Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

Grizzly Peak Brewing CompanyGrizzly Peak Brewing Company
Grizzly Peak Brewing CompanyGrizzly Peak Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

120 West Washington Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104
United States

(734) 741-PEAK | map
grizzlypeak.net

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.64
Beers:
35
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
330
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.82
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
112
pDev:
11.52%
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VoxRationis from New York

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

What a fantastic find! Grizzly Peak is a brewery and gastropub located just south of the University of Michigan campus. On stepping in, I immediately noted that there were two separate bars at either end of the location with two hand drawn, cask ales and an additional dozen or so house brews. Lots of wood paneling and brass provide authenticity and ambience. Ample seating, the server was lovely and the food was really excellent. I thought the two cask offerings were top notch. Also, fantastic place to watch Michigan games, if you don't have tickets. This is our go-to place in Ann Arbor.

Aug 25, 2019
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DavidRandall from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

We had a smoked turkey sandwich with gouda. It was good but nothing stood out. Service was ok on a Saturday afternoon. We had a two year old with us and they did seat us in an area that would allow a high chair without being in an aisle. After our beers were ordered, it did take a little longer than expected to get them considering the place was at least 75 % empty. The server never brought the grilled cheese sandwich that was ordered for the 2 year old. Thankfully, it was not on the tab either. The server was not a student, over 30 at least. Only mentioned because Ann Arbor is a collage town.

Jun 16, 2018
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lochraneg from New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Another cool spot on the streets of Ann Arbor. I wish they had a better beer selection. Wasn't impressed with their in house IPA or their Sour Wheat Ale either. Cool outdoor patio area we were able to bring our dogs and sit under the sun. They even have a doggy treat menu.

Jun 30, 2016
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was like a second home to me, and I can't say enough good things about the staff here. Great food and a menu that changes often to go with a hand full of great beers. Always have a couple casks conditioned beers available and they have rotating beers probably every week if not every couple of days.

Jan 14, 2016
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Romoworld from Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.75

The food we didn't really eat, we just had an appetizer which were soft pretzels, the pretzels were nice and soft but the sauce was not good at all but luckily their Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard saved it, the beer selection was small but not too bad though. I had a Bear Paw Porter which was really good it had hints of Roasted Coffee beans and Hazelnut I then had the County Cork Irish Stout. This is a very watered down version of a Stout. It was not good in fact I don't even want to finish hut I don't waste beer. The service was quiet but they brought our food and beer on a timely manner. Don't know if I would go here again because the beer didn't meet my standards.

Mar 08, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Funny, I always forget about Grizzly Peak when I think about when I found the micro movement. I've been drinking here since 1996 (or 97) when I lived in Ann Arbor and was here pretty regularly for the next few years until I left. I wish I could get back more often. Atmosphere is pretty chill. The beer is average to good. What has always stood out for me is the beer cheese soup at Grizzly Peak.

Oct 03, 2014
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Cool rustic brewpub in the university entertainment district. All the wood gives the place the feeling of a lodge in the wilderness. Well assorted tap list and fast friendly bartenders.

Sep 29, 2014
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elNopalero from California

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

Their motto might as well be ‘Come here for the service, stay for the service’… because the food wasn’t cutting it and the beers are nothing to get excited about. But the servers were across the board fantastic.

I don’t usually order food when I go out to beer bars and I wonder how much that would change my experience. This time was an exception. I ordered the mushroom burger and received a gummy, mushy mushroom patty---not a serving of sautéed mushrooms, or grilled portabellas, as I had pictured. The fries come at an extra charge, and the pickle was sclerotic. Whether it was a house made picked or not it tasted processed.

Jun 11, 2014
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HoosierHopHead from Indiana

2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Tried this establishment on a recent trip to Ann Arbor; what a disappointment. First impressions are said to be everything and our bartender's attitude set the tone. We only stayed for one beer because to the service. My selection the Bear Paw Stout was good, but not great. The Chicken Quesadillas were tasty and portion size adequate. There are a number of much better places in Ann Arbor to enjoy a beer and it's obvious the locals know this because the Grizzly Bear was empty (on a Saturday afternoon) and the other places packed.

Dec 31, 2013
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MichiganBeerAddict from Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This place is great in the summer when most of the students are away on summer break. The location is great, right downtown and easy to get to. The food is good, nothing to do a show on Food Network about, but tasty. Good selection of Michigan beer as well as their own brews.

Jun 06, 2013
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hotsudge from Canada

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

We made our way here and it was a packed happening place. No room to sit and unfortunately no place to even stand. The bar staff wouldn't serve us because they were busy with the wait staff. A cool space but the atmosphere was a bit cold and soleless.

A bunch of beers on the menu that didn't work for me but finally I found something that worked out ok.

No rush to go back here.

May 15, 2013
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kp29 from Arizona

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Have visited Grizzly Peak several times, primarily for dinner.

Food - Grizzly Peak's menu reminds me of a combination of typical pub food crossed with a high quality bistro restaurant. I have enjoyed everything I have ever eaten here; from the Hangar Steak to the Cheddar and Ale Soup, to the Polenta Fries, the food is quite delicious. While I wouldn't describe the food prices as cheap, they are comparable to many of the other restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor.

Beer - Grizzly Peak typically offers 5 of their regular beers plus 2 or 3 seasonal/specialty beers as well(including 2 on Cask). While I haven't tried every beer available, the ones I have had were quite tasty, although nothing too spectacular (think a solid B). I was particularly fond of their White Christmas White Ale though.

Atmosphere - Service was acceptable, but be warned this place can be quite packed so you might want to make a reservation. The restaurant itself can be really loud while the actual building gives off a rustic vibe with lots of wood everywhere.

Overall - A solid BrewPub in Ann Arbor. The beer's pretty good, the food and atmosphere are even better.

Dec 28, 2012
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Grizzly Peak is my go to brewpub in Ann Arbor. Honestly, it is the best burger I have ever had. The beers generally rotate, so you can usually get something new each time you head there. The beer is generally a little flat sometimes, though. If you head to GP, you absolutely must have the soft pretzels. They do provide flights of beer to try, and I would recommend this, as I think the quality varies quite a bit. All in all, a real fun place to be. If you show up after 6 pm on a Friday or Saturday, expect to wait an hour or two for a table. They don’t take reservations for any parties under 6, so if you’re worried just bring along a crowd so you have a table.

Mar 09, 2012
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

2.56/5  rDev -33%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Heading into Grizzly Peak, it looked promising since the place was packed on a Sunday night. Got to the bar, and it was a mess--stale beer and a left over meal and no bartender to be seen. Just had a pint of the pale ale, which was far below par. The whole place felt factory like--and there was a lot of complaining going on by the wait staff. Fighting about something. Weird. Bad vibe for me, but there seemed to be a lot of people that were enjoying themselves, so I left and headed down the street rather than spend more time here.

Jul 28, 2011
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yankeej13 from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This was the last stop on my Microbrewery tour and this was kind of a last second thing where we saw it across the street and decided to go have a drink before we headed off to the airport. Not knowing anything about the brewery made me a little interested to see how it would compare to Jolly Pumpkin as well as Arbob Brewing.

The bartender was a really cool dude. We were telling him this was the last stop on our trip and we were just stopping through for a beer and was going to head out. I ordered the sampler which was like 10 or so beers at least.

The beers were ok, nothing to ride home to town about but I did enjoy just trying new stuff so it wasn't like I was disappointed or anything like that. For a last stop it was a good one so I really don't have anything bad to say what so ever. Cheers!

Jul 26, 2011
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stop number #216 on my brewery tour of the world.

Completed a brewpub tour of Ann Arbor the first week of June 2011 with a couple of my beer-snob-drinking friends. Easily shakes out to…

1. Jolly Pumpkin & Arbor Brewing tied and depending on unique vs. traditional beers
2. Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery
3. Grizzly Peak Brewing Company (very distant third)

I'm not quite sure how this place gets a B+ with 42 ratings.

We ordered a sampler of the cask conditioned dry hopped here, pale ale, and a pint for me of the IPA. I should have known better than to trust a place that would dry hop a bittering hop only beer like a hefe.

The pale and IPA were both buttery and I had to dump my IPA out in the bathroom.

The pretzel in beer cheese/soup was passable but I can't say the same about the beers. Maybe something about the nice interior is playing tricks on people.

Jun 12, 2011
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

As if Ann Arbor needed more brewpubs, especially all in a central location so you can stumble from one to the next. This place is fairly nice looking but I'm not too sure about the beers. I only tried the saison and was a little disappointed with it.

The layout is good, not as attractive as Blue Tractor but still OK, with brick-encased kettles and other copper-ware, lots of woodwork too. Plenty of seating, laid out as a classic brewpub (seating at bars, plenty of tables too, basically a restaurant). This would probably be my last choice in the city, as I love Jolly Jumpkin and Arbor is very solid too, but if you trying to hit everything it's an OK spot.

May 24, 2011
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tat2dhllblly from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I stopped by Grizzly Peak while attending some training in the area. The Brewpub itself is very, VERY nice!! Open grill/kitchen area and brass accents everywhere.

The staff is a bit pushy but ok. They have alot of knowledge of their beers but their responses are very cookie cutter and they cannot elaborate more than their told responses.

The beer is ok. Decent number on tap but the styles are your basic representations. They do have some of their beers offered in casks which was real impressive. The only big problem I had was that their IPA was @45-50 ibu's but their cask conditioned Pale Ale was more than 70 ibu's. When I asked why this was and that it did not represent the style very well the waitress just stared at me with a blank expression then asked if I wanted another beer.

The food was the best part. I was not let down by the beer steamed muscles or the salmon BLT. The food was out of this world.

The over all problem is that I only want to return for the food and not the beer. With a brewpub I am lloking for both.

Dec 05, 2010
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Rocks from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I stopped in Grizzly Peak while in Ann Arbor last weekend. The place is fairly big, with a good sized bar area, lots of booths, and even outside seating. Seems like a good spot to stop in and watch the game.

They had at least ten beers on draft, running the gammit of IPAs to seasonals. I only had a couple of pints but my wife had a sampler of all of the ones they had on draft. I found them to be mostly hit or miss, but the one I found best was their Bear Paw Porter.

Overall, a pretty good place that I'd go back to if given the chance.

Sep 22, 2010
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped at Grizzly Peak during or tour of Ann Arbor breweries.

This was our last stop so we didn't have any food or full pints of beer, only tasters. Prices were very reasonable.

Place looks fairly good, lots of wood and booths, a big bar... alright. We sat at the bar and sampled some brews. Bartender was super friendly and knowledgeable.

They had a good number of beers on tap (no guests, though)

We tried the Columbus Pale (on cask) and Sheerwater IPA (also on cask). Also a weird beer called Karl's Hibiscosity, plus Wee Owen's Roggenbier and the classic Bear Paw Porter.

I liked some of them and others I didn't, but I thought all of them were well crafted and inventive.

I will definitely go back and try more brews!

Sep 20, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4

We came here for a sampler and for dinner. A pretty decent deal of a sampler $10 for 9 beers, now if only they were all a solid grouping. The atmosphere was pretty nice, a huge place, very nice seats. We sat right next to the brewing equipment which was an added bonus...The beer quality is very so-so, I found almost all of the beers very commercial and disappointing. They did not have anything of note besides there own beer...The highlight of this place is the food. There is a nice selection and its all very good. I'd go here to grab a bite to it but not to drink anything.

Jul 24, 2010
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by while in Ann Arbor.

Atmosphere: Grizzly Peak looks like it takes up 3 or 4 addresses on the 100 block of W. Washington. Inside the main entrance, a bar is to the left, dining and kitchen to the right as well as straight ahead. Our table was straight ahead and in the back. There is plenty of woodwork, including bears carved into the columns on each table. A little more rustic than some of our other destinations.

Quality: Ales were good, nothing spectacular but definitely good. The waitstaff was friendly, food good. The general lack of pizzazz would make me rank this #3 of the AA brewpubs.

Service: I wandered the restaurant looking for ksak before a hostess assisted. Things pioked up with our waiter.

Selection: 9 beers available. We went with a flight of all nine. A few were solid, including the Antwerp Amber Ale and the El Hefe weizen. Others were good, average but solid. Nothing was so exciting that I needed to have a growler.

Food: We stuck to dessert, an ice cream sandwich that ksak enjoyed. I didn't study much else, so I'll mark this N/A.

Jun 12, 2010
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Hakuin from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Popped into this place on a Monday afternoon, so can't really comment on atmosphere too much. That said, the bar area is quite lovely, with lots of old wood and nice vintage beer signs around. Lovely smell of beer permeates.

This our first time there, and we wanted to try one of the cask offerings first, in this case and English-style IPA, which was very good. Quite a nice break from some of the more aggressive American IPA's (which i'm quite fond of..), and the English hops lent a very interesting and highly drinkable quality to this beer. Will be going back for growlers.

Next up was the Winter Warmer/American Strong Ale (the name escapes me at the moment). This was also an excellent offering, with a sweet but not cloying character, with a nice mouth-feel and good hop balance. Balance is a word i would likely use to describe most of the beers we tried, actually.

Next we decided to go with the very reasonably priced 5-glass sampler (3-4oz pours); they also do 6-7 beer flights as well. Of these, the dark lager and porter were the standouts for me, as the dark lager had a very unique almost lactic bite to it. I don't drink this style much, but really enjoyed this one. The porter was, well spot on for the style, with lots of roasty sweetness and overall goodness. Also i was impressed with their take on a red ale, which is generally a style i usually skip. This one was quite nice though.

Our bartender was really nice, friendly and obviously into the beers she was pouring, and we had a nice time chatting with her about their product.

As noted, this was our first time, and probably not one of their busiest times, but will definitely be going back soon. As another poster mentioned, this brew is in my opinion better than some of the nearby competitors.

Mar 01, 2010
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dpjosuns from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

"The Grizz" as its affectionately referred to is without a doubt my favorite brewery in Ann Arbor (and there are plenty to choose from).

Atmosphere:
There is something for everyone here. The restaurant is divided into three sections: the main dining area is in the middle and features a more "sit down restaurant" feel. On either side are bars, one is smoking and a bit more raucous and the other is non-smoking and a bit more subdued (off the second bar is another area for seating). Each of the areas have a bit of a different feel to them, but all have the same exposed brick decor with prohibition photos on the walls.

Beer:
Although the Grizz isn't as popular as Arbor Brewing, it provides a superior product as far as my tastes are concerned. There is a beer for everyone here as there are typically 6-8 of their house brews on tap with a rotating concoction in addition. Their beers are typically on the more hoppy/aggressive side, which suits my tastes perfectly.

Food:
I will preface this by saying that the food is more on the expensive side (a sandwich can be upwards of $8.00). However, if you're used to Ann Arbor prices, this is no stretch. It's also worth it! The portions are very generous and there is a large amount of variety in the menu. From burgers and sandwiches to fish and chips and steak.

Service:
The service at the Grizz is just fine. The staff are very knowledgeable of both the food menu and the types of beer available and the flavors of each.

Overall:
I'm a rampant homer here. This is my favorite brewery in town. The biggest compliment is when I bring friends or relatives from out of town and when they come back, they ask to go to the Grizz again, rather than another restaurant.

Dec 22, 2009
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dirtylou from New York

3.63/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

located about 2 blocks from arbor brewing. from my limited experience - this place seemed significantly inferior as far as beer goes

we sat outside - inside had a 2 hour wait. tap selection was nothing special and featured a bunch of standard styles. the cask selections were boring and the weizenhop that i had was pretty off.

food was fine - seemed to care about good ingredients but it still wasnt anything great. the pretzel appetizer were liked by everyone but i thought they were pretty generic.

service was good enough - i just wouldnt waste my time here and would focus on Arbor and Ashleys

Sep 15, 2009
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