Arbor Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing CompanyArbor Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

114 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104
United States

(734) 213-1393 | map

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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
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3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Of all the times I've been done to Ann Arbor to hit a Jolly Pumpkin limited release or just hang out in the city I have never been to Arbor Brewing. So recently when I came down to pick up some bottles of Bambic at JP I decided to finally check this place out.

Perhaps this is a product of being at Jolly Pumpkin for an hour or so beforehand but the atmosphere left a bit to be desired. The place was busy but the crowd is pretty laid back which is often the case in Ann Arbor. It was around 9 PM when we rolled in and the lights were dimmed down which is generally something I appreciate but they just took it too far. The only time I could get a good look at my food and drink was when the blinding lights from cars coming out of the parking garage across the street seemed to hit directly on our table. Put some blinds on the windows and bring the lights up a bit from night club level and we'd be in business.

I'm keeping my quality rating solely focused on the beer and not the food. I had a pint of their Terminator doppelbock and my girlfriend had Sacred Cow IPA on cask. Terminator is a solid beer but it doesn't quite stack up to it's German counterparts. I wish I ordered the Sacred Cow. I have had it in the bottle before and thought it was solid IPA but on cask it really shines.

The real low point was the service. Our server wasn't outwardly rude in the way she spoke to us but her mannerisms were chock full of bad attitude. The beers were plunked down on the table like a glass of Sasparilla in an old western movie. I asked for an extra set of silverware and it was tossed on to the table. I don't know who jammed the stick up her ass that day but in the service industry you have to be able to put that behind you with your new customers.

Definitely a solid beer selection. I don't remember the exact number of taps but I can tell you they were running two casks and reviews seem to support this as an everyday practice which is much appreciated. In addition they have some special bottled offerings that were all sours of various types.

The food, like the whole experience, was a mixed bag. I split their asiago chicken pasta with my girlfriend. While the pasta was cooked well and the sauce was excellent the chicken they topped it with was very dry. My buddy ordered their IPA marinated chicken sandwich and cut me off a bite. Same story different chapter, the chicken was as dry as the Sahara. We should have ate at Jolly Pumpkin.

I might be back to ABC but if I do return I'll be sitting at the bar and sticking to the beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of midlifec
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of JDizzle
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of puck1225
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Went on a recent visit to Ann Arbor, went for a late night snack with my grown children. We were excited that the menu included pierogi, which is hard to come across in Texas. The Korean barbecue flavored wings were also a hit. I had a Belgian style tripel that was pretty good. The service was great and we enjoyed the visit. Would go back next time in AA.

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Photo of DOCRW
2.51/5  rDev -36.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of CohrsCA
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rbarrett86
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
3.89/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of J455K
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Nice selection of house drafts and bottles, also have some guest taps. Service was.......bad. Empty glasses sat as I wished for another beer, food order was not put in by our waitress (she did apologized for this). Food finally arrived, warm at best. All in all not impressed by beer, food, or service. I am by far a patient person but if this place was in my hometown it would be a one and done experience.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

My wife and I stopped here to see the results of their remodeling and to experience this brewery for the purposes of this review. We've been here many times before but have never written a review. This was also the first stop of an afternoon pub crawl. We had lunch and a sampler flight of 6 beers knowing that we couldn't have any more than that with three more pubs to visit.

All of the beers that we chose are also available in bottles on store shelves, so we were disappointed that there were no pub-only options. However, we had not previously had one of the beers, the pilsner, so we made it a point to choose it. We have always liked Arbor's beers, and today was no exception. All were what we remembered them being, and the pilsner was one of the best that we've had at a craft brewery. Aside from the 6-packs of their regular beers that are in a cooler for carry-out sales, there were also several specialty beers available in 750 ml. bottles, and we chose to purchase the sour version of their 20th anniversary barleywine. We're looking forward to popping that cork.

The food has always been very good here, and our lunch selections were no different. The menu has changed a bit since our last visit several years ago (a more healthy, organic theme), and the new choices are what we focused on for our lunch.

We go back a ways with our appreciation for this pub, and today's visit further cemented our desire to continue to support this brewery.

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Photo of Raime
3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of AJNIDEK
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Nice spot in Ann Arbor. Diverse brews with fantastic food.

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Photo of Fahrn13
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of TnbeerLvr
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.56/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of nlmartin
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

This was a quick stop drank 2 pints. One a very meh sour and a nice chili porter. Service was self service to the bar. The bar tender was a bit slow. The selection was what was expected with a couple positive bumps. The food I did not try. We used to have an option for N/A. So I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say food is at least average and edible.

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Photo of Ekoseck
3.3/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

Photo of stadmo1
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of BoyDrinksWorld
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of McAfee85
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of teddibrewski
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

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Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI
3.71 out of 5 based on 2,967 ratings.
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