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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
114 E. Washington
phone: (734) 213-1393
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 74 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited for lunch on Black Friday. Parked in the city garage about one block away.
Nice "typical" brew pub atmosphere with exposed brick walls, wood and a lovely copper topped bar.
Our server was friendly, pleasant and more than adequate with refilling drinks and getting our food to us in a timely manner.
An impressive selection of 9 taps and 2 cask offerings (IPA and Porter).
Food was solid with a very nice spicy tomato soup enjoyed by all. I got fish and chips and C was pleased with a vegetarian wrap. Menu had a good mix of items to include a fair number of vege items.
Overall a solid establishment. Would have no issue returning for another visit. Quality brews, good food and a pleasant atmosphere...about all you can ask.
12-04-2008 09:48:58 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
First stop of a Ann Arbor drinking run, and it would be my first place to return to if I got the chance. Tried eight samples and then got a draft of the sour brown Brasserie Greff. All were strong brews and the place at the bar was pleasant. Brewery in the back of the bar surrounded by the restaurant. Didn't have a chance to look at the food menu, but plenty of others were there having a meal. Service was attentive and positive--bartenders seemed to be real fans of the place, and were very knowledgeable.
07-28-2011 21:26:36 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A nice brewpub located right in downtown, near a bunch of other restaurants and stores and such.
It's done up in the popular green/darkwood/brick colors, but it's pulled off really well. The layout is great in that it's kind of split down the middle by the bar and the kitchen, so there's an area of booths to the right that afford a bit more privacy, while not sacrificing the lively pub feeling. There's a good selection of beers and they all seem to be very high quality. Didn't try the food this time.
01-14-2007 01:36:44 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ann Arbor Brewing Company is a brewpub that I'll make a point of returning to. The well thought out selection of beers that they brew, the wide variety of styles they keep on tap and the two hand pumps all contributed to the positive impression that Arbor Brewing made on me. I liked the setup, I liked the service and I really liked the beers that I tried. It's not a very large place, and I can see it getting very crowded on weekends, but on the weekday evening that I stopped in, I had no problem finding a seat at the bar. The bartenders were busy, but managed to stay on top of things. A top notch brewpub by all measures.
04-17-2008 18:27:48 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
It had been a couple of years since I visited ABC, my favorite beer stop in Ann Arbor when I would come back to visit my friends at U of M during breaks from college out east. So, I was excited to get a chance to steal away to Ann Arbor and see if the Terminator, Jackhammer, Faricy, and Sacred Cow were still as good as I remember them being. They are.
Just off of Main Street, ABC specializes in English and German ales (not a lager in sight) with some very special Belgians available in 750 mL, corked bottles. Including the Belgians, there were probably sixteen available house brews. I opted for pints of the hand pumped Sacred Cow IPA--a true rival to Two Hearted's lupulin supremacy in the Michigan beer market, and a glass of their Bavarian Bliss Hefe Weizen. The latter was a true-to-style hit, with a wonderful body and crisp, balanced finish.
The menu is a hodgepodge of typical pub grub and is up to standard, but with so many more enticing eateries (Blimpy Burger and Zingerman's) in Ann Arbor, I never thought of ABC as a place to grab a meal anyway. After all, it's the quality brews that are in the spotlight here. The pub does a nice job of marketing craft brews in general beyond their own wares as well, featuring a beer tasting each month and offering full day deals on Monday for all of their beers.
Hopefully I'll get back to ABC when I visit Michigan again this Thanksgiving, because twelve months is too long to go without a stop here. Since I didn't go to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor doesn't remind me of my college years. It does, however, remind me about why I love craft beer.
This is one of the only must visit brewpubs in southeast Michigan.
08-13-2006 01:11:56 |
More by benito
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
The brewpub is nestled in the downtown of Ann Arbor, just a short walk from campus (and several other pubs). The atmosphere is very relaxed and unpretentious. The bar is front and center when you walk in the front door, definitely the centerpiece of the establishment. About a dozen beers from the brewpub were available on draft (including cask conditioned) with a number of obvious seasonals. Beer samplers were available, to aid in finding that perfect pint for the evening. A fairly sizable collection of bottles were also on the menu, with most of them coming from Michigan (a few were from other mid-west states). Service was decent, although the wait-staff didn't have a really clear idea about the differences between beers, and the food was a little above average (we enjoyed several appetizers and weren't disappointed). Definitely recommended if you're visiting the area.
09-25-2004 15:21:50 |
More by DrJay
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: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I grabbed a seat at the bar and checked out the board, hmmm, smoked ale - gotta try it.
A bit malty and the smoke was ohh so present. reminded me of drinking maple cured bacon - but in a good way. This was the first smoked ale I ever tried, and I was impressed. The only disappointment was that they do not bottle it. I am not sure how a growler would have held up in 70 degree weather with a 5 hour drive home.
Really laid back atmosphere, and the food looked great. I downed a quad and an order of o rings at Krazy Jim's Blimpy, so food was out of the question. I will eat here next time I stop by.
Parking was a bit of a challenge, but the three block walk was worth it.
10-13-2008 01:41:57 |
More by gixxerman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI
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