Wolverine State Brewing Company
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
2.8/5 rDev -29.5%
Ann Arbors newest brewery as of 1/15/11. They specialize in lagers but occasionally have a few ales on tap. There is a long bar with about 20 seats and about another 20 tables or so. For entertainment there is a dartboard and foosball, a couple of tvs and jukebox. They also have trivia once a week.
The taproom is pretty bare bones, mostly block walls and not too inviting. Service was ok, typically have to wait a bit to get a beer or cash out.
Selection is typically at least 6 beers on draft. They are getting better with keeping things on tap and not running out and have a decent seasonal selection.
There is not food but they allow you to order out and have food delivered and a local tamale place is in the house every friday.
Their usual beers are a decent price, seasonals are pretty pricy.
Overall a nice place to visit, however if I am in town and want a good experience I would make the trip to JP or go to the Corner Brewery in Ypsi.
02-05-2011 16:41:42 | More by tobin
3.39/5 rDev -14.6%
WBC is a nice addition to Ann Arbor's west side, but it is in a difficult location to find (behind other buildings).
Inside is a nice clean brewery tap room. Nothing fancy. The Wolverine Beer you see in the stores is brewed elsewhere, but the beers they brew here taste better. They told me once the raise the capital, they will get a bottling line and bring all the work in house.
I am somewhat disappointed in the establishment. As a regular spending money, I would have expected extra courtesies to us that frequent the place often. At this early point it seems to be run like a pure business.
The brewer, Oliver, does a nice job on the beers.
02-06-2011 18:20:24 | More by schmidtn
3.94/5 rDev -0.8%
I checked this place out on a recent visit to Ann Arbor. I wanted to go here because it wasn't downtown where everything else is. It is kind of hidden behind another building. It is an unassuming cinder block building with a small patio in front. The inside is open with some tables as you walk in and an large L shaped bar.
I wasn't expecting a whole lot of the beer. I had read that they focused of lagers, which aren't as dynamic as ales. I was blown away by the beer. They are doing things with lagers that are pretty impressive. They had a couple of India pale lagers (IPL). They were delicious. They are making lagers in styles that you would typically associate with ales.
I sampled all nine of the beers that they had on tap. All the styles were good with some being great. The bartenders were friendly and attentive. Unfortunately, I did not see any food being served other than nuts and chips. It is definitely worth a stop to see what can be done with lagers. And I did hear talk of an expansion.
09-28-2012 18:56:42 | More by buschbeer
4/5 rDev +0.8%
A brewery with focus mainly on lagers. I enjoy stopping here for a really good lager. They seem to have it down quite well for the short time they have been open. Large open room with seating for about 70 people. Even with the open floor plan, the noise does'nt seem too noisy when the place fills up. Several couches and a coffee table are placed for relaxing area to unwind. The staff are very attentive and seem to enjoy talking about the beer. No food is available (other then chips in bags). You can however order food to be delivered to the brewery. The feel is relaxed and casual. Seems a place people come to unwind and enjoy a good beer.
08-17-2011 02:51:10 | More by jale
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Went here on a visit to Ann Arbor from Lansing.
Place is down an alley behind other buidlings, so could be hard to find. Walking in, I was immediately impressed with the casual, clean atmosphere. Careful attention has been made to the decor I'd say; I especially liked the tables with USGS maps of Michigan under the glass/plexi. The large painting of MI on the wall is also nice, with ample space for darts playing. Didn't see foosball (though it's out in the open) until I was leaving otherwise would have played. TVs were playing rugby while there, volume was low, so the overall volume of the place was comfortable to have a nice conversation in.
I was surprised at the quality of the beer for being new and specializing in lagers. Everything I tasted I really liked. The IPA was weak-ish on hops, definitely an EIPA. The American Lager was splendid.
Service was nice, exclusively at the bar, and attentive.
Though they only had 6 beers on tap, I rated them highly since 5/6 were lagers, which are rare to find from a craft brewer. It was a welcome change of pace, and none had off flavors. I appreciated the diversity in lagers as well (rye pilsener, baltic porter) and was really excited to see the list of upcoming beers, with dates they will arrive, I would love to come back to sample one of the 20-odd new beers coming out soon.
Food was non-existent, though they have signs in the bathroom saying you can order to your barstool from elsewhere. I say this is below average, but I appreciate the effort to advertise the eat-in policy.
$9 for 6x7oz. tasters. Nice presentation of these as well. Sm, Med, and Lg beers all seemed attractively priced. Growlers for $10-14 with the bottle.
02-06-2011 22:53:59 | More by dfillius
Wolverine State Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.