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Arbor Brewing Company
Active Beers: 67
Beer Ratings: 1,661
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
114 E. Washington
phone: (734) 213-1393
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 74 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
the ABC is a great atmosphere. nice copper bar and attractive place to hang out.
the staff is cool and for the most part on the ball with their job. i have had a couple instances of what might be perceived as incompetence, but nothing to get in a twist. very friendly and helpful.
quality of beer is low, with a healthy cross-section of choices. i always hesitate in ordering which beer, because they are usually out of one to three, which is a disappointment. also, their happy hour only applies to the beers that are lower in gravity, and flavor. their "strong ales" are delicious, but only come int he smaller size, and their is a limit of three (i guess they don't want to over-serve). the beer is delicious, but a little lack-luster. their Imperial IPA... Larry Hoppe is flavorful and delicious, but really it is just an IPA, nothing imperial about it. maybe the brewers are from Utah. that is perhaps a good description, a great place with lots of sights and sounds, but the beer has a gravity limit.
the food is very good. soups made fresh daily, quality pizzas, good veggie options too. the menu was recently changed, and i like the old one more, but the plus is now that they have an incredibly strong movement for fresh local products, which i support.
the prices are good, affordable.
In Conclusion: great place, check it out... you'll go back.
01-31-2009 01:24:33 |
More by foggymountainman
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had a nine beer sampler and dinner here. Atmosphere is nothing special at all, typical bar, pretty big. Service wasn't anything special, dude seemed high as can be and new nothing about beer. Had very little suggestions and those he did were not good. The food was really good, good specials and overall really good...The quality of the beer was pretty poor, we had only their beers about ten of them and only a couple were decent. The selection was ok, about 15 beers but nothing great.
A middle of the road brew pub, stop by if your bored but not worth going to or going to Ann Arbor on its own.
07-25-2010 01:19:42 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
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: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
A forgettable experience... there was no atmosphere even though it was a nice Saturday night.
Their beer wasn't good but it wasn't horrible. The food was average and luckily so were the prices.
We won't be back here especially knowing there are world class pubs right around the corner.
05-15-2013 01:49:06 |
More by hotsudge
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
Arbor brewing is a nice little place, fairly easy to find in downtown Ann Arbor. Exposed brick walls and an old tin ceiling compelment the worn wood seating. Service was a bit slow, but not bad. Prices were alos pretty good. A couple of the beers I tried were very good, and a couple were poor, tasting contaminated or oxidized. However, they had a nice selection on tap, as well as some cellared versions of their Belgian-style beers. They also offer some guest beers. Food was decent. I had a salad, and not sure whether it was that or the sushi earlier in the day, but I didn't feel too hot that night. Overall, it was worth the visit, but it would not be a frequent stop for me if I were a local.
03-29-2005 21:08:53 |
More by aaronh
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5 | $$
I've been to Arbor brewing many times over the years, and I keep wondering why I come back. I recall drinking the worst Oktoberfest I'd ever had a few years ago while choking down a half-ass veggie burger, not to mention a horrible IPA back in '98 after a UM football game, and yet, here I was again with my brother stopping in on an Ann Arbor trip.
First, the atmosphere is actually pretty cool. The bar is straight ahead when you walk in, with ample seating on the right, and more seating (I think a smoking area) off to the left. The service also was (and usually has been) good. My server was friendly and eager to please, but didn't over-do it either.
That being said, the food and beer here are consistently sub-par. This time around, we ordered an appetizer of chips and dips - pretty hard to screw that up, eh? Well, the chips were the lowest quality grocery store chips you can find (WAY too salty), the salsa tasted like it came straight out of a can, and the bean dip was absolutely tasteless. Then, I decided to test the waters with some pierogies - which not surprisingly tasted like cheap grocery store crap; a friggin' insult.
Next, the beer. I tried four this time around, and wasn't able to finish any of the pints. The cask IPA was horrible - I swear it was served ABOVE room temperature; calling it "warm" would be nice. The Red Snapper Bitter was probably the best of the bunch, and was still below average. Their "pilsner" was cloudy (huh?) and had an off-taste, and then I finished with their "smoked lager". The server dutifully warned me that most of the customers told him they thought it tasted like "bacon", and he was right. Cheap bacon. Beers like this give Alaskan and Stone a bad name for their smoked porters. Absolute homebrew garbage.
I hope they improve the beer and make a commitment to raising the food quality here, because it's dripping with potential to be a GREAT place - maybe that's why I keep coming back....
04-25-2005 22:06:50 |
More by olacub
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
When I visited: March 2012.
What I had: Sacred Cow IPA (cask), Tree Town Brown Ale (draught), New Holland Dragon’s Milk (bottle), Andouille & Salmon Étouffée, pinot grigio and pasta entree for the lady.
What I liked: Cool vibrant atmosphere in this busy college hangout, booths provide some privacy, fast no frills service, several seating options, solid food, decent prices.
What I disliked: House beers left much to be desired and bottle selection was smaller than I expected. Nice to find Dragon’s Milk though.
Would I go back? Possibly.
Overall Rating: 70
07-22-2012 18:05:45 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
The restaurant is set up nicely with the brewery in the middle surrounded by glass. It is dark with a not smoky atmosphere. Lots of wood give a down to earth feel. The beer was pretty good. I had the Tripel and the IPA on cask. I would have tried more but it was early and the two that I tried caught up to me pretty quickly. The service was decent at first but the waitress seemed to have forgotten about us when things started to pick up. She was pretty helpful when I asked to sample some of the beer. Overall, the selection was on par for a facility of that size. It was nice to see some big beers on their list. The food was good, I always love it when restaurants have a blue cheese option for your burger. I would go again.
01-27-2007 02:52:38 |
More by david131
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Arbor Brewing Company, like Grizzly Peak and others, is a staple of the complex, cultured, upper-middle-class though somewhat hippie city that is Ann Arbor (I suppose, which comes along with it, more discerning beer palates).
The place is dimly lit but reflects the street outside well. I can't say much that's good about the service... we had to call the server over to tell them that we were actually there. All our drinks and food were paid for at the bar. So really, service was pretty much nonexistent. However, Arbor Brewing does have some pretty good food and decent brews for what it's worth. Lots of Belgian-inspired brews, and usually they get the style down pretty well. Food is well-made pub grub with some variety thrown in. A decent, hearty meal and worth checking out if you're in Ann Arbor.
02-01-2009 16:20:24 |
More by thekanna
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25 | $$
Arbor Brewing company is a staple of the Main Street downtown Ann Arbor area. I tend to go there less than other places in town, as the food isn’t quite as good as elsewhere (like Jolly Pumpkin and Grizzly Peak). The beer selection is excellent, though I would love to see more rotating taps. One beer I have not seen them bring back--and wish they would--was a specialty beer called Tree Town Brown. It was a dark brown IPA and one of the best beers I have had in town. Overall, you should definitely stop by when in Ann Arbor, even for just one beer on your way to other brewpubs around.
03-09-2012 19:30:10 |
More by BMMillsy
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