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Arbor Brewing Company
Active Beers: 67
Beer Ratings: 1,672
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
114 E. Washington
phone: (734) 213-1393
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 74 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I grabbed a seat at the bar and checked out the board, hmmm, smoked ale - gotta try it.
A bit malty and the smoke was ohh so present. reminded me of drinking maple cured bacon - but in a good way. This was the first smoked ale I ever tried, and I was impressed. The only disappointment was that they do not bottle it. I am not sure how a growler would have held up in 70 degree weather with a 5 hour drive home.
Really laid back atmosphere, and the food looked great. I downed a quad and an order of o rings at Krazy Jim's Blimpy, so food was out of the question. I will eat here next time I stop by.
Parking was a bit of a challenge, but the three block walk was worth it.
10-13-2008 01:41:57 |
More by gixxerman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in while on a business trip to Detroit.
Atmosphere - Arbor Brewing Co is in a nice, old college town. I'd never been to Ann Arbor and I was pretty impressed. The exterior of the building is very ornate with lots of trim and paint colors in what seems like a Victorian style. They have sidewalk seating in front. The interior also has a nice old feel to it with exposed brick, worn wood floors and a molded ceiling. There are lots of booths, some tables and a moderate sized bar. The bar has a large stainless steel rack / wait station toward one end that takes away from the appearance a bit. The brewing is equipment is visible through windows behind the bar. Overall it has a very comfortable feel to it.
Quality - I only had the IPA (on cask) but based on that, I give it high ratings. I really enjoyed it.
Service - I was in and out pretty quickly so I didn't pick up much on the service. I had no complaints.
Selection - About what you'd expect for a brewpub. They had six on tap and two on cask (the IPA and a porter). I love the fact that they offer two on cask.
Food - Didn't try.
09-11-2008 12:41:13 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went in on a Friday night with the Arts Festival in town. Parking was a major pain but we ended up paying $5 at the garage across the street. Arbor was hopping and we were told 35 minutes for a non-smoking seat. We took one for the team (with 2 kids...a must) and got seated immediately in the smoking section. Weren't too many people when we got there so that was good. Our service was a touch slow but it was busy and the waitress was changing shifts. No biggie. Our waitress was very friendly and accomodating. I had 2 pints of the cask conditioned Sacred Cow which was amazing! Nearly a 50 point beer in my book. Everyone in my party liked what they had. I had a nice chicken salad with a bit of spiciness that worked with my IPA. Overall, a casual, warm, friendly, and kid-friendly brewpub environment. I'll go back next year.
08-03-2008 12:49:42 |
More by mattcrill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My favorite place for a pint in Ann Arbor. I've considered this my "go to" bar ever since I've moved here 6 years ago. The service is always great, the food reasonable and the beer selection outstanding.
The atmosphere is pretty low key except for maybe Fridays and Saturdays on football weekends when the downtown area is usually overwhelmed with people.
In addition to the brewpub, they also host monthly beer tastings and provide private space that can be rented for parties. The game area includes darts and a shuffle board table.
If you're in the area for any period of time, this is a must stop.
06-25-2008 19:31:56 |
More by dlauver
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ann Arbor Brewing Company is a brewpub that I'll make a point of returning to. The well thought out selection of beers that they brew, the wide variety of styles they keep on tap and the two hand pumps all contributed to the positive impression that Arbor Brewing made on me. I liked the setup, I liked the service and I really liked the beers that I tried. It's not a very large place, and I can see it getting very crowded on weekends, but on the weekday evening that I stopped in, I had no problem finding a seat at the bar. The bartenders were busy, but managed to stay on top of things. A top notch brewpub by all measures.
04-17-2008 18:27:48 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Arbor Brewing Company is a must-do brewpub in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I've been here quite a few times for regular pub-going, not to mention quite a few special events.
The beer selection is always good mix of their own craft beer. All of their beers are bold and flavorful and all very, very different. My favorites are their Sacred Cow IPA, Espresso Love Breakfast Stout, Maibock, Oktoberfest, Phat Abbot Belgian Triple, and their Faircy Fest Irish Stout. Their newly-released Tree Fort Beer is pretty interesting as well.
As far as the brewpub itself, it's always a great atmosphere. All the workers are knowledgeable and friendly and will tell you anything you want to know.
The pub has a large non-smoking section which is extremely pleasant.
The food is good, but remember to save room for what you actually came for--the brew! It's reasonably priced (Mondays = happy hour all day; all larges at the small's price!).
They also throw one hell of a kegs 'n eggs shindig on St. Patrick's Day morning.
Also, once a month they have different themed beer sampling parties. The only one I've been to so far was December's "Holiday Ales" party and it was a BLAST. I definitely plan to check out some of the others and would highly recommend others to check them out.
Overall, ABC is a great place to go and everyone should take the time to pay them a visit.
03-31-2008 01:54:31 |
More by jeremyd365
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
ABC is probably my second favorite bar to frequent in Ann Arbor (after Ashley's). Most of their beers are better than average and the cask IPA is excellent. Unfortunately they are very prone to running out of certain beers and I have only been there once when they have actually had all of the beers in their menu available. The atmosphere is fun an fairly modern, the bar is pretty cool and a bit of brewing equipment is visible giving it an authentic brew pub feel. The service is middling, the servers are not terribly knowledgeable about the beers and when they are busy (often) it can take awhile to get service. Overall ABC is certainly worth going to if you are visiting Ann Arbor, and frequenting if you live here. It's a fun brew pub with a number of high quality beers and lots of good food.
03-19-2008 19:49:22 |
More by knight84
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Arbor Brewing is certainly consistent and reliable. Perfectly good dark wood, slightly divey bar atmosphere. Friendly, knowledgeable servers who are more than willing to let you try just about anything. The food is fine--decent bar fare, but heavenly bar fare if you're vegetarian! The beer selection is quite good, I believe they had 8-10 brews, plus 4 more "strong beers', such as a trippel, doppelbock, old ale, and dark belgian ale. The doppelbock was excellent, as was the old ale. I enjoyed each and every one of the other brews--nothing blew my mind, but they were all very good. If you're in the Ann Arbor area, a worthy stop to wet your whistle and have some fish and chips (or a homemade tempeh burger!)
01-15-2008 00:16:44 |
More by rrwiltse
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
One of the quicker stops on our Summer '07 Midwest Beer Tour, not because we didn't enjoy ourselves, its just that we were a bit pressed for time. The selection was decent and the brews were solid (I only got an opportunity to try two), but the place was very crowded for lunch and there wasn't a lot of room at the bar. Now this place was located in downtown Ann Arbor and there was some type of street festival going on so that may have contributed to the crowded/touristy nature of the place. The place is open and well lit from the large windows. The old copper top bar is cool as well. Its a fairly large place with lots of tables and as I mentioned they were mostly all filled. We didn't stay long so needless to say we didn't eat but the menu looked interesting and reasonably priced. The bartender was friendly and helpful also. I didn't get a very complete impression of the place being that we only stayed long enough to have a pint but it seemed like a fun, pleasant place. My only objection is that it seemed, at least on this particular day, that they were a bit more focused on the food/restaurant than the beer/brewery. This may not be a fair assumption but that's just what I noticed. Otherwise we had an enjoyable albeit brief visit.
12-31-2007 22:22:12 |
More by letsgopens
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Holy Hanna! This place was fantastic. Just down the line, great beers. Wow. I haven't had beers this good at a brewpub since The Great Dane in Madison, WI. This is easily one of the best brewpubs in the country.
Mmmmm. So good. The beers are all genius. They had two beers on cask (a porter and an IPA). Both beers were quite good, but given the unique environment of the cask it is hard to really judge the place from those beers, delicious though they may be. But their beers on tap were all fantastic. Their IPA was extremely hoppy, with a nice solid malt backbone to prevent it from becoming one-dimensional, their porter was rich and chocolaty, their alt is the best American alt I've had outside of a few phenomenal homebrews -- it could easily match up to those from Duesseldorf, their pilsner is crisp and delightful, their blonde is nice a fruity without being too heavy handed . . . the list goes on and on.
The only two disappointments on the menu were the Tripel and the Flemish Noir. The tripel was simply too sweet, these things happen. The Flemish Noir, on the other hand, was more about raised expectations. It was billed as a cross between a Flanders Red and a Dubbel. I mean, imagine, a sour dubbel? How fantastic an idea is that?! But the beer had slightly too much black malt giving it a porter-like feel and the bugs were too subdued to really be noticed. Still a very solid beer, but not what I was hoping for.
The food was good too. Nothing too special, but the beer. Oh man. The beer is just phenomenal. Sooo good. Soo good.
11-26-2007 01:58:05 |
More by shbobdb
Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI
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