Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 16, 2013| Updated September 17, 2013
Visited on the way to RBSG Grand Rapids with my brother. This was stop number three on the walking tour of Ann Arbor on a game night so the place was busy. We had to sit right at the end of the bar or else wait an hour for a table. The service was friendly and set us up with a flight quickly. We tried all six house beers and I think they are the weakest of the three stops on the same street (Grizzly Peak and Arbor Brewing are next door). That said, the Dunkel Weizen was nice. We did eat some BBQ which was pretty good. This isnít on top of my list of places to revisit but if/when I do make it back to Ann Arbor Iíll stop in for some BBQ and to see whatís new on tap.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Drake  (703) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | March 12, 2016
Busy on a Saturday night. Parking looked tough but I canít comment for sure as I didnít drive here. Smallish interior, but decent sized bar. Intense smokey smell in the place was nice enough but made it hard to smell the beers. Surly bartender. Beers ranged from average to very good. Flight of 7 was about 8.50. Decent enough stop but focus on other places if youíre short on time.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99  (555) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 21, 2010
Easy to find location on Washington Street with street and garage parking. Went to the bar in the center left of building with a rough wood interior. Got the sampler of 5 brews and a small glass of peanuts included. Good selection of soft brews that are average to just above. Service is timely and attentive, but knowledge of beers is lacking. Did not have food.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
chibuck  (543) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
I stopped in this place despite the bad reviews and came away very surprised...The atmosphere is nothing special, decent outdoor patio on the sidewalk that is good for people watching, inside is nothing special...The beer list was very small, they had 3 beers they always have available and a couple specials, nothing in terms of a good bottle list...I had 5 different samplers from the brew pubs in Ann Arbor and this was by far the best, 6 beers and each was really good and drinkable, even a pilsner!...Service was so-so not great beer mind, didnít try the food, but the beer made up for it.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
deyholla  (519) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 28, 2012| Updated September 8, 2013
Another Ann Arbor brewpub with solid food. Six taps with two that rotate and solid beer. They are in the process of expanding. Service has always been good and everything is fairly priced. A few tvs if you want to catch the game.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley  (403) Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec | July 24, 2011
Stayed for almost a pint - didnít quite finish. Pretty large bar, designed for a hip crowd, good ambiance and nice decor. The bar service was fine, the beer wasnít too great though so we moved on quickly. No faults really with this place, there are only better places to visit in AA.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
yngwie  (382) Kristiansand, Norway | June 15, 2015
A pretty standard decor inside, with some nice extra features. Well, at least one, the strip of the bar that is freezed to keep your beer cold. Thereís both their own beers, North Peak and Jolly Pumpkin available, and we got friendly, quick and helpful service. The brewery part of this brewpub is a rather small operation, 5 bbl only, but the beers are pretty solid. Well worth a visit.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor  (349) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | January 19, 2012
I was a little hesitant about this place given prior ratings (and even skipped it on a past trip to AA), but this turned out to be a great place. They have about 6 regulars on tap and 3 seasonals. I got to try 4 of them, the regular IPA, a seasonal single-hopped IPA, oatmeal stout, and the regular pilsener. All were quite excellent. The food is great too (I had the pulled pork sandwich - very tasty!!). The only thing I didnít like is they have a cold strip for keeping your beer cold but it freezes the run off from the pour. A small point though. Overall, a fantastic stop. The beer is great, the food is great. Stop here in addition to the other great AA brewpubs. I canít wait to be back!
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau  (307) Ithaca, New York | April 27, 2012
A buddy and I stopped in here to taste a few beers back when they opened. At the time, the atmosphere seemed overwhelming and the beers all taste like chlorine, but Iíve since tried a few others and thought them to be alright. Still, I felt out of place in a an "upscale" barbeque joint, which is an paradox if Iíve ever heard one.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier  (304) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | September 21, 2011
I stopped here on a busy Sunday evening but even so the service was dismal. It took over fifteen minutes to get a waitress and another five to get a beer. When they did come they were average at best. The prices were not bad except for the food. For more than the cost of the same dish at Vintage Brewing (in Madison) I got a meal which was half as good.

In summary this place is better than either Grizzly Peaks or Arbor Brewing but not really a destination itself. Get some food elsewhere, grab a beer, and then move on to Jolly Pumpkin Cafe for the night.

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