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Vegetarian-Friendly Food And Craft Beer At Arbor Brewing Company In Ann Arbor, Michigan

With a tree prominently featured in its logo, it should come as no surprise that plant-based eaters will find plenty of tasty dishes on Arbor Brewing Company’s pub menu.

The downtown Ann Arbor, Mich., brewpub brews its own beers and serves a full food menu from brunch to late night eats.

As a craft beer drinker and sometimes vegetarian eater, Arbor Brewing Company had been on my bucket list for years. In late December, I finally stopped into the pub for lunch.

On the Friday between Christmas and New Year’s, the bar area was quietly busy. Though I suspect it is louder and much busier when University of Michigan students aren’t on semester break. If you’ve dined here, perhaps you can vouch for Arbor Brewing Company’s usual atmosphere in the comment section.

During the late lunch hour, I easily found a seat at the bar, where other diners were sipping pale ales and chatting among friends. The brewpub certainly seemed like a fun, casual meeting spot in the heart of downtown.

Arbor Brewing Company veggie lentil soup (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Arbor Brewing Company veggie lentil soup (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Arbor Brewing Company: The Food

The ABC Brewpub lunch menu features appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and tacos. Each of those categories include vegetarian and vegan options. I want to try so many of the vegetarian appetizers — vegan nachos, grilled vegetable focaccia, the Mediterranean plate, and the roasted garlic served with grilled red peppers, olive tapenade, chive cream cheese, pesto and crostini.

Arbor Brewing Company serves a rotation of soups made fresh in-house. On the day I dined at ABC, one of the soups was a hearty veggie lentil. It was a delicious winter soup.

I also ordered a build-your-own gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. On grilled wheat bread, my sandwich was topped with smoked gouda, cheddar, fresh spinach, tomato, and herb-sauteed mushrooms. It was the perfect comfort food on a chilly day.

Arbor Brewing Company build-your-own grilled cheese sandwich (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Arbor Brewing Company build-your-own grilled cheese sandwich (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Arbor Brewing Company: The Beer

Arbor Brewing Company’s beer selection is heavy on medium-bodied pale ales and IPA-style brews. But, the brewery also offers some lighter — such as the Bollywood Blonde — and fuller-bodied beers, including the Oak Aged Faricy Irish Stout.

I tasted a couple of the IPAs during my visit. The English-style IPA was not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed the citrus flavor of the hoppy American IPA.

Though IPAs have become my craft beer of choice recently, I was looking for a lighter beverage to compliment the lighter fare of my lunch. Then I noticed ABC had on tap the hard cider from the Northville Winery, a small Metro Detroit winery and brewery. It was light, crisp and refreshing — just what I was hoping to taste!

The bar at Arbor Brewing Company (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

The bar at Arbor Brewing Company (Erin Klema/The Epicurean Traveler)

Arbor Brewing Company: The Service

I sat at the bar, so the service I encountered was fairly efficient. I had everything I needed as I needed it.

Arbor Brewing Company Review | The Epicurean Traveler

Arbor Brewing Company Review | The Epicurean Traveler

Things To Know Before Dining At Arbor Brewing Company

    • Location: 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    • Parking: Some street, but mostly garage parking. The closest facility is the Fourth and Washington Structure, located at 123 E. Washington. It costs $1.20/hour, but parking is free on Sundays. Click here for a map of the downtown Ann Arbor parking.
    • Price: Moderate
    • Kids menu available
    • Great for casual dining, craft beer, vegetarians, vegans

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