The Pontiac Brewing Tribe was founded in December 1995, with the first meeting held at the King Brewery in Pontiac in January 1996.

In November 2000, we became a ‘nomadic tribe’ when the King Brewery closed for a short time. We met at Dragonmead, Copper Canyon, Bo’s, Rochester Mills, Redwood Lodge, and Big Buck. After almost a year of wandering, we grew tired of being homeless. Big Buck’s head brewer, Eric Briggeman, offered to host our club meetings. So, beginning in 2001, Big Buck Brewery in Auburn Hills became our new home.

In April 2005, Eric accepted the position of head brewer with the Rochester Mills Beer Company in Rochester, and offered to host our meetings at Rochester Mills. We accepted, and that’s how Pontiac came to Rochester. It was suggested that we change our name due to the location, but that motion was thoroughly defeated.

In the fall of 2011, Rochester Mills began construction of the new Rochester Mills Production Brewery in Auburn Hills. With the brewery still under construction, this became our new home in December 2011.




To make great beer, without being too anal about it. To help our members improve in their ability to accomplish this, no matter what level they are currently at.


To have a group of friends who also make great beer, and to provide an environment where those beers can be shared, critiqued, evaluated, and most importantly, enjoyed.

For more information, contact us at:

Website: http://pontiacbrewingtribe.com

To be added to our club discussion forum, send request to PontiacBrewingTribe@gmail.com.
This is hosted on our yahoo group.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at:

Rochester Mills Production Brewery
3275 Lapeer Road West
Auburn Hills, MI 48326