Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 64
Beer Avg: 3.45
Taps: 5 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by buschbeer:
3.28/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I made my third trip to the Blue Tractor before a Michigan basketball game. I had heard at Ashleys that they had just finished a renovation enlarging the place. Sounds like business is booming. I also heard that the beers were improving, and I have always heard that the food was good.
The first thing that I noticed when I walked in was the wonderful smell of barbecue. I looked like a dog with shoestrings of drool in the corners of my mouth. My date and I bellied up to the bar and were immediately greeted. We wanted to see what was on tap and asked for a minute. My bad, because that was the last time we got service without flagging down a bartender. Albeit, they were busy.
I really like the feel of the place (probably that bbq smell). The walls were covered in old barn siding and the tables and booths were modern. A unique feature was a cold strip that runs the entire bar for you to set you drinks on to keep them cold.
I finally settled on a Bumper Crop IPA and Hopicidal Maniac. Both were terrible. The food was good. I had a pulled pork samich and mac n cheese and my date got a half rack of ribs. They did mess up her order but neither one of us minded and the manager said the ribs would be free. They were not. But I wasn't paying so I didn't care. My date did love her ribs. I pried one out of her clenched jaw to try, and it was good. I did lose the tip of my finger though.
I really wanna like this place. I had a java stout that was awesome on a visit. It is hard to say a place is good though when one beer in three visits was all that I have liked. I recommend eating here and I will continue to stop in hoping to find another good stout.
02-26-2012 16:36:06 | More by buschbeer
More User Reviews:
2.8/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$
Happened to be in the A2 area for the second time in the last month and wanted to cross another brewery off the tour list. Due to the circumstances, we needed a family-friendly atmosphere and after learning that this establishment is owned by the same management company as Jolly Pumpkin, Blue Tractor seemed like a safe bet.
Atmosphere - I really enjoyed the feel of the place, it had a rustic but modern touch to it.
Quality - Of the two beer styles I tried, it was average...nothing less, nothing more. Their Bumper Crop IPA had me puzzled. At first, I thought the waitress had brought me something other than an IPA. The caramel malt taste almost overpowered the hops in my opinion. It was drinkable but just not true to the style. The second beer I tried was their Pitmaster Porter. This was average-to-good and unlike the IPA, it was more style appropriate. It had a heavy roasted/smokey taste to it with a decent finish.
Service - Seemed good enough. We were promptly seated at a table after entering. Our waitress was prompt and efficient.
Selection - Only saw four of their beers on tap on the beer menu at the time of our visit: Bumper Crop IPA, Pitmaster Porter, Sudworth Bock, Red Barn Amber Ale. They did however have bottles from Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak.
Food - I wanted to eat something light so I opted for the Pastrami sandwich. My girlfriend had a specialty salad and an appetizer. Everything was edible but just not enjoyable. Maybe I was expecting something else in this department because it seemed a little more focused on the food.
Value - The pricing for beer and the food seemed average.
Overall, I probably wouldn't go back....
01-27-2013 03:06:21 | More by red94tt
3.74/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Blue Tractor considers itself a BBQ place, but the BBQ here is really nothing special. The beer is not bad, and they do have solid staples. I used to love the Tractor Burger, but they went and changed it. Still a good burger, just not as good as before. If you love BBQ, I can’t recommend the pulled pork. But the sauces are solid. Overall, I like the atmosphere and the expansion into the old Cafe Habana. They do sell Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak beers in addition to their own, so there’s a decent variety.
04-17-2012 23:03:40 | More by BMMillsy
Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery in Ann Arbor, MI
80 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.