The Corner Brewery (Arbor Brewing Company)
720 Norris St
Visited on September 12, 2010
In many ways, the Corner Brewery seems like it should be inferior to it’s downtown counterpart in neighboring Ann Arbor. The space is older, it’s harder to get to, and the menu is limited. But I found I actually prefer the original production facility to the downtown restaurant. The space is open and inviting, even though it’s not fancy. The pizza is delicious and executed better than the fancy options downtown. And they tend to offer a few more beers on tap. All of it adds up to enjoying my first experience to Ypsilanti’s locations a bit more than Ann Arbor’s.
In my opinion, the Corner Bar surpasses its daughter location in downtown Ann Arbor. Located out in the rolling, tree-filled hills of Ypsilanti sits the old converted warehouse building. The pub part of the building is one, giant room filled with a bar, a few tables, bar games, and some pretty nice furniture for relaxing. It’s quaint and cozy yet still very nice. The only down side was that I didn’t notice any televisions, though I could be wrong about that.
The food menu is a bit small, which is my only complaint. Their pizza is some of the best I’ve found at a brewpub. I’m pretty sure they have a wood-fired pizza oven in the back, at least the pizza tasted like they do. The crust was extremely crispy on the bottom yet chewy in the middle; a perfect balance. Throw in delicious toppings (sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, red onions, etc.) for a reasonable price and you’ve got a real winner.
The beer is also top notch. Whether they do it on purpose or not, I believe they offer a slightly different variety than their location in town, which is smart for attracting city folk. Though they were all delicious, I had an affinity for the Tally Whacker 80 Shilling Scottish Ale.
The service depends on when you show up. If they’re busy, you need to go up and order food and drink yourself, which is fine. And when they’re not, the bartender is happy to walk over and take care of your needs, which is nice of them.