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Grizzly Peak Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 202
Beer Avg: 3.58
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 4
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
120 West Washington Street
phone: (734) 741-PEAK
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere is good. kind of like a lodge, which can be appealing. nice wood work and exposed brick. the outside seating is also nice.
the beer is delicious. most all solid choices, but nothing exceptional. no regular IPA on tap, but the GP Pale Ale is a fine alternative with plenty of Cascade hops, but no IPA.
the staff is friendly. attention is paid by the servers. i did see a bartender pour a beer, and just let if overflow while running around. it wasn't too busy and that made my heart sink, because i would have drank that beer.
the election of beer is average. like i said, no IPA on regular rotation. their Octoberfest was a delight, but ran out quickly for the seasonal.
the food is great. i have never been disappointed, and the prices aren't too high.
In Conclusion: great food, good beer, and a nice atmosphere.
01-31-2009 01:34:30 |
More by foggymountainman
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went here a couple of times during my college days. The atmosphere of the place is quite extraordinary: huge open-hearth brick oven, big game head busts ... it's like dining in a hunting lodge. There's definitely an old-world charm to this place that's surprising considering you're in downtown Ann Arbor.
Beers were decent. I got a sampler once and didn't find any of the beers to stand out. The Bear Paw Porter wasn't half-bad and comes recommended if you're eating something heavy. However, their beers do compliment their food well... and the food is definitely top-notch: try their steak sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries and honey. Delicious. Overall, great place to go to if you find yourself in Michigan.
01-29-2009 01:48:09 |
More by thekanna
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Went here on a Friday night with a few friends. One of my friends and I ended up splitting a sampler. The bartender had to write what the beers were on a napkin instead of giving us a menu of some kind to follow. Nothing really jumped out at me about the beers. I didn't try and of the food so I can't really comment on that. I did not even look at a menu. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place though. Not to stuffy like similar establishments. They had a decent selection of beer other than the Grizzly Peak brand. Definitely a cool place to grab a few drinks. Would go there again.
12-02-2008 00:45:28 |
More by Bagman007
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I met a few colleagues here for dinner while on business in Ann Arbor. The Grizzly Peak is one of two downtown brewpubs (the other being Arbor Brewing) and I was told that the GP had the better food selection of the two.
While there, I had a pint of the Molasses Porter (on cask), as well as, their standard draft porter. Both were very good, but I preferred their standard (non cask) porter more. Other beers included an ESB on cask and drafts of the Grizzly Peak Pale, Golden, Steelhead Red and County Cork's Irish Stout.
As for the food, I tried the Brisket special with a side of creamed corn and a twice baked potato. The brisket was very tasty, although a bit fatty, and the sides were good enough for me to clean the plate.
The service was quick, attentive and our waitress never let an empty glass sit for very long. The atmosphere during this early evening weekday visit was family friendly and accommodating for a broad range of clientele.
04-15-2008 20:01:05 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I checked this place out with a buddy of mine because we wanted to sample both the food and the brew, by recommendation.
The service was good and friendly--we got a table without having to wait long at all during a busy Friday night.
Our server was both very knowledgeable and helpful (for example, we had no idea what their brew called "Strang Wullie" was all about, but they were very helpful with describing each one).
They had about 8 or so of their own brews on tap. We ended up going with the 5 brew sampler which was pretty fun and tasty. Personally I liked their Pale the best while my buddy enjoyed the Porter. I also liked they offered growlers to go at a very decent price.
Food-wise, their "Cheddar and ale soup" was to die for, and their Reuben was spot on.
Overall, it was a very good experience and I would highly recommend it to others. Its location is quite a hike, however, from central campus, which would be the only reason that I do not frequent there more often.
03-31-2008 00:08:30 |
More by jeremyd365
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Very cool little place in downtown Ann Arbor. Interior is very comfortable, dark wood with style. Really really liked the atmosphere. Did not have food on this visit, though the menu looked excellent (much better looking than Arbor Brewing down the street). Bartenders were very friendly and informative. They had 9 beers on tap, had a sampler of just a few. The Wilamette Pale was quite good, very quaffable. The Porter was very good as well. The red was unexciting and somewhat bland. They had 2 non-menu brews, a dark wheat which was almost overwhelming with the banana aroma and flavor, and a belgo-american pale ale, which was okay but seemed a bit unbalanced. If you're looking for excellent beer, check out Arbor Brewing first, though this is certainly a worthy stop (and only a block away from Arbor!). If you're looking for more of a meal, this is the place.
01-15-2008 00:22:00 |
More by rrwiltse
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
A late addition to the beer trip, Grizzly Peak is located off the sidewalk in Ann Arbor. The inside is dimly lit and rustic/hunting lodge themed with plenty of large stuffed creatures mounted all around. We took a seat at a long tall table near the bar. The bar is of average size with several televisions hanging around.
The selection on tap was decent, although they were unfortunately out of the porter I was looking forward to trying. The service was prompt and friendly as well. Because we had two other stops that day, we did not have much time to spend there. I ordered a beer sampler and enjoyed them all. However none of the selections really jumped out at me as exceptional. I did not order a food, but I did glance at the menu and it sounded pretty good. The place seemed to be a bit more focused on the restaurant aspect rather than the beer. That is not to say that the beer was not good. They had a lot of summer selections on tap that just happen to be not my favorite styles and as I said the porter was kicked.
Certainly worth a visit, but Im not sure I would make a long trip there like I would for some other breweries. I would, however, like to visit again and sample the food. I did enjoy the interior and the overall feel of the establishment. Also it was only about 1pm and there was some sort of street fair happening a few blocks over so we were a few of the only people in the place. Id say give it a try if your in the greater Ann Arbor area.
12-01-2007 22:22:02 |
More by letsgopens
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I have been here on numerous occasions over the years. At first I loved the place, but it seems to have gone down hill somewhat as of late. The atmosphere is the best thing about this place. It is dimly lit and it feels kind of like you are in a really nice lodge-like building, but in an old downtown building- very unique. I used to be in love with the food (the cheddar and ale soup is still to die for), but it seems to be served cold more than hot anymore and they no longer have their home-made mustard. They do have some unique options on their menu, but it tends to be more bland than exciting and it is like $8 for a burger, with the toppings being a la carte and the fries being extra too- a tad expensive if you ask me. The beer is worthwhile- their Oktoberfest was a very odd but satisfying take on the style. It is obvious that this place is a restaurant first and a brewery second, but there is a decent selection beer-wise, just nothing all that exciting. I would love to see one of these Ann Arbor breweries try a Russian Imperial Stout or even a DIPA or even something a little off the wall. There was just your standard pale ale, red ale, ESB, golden ale, porter, Irish stout, Oktoberfest... But I suppose they have to keep the passers by happy. The last thing that I will discuss is the service... It has always been average, but the last two times I have been kind of disappointed. When I went about a year ago (I didn't go for a year because of this), the waitress was fine until we were done with our food. Then we sat there for about 25 minutes and we realized that things were getting excessive. Then we began looking for her, and she was serving all of the tables around us but neglecting us. This went on for another 15 minutes before I decided to go find a manager and she must have thought I was going to leave without paying when she asked "Oh, do you want your check?" I just glared at her and said "Yes. Yes I do." This last time I went the waitress gave me the wrong beer, then forgot about my date's appetizer, then brought me the wrong food and just seemed to be very confused most of the evening. Overall, it is worth a try if you don't have to wait a long time, but if the place is crowded, experience has told me your service will suffer.
10-08-2007 18:44:35 |
More by david131
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
After a trip up north to visit relatives in Detroit I had to stop off in Ann Arbor for a chance to unwind. That place was the Grizzly Peak brewing Company.
I had never been there before but the beer selection and food menu was very enticing to this weary traveler. We sat outside on the sidewalk on a beautiful sunny day. Never went inside so can't say much about the atmosphere.
Service was friendly and informative.
The beer list was about nine beers deep. I had the IPA which had very strong butter notes to it...but then again, so did the pale ale. It was an average IPA in my opinion. I also had the ESB on cask which was very good. They also had a hefe on cask as well.
The food was incredible. I had the fish and chips. They used walleye in place of cod or some other plain fish and was maybe the best fish and chips I've ever had. My wife had the chicken salad sandwich. had a bite and weas blown away by the taste.
Prices were on par with other reataurants and brew pubs in AA. But if you want great food, then certainly check it out. The beer...average at best.
08-21-2007 20:56:27 |
More by Monkeyknife
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Grizzly Peak is located on West Washington which is right in downtown. It is only a couple miles from US-23 off Rte 14. Parking should not be too much of an issue between meters and garages in walking distance. Speaking of walking distance, being only a block away from Arbor brewing is nice too.
The interior is very large and open. There are bars on the far right and far left of the establishment, with lots of seating between. There is a lot of brick and natural light thanks to the windows in front.
The beer selection is pretty good. There are around 9 different beers available, with 2 of them on cask. A sampler is available for $10. They also bottle at least 3 of their beers. The beers are pretty standard offerings for the most part, but the cask beers and unique creations like a Juniper Pale definitely add some spark.
Service here was very good at the bar on a slow Friday afternoon. The bartender knew the beers very well and was happy to help point us in the direction of other brewpubs in the area.
We did not order any food on this visit.
There are only 2 things on earth that could get me as an OSU graduate to visit Ann Arbor: An away game at the Big House and a good brewpub. This is the latter.
04-20-2007 15:51:41 |
More by Dogbrick
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI
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