This place seems to have changed since the last reviews from two years ago. Now the WAB does offer samplers: $7 for five 4 ounce samples, and they bring them out on some nifty fake vinyls cut in half. There were 8 of their own beers on tap, and they were all pretty average. My favorite was probably the sip I took from my wife’s Vanilla Porter. My wife and I each had a sample of the Hefty-Weizen, but I noticed right away the waitress mixed them up with the IPAs. The waitress was nice enough and attentive, and the food was excellent. I ordered their Wabanh MI pizza (apparently a Korean specialty and not an obscure town in Michigan). The toppings were fresh and the pizza dough/crust was tasty. I’d go here again, especially for the food.
We were told to check this place out by a guy at B. Nekter. The beers we had were hit or miss. The food was also a bit hit or miss. My sandwich was good but my buddies pizza looked like a frozen supermarket pizza. The waitress was OK but seemed to hate her job and we stood there for 5 minutes before someone told us to seat ourselves. They do fill growlers but they calmed that it was illegal to refill a growler. So they want you to surrender yours for "recycling" and they give you a new one. Basically leave your fancy growler in the car.
I really had a good time here, had dinner on a weekend had a great southwest salad and some homemade tortilla chips. Very good. Really comfortable pub atmosphere with friendly patrons and staff. Nice place to hang out and have a few. They had 9 taps, 2 guest beers I didn’t have. They had a session able blond, a roasty "custom" porter, a dessert vanilla porter with moderate vanilla, a nice moderately hopped ipa, and a really excellent imperial stout. They don’t do samplers but will let you taste all the beers before you order.. Solid brewpub. I’ll be back for sure.
Mexican faire on the menu and a half dozen or so beers but there was no sampler. I guess I kind of expect a brewpub to have a sampler these days. It was happy hour so my wife and I got a pint and the beer wasn’t that good. I was going to eat here but no sampler = no dinner. The bean dip appetizer was pretty good though and service was ok.
I’m honestly surprised by the low reviews for The WAB. I visited for my first time during lunch on a friday afternoon, and I really enjoyed myself. The beer is decent, and the bartenders were very friendly. The food was EXCELLENT. I love the decor, but I didn’t like that you have to walk upstairs for the bar. I’m sure I’ll visit again.
In town for the weekend told I had to check this place out. Wish I didn’t. Big open spaces huge, bar, sport centric but in general pretty plain. The tables are annoying because the chairs have super low backs making them hard to sit in. The food was good bar food, above average. The brews suck. They are all generic watery and boring. They have no clue what they are doing. These beers are clearly tailored to drinkers who don’t know much. Its a slight step above a macro brew and that’s who they cater too. About 8 beers by them, 2 guest taps. Avoid this place.
Very hip 35-45 yr old crowed - kind of interesting. When I visited they had great live music the place was pretty happening. The beer is average. Simple styles for the most part. Food is good - salads and sandwiches -- including loose meat sandwiches. Worth a quick stop if you are nearby. Great service.