Hopslam trumps Two Hearted IMO. Stuff is da troof.
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Hopslam has a very brief brewing season (early Spring?), I don't believe you'll find it on tap anywhere this time of year.
Eh, the weird thing is that I've had several beers hoppier than hopslam and don't generally like them. Personally, hopslam is my favorite beer, but I love me some two hearted.
Two Hearted Ale is a good choice if you want to actually see the game. Go with the Hopslam if you don't mind loosing all memory after three beers. You can't go wrong with either really.
dominic's sells cold two-hearted beer in a half-gallon glass jar. i drank one once. it made me feel good.
i thought about the cool trees, the fireflies above, and the warm touch of the girl besides me.
the beer was cold and felt right in the michigan summer heat. i wanted more, and i drank another.
it made me feel very bad.
2 x 1/2 gallon of two-hearted = 24 x 10 oz can of domestic
I really like Bell's, but Founder's Centennial is my all-time favorite IPA, at least the most drinkable. As for double's, if you can find a Hercules (Great Divide?) or a Pliny (elder or younger, doesn't matter) then you are in for a real treat. Hopslam is really solid as well.
The most overrated brewery in Michigan.
Eh that's only because of Oberon. Hopslam, Two Hearted, Oarsman, Bells Brown, and the Batch 500 are pretty outstanding.
You missed Third Coast Old Ale (which is very, very good), but I would still put Bell's as third in the midwest, behind both Goose Island and Great Lakes.
If they don't have the flavor that you are looking for, I'm not sure that you will find it in Ann Arbor.
They also do samplers.
Lager. They don't have lagers. Seriously. They don't.
The best beers in town are at Ashley's. They have over 70 taps and 100+ bottles, and their selection is excellent. They have Stone and dogfish head on tap, and have a bunch of IPAs on tap and in the cask. If your goal is beer, Ashley's is your place.
They may have hopslam on tap, but will definately have it in a bottle.
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Serioulsy, just go to Ashley's. You will love it. It's a little tight (they never have the basment open-thank god kind of), but it is simply the greatest collection of beers in the area. I like Hop Cat because I live in GR, but Ashley's is just as nice and I love it because it is in AA and I love AA.
Ashley's is quite awesome, but I think the atmosphere in Hopcat is just something else. For AA sake, if you want good beer I agree with the Ashley's rec.
Yep, I spent many an evening at Ashley's but that was a long, long time ago before most of the beers I favor these days even existed.
Earlier today I did try to find information about their beer selection on their website, but alas visiting their website is like taking a trip back in time. Not a nostagic trip, but to a horrible place wrought from the worst FrontPage 98 templates. If the goods are on that site, I certainly couldn't find 'em.
Based on others' comments it seems that Ashley's might not necessarily represent Michigan's finest ales. If true, that's a real shame.
grange has shorts sustenance which my roommate says is better than belair brown. also the woverine tap room out on stadium behind great lakes cycle and fitness is amazing. they use their own beer that is brewed in webberville. the roommate and gf both say woverine dark is better than belaire brown (which is what i use as a benchmark) also the hieldelberg has warsteiner, which i believe is the only place in AA to have it on tap
Metzger's also has Warsteiner along with other German beers on tap, but that's on the outskirts of A2.
I give an extra nod to Wolverine. They're typically known for their lagers though, as opposed to IPAs, though the Insolent Mink isn't bad. Also you can't go wrong with the Gulo Gulo when they have it.
loved the Heidelberg
Best beer bar in the area. Hopslam is amazing but you won't find it on tap right now, or in bottle for that matter.
there is a place in gainesville called Stubbies that has over 400 bottles and 24 taps
edit: the gf says that the yardhouse blows ashleys away, they have 120 beers on tap
world of beer has 500+ bottles and rotating taps. extremely popular in Florida. haven't really seen it elsewhere.
They really have 120? Ive been searching for that for a year now - here in ohio they dogfish doesnt distribute it.
I have a four pack of the 120 in my downstairs fridge that I've been saving for a rainy day. BTW, I had to make many trips to the local beer store before I hit paydirt. Apparently distribution is pretty limited. Rumor has it that the Dogfish Head brewpub--there are a couple in the greater DC area--has had it on tap occasionally.
AAAMichfan: I'm guessing Ashley's selection of Dogfish Head brews are in bottles only, right? Have never seen it on tap outside of their brewpub.
Im like the biggest fan of allof dogfish's offerings and the only one i havent had is the mythical 120. I was beginning to think it only existed in faraway lands that had been especially blessed by the beer gods.
And in fact, surprisingly, my four pack came in a completely non-descript white cardboard four pack holder. At least it has artwork on the label, appropriately a large hop.
Proof of Life (from the batcave):
Right now someone is intensely analyzing that photo, like the CIA used to scrutinize Osama bin Laden's viedotapes, trying to divulge clues about where your fridge is.
You got good locks on your doors, friend? A light sleeper, are you? Planning to be away this weekend? Just askin'
Ashley's is nice, but there are a lot more places with more selection. A few were mentioned above, but would also like to mention The Flying Saucer (Houston, Austin, Dallas, and I believe they have some in NC maybe other places as well) is known for having a lot of beer. The one that I frequent in Houston has close to 120 taps and over 200 beers total, with 203 being the general number that will get your name on a plate and hung on the wall if you try them all (this being their constant number, but they always have 10-20 rare beers on tap as well not counted).
But the Saucers in Austin and North Dallas do not have more beers than Ashley's. Certainly not more beers on tap. They have a lot of beers and rotate frequently but as far as what's available on a given day: less.
I love the Saucer but their ambience doesn't stack up to Ashley's IMO.
I will concur with Ashley's, and recommend the Dansk Mjod Viking Blod - best mead I have been able to purchase.
sorry..not commenting on A2, but based on your taste, you need to come to san diego county. greenflash, alpine beer company are great (if you find any back there). also russian river has very good IPAs. racer 5 is pretty easy to find, standard (not a double).
ashleys is the only place that really has any selection. ann arbor brewing is highly disappointing imho. i actually enjoyed jolly pumpkin, but not much of a selection.
Russian River's Blind Pig IPA and Pliney the Elder Imperial are worth killing for.
Is King! Is that ever available outside of the west coast? They brew a special beer called Pliney the Younger. When it comes to San Diego, 2 or 3 places have it, and it runs out in a few hours. So many good IPAs out here.
Bell's brews limited out of season batches for special tasting events, but I've never heard of anyone getting the necessary volume to have it as a normal option in August.
Ashley's is a good bar and if you are in Ann Arbor it is the best bar for a good beer selection. But to say that it's beer selection rivals any bar in the country is a stretch. They have a large percentage of Michigan beers which detracts from a potentially rival beer selection but is nice because Michigan beer is great. Let's just not get carried away here.
You know that Michigan has a ton of good breweries? Ashley's also has a ton of out of state micros, but their focus should be local.
I agree with this. I would put Bells Two Hearted and Founders Centennial Pale Ale against any IPAs in the country including Stone (and I love Ruination and regular Stone IPA). I am a huge IPA fan and Michigan does work in that area.
Michigan beer is really something to be proud of, I would boycott a bar that had 100 handles and didn't represent the local breweries. Founders does an excellent job at almost all their beers. I cannot wait for Candian Breakfast Stout, and agreed Centennial is just an awesome representation of what an American ipa should be.
As a GR native I'll give mad props to Founders. I loved the AA breweries in school, but Founders puts them to shame IMO.
Unlike Bell's and Short's, they don't over- extend themselves. Half dozen full time brews, another six seasonals, and a few special releases. Great business model for a brewery.
Also, the brewery itself always has a whole bunch of experimental stuff on tap.
Brewery Vivant has been an up-and-comer with some seriously tasty Belgian styles. I don't know about AA, but in GR you can't walk into a beer/grocery store, bar, or restaurant without seeing it, cans or on tap. If you can get your hands on any of their stuff over there, I highly recommend it.
I just want to say outstanding handle you came up with, welcome aboard!
I'm not too sure about your picture though.
Thank you. It's an old-timey shot of the diag I came across a while back. Though, as you point out, I'm not sure it carries over well to an ~1"x1" avatar.
Plenty the Elder? Michigan does have some good brews now but no one can mess with the pacific northwest. IPA's for days..
If you like Michigan brews and you are in Detroit, the Grand Trunk Pub has a decent amount of Michigan beers, and if I am not mistaken, I believe all their taps are Michigan microbrews. It is a cool bar on Woodward just north of Jefferson. Another cool place is Cliff Bells. It was always interesting to go to happy hour in Detroit v. Washington DC or Chicago...empty(ish).
But there is no way it rivals west coast pubs for selection. It's great to highlight MI beers, but the greater the diversity of the more appeal. But don't get me wrong...love Ashleys and Michigan beer.
If Ashley's still has devil dancer give that a try. If you like big ipa's, this is one of the best.
I drank it there the last two years in a row. It's seasonal, so I would call to see if it's in. I seem to remember it making an appearance around this time of year.
I don't know if any other bars in the area carry it.
The other way to find out is to call Bell's. They should be able to tell you definitively which bars have it. The only reason I knew where to go was because I was hanging out with a sales manager for Bell's.
If you aren't prepared for a manic orgy of hops, then beware.
You should check out the Jolly Pumpkin. They're local, their beer is WAY better than the ABC/Corner Brewing stuff. It'll be right up your alley. (Even their mellow stuff s still pretty Hopsy.)
Thats the good stuff. One best belgian wheat ale (among belgian wheats made in belgium) in a nytimes blind taste test a few years back.
Grizz Peak beer is about pleasing the lowest common demoninator. Avoid.
As far in-town brewers, Arbor Brewing is excellent. Their Sacred Cow IPA is fantastic. Bell's Two Hearted is an all time fav and I say that after living in Beervana for the past five years. If you can get it on tap drink it. A lot.
Ashley's is awesome although I've found that they can let some less popular beer get a bit stale in the tap.
Pretty Decent. It is a micro and its good. No one put it on here so I thought I would.
I'm worthless as I haven't been to the Old Town in at least 6 months, but don't they also have Shorts Humalupalicious on tap? I'm surprised no one has mentioned this here. I go for a Huma over Hopslam or Two Hearted, though all three are excellent.
Pabst Go Blue Ribbon
So where are some places to get 6 packs or cases of local brews or a large selection of beer?
Honestly, Micro brews are huge here. Busch's grocery has a good selection. (Local stuff including Bell's, Dark Horse, and ABC. Out of state stuff including Dog Fish Head, Stone, and UniBroue [sp?].) Arbor Farms Market has an even better selection. I don't usually go there, but I'm sure the beer store on the corner of Washington and Main has a bunch of good stuff. Hell, ou can even find nice Micro's at Meijer's!
Stadium Market has a lot of different local micros, as do Hillers, Arbor Farms, and Plum Market. Fancy grocery stores are excellent in this regard in AA.
...surprisingly good tap selection, including Dog 90 and Founders Porter.
I just wanted to add another plug for Ashley's as the bear slection is truely outstanding and it is owned/run by a couple of my old roomates, so please go there and spend $.
You can guess that we spent a lot of time as undergrads sampling beers, but our tastes were a little less well developed back then.
What more can one really ask for in life then to own the best bar with the best beer selection in one's college town? I am jealous.
Ashley's has the best beer selection. For sports bars, the Arena actually has a decent beer selection on tap. Bar Louie isn't bad either.
Of the microbrewers, I'd say if I'm being honest Jolly Pumpkin has better beer than ABC though the IPA from ABC isn't bad. Blue Tractor and GP are alright.
For liquor store I think the one on Main Street and Ann is pretty solid.
I moved to Chicago recently and have to say I miss Ashley's. I can still find some decent microbrews but in terms of selection nothing has really matched it. People tried to tell me that The Map Room is such a great beer selection... I went. It's ok.
If you're really into foreign imports you might not do too badly at the Heidelberg. I prefer microbrews myself and it seems like the OP does as well but just throwing it out there.
Like someon else mentioned, the town is really mad for microbrews, it's stranger to find a place that carries none of them than to find at least one or two.
Speaking of Stone, has anyone on here been there? My brother dragged me there and that place is massive/incredible. We thought there was a class reunion going on next to the hole-in-the-wall brewery, and it was actually their humongous beer garden, full of ponds, fireplaces, and large grassy areas in a walled in paradise.
The problem with the Arena is that the pours differ with each shift. Depending on the bartender, you're likley to get 10 ounces of beer and 6 ounces of foam in every pint.
Right by the highway: http://www.yelp.com/biz/super-liquor-iv-ann-arbor
They've got about as big of a selection as you're going to find close to campus.
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