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15 Awesome Ann Arbor Beer Spots

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The Ann Arbor area offers no shortage of places to quench beer lovers’ appetites. From internationally-recognized microbreweries to independent pubs to bars with dozens of taps and bottles, there truly is something for everyone. Dining options have also grown in depth and sophistication as patrons and pub owners alike further explore food and beer pairings.

Ann Arbor’s West Side has become a beer destination with Wolverine State, Townies, and HOMES breweries within a one-mile stretch and Session Room’s 70 taps nearby. Further east in Ypsilanti, Cultivate and 734 Brewing are both fostering a sense of community with live music and other events. Even Saline, Ann Arbor’s sleepy neighbor to the south, has caught the beer bug with Stony Lake and Salt Springs breweries joining Dan’s Downtown Tavern. With so many beer options within reach, it can be difficult to sort out the best. Here, now, are the 15 top places for beers in and around Tree City.

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The Session Room

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One Ann Arbor’s largest multi-tap bars has a large loft-like indoor space, an outdoor beer garden and lawn, and a lounge area with live music. Patrons can choose from 70 brews, including collaborations with regional and national brewers. Occasional beer dinners with top national brewers offer multi-course meals with special beer pairings.

Dan's Downtown Tavern

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Dan’s started as a small, neighborhood tavern but has more than tripled in size as it took over adjacent spaces. Many make the trek from Ann Arbor for the 60 beers on tap and the wide selection of eclectic burgers.

HOMES Brewery

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HOMES makes its hop-forward ales and sour beers in a modern space adorned with brightly-colored graphic art. The brewery pairs its beers with an eclectic, Asian-influenced street food menu.

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Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery

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Jolly Pumpkin’s Belgian-style ales have gained an international following. Additional locations have popped up throughout Michigan and beyond, as sour ales are starting to become more popular. The truffle fries may also have something to do with it.

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Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Company was the city’s first microbrewery when it opened in 1995. The company recently changed hands and received some aesthetic updates, but the brewery is still dedicated to making great seasonal ales and barrel-aged sours. While it’s possible to find a can of Euchre Pils in a store, it’s even more fun to sample the beers at Arbor’s downtown brewpub. Live acoustic music and a vegetarian-friendly menu makes this a popular spot for longtime residents.

Ashley's Ann Arbor

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This legendary multi-tap bar is considered one of the top beer bars in the U.S. The well-curated list features select, hard-to-find beers from all over the world. Scotch fans can also rejoice as Ashley’s serves over 60 varieties.

Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse

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This Depot Town watering hole serves beer from more than 30 taps in a converted auto repair shop. Cultivate has become a gathering space with nightly events that appeal to a wide variety of community interests from knitting nights to cheese tastings. A portion of the profits from the beer and coffee sales are donated to food banks, gardening programs, and other hunger relief organizations.

Townies Brewery

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Townie’s Brewery is the latest brewery to enter the market and already has plans for for a bed & breakfast, artist studios, and larger beer garden. For now the inviting interior and cozy outdoor space are great places to enjoy its modest ever-growing beer list.

Wolverine State Brewing Co

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While the industry has spent a lot of energy on ales, Wolverine State Brewery is Michigan’s first and only microbrewery that’s dedicated to crisp, clear lagers. Among the dozens of seasonal and rotating beers find options like India pale lagers and a coffee lager brewed with beans from Roos Roast in Ann Arbor.

Bill's Beer Garden

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On summer evenings the parking lot of a home and garden store transforms into arguably one of the most popular gathering spots in town for beer and wine. When the weather gets cooler, revelers can gather around one of Bill’s cozy fire pits.

Pileated Brewing Company

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Two Ann Arbor teachers with a love of homebrewing took the leap into commercial brewing at this modest spot in a nondescript industrial park. The flagship Rainbow Warrior IPA is one of several brews available on tap or in bottles at brewery.

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Rappourt Brew & Chew

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Rappourt’s dark, inviting space is filled with reclaimed wood, communal tables, and electronic menus listing over 40 beers on tap. The classic gastropub menu features entrees and sandwiches with influences from around the world. A big wine selection is available for retail sales or can be enjoyed on the spot for a small corkage fee.

734 Brewing Company

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Located in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town, 734 Brewery features small batches of traditional styles of beer, live music, and eats from local food trucks. The accessible styles, low prices, female brewmaster, and diverse ownership are all part of the brewery’s commitment to celebrating an inclusive craft beer experience.

Salt Springs Brewery

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Salt Springs brews and serves a dozen beers in a former church in downtown Saline. The stained glass windows were retained to provide a beautiful setting to enjoy the wide range of beer styles. The food menu offers a variety of entrees, including house-smoked chicken legs and pulled pork macaroni and cheese.

Stony Lake Brewing Co.

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Hidden in plain view in a non-descript strip mall, Stony Lake Brewing can be easy to miss. But don’t overlook the beers at this spot. With a dozens of rotating brews on tap, there’s surely something for every beer lover’s palate. Live music and visiting food trucks round out the experience.

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The Session Room

One Ann Arbor’s largest multi-tap bars has a large loft-like indoor space, an outdoor beer garden and lawn, and a lounge area with live music. Patrons can choose from 70 brews, including collaborations with regional and national brewers. Occasional beer dinners with top national brewers offer multi-course meals with special beer pairings.

Dan's Downtown Tavern

Dan’s started as a small, neighborhood tavern but has more than tripled in size as it took over adjacent spaces. Many make the trek from Ann Arbor for the 60 beers on tap and the wide selection of eclectic burgers.

HOMES Brewery

HOMES makes its hop-forward ales and sour beers in a modern space adorned with brightly-colored graphic art. The brewery pairs its beers with an eclectic, Asian-influenced street food menu.

John Reyes

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery

Jolly Pumpkin’s Belgian-style ales have gained an international following. Additional locations have popped up throughout Michigan and beyond, as sour ales are starting to become more popular. The truffle fries may also have something to do with it.

Jolly Pumpkin A2 John Reyes

Arbor Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing Company was the city’s first microbrewery when it opened in 1995. The company recently changed hands and received some aesthetic updates, but the brewery is still dedicated to making great seasonal ales and barrel-aged sours. While it’s possible to find a can of Euchre Pils in a store, it’s even more fun to sample the beers at Arbor’s downtown brewpub. Live acoustic music and a vegetarian-friendly menu makes this a popular spot for longtime residents.

Ashley's Ann Arbor

This legendary multi-tap bar is considered one of the top beer bars in the U.S. The well-curated list features select, hard-to-find beers from all over the world. Scotch fans can also rejoice as Ashley’s serves over 60 varieties.

Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse

This Depot Town watering hole serves beer from more than 30 taps in a converted auto repair shop. Cultivate has become a gathering space with nightly events that appeal to a wide variety of community interests from knitting nights to cheese tastings. A portion of the profits from the beer and coffee sales are donated to food banks, gardening programs, and other hunger relief organizations.

Townies Brewery

Townie’s Brewery is the latest brewery to enter the market and already has plans for for a bed & breakfast, artist studios, and larger beer garden. For now the inviting interior and cozy outdoor space are great places to enjoy its modest ever-growing beer list.

Wolverine State Brewing Co

While the industry has spent a lot of energy on ales, Wolverine State Brewery is Michigan’s first and only microbrewery that’s dedicated to crisp, clear lagers. Among the dozens of seasonal and rotating beers find options like India pale lagers and a coffee lager brewed with beans from Roos Roast in Ann Arbor.

Bill's Beer Garden

On summer evenings the parking lot of a home and garden store transforms into arguably one of the most popular gathering spots in town for beer and wine. When the weather gets cooler, revelers can gather around one of Bill’s cozy fire pits.

Pileated Brewing Company

Two Ann Arbor teachers with a love of homebrewing took the leap into commercial brewing at this modest spot in a nondescript industrial park. The flagship Rainbow Warrior IPA is one of several brews available on tap or in bottles at brewery.

Pileated Brewing Company [Official photo]

Rappourt Brew & Chew

Rappourt’s dark, inviting space is filled with reclaimed wood, communal tables, and electronic menus listing over 40 beers on tap. The classic gastropub menu features entrees and sandwiches with influences from around the world. A big wine selection is available for retail sales or can be enjoyed on the spot for a small corkage fee.

734 Brewing Company

Located in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town, 734 Brewery features small batches of traditional styles of beer, live music, and eats from local food trucks. The accessible styles, low prices, female brewmaster, and diverse ownership are all part of the brewery’s commitment to celebrating an inclusive craft beer experience.

Salt Springs Brewery

Salt Springs brews and serves a dozen beers in a former church in downtown Saline. The stained glass windows were retained to provide a beautiful setting to enjoy the wide range of beer styles. The food menu offers a variety of entrees, including house-smoked chicken legs and pulled pork macaroni and cheese.

Stony Lake Brewing Co.

Hidden in plain view in a non-descript strip mall, Stony Lake Brewing can be easy to miss. But don’t overlook the beers at this spot. With a dozens of rotating brews on tap, there’s surely something for every beer lover’s palate. Live music and visiting food trucks round out the experience.

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