Exploring Detroit with Culture Editor Thomas Wilmer

There’s a reason Detroit is the most populated area in Michigan, in fact, there’s many reasons. 360 Magazine‘s culture editor, Thomas Wilmer, ventured out into Detroit to experience some of those reasons firsthand, as detailed in a few Detroit-based episodes of his award-winning NPR travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer.


Tom conversed with members of the Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau, Renee Monforton, Jennifer Ollinger, and Stan Smith as well as with Carolyn Howard of Traffic Jam & Snug (Detroit’s oldest Brewhouse), Brian Stevenson of Motown Museum, and the president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment at Little Ceasars Arena, Tom Wilson in a recent podcast. The conversation began with the staffers of the Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tom addressed the negative media portrayal of the city. The group discusses the transformation the city has undergone. It is a city of opportunity, as Tom mentions, “because the city is not over the top, yet.” The real estate market in Detroit has skyrocketed as artists and entrepreneurs flock to make their mark in this up-and-coming city. Detroit has seen many changes in recent years, including the induction of Little Ceasars Arena, a multi-purpose stadium in midtown Detroit that will be home to the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons. Wilmer takes listeners on an exciting tour through Detroit in the midst of its resurgence in a podcast that was posted October 12, 2017.


detroitbeerbook-coverIn another podcast posted October 16, 2017, Tom Wilmer gives beer lovers quite a treat as he explores the past, present, and future of beer in Detroit. Wilmer talks to author, podcast host, and Motor City Brew Tours founder, Stephen Johnson, to gain an inside look at the beer world of Detroit. An interesting tidbit from the podcast states that at it’s peak, Detroit had 16 breweries in downtown, some of which were major brewing companies. With the rising popularity of microbreweries in today’s society, it’s likely that Motor City Brew Tours will have to add a lot more stops to its already massive itinerary (50+ breweries). Listen in on Wilmer and Johnson’s conversation here


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