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Arbor Brewing Company
Active Beers: 67
Beer Ratings: 1,662
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
114 E. Washington
phone: (734) 213-1393
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 74 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stop #215 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)
Stop #2 on our tour was Arbor Brewing and if you like your beers straight and down the fairway, this is the place to go. We shared a five beer sampler (I think they were pretty big pours) of...
Festival Saison - a bit too cloudy to enjoy
Mai Bock - outstanding - fruity and clean
Olde number 22 German Alt - acused of being too porter but well done with the unique alt yeast flavor
Having an uber rare Alt on tap and a Mai Bock that I though were both done very well was a treat and I give Arbor props for that.
We had a pierogi appetizer and played some suffleboard (the bar kind) on a table that could use some work.
Wound up doubling down on the IPA's as they had JUST RUN OUT OF THE MAI BOCK!!!!
Getting the attention of the bartenders was a bit frustrating especially since the place wasn't that crowded.
06-12-2011 01:48:50 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
In Ann Arbor, which has always been a weird mix of pretentious and hippie to me and no that is not because I am an MSU grad.
Parking is not the easiest either, but I found a meter right in front. I was just in for a growler fill so that was just fine. I really enjoy their alt beer, which, I would call a roast alt, not the standard for the style at all. Nice woody interior, English pub-esque. Lots of tables for dining, mid sized bar. Service was fast and friendly. Maybe 10 things on tap, including 2 hand pumps. Mostly their standard offerings, but the casks were not. An IPA and a porter. Porter was quite good, just not what I was looking for for a growler.
Food looked like kind of upscale pub fare, but I didn't eat.
A good place to check out if you can tolerate Ann Arbor, which can be somewhat crowded. Stop by when school is out.
05-31-2011 01:58:33 |
More by Bung
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
One of the many excellent beer destinations in downtown Ann Arbor. This place is just 2 blocks from Jolly Pumpkin and even closer to 2 other brewpubs. Hard to decide where to go when in town, so many excellent choices.
Arbor Brewing is a long time establishment in the area, maybe 15 years to date. I like this location much more than Corner Brewing, it just seems more urban. Large central bar, also tables for well over 100 people, more than plenty of space. There were 2 cask offerings, an IPA and a porter, both were excellent. Also a tap list of Arbor beers spanning many styles, mostly solid stuff.
The food was very good, relatively low prices and decent servings. Mostly standard pub fare, hamburgers and such.
05-24-2011 12:45:02 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Of all the times I've been done to Ann Arbor to hit a Jolly Pumpkin limited release or just hang out in the city I have never been to Arbor Brewing. So recently when I came down to pick up some bottles of Bambic at JP I decided to finally check this place out.
Perhaps this is a product of being at Jolly Pumpkin for an hour or so beforehand but the atmosphere left a bit to be desired. The place was busy but the crowd is pretty laid back which is often the case in Ann Arbor. It was around 9 PM when we rolled in and the lights were dimmed down which is generally something I appreciate but they just took it too far. The only time I could get a good look at my food and drink was when the blinding lights from cars coming out of the parking garage across the street seemed to hit directly on our table. Put some blinds on the windows and bring the lights up a bit from night club level and we'd be in business.
I'm keeping my quality rating solely focused on the beer and not the food. I had a pint of their Terminator doppelbock and my girlfriend had Sacred Cow IPA on cask. Terminator is a solid beer but it doesn't quite stack up to it's German counterparts. I wish I ordered the Sacred Cow. I have had it in the bottle before and thought it was solid IPA but on cask it really shines.
The real low point was the service. Our server wasn't outwardly rude in the way she spoke to us but her mannerisms were chock full of bad attitude. The beers were plunked down on the table like a glass of Sasparilla in an old western movie. I asked for an extra set of silverware and it was tossed on to the table. I don't know who jammed the stick up her ass that day but in the service industry you have to be able to put that behind you with your new customers.
Definitely a solid beer selection. I don't remember the exact number of taps but I can tell you they were running two casks and reviews seem to support this as an everyday practice which is much appreciated. In addition they have some special bottled offerings that were all sours of various types.
The food, like the whole experience, was a mixed bag. I split their asiago chicken pasta with my girlfriend. While the pasta was cooked well and the sauce was excellent the chicken they topped it with was very dry. My buddy ordered their IPA marinated chicken sandwich and cut me off a bite. Same story different chapter, the chicken was as dry as the Sahara. We should have ate at Jolly Pumpkin.
I might be back to ABC but if I do return I'll be sitting at the bar and sticking to the beer.
02-28-2011 19:09:14 |
More by DrDoitchbig
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Reviewed on 6/30/2010.
Visited here on a Saturday afternoon. This place is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. It was fairly bustling with plenty of regulars and a few out-of-towners as well. They had ~8 beers on tap, including 2 casks which were very tasty. The food is pretty good although there is not too much to choose from on the menu (I had the chicken sandwich). It was a nice place to enjoy a pint or two and I'd definitely go back! They also sell special sour beers/barrel aged beers at the pub (somewhat $$ but that speaks more to the style of the beer).
12-23-2010 22:13:43 |
More by LilBeerDoctor
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I went here during a trip to Ann Arbor last week. The place was empty and quiet for lunch. The bar itself seemed simple enough, with a casual feel but nothing too special. Windows to their brewery allowed me to watch the brewers at work while I ate and enjoyed their beers.
The food was excellent. A little pricey, but the ingredients seemed to be mostly local and all natural. The burger I had tasted pretty high quality. The service was great with the waitress attentive and happy to talk about their beers.
For a $1.50 a pull you can get a 4oz glass of each of their beers, so I tried them all. I love their Olde #22 alt, one of the best alts I've had. Other highlights were their Milestone Cask Porter and Huxell Best Bitter.
09-21-2010 23:45:13 |
More by Rocks
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Arbor Brewing was the first stop for my wife and myself on a brief tour of Ann Arbor brewpubs.
Sunday morning right after opening time, but already a bunch of tables occupied and some folks perched at the bar drinking. Nice airy place, comfortable. Would come often if I lived around.
Service was good and food was too. My wife got their signature burger and it was amazing, super juicy and well cooked. I regretted going healthy with an OK spinach salad. Who eats salad with beer???
We tried only two beers- the flagship Sacred Cow IPA (on cask) and the Super Snapper VSB, which is a bitter on steroids. Both were very good, and I had never tried a "VSB". The cask was, however, a little too cold. Tasted almost like a regular draft.
But we liked it enough to get a growler. Too bad they didn't seal it properly and when we opened it at home the beer was incredibly flat.
Aside from this, we really enjoyed Arbor Brewing and would definitely come back. It was our favorite of three we visited in town.
09-20-2010 18:02:55 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went to the ABC after Mighigan's beatdown of uconn. I figured I'd get a growler refill. The place was busy, as would be expected after a game. I went to the back bar and had an ipa and an Irish stout. The front bar is copper, while the back bar is wood. I liked being surrounded by UM fans celebrating a victory.
There were no exceptional beers on tap, but it was a decent selection. I like the cask conditioned ipa served at 58 degrees. The bartender was very busy, so I did not have much of a chance to chat other than to place my order. It is a quality establishment that I have gone to on a couple of occasions. It is definitely worth a stop.
09-05-2010 04:21:51 |
More by buschbeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had a nine beer sampler and dinner here. Atmosphere is nothing special at all, typical bar, pretty big. Service wasn't anything special, dude seemed high as can be and new nothing about beer. Had very little suggestions and those he did were not good. The food was really good, good specials and overall really good...The quality of the beer was pretty poor, we had only their beers about ten of them and only a couple were decent. The selection was ok, about 15 beers but nothing great.
A middle of the road brew pub, stop by if your bored but not worth going to or going to Ann Arbor on its own.
07-25-2010 01:19:42 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Damn! Who knew that Ann Arbor has so many brewpubs! Oh wait, I did.
Atmosphere: On entering, we were greeted by a large bar area that obscures the brewing equipment behind it. A second dining area is to the left (bathrooms are in that room). A few of the barstools have names on the back, I like saving seats for regulars. A boho feel, this place has.
Quality: We didn't have a beverage list at first, requiring a trip to the bar to snag one. The only other hiccup that I can think of is the waitress's failure to intervene when we ordered garlic fries with the Divette.
Service: Fast and prompt, no doubt aided by the summer Friday afternoon time. She visited regularly, bringing our snacks quickly.
Selection: Arbor has tap offerings (6 or so), bottled Arbor offerings (6 also) and a reserve list. We went with the barrel aged Divette from the reserve list - an excellent choice. We also took a framboise with us to go. Because we didn't try the house beers, our opinion is of limited use.
Food: Garlic fries with a barrel aged blonde ale is a bad idea. Both were good on their own, just not together. A wide menu was available for the taking, we, however, went with the fries only.
06-12-2010 01:20:26 |
More by akorsak
Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI
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