Arbor Brewing Company

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 11 reviews )

114 E Washington St (at Main St), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 48104

Serves meat, vegan options available. Black beanburger, tempehburger, and several vegetarian and vegan dishes. Cheese can be omitted. As for tempeh or black bean burger instead of meat. Uses some local, organic, and fair trade ingredients.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

11 Reviews

First Review by Scott Grenerth

inconsistent menu - Edit

ABC seems to change menus frequently and alternate between having a good number of vegan options to maybe having one. Staff does not seem to be knowledgeable about which sides are vegan and have given inconsistent answers, which doesn’t instill much confidence. Went in tonight and was served a different vegan burger than a few weeks prior. Inquired about it and was told that it was an Impossible burger because they were waiting for the other one to come back in stock. I wish I had known, since the Impossible burger involved animal testing and wasn’t something I’d intended on eating. Still, it was already made and the only vegan thing on the menu besides a vegan chili (was told the fries aren’t vegan and veg side had butter). Burger tasted fine, but didn’t sit well given the experience. Honestly confused by ABC’s approach to vegan food. I’ve had good and terrible food in the past and good and bad service experiences. I would pass, but it can be a nice place to go with a group or non-veg-friendly family. If you end up here, I would ask a lot of questions so you know what you’re getting. Menu was not updated online (they had vegan pizza just a few weeks ago!), so I would call to see what vegan options they have. I hope they get it together because it would be a nice option if it were more consistently reliable for vegans.

Pros: usually one or more vegan options

Cons: inconsistent menu, inconsistent answers on what is vegan

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Increasingly Vegan Friendly - Edit

***Update 5/3/2016***

I stopped in to ABC last week and was very disappointing by their recent menu changes. They no longer had their vegan menu, and many of the items were completely gone. They no longer carry Daiya so no more vegan nachos or quesadillas. They missing from the menu was their vegan coney dog, lentil sweet potato boxty, and the vegetable gumbo. They still had the tempeh burger, which was what I wanted that day so I was relieved. However, despite telling the waitress that we were vegan and asking lots of questions, she still served our meals with obviously buttered buns.

***Original Review***

Since the last review in 2009 ABC has made leaps and bounds in becoming more vegan friendly. Ask your server for their vegan/gluten free/allergen menu. Offers a full page of vegan options and breaks down ingredients in the allergy section. Servers are always happy to answer questions as well.

In addition to the vegan menu be sure to take a look at their weekly specials which often contain vegetarian, if not vegan, options. I've found wonderful meals such as lentil pot pie and vegan coney dogs on it.

Service can be a little hit or miss as far as speed, but I've never had rude wait staff. If you're going for dinner be sure to get there early or be prepared for a wait, they only take reservations for weekday lunch.
Updated from previous review on Monday July 08, 2013

Pros: Great place to take omnivours, Vegan menu available

Cons: No evening/weekend reservations

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dissapointed - Edit

Have been here many times in the past and was our go to place in A2, but the menu change was disappointing. You have to search for vegan, many items are gone, the tempeh was prefab and something you can buy in a store as opposed the the earlier house made patty. Good not great.

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a couple good veg or vegan items - Edit

Awesome brews. Their fries here are delicious. All menu items are easily identifiable and marked if they're vegan or vegetarian.
They usually have at least two things on their menu that are vegan. And a couple vegetarian items. They're pretty decent. Their dinner salads looked legit.
They seemed happy to try to accommodate any vegan or vegetarian needs by altering some menu items.
Let me save you the trouble though for one item: I had their beet and black bean burger and didn't care for it much. It was bright red & mainly made of beets (I couldn't detect the black beans) and was really mushy. Not very appetizing or flavorful. Maybe if I was a huge beet fan I would've liked more.

Pros: menu is marked so u can see what's vegetarian or v, helpful staff, awesome brews

Cons: beet burger not so good

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Great vegan pub food - Edit

We stopped by Arbor Brewing company in January for the first time in years. We were happily surprised to find that they now have a 2 page "Vegan Menu" in the Special Diet" section at the back of the menu. We loved that the vegan options were clearly identified. They offer a variety of vegan appetizers, salads, sandwiches,sides and entrees. The beer battered tempeh burger is incredible -- so good that we got one to go, and have come back since for more! We also liked the chili dog (I've never understood why more bars/pubs don't offer vegan hot dogs!), and the tempeh superburger. The boxty sounded great, but was a little overdone the time we tried it. They have great seasonal vegatables too and we will be going back to try more of the entrees when we get a chance. ABC is definitely worth a trip.

Pros: vegan options clearly identified, best vegan pub food in town, nice staff

Cons: some portions small for big appetites

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No Vegan Buns - Edit

Having read the reviews and checked their menu I was excited to check out ABC. Its a great atmosphere with plenty of room and outside seating for those nice days. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. If only they had vegan buns for the vegetarian items. My very nice and knowledgeable waitress let me know that the buns are not vegan. I was pretty bummed, and ended up getting the portabella salad. My vegetarian dining companion thoroughly enjoyed his burger. If you follow a vegan diet ABC might not be for you, if you are vegetarian or looking for decent vegetarian choices, check it out.

Pros: Beverages, Space, Staff

Cons: Not as vegan friendly

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More than "pub food" - Edit

Arbor Brewing Company is so much better than it needs to be. As far as local bars are concerned, the food is outstanding -- very local, very veggie-friendly, and very fresh. The menu lists all the items made from scratch, as well as the agricultural source of the restaurant's beef, produce, wheat, etc. The tempeh superburger is great, especially since they allow you to add such toppings as hummus and avocado.

Pros: Good food, good beer, Locally sourced

Cons: Can get a bit noisy, Extended wait times when busy

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Small menu but GREAT food - Edit

The tempeh superburger is fabulous. I haven't tried the black bean burger, but that is next on my list. For the pescatarians, their fish tacos apparently are delicious. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, and service is usually pretty quick (except on busy weekend evenings). The beer isn't my favorite, but they've got a fairly wide selection. The best part of ABC is their commitment to local agriculture and local business. Even their meat dishes are geared towards sustainability -- I believe they use local, grass-fed beef. I wish they would put some salads and bread on their menu though!

Pros: tastes great, local source

Cons: small menu, noisy, smokey

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Ohhhh sooooo goooood!!! - Edit

The Arbor Brewing Company pub in downtown Ann Arbor is fantastic. Several vegan options on menu. My wife & I both loved the tempeh burger. They are striving to use as many local ingredients as possible. Amazing beer selection from their brewery. Great service too.

Pros: Great locally produced food, Great beer., Great service.

Cons: Can be loud.

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Vegetarian food from Vegetarians! - Edit

Arbor Brewing is in one of the nation's greatest cities. Ann Arbor is a city with so many great restaurants, vegetarian and otherwise. Arbor Brewing sets itself apart from the pack by providing some of the best craft beer in Michigan along with their great food.

With a relatively new focus on incorporating local ingredients into their menu, the menu is often changing... but changing for the better. As ABC works to become a more environmentally friendly and sustainable company, diners get to be rewarded with fresher ingredients free of petro-chemical fertilizers, toxic pesticides and additives.

As a beer guy, I can't say enough about ABC. Matt and Rene are brewing some of the most interesting beers around. There always seems to be something new on the beer list. Can't decide? Go for the Sacred Cow IPA. It is beyond great.


Pros: Great beer, Fresh Ingredients, Awesome Owners

Cons: Wish it was smoke-free

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Even Vegetarians like Football - Edit

This is a brewery in a college town, but with many veggie friendly options, and great home brewed beers. My family met there for my brotheres birthday and everyone had a great meal, and I am the only veg. Another plus was that the non-smoking section is a good distance from the smokers.

Pros: Beer

Cons: High ceilings

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Jeffrey 22 Feb 2013 - Hi Amelia, your review was very helpful. Sometimes these beerhouses can get pretty smoky, but it sounds like this place isn't too bad.  

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