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Arbor Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Arbor Brewing CompanyArbor Brewing Company
Based on:
77 Beers
2,198 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 127
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Taps: 10
Bottles: 6
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

114 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104
United States
phone: (734) 213-1393

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Reviews by slander:
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4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI
89 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.