusiasm, more than we’ve had before from the brewing community and the home-brew community. It’s more street cred than anything else, something to do that nobody else is doing.”