470 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-832-2700; motorcitybeer.com
What makes this brewpub a perennial hit? It could be the funky tile-decorated interior the neighborhood folks who gather at the semicircular concrete bar, or the locally sourced pizza, the dependable roster of beers, or the occasional seasonal brews. Or maybe it's the wildly successful This Week in Art series on Wednesday nights, the small, sunny patio upstairs, or the lush "green alley" out back. It could be the cool factor associated with being the official craft beer of the Detroit City Football Club. Whatever it is, it adds up to a winner year after year.