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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
120 West Washington Street
phone: (734) 741-PEAK
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
No, I don't need you to remind Mike & Davida that we blew off their Sunday post-wedding brunch to hit brew pubs, thank you very much (They understood). It was all (Evil) Davo's idea anyway, I was just a-navigatin'. Not really such a bad idea, as Ann Arbor was on the way back to the airport, and we've got a good couple of hours to kill before our flight will get delayed and Phil starts getting silly on Gin...
A straight wood bar seats 10, with a large wood bar back unit, mirrored, with shelves of booze and glassware and grilly bear stuffed animals atop. It's a low lit brick bar room with the ceiling and duct work painted maroon, wood plank floors, stained glass drop lamps over the bar and similar style ceiling fan chandeliers, old Ann Arbor Brewery prints, TV's in 3 corners and 2 flat screens on the front wall above the windows, 3 round bar tables, a pair of bar counter tables, and a bar counter below the front window.
The main dining room holds 10 booths and a pair of tables, plus a bar counter in a "U" shaped nook. An open kitchen and hearth here, and to the rear, another room with upwards of a dozen booths and tables, including a large banquet table in the corner. A side room off the bar holds a dozen and a half tables and booths, Ansel Adams prints, nautical pieces, glass lamps, and brick lined kettles in a section to the front. They've also got outdoor seating on the sidewalk.
Back at the bar, the taps are listed on a small blackboard suspended by chains. 8 taps (although only 6 were on), and 2 cask beers, spread out over 2 towers behind the bar and 3 handpumps on the bar itself. Samplers are available in different increments from 5 to 10 beers. The Grizzly Peak Pale Ale was Cascade hoppy; the Bear Paw Porter was roasty, chocolatey, real good; the Roggen was a solid Rye, somewhat Belgianesque, and I quite liked it; the cask Raspberry Hefe was sweetish, okay; the cask ESB was nicely malty; the nitro Lugil's Summer Ale was off fruity in aroma & flavor. The Porter and Roggen were the best of the lot.
The food menu was strangely eclectic. Every item had one extra word that didn't belong. Either I didn't know what it was or I knew what it was and thought, "well, that just killed that". I ordered the Peasant's Tomato soup which had way too much Pesto in it. It looked like a dollop but was really the tip of the iceberg, 'cause when I stirred it up, everything turned very green. Too much!! The grilled sesame chicken wings didn't seem grilled at all, all sesame-soy marinade and spicy mustard dipping sauce, they were unpleasantly gummy. Randy was talking like he and Phil were not all that cracked up about their meals as well. Service was good though. Jayna was fun and my kind of cute. She called Evan a "Girly beer drinker" for ordering the Raspberry Hefe.
Decent enough place. Beers were good, but foo on the food. Yep, I said it.
09-19-2005 04:17:09 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This was another huge place, encompassing two, and possibly three, buildings. The entrance was the door furthest west, at the address given for this establishment (120 W. Washington), with the other doors for the waitstaff and brewers only. Oh yes, the waitstaff. They were uniformly dressed in stark black pants; white (long-sleeve only) shirts, and black suspenders. This was a VERY old school look and very impressive to yours truly.
Having eaten previously, I headed directly for the bar, along the right wall. The bar was a U-shaped wooden structure that was longer in the middle than on either end. The back bar was a beauty, with lots of mirrors, light wood columns or pillars, and the taps. The kitchen, with its open-flame grill, was all of the way aft. There was an extensive restaurant area surrounding the bar and the brewhouse was behind glass, all of the way forward, beyond the bar. The washrooms were all of the way aft, to the left of the kitchen.
To the left of the initial bar area, through an archway, was another restaurant area with another bar area to the extreme left on that side. This section also had its own washrooms, plus access to the downstairs area, where hookahs could be rented. The whole place used Tiffany-style stained glass for the overhead lighting fixtures, which was impressive.
They had nine (9) beers on tap on the day that I visited, from Juniper Pale, which tasted like gin in a beer, to a stout. There were no slouchers, but I preferred the ESB.
08-29-2006 23:39:41 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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 | selection: 3.5 | $$
In main tourist area of Ann Arbor, and a short walk to Arbor Brewing. Little drive to other beer stores. Must stop if passing through. Medium sized place, with user friendly tables to sit around, and a medium sized bar to sit at. TVs on. More informal and slightly more working age university people and working people hang out there than at Arbor. Good beer, great emblem (bought some mugs)though not up to the superior Arbor, still a very good worthwhile stop.Food is on upscale side, though we only window shopped it.
01-25-2007 15:59:16 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
My wife and I stopped at Grizzly Peak during or tour of Ann Arbor breweries.
This was our last stop so we didn't have any food or full pints of beer, only tasters. Prices were very reasonable.
Place looks fairly good, lots of wood and booths, a big bar... alright. We sat at the bar and sampled some brews. Bartender was super friendly and knowledgeable.
They had a good number of beers on tap (no guests, though)
We tried the Columbus Pale (on cask) and Sheerwater IPA (also on cask). Also a weird beer called Karl's Hibiscosity, plus Wee Owen's Roggenbier and the classic Bear Paw Porter.
I liked some of them and others I didn't, but I thought all of them were well crafted and inventive.
I will definitely go back and try more brews!
09-20-2010 17:54:09 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
located about 2 blocks from arbor brewing. from my limited experience - this place seemed significantly inferior as far as beer goes
we sat outside - inside had a 2 hour wait. tap selection was nothing special and featured a bunch of standard styles. the cask selections were boring and the weizenhop that i had was pretty off.
food was fine - seemed to care about good ingredients but it still wasnt anything great. the pretzel appetizer were liked by everyone but i thought they were pretty generic.
service was good enough - i just wouldnt waste my time here and would focus on Arbor and Ashleys
09-15-2009 04:54:53 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by while in Ann Arbor.
Atmosphere: Grizzly Peak looks like it takes up 3 or 4 addresses on the 100 block of W. Washington. Inside the main entrance, a bar is to the left, dining and kitchen to the right as well as straight ahead. Our table was straight ahead and in the back. There is plenty of woodwork, including bears carved into the columns on each table. A little more rustic than some of our other destinations.
Quality: Ales were good, nothing spectacular but definitely good. The waitstaff was friendly, food good. The general lack of pizzazz would make me rank this #3 of the AA brewpubs.
Service: I wandered the restaurant looking for ksak before a hostess assisted. Things pioked up with our waiter.
Selection: 9 beers available. We went with a flight of all nine. A few were solid, including the Antwerp Amber Ale and the El Hefe weizen. Others were good, average but solid. Nothing was so exciting that I needed to have a growler.
Food: We stuck to dessert, an ice cream sandwich that ksak enjoyed. I didn't study much else, so I'll mark this N/A.
06-12-2010 01:10:41 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
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
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