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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
120 West Washington Street
phone: (734) 741-PEAK
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Grizzly Peak lies in Arbor Brewing Company's shadows so many overlook Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, but a true Beer Advocate would realize that this is the best brew pub in Ann Arbor. Grizzly has an almost cabin feel with it's old school decorations but has a nice atmosphere overall. There are two bars, one smoking and one non-smoking - this is good news to people that hate smoke. The service is usually exceptional here even when it is crowded.
I disagree with the last review that mentioned the food here was expensive, it is very affordable for downtown Ann Arbor and dollar for dollar a much better deal (and superior food) than big chain restaurants. Try the 3-cheese Pizza, you will not regret it.
There are 6 regular beers on-tap at all times: A gold, red, porter, stout, pale ale, and IPA. In addition to the regulars there are 2-3 specialty/seasonals/casks on tap at all times that turnover quite frequently. All Grizzly's regular 6 beers range from excellent (Gold, Red, Porter) to good (Stout, Pale Ale). All are reasonably memorable. There have been quite a few memorable specialty beers ontap: The Belgian Wit and the Hefeweizen being my favorites. The Belgian Wit I had here (that quickly sold out) is the best one I've ever had, as was the first one that really put Hoegaarden in it's place. The Hefe is very refreshing and one of the better that I've had.
Once you get aquatinted with Grizzly you will realize that this place is all around better than ABC, this includes service and food. ABC's Red and Hefe are solid but Grizzy has the the best around.
06-14-2009 18:47:08 |
More by icetraxx
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$
After being a student in Ann Arbor for two years, I can honestly say that I've tried nearly all the bars in the area and Grizzly Peak blows them away. The food is fantastic (I'd strongly suggest the brewery steak sandwich). The atmosphere is good... laid back, yet fun. But of course the key to this site is in regards to the beer:
BY FAR THE BEST BREWERY IN ANN ARBOR. Though Ann Arbor Brew tends to be a bit more popular as a bar, and everyone wanted to try the Blue Tractor b/c it was new in town, the Peak is still the best. Great happy hour specials that extend until close M-Th ($2 Pints of everything). The Stealhead Red is a great year round brew, but I would also suggest trying whatever is on the rotating tap. It is always unique, and will fit perfectly with the season. The sampler is always a great start to the night. I'd suggest this for the first time visitor... then find your taste and start ordering up those pints!
05-31-2009 02:38:00 |
More by fewltu
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Popped into this place on a Monday afternoon, so can't really comment on atmosphere too much. That said, the bar area is quite lovely, with lots of old wood and nice vintage beer signs around. Lovely smell of beer permeates.
This our first time there, and we wanted to try one of the cask offerings first, in this case and English-style IPA, which was very good. Quite a nice break from some of the more aggressive American IPA's (which i'm quite fond of..), and the English hops lent a very interesting and highly drinkable quality to this beer. Will be going back for growlers.
Next up was the Winter Warmer/American Strong Ale (the name escapes me at the moment). This was also an excellent offering, with a sweet but not cloying character, with a nice mouth-feel and good hop balance. Balance is a word i would likely use to describe most of the beers we tried, actually.
Next we decided to go with the very reasonably priced 5-glass sampler (3-4oz pours); they also do 6-7 beer flights as well. Of these, the dark lager and porter were the standouts for me, as the dark lager had a very unique almost lactic bite to it. I don't drink this style much, but really enjoyed this one. The porter was, well spot on for the style, with lots of roasty sweetness and overall goodness. Also i was impressed with their take on a red ale, which is generally a style i usually skip. This one was quite nice though.
Our bartender was really nice, friendly and obviously into the beers she was pouring, and we had a nice time chatting with her about their product.
As noted, this was our first time, and probably not one of their busiest times, but will definitely be going back soon. As another poster mentioned, this brew is in my opinion better than some of the nearby competitors.
03-01-2010 23:06:36 |
More by Hakuin
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
"The Grizz" as its affectionately referred to is without a doubt my favorite brewery in Ann Arbor (and there are plenty to choose from).
There is something for everyone here. The restaurant is divided into three sections: the main dining area is in the middle and features a more "sit down restaurant" feel. On either side are bars, one is smoking and a bit more raucous and the other is non-smoking and a bit more subdued (off the second bar is another area for seating). Each of the areas have a bit of a different feel to them, but all have the same exposed brick decor with prohibition photos on the walls.
Although the Grizz isn't as popular as Arbor Brewing, it provides a superior product as far as my tastes are concerned. There is a beer for everyone here as there are typically 6-8 of their house brews on tap with a rotating concoction in addition. Their beers are typically on the more hoppy/aggressive side, which suits my tastes perfectly.
I will preface this by saying that the food is more on the expensive side (a sandwich can be upwards of $8.00). However, if you're used to Ann Arbor prices, this is no stretch. It's also worth it! The portions are very generous and there is a large amount of variety in the menu. From burgers and sandwiches to fish and chips and steak.
The service at the Grizz is just fine. The staff are very knowledgeable of both the food menu and the types of beer available and the flavors of each.
I'm a rampant homer here. This is my favorite brewery in town. The biggest compliment is when I bring friends or relatives from out of town and when they come back, they ask to go to the Grizz again, rather than another restaurant.
12-22-2009 17:11:42 |
More by dpjosuns
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
My wife and I stopped at Grizzly Peak during or tour of Ann Arbor breweries.
This was our last stop so we didn't have any food or full pints of beer, only tasters. Prices were very reasonable.
Place looks fairly good, lots of wood and booths, a big bar... alright. We sat at the bar and sampled some brews. Bartender was super friendly and knowledgeable.
They had a good number of beers on tap (no guests, though)
We tried the Columbus Pale (on cask) and Sheerwater IPA (also on cask). Also a weird beer called Karl's Hibiscosity, plus Wee Owen's Roggenbier and the classic Bear Paw Porter.
I liked some of them and others I didn't, but I thought all of them were well crafted and inventive.
I will definitely go back and try more brews!
09-20-2010 17:54:09 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
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: 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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Dark wood paneling gives a comfortable, homey sort of atmosphere. Two standard cask ales, & 1 seasonal cask (nice). Several seasonals were on tap as well. Approximately 5 regular beers on tap. Growler fills okay. Excellent service - waiter was quite knowledgable about the beers, and was helpful in my decision making. I get the impression that they actually make the help taste the beers, so they know what they are talking about. Good fish & chips, excellent ribs. Although being from the east coast I expect alot more callimari for $7! I'll certainly visit again.
07-27-2005 03:08:46 |
More by xgrigorix
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I have to say I liked this better than Arbor Brewing the other of three Ann Arbor brewpubs.As you walk in you notice two large bar areas and two dining areas we went during lunch at the dining area were filled with waiting lists but the bar areas aere nearly empty,ver attentive server as she worked the bar serving beers and serving food to the labels and she was witty and charming.Eight beer on tap with one cask beers ranging from porter to wit with a saaz pale on cask.I had the wild mushroom burger wich was very good and my had a salad but you know I cant recall what kind it was.A nice place I liked it the food was good and the service was good,a bit pricey but alot is pricey in Ann Arbor.
05-08-2006 23:39:31 |
More by oberon
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