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Arbor Brewing Company
Active Beers: 67
Beer Ratings: 1,651
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
114 E. Washington
phone: (734) 213-1393
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 74 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've just been there, on a Sunday, for lunch, with a friend. We were almost the only ones in the pub: just a family and a couple in the very far corner. The waiter was very nice and helpful, and she also knew something about beers, and that always help in a pub.
I asked for a sampler and I've been told that they are 1 $ each and that I could have all the beers on tap. That's nice: sometimes in Michigan they give you 5 beers and they don't let you choose, so I was very happy with that, too. The beers were: a best bitter (3.2%!), a special bitter, a cask IPA, a brown ale, a Bavarian Hefeweizen, a VSB, a smocked lager (the only lager in the pub), and an Irish stout. The beers were all very good, but a special mention goes to the best bitter and to irish stout: these were really astounding! Everything went with a very good Jerk burger, with a very spicy souce and blue cheese: if you like spicy food, don't miss it! Then I went for a pint of cask IPA (just because it was cask, I admit it..) and then left, very satisfied by my visit. Visited on the 15th of October, 2006.
10-15-2006 23:39:55 |
More by mdapiaggi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
I stopped in to Arbor Brewing on a business trip at Proc's recommendation. I was very pleased with my experience here. They had 11 house beers available with the Sacred Cow IPA on the hand pump. They also had some beers available for sale in the bottle. If I didn't have to drive that night I would have had several beers, but alas I only had the IPA, which was excellent from the hand pump. I also had their ribs and garlic fries. The ribs were outstanding. They fell off the bone and were cooked perfectly with a zesty and tangy sauce. One of the locals commented that I had the top 3 things at Arbor Brewing: IPA, ribs, and garlic fries. I'd have to agree.
There were a lot of locals around the bar talking football and local news. The crowd seemed like a mix of college students and blue and white collar locals. Everyone was friendly. I sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly but not overly so. I had a great expereince there and I look forward visiting again if I'm in the area.
10-15-2004 16:45:17 |
More by BrewMaster
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Holy Hanna! This place was fantastic. Just down the line, great beers. Wow. I haven't had beers this good at a brewpub since The Great Dane in Madison, WI. This is easily one of the best brewpubs in the country.
Mmmmm. So good. The beers are all genius. They had two beers on cask (a porter and an IPA). Both beers were quite good, but given the unique environment of the cask it is hard to really judge the place from those beers, delicious though they may be. But their beers on tap were all fantastic. Their IPA was extremely hoppy, with a nice solid malt backbone to prevent it from becoming one-dimensional, their porter was rich and chocolaty, their alt is the best American alt I've had outside of a few phenomenal homebrews -- it could easily match up to those from Duesseldorf, their pilsner is crisp and delightful, their blonde is nice a fruity without being too heavy handed . . . the list goes on and on.
The only two disappointments on the menu were the Tripel and the Flemish Noir. The tripel was simply too sweet, these things happen. The Flemish Noir, on the other hand, was more about raised expectations. It was billed as a cross between a Flanders Red and a Dubbel. I mean, imagine, a sour dubbel? How fantastic an idea is that?! But the beer had slightly too much black malt giving it a porter-like feel and the bugs were too subdued to really be noticed. Still a very solid beer, but not what I was hoping for.
The food was good too. Nothing too special, but the beer. Oh man. The beer is just phenomenal. Sooo good. Soo good.
11-26-2007 01:58:05 |
More by shbobdb
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in here for lunch and a couple of their brews. Their garlic fries are REALLY good!
They've got quite a few of their own brews on tap, two of which are hand pumped (cask conditioned real ale). I was really impressed with the quality of the brews I tasted (and they do sample sizes as well).
They have a couple of their brews bottled, but they were quite pricie ($15 for their Dubbel)... I should've tried it at the MBG Winter Beer Fest!
It's situated in a nice little down town area... I'd like to visit again, and spend some more time in the area.
The "Beer Depot" is just a couple of blocks away.
03-03-2006 01:14:52 |
More by Derek
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
The best brewpub in Ann Arbor in my opinon. They serve a wide variety of beers. Stout, Weiss, Maibock, Special Bitter, Cask Porter, Cask Conditioned IPA currently served. Belgian Dubbel & Tripel and Doppelbock styles served in winter. Growlers are available for $4 container fee + $9-$13 to fill. Beer outshines the food but it is still decent pub fare. Burgers, sandwiches, low fat, pasta, shepherd's pie, and many other foods available. Very family friendly. I notice quite a few families with kids on weekends. Dart boards and televisions usually showing local sports events. Outdoor seating available on nice weather days. Sponsors tastings frequently. Probably weakest point is the atmoshphere. It is OK but nothing special. Although it is a good place to drink and have a conversation with friends. The beer is the attraction. Faircy-Fest Irish Stout recently rated 92 (Exceptional) by Beverage Tasting Institute - see in All About Beer May 2002.
Edited review 11/16/02 I was a bit harsh on atmosphere.
05-24-2002 20:46:57 |
More by mjohn27603
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
There was no wait and I was promptly served on a Sunday night. If you do not want to pay for parking, you will have to walk a couple of blocks to get here. The food is reasonably priced, though it is more expensive than you would expect for the variety of pub grub that they offer. The food is definitely worth a try, and I really liked the cajun fries. The atmosphere is slightly dim and inviting with a clean non-smoking 180 degree bar. The brewery is visible from most places in the pub.
They have about 6 or 7 beers on tap that are brewed in-house, and many craft brews are also available (in bottle). Unfortunately, four in-house beers were unavailable when I went. I had a pint of the Sweet Stout, and it was fantastic. Large (20oz pints) are $5 and small (12oz?) are $3 for the house brews. 20oz pints are $3 during happy hour. I would definitely come here again.
03-16-2009 04:17:21 |
More by icetraxx
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Very dark indeed, and extremely loud as well. A college hangout and the atmosphere made both my mother and grandma especially, feel very uncomfortable. My food, a full rack of ribs, was absolutely outstanding. Fall off the bone tenderness, damn. Grandmas chicken sandwich was pretty lame however, as was my moms salad. Their beer was something to worship. Every style was nailed, especially their Porter and beer education was all over the place. I had a great time. Wouldnt take your family though.
04-12-2006 05:20:25 |
More by Crosling
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wait, let me look around and see. Yeah, we're still in Ann Arbor. Where's the sun? Okay, there, yes, it's early. I know that. And I know I don't need to be watching the clock but I have a distorted sense of time and space. Somebody's got to keep an eye on what's what here, or we'll be late in getting to the airport to wait around. We've got time...
An angled "L" shaped copper topped bar seating a dozen greets you front row center with a bar back of booze shelving, glassware, growlers, pitchers, and a small fridge with their house Belgians (Blonde, Triple, Kriek, Framboise). Brick exterior walls and pale blue inner walls, pressed tin ceiling with fans and track spotlighting, and lots of wood trim. Beyond the bar to the right is a seating area holding a dozen booths and a handful of tables running from the rear up to the enormous front windows on one side of the door. On the other side sits 3 tables in a front nook beneath Arbor Brewing posters, awards, framed certificates, and articles from the Ann Arbor News, Observer, Detroit News, Current, and Metro Times. 5 tables beyond running back along the side wall.
Upwards of a dozen and a half tables & booths in the side room, with old Guinness ads, frisbees, beer can displays, blues & jazz street art fair posters, ads and fliers of Stevie Ray Vaughn playing locally, an area with 3 dart boards to the front and windows looking on the copper kettles in the brew room through long narrow side windows.
In a side room through the side room can be found a small straight bar seating 9 along the front window and 4 long narrow tables seating 8 a piece. A mirrored back unit shows booze below glassware and a row of taps and 2 handpumps on the bar. Drop lighting & wall mounted lantern lighting over planters, a central TV above a juke box to the rear of the room, French/Belgian beer posters and coaster displays (mostly English Bitters & Milds).
8 taps in all. 6 house beers and 2 guest taps (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale & Pilsner Urquell) over 2 towers and 2 hand pumps. The Red Snapper Special Bitter was deep red, malty, caramel, sweet; the Bavarian Bliss Hefe was nicely banana & clove; the Faricy Fest Irish Stout was creamy, mildly bitter, roasty, chalky, burnt coffee, espresso; the Super Snapper, their 10th anniversary beer was like the Red Snapper but twice the alcohol & hoppy as all hell; the cask Sacred Cow IPA was cascade, floral, grapefruit; and the cask Milestone Porter was raisins, fruit, licorice, with a sour nicety. Says Randall, "Holy shit, that's as good as fuck". They also carry a decent collection of guest bottles. 5 German Hefes, Hitachino Nest, St. B Wit, Blance De Chamblay, Spanish Peaks Raspberry, Harpoon UFO.
Beers were solid, service was plesant enough, would've been nice to spend more time but I'm sure there's always more to see.
09-20-2005 05:18:30 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
We stopped by this downtown brew-pub for lunch while in the middle of a Ann Arbor shopping trip. Sought out from a beer-fly search.
The atmosphere is nice. The bar located as soon as you walk in with two dining rooms, one left, one to the right. The one on the left is a newer addition or re-model. We ended up on the old side. The tables and booths had scratch's and grooves yes, but held charactor as well. The rooms were small but the cielings were tall and added space. Alot of detail up high like only an old downtown building can offer. The brewing equipment in the center, behind the bar was cool to see from all angles of the place. The brew room, also small, windowed, showed the kettles not sparkling new, but aged and working.
The food was very good. The soups, homemade from scratch as reported from the helpful wait staff. Portions were plenty and we left full.
A good place to stop for good food, a good fresh brew as only a downtown spot can offer. Parking accross the street in a parking garage. Our hour plus stop cost us a whole .95 cents. Not a bad deal.
12-19-2004 22:18:24 |
More by chilidog
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
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