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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
120 West Washington Street
phone: (734) 741-PEAK
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Stopped in for a visit around Thanksgiving 2004 for a late evening dinner. Grizzly Peak is located in downtown Ann Arbor near several parking structures. We arrived just after the dinner rush on a busy holiday weekend and were delighted to be seated in just 5-10 minutes. The inside of the building features brick walls with wooden accents. It was filled with chatter from the packed dinner crowd and noisy clinks of busily bussed tables. A large waiting area is available for those visiting for dinner. Drinks can be obtained at the bar in an adjoining room, which also held a few tables. We were seated in a third room, located through the bar-room. The menu selection was fantastic, in fact this may be more of a restaurant than a brewpub. They had a nice selection of beer available on tap and we ordered a sampler of beer (about 10 different 5 oz glasses). The food was great, but the beer was so so. Craft brew, but nothing to get excited about. We were also disappointed with the service during dinner. We were not attended well and my knife was encrusted with a piece of lettuce from a previous meal. The price of the meal was about right, but I found the beer too expensive for the quality. All in all, we had a good time. This is not a place I would go for a quiet evening or for a pint of quality beer. It is a place I would return, because of the quality of the food. I'm willing to write off the poor service this time as being an abberation due to the dinner rush during the busy holiday season.
12-01-2004 20:40:53 |
More by mentor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Grizz is a consistent and solid brewpub but definitively corporate. Though the heavily wooded interior is not fake and the layout is creative, the servers look like Bennigan's in their uniformity and bits of flair (a la "Office Space").
The food, I must say, is way better than average, serving a style of pub food that really isn't pub food. For example, if they serve steak it'll be french-style hanger steak but in an Asian demi-glaze and an offbeat vegetable selection. The burgers are huge and, again, offbeat in their ingredients. Portions for everything are huge - you gotta be starving or with a large group of people to feel the need for appetizers.
The beers are solid and suprising. Red ales, stouts, and golden ales are so terrifyingly ubiquitous at most brewpubs, and most often numbingly bland, but Grizzly does an amazing job of making boring styles quite flavorful. The Steelhead Red is smooth and the Irish Stout is spot-on for the style, for instance. Yet, for all their excellence with the mainstream mainstay beers, they don't venture much into rare or historically interesting styles. Though they carry 3 hand-pump casks, these are almost always filled with their ESB and ordinary ales.
Service is highly attentive and quick. Though I may rib them for their corporate style, you will be cared for with professionalism and grace by their veritable army of staff.
Believe it or not, I think the Grizz has some of the best food in the town of Ann Arbor, relative to the market they're targeting. The beer is solid but far from inspiring, though.
08-27-2004 14:43:38 |
More by nomad
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Grizzly Peak has much of what I look for in a brewpub. The decor is filled with breweriana, though it is not overflowing from the walls. Brick and wood dominate the interior with the center piece of the restaurant, the wood burning oven.
I've never had a bad beer here. The porter is probably my favorite of the year round beers. They had a nice rye brewed with bavarian hefe yeast in July. They serve cask ale, again a nice touch I'd like to see at every brewpub.
The menu is full of items we've grown accustom to seeing at brewpubs. Very good sandwiches, terrific steak, wood-fired pizza, fish & chips... Fantastic food!
This isn't the place I'd come to hang out all night, but if you're looking for a terrific meal with a couple nice beers, this is an excellent choice.
08-11-2004 02:05:44 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
College town downtown.
4-square selection, service and atmosphere.
The waiters wear suspenders - something that gives it an antique attitude... if one is not too skeptical - and anyway, after a few beers it should provide for a pleasant drunken mirage of real period costume. Wear an analogue watch to play your part.
The beers were pretty darn good. I got a sampler while waiting for a wine tasting to begin next door. It would be easy to appease the beer-timid with the golden ale, red or lager while still satisfying the Anglo/Irish-oriented beer stickler with the porter and pale.
06-22-2004 22:44:03 |
More by putnam
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
This place a was a nice respite after a long day in Ann Arbor. We stumbled across this place after parking our cars. From the outside it looked charming and inviting. The inside lived up to that cover. Wood paneled, with soft comfortable light. The service was very accomadating to our large party (roughly 20) and our waitress was very patient with us so kudos for that. We ordered a couple of their samplers which consisted of ten 5oz. glasses. I was taken by their Stout and Red Ale. the food was exceptional, try the hearth burger with a portabella. If you are in Ann Arbor definitely check it out.
05-18-2003 15:44:03 |
More by GreatPondBrewer
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
The food here is, to me, the reason that this brewpub has an advantage over competitors. Others certainly have better beer, in my opinion. I think the thing that might irritate me the most here is that the best beers I've ever had here (some sort of sour-ish raspberry belgian-inspired brew, a well-hopped french ale, and a winter lager) are all seasonal! Their normal beers are OK -- certainly better than a lot of stuff out there -- but they're hardly outstanding.
Food is great. Amazing sweet potato fries. Occasionally they have a BBQ chicken pizza on special that's just superb. Good sandwiches and burgers as well as some nicer, pricier entrees.
Has a restaurant-ish kind of feel, save the big brew tanks in the front window. I don't think I've ever gone there with the express purpose of drinking beer -- always more for a meal.
02-06-2003 19:03:11 |
More by marburg
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
The restaurant is usually quite busy, but there is a bar serving up the freshest of some of Ann Arbors finest beers. The service was quick and friendly. The menu was creative. The portions were large, and the food was fantastic. Check out the beer reviews for the important info.
09-04-2002 18:21:55 |
More by beernut7
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Grizzly Peak Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI
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