Grizzly Peak Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 202
Beer Avg: 3.58
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 4
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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2.56/5 rDev -33%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Heading into Grizzly Peak, it looked promising since the place was packed on a Sunday night. Got to the bar, and it was a mess--stale beer and a left over meal and no bartender to be seen. Just had a pint of the pale ale, which was far below par. The whole place felt factory like--and there was a lot of complaining going on by the wait staff. Fighting about something. Weird. Bad vibe for me, but there seemed to be a lot of people that were enjoying themselves, so I left and headed down the street rather than spend more time here.
07-28-2011 21:54:37 | More by FightingEntropy
2.93/5 rDev -23.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
We came here for a sampler and for dinner. A pretty decent deal of a sampler $10 for 9 beers, now if only they were all a solid grouping. The atmosphere was pretty nice, a huge place, very nice seats. We sat right next to the brewing equipment which was an added bonus...The beer quality is very so-so, I found almost all of the beers very commercial and disappointing. They did not have anything of note besides there own beer...The highlight of this place is the food. There is a nice selection and its all very good. I'd go here to grab a bite to it but not to drink anything.
07-24-2010 16:12:16 | More by jrallen34
2.95/5 rDev -22.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Stop number #216 on my brewery tour of the world.
Completed a brewpub tour of Ann Arbor the first week of June 2011 with a couple of my beer-snob-drinking friends. Easily shakes out to…
1. Jolly Pumpkin & Arbor Brewing tied and depending on unique vs. traditional beers
2. Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
3. Grizzly Peak Brewing Company (very distant third)
I'm not quite sure how this place gets a B+ with 42 ratings.
We ordered a sampler of the cask conditioned dry hopped here, pale ale, and a pint for me of the IPA. I should have known better than to trust a place that would dry hop a bittering hop only beer like a hefe.
The pale and IPA were both buttery and I had to dump my IPA out in the bathroom.
The pretzel in beer cheese/soup was passable but I can't say the same about the beers. Maybe something about the nice interior is playing tricks on people.
06-12-2011 01:57:04 | More by Yetiman420
3.03/5 rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
We made our way here and it was a packed happening place. No room to sit and unfortunately no place to even stand. The bar staff wouldn't serve us because they were busy with the wait staff. A cool space but the atmosphere was a bit cold and soleless.
A bunch of beers on the menu that didn't work for me but finally I found something that worked out ok.
No rush to go back here.
05-15-2013 01:52:22 | More by hotsudge
3.1/5 rDev -18.8%
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
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
As if Ann Arbor needed more brewpubs, especially all in a central location so you can stumble from one to the next. This place is fairly nice looking but I'm not too sure about the beers. I only tried the saison and was a little disappointed with it.
The layout is good, not as attractive as Blue Tractor but still OK, with brick-encased kettles and other copper-ware, lots of woodwork too. Plenty of seating, laid out as a classic brewpub (seating at bars, plenty of tables too, basically a restaurant). This would probably be my last choice in the city, as I love Jolly Jumpkin and Arbor is very solid too, but if you trying to hit everything it's an OK spot.
05-24-2011 13:08:35 | More by TurdFurgison
3.19/5 rDev -16.5%
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
3.33/5 rDev -12.8%
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
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
This place is great in the summer when most of the students are away on summer break. The location is great, right downtown and easy to get to. The food is good, nothing to do a show on Food Network about, but tasty. Good selection of Michigan beer as well as their own brews.
06-06-2013 12:30:19 | More by MichiganBeerAddict
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$$
I stopped by Grizzly Peak while attending some training in the area. The Brewpub itself is very, VERY nice!! Open grill/kitchen area and brass accents everywhere.
The staff is a bit pushy but ok. They have alot of knowledge of their beers but their responses are very cookie cutter and they cannot elaborate more than their told responses.
The beer is ok. Decent number on tap but the styles are your basic representations. They do have some of their beers offered in casks which was real impressive. The only big problem I had was that their IPA was @45-50 ibu's but their cask conditioned Pale Ale was more than 70 ibu's. When I asked why this was and that it did not represent the style very well the waitress just stared at me with a blank expression then asked if I wanted another beer.
The food was the best part. I was not let down by the beer steamed muscles or the salmon BLT. The food was out of this world.
The over all problem is that I only want to return for the food and not the beer. With a brewpub I am lloking for both.
12-05-2010 18:54:40 | More by tat2dhllblly
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Grizzly Peak Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI
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