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Michigan, the Great Beer State

Posted By Donald Kuitila, Friday, May 22, 2015
Updated: Friday, May 22, 2015


Michigan ranks fifth in the nation with 131 craft breweries and is becoming a destination for beer lovers across the country. Brewers from the "Great Beer State” serve fresh beer to locals as well as a growing number of beer tourists who are coming to Michigan to sample creative and award winning beers from well-respected breweries. Ann Arbor has a wide range of brewers crafting many different styles of beer with everything from French Farmhouse Ales to highly hopped IPA's to Mexican Lagers.

Here are some breweries worth trying if you have the time to enjoy some fine Michigan beer. Most are within walking distance from the hotel with a few only a short cab ride away. We'll start with the closest brewery The Blue Tractor (207 E. Washington St) which is a short walk from the hotel and has six solid beers on tap including an American Cream Ale, Porter, Kolsch and IPA. They also offer a world class Smoke & BBQ menu to satisfy your dining needs. Arbor Brewing Co. (114 E. Washington St) is just down the street from The Blue Tractor and is Ann Arbor's oldest brewpub. They have ten beers on tap and a vegetarian friendly menu featuring local and sustainable ingredients. The brewery has expanded to include locations in nearby Ypsilanti and also India's first American craft brewery in Bangalore! Only a few doors down you'll find Grizzly Peak Brewing (120 W. Washington St). They offer twelve taps covering a variety of different beer styles. Their progressive "from-scratch” menu highlights fresh fish, hearth baked pizza, burgers and sandwiches.


The next few are a little further away from the Campus Inn but well worth the journey. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (311 S. Main St) is a half mile walk from the hotel through eclectic Ann Arbor and worth every step. They specialize in French Farmhouse and Belgian Style Ales using open fermentation and oak aging to create their world recognized beers. Their food menu is just as diverse with many interesting choices to pair with their beer. A short cab ride, or ambitious walk, brings you to Biercamp (1634 S. State St) which is a small batch brewery with five rotating taps that also specializes in artisan meats. Their sausages, jerky and sandwiches are all hand made using farms where their animals are raised naturally and humanely using no hormones or growth promoting drugs. They also feature an outdoor beer garden to enjoy the warm Michigan summer. The furthest away at 2.5 miles is Wolverine State Brewing Co. (2019 W. Stadium St). It is near Michigan Stadium (aka The Big House) so if you are in the area stop by for Michigan's only all Lager brewery. They brew classic lagers as well as a variety of India Pale Lagers (IPL's), higher gravity offerings and seasonals including Mexican, Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Spiced Lagers. They also serve a great BBQ menu with pulled pork, brisket and ribs all with a special house made dry rub.                

Whether you are looking for a crisp summer wheat or a big bodied sipping ale, Ann Arbor has many choices to quench your thirst. I highly recommend visiting a few of these brewpubs to experience some great tasting local beer.



Tags:  2015  Ann Arbor  Beer  blog  education  Educational Meeting  Ice Breakers  Interactive  Kellogg Eye Center  Meaningful Use  Mid-year  PDC  Travel 

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Timothy J. Bennett CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Friday, May 22, 2015
Thanks Don, I was about to do some research on the local breweries at the Mid-Year, but you did it for me!
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Barbara S. McCalley says...
Posted Friday, May 22, 2015
I'm not a beer drinker but it sounds like it could be a lot of fun checking out several of these local breweries.
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