Our Story

Our owner Aaron studied Landscape Architecture while attending Michigan State University and had the opportunity to backpack through Europe one summer and participate in a study abroad program in Europe a few years after. Through his travels, he sampled many ales and lagers that sparked his passion for craft beer. Upon returning, he purchased a homebrew kit, brewed one terrible batch of beer in his apartment, and knew he discovered something he loved doing.

Our other owner Kristin discovered her passion for craft beer after meeting Aaron in design school at MSU. On their second date at Crunchy’s in East Lansing, Aaron accidentally spilled an entire pint of beer on her. They now recognize this event as her “baptism” into craft beer.

Drafting Table Brewing Company quickly became a dream for Aaron and Kristin. While starting careers as a professional landscape architect and interior designer, they continued homebrewing and drafting plans to open a brewery. It wasn’t until Aaron switched careers to a professional brewer did the plans start becoming a reality.

Aaron’s hometown of Wixom, Michigan was the ideal location for Drafting Table because of its walk-able downtown, variety of restaurants, and close proximity to both residential areas and businesses. The brewery is located in Downtown Wixom at 49438 Pontiac Trail. Construction started August 2015, and we opened our doors to the public on March 26, 2016.

We brew all own beer on our 7-barrel brew system. We serve up to 16 beers, 2 hard ciders, Faygo soda, and small snacks from Pop Daddy. There is intentionally not a kitchen as our goal is to encourage patrons to bring food from their favorite local dining spots or order food from the various food trucks that visit.

Kristin’s experience as an interior designer helped create a welcoming atmosphere inside the pub. Elements such as a combination live-edge wood and concrete bar top, hand crafted tables, brick walls, and warm lighting invite people to stay a while. The walls are cladded with a collage of drafting tools, Aaron’s sketches from study abroad, and Mug Club members’ mugs that hang from reclaimed drafting table boards from Lawrence Tech University. A dartboard and board games are available as well as a traditional German “Stammtisch” area. Sitting and raising a glass with strangers is strongly encouraged at our brewery.

Flagship beers like Rezolute IPA and seasonal favorites like Hefeweizen are among the variety of beers you will find on tap. Part of Aaron’s early childhood was spent living in Germany which has greatly influenced his fondness towards European style beers. Be it malty, tart, hoppy, or sessionable, we try to have a beer style on tap for every beer lover.

We hope you come and visit us soon. Make sure to check out our Tap List and Events page prior to stopping by to see what beers you will find on tap and what food truck will be parked outside.

Our Team

Aaron | Co-owner + Head Brewer

:: FAVORITE DRAFTING TABLE BEER ::
Professional Pils

:: INTERESTS ::
Skiing, golfing, running, soccer, and beer

:: SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME ::
I’ve ran 9 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2014. My PR is 2hrs and 56 minutes.

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Kristin | Co-owner + General Manager

:: FAVORITE DRAFTING TABLE BEER ::
My favorite beers are any of our hazy IPA’s: Mosiac Waves, Render, and Grunge Phaze

:: INTERESTS ::
In the summer I love being in the sun by a lake, ocean, or river. I also enjoy kayaking and golfing. In the winter I enjoy downhill skiing and sitting by a fire with a beer and my dog, Barley.

:: SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME ::
I played softball, volleyball, tennis, and basketball throughout high school.

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Amber | Pub Manager

:: FAVORITE DRAFTING TABLE BEER ::
My favorite DT beer is any variation of Tarty Slip.

:: INTERESTS ::
I like long walks to the brewery and napping.

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Mark | Brewer

:: FAVORITE DRAFTING TABLE BEER ::
My favorite DT beer is Professional Pils. I drink it more than any other beer hands down.

:: INTERESTS ::
In my free time I like to cook and hang out with my wife.

:: SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME ::
When I was younger I used to be a rave DJ.

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Amber (aka AK2) | Bartender

:: FAVORITE DRAFTING TABLE BEER ::
Professional Pilsner (definitely my go to beer!)

:: INTERESTS ::
I simply love the outdoors. I love to camp, kayak and go four wheeling.

:: SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME ::
I was born in upstate New York. Although I am a huge Michigan fan (Go Blue!), I always cheer for my home team Syracuse (Go Orange!)

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Meg | Shift Leader

:: FAVORITE DRAFTING TABLE BEER ::
Rezolute will always be one of my all-time favorite beers, but I’m quite partial to the Tarty Slip series and Coffee with a Blonde, too.

:: LIKES ::
Unicorns. Cats. Glitter. Corgis. Japanese stuff.

:: SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME ::

I have a twin…. And I am also a very good liar =]

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Henry | Bartender

:: FAVORITE DRAFTING TABLE BEER ::
Simon Saaz Czech Pilsner

:: INTERESTS ::
I run a small (very small) IT company, amateur drone pilot, Elvis Presley enthusiast.

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Matt | Bartender 

:: FAVORITE DRAFTING TABLE BEER ::
Palatable (or from the core lineup: Cranberry Tarty Slip)

:: INTERESTS ::
Playing games of all kinds—anything from table-top games and trivia to ice hockey and darts

:: SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME ::
I am a multi-vocational minister and have dreams of living in a simple small house on a 1-2 acre sustainable farm growing food for my family and neighbors.

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Katelyn | Bartender 

:: FAVORITE DRAFTING TABLE BEER ::
Witty Yank, but if Coffee with a blonde is on tap that’s my go to!

:: INTERESTS ::
In my free time, in the warmer months I am either running, kayaking, or camping, in the winter I am hibernating, and hanging out with my two doggies!

:: SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME ::
Something most people don’t know about me is that I am obsessed with lighthouses, and have a bucket list to see all of them around the Great Lakes.

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