3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | January 4, 2008| Updated January 22, 2015
A classic beer bar with a nice atmosphere, jovial (but young) crowd, and genuinely friendly staff. Selection is outstanding but being a complete geek I struggled to find something I haven’t had. I went with a Shorts Pale ale and then a 4th Dementia. Seems the taps rotate very quickly. One bummer is the cigarette smoke, which gave me nic-fits the next morning.
This bar is very close to the university and you can tell. Definitely a student bar, a bit of a dive and sticky. Service was OK. Selection is why you come here, a huge amount of taps and all over the range. We didn’t eat. Prices were OK, they do have daily beer specials which make it better. A good place to try a variety although only pre-set samplers.
Oakes (821) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 25, 2004
Visited this place with the Ratebeer crew following the Michigan Brewer's Festival. Long list of beers on tap, with more in the bottle. Nothing too obscure or mind-blowing, but some good stuff nonetheless. Agree that the staff was friendly but a little slow. Had a good time, though.
Outstanding bar in beautiful Ann Arbor. Lots of people here always. Decent sized bar, with lots of tables. Lots of taps. Lots of bottles, though the bottles are the Shelton brothers lineup that can be bought elsewhere. Bartenders are very knowledgeable about the beers and the craft beer scene. I heard it rumoured, and I did see staff sit down with people and help host little parties of people. Great little street with little groceries, Ben and Jerries, parking available. Mostly local Michigan stuff, but there were some good nationals as well, i.e. Southern Tier creme brullee. An ongoing craft beer party. The food is supposed to be very decent.
Generic modern-looking ambiance, not unpleasant anyway. Wide selection, menu kept up to date, many taps and bottles for every taste and kind. Packed place, lots of students, rather loud crowd, but the good side is that all the beers were fresh. Pub food. Mostly efficient service condidering the crowd, plenty of Michigan beers, nice little samplers of draught offerings offered in packs. I didn’t expect much and was quite satisfied.
deyholla (648) Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 13, 2009| Updated April 28, 2012
By far the best selection of any bar in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately it is right on campus and can get quite a bit wild and loud on a weekend evening and that kind of kills any ambiance. The service is quite slow. I’ll put up with it though for the great selection even at steep prices. The best beer bar in A2, but not too much competition.
Easy to find location directly on State across from U of M. Street parking. Building is clean and orderly and lots of character. Bar on right and seating for food on left. Bar has large selection of taps of good local and national micros. Staff is freindly with good beer knowledge. Menu is apps, soups and sandwiches. I had the soup,very good. Good location, beer selection and food. Well worth the stop.
In Ann Arbor to check out the beer scene and despite the many brew pubs this is the best place to head by far, however, it totally has its downsides. First of all we were there two consecutive nights and it was just way to crowded, I can’t imagine it when school is in session. The atmosphere was nothing special at all, almost down right boring...The quality and selection of beer was pretty good. They have something like 70 taps and a couple hundred bottles which is impressive, but almost too overwhelming. The taps were of decent quality and lot of local stuff, but also a lot of easy to find bs that really shouldn’t be there. They did have dragonsmeade and Kuhnhenn, which is really nice. The bottle list was nothing great, I didn’t see anything I had to get. Now I am being pretty picky, this place has nice beer that anyone can find something good to drink.
My real problem with this place comes down to the service, again two nights at least four different bartenders who didn’t know jack about beer. We constantly asked them for suggestions and they always kept offering us easy to find crap. Me and my friend told them each, hey we’ve had a ton of stuff, show me something good and local. The first clown goes why don’t you try a delirium tremens, we say no, then he goes how about a delirium nocturnum? REALLY GUY? REALLY?
So basically, get better service, offer a little higher standard on taps and this place could be world class.
jercraigs (576) Toronto, Ontario | July 23, 2006| Updated November 20, 2011
2011-11-12. Super busy on a Saturday night, we initially went downstairs but decided it was worth it to wait for a table upstairs. Frankly after two visits I am not sure why anyone other than students would waste their time sitting downstairs. The tap list down there has a couple of decent MI brews, but nothing spectacular and the atmosphere is lacking. Upstairs is much better in both respects, quite loud on a Saturday packed with students. The tap list has a solid selection of beers but didn’t impress me as much as last time. Not sure if that says more about the list or me. The sampler trays are a nice option to try a selection. Still a great stop, but perhaps slightly over rated. 4/7/13/X/X/16
July 2006. Started out in the Underground and was pleased with the selection of Bells. Moved up stairs and just about peed my pants at the tap list. Enjoyed a 90 Minute on cask and couldn’t stop raving about the opportunity let alone the beer! Great selection of Michigan brews and some very nice imports including Gouden Carolus, Weihenstephan, and out of state like DFH, Victory etc. Service was slow but friendly and it was a fairly busy night. Bit loud on a friday night but I supposed that’s to be expected, and it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of it. Was not smokey while we were there but part of the reason we moved locations was a smoker right beside us downstairs. 4/7/14/X/X/18
Medium sized pub on two floors with two bars. Judging by the crowd this is obviously the “cool” hang-out place in town as far as good beer selection is concerned. About 60 taps. Yes, yes 60 taps in Ann Arbor, that’s 6 x 10 taps. Of those 60 about 50 are regular taps (permanent on the beer menu) and 10 are rotating taps displayed on a board. The regular taps has about 25% of crappy macro and imported imported macro beers, 50% of standard American micros (Dogfish, etc.) and 25% of less common stuff. The 10 rotating taps were interesting. Up to three casks (but only two were plugged when I was there). Food menu is standard pub greasy food.