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Posted on Thu, Nov 4, 2010 : 6:09 p.m.

Welcome Ann Arbor's new microbrewery, Wolverine State Brewing Co.

By David Bardallis


The Wolverine tap room at 2019 W. Stadium, pictured here as it looked two weeks ago, will officially open Friday, Nov. 5, at noon.

David Bardallis | Contributor

The long bureaucratic nightmare is at last over for Wolverine State Brewing Co. as its new tap room at 2019 W. Stadium on Ann Arbor's West Side passed its final inspection today and is officially set to open for business tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 5, at noon.

Seven beers will be available to start (there are nine taps altogether), five lagers and two ales. Here's the breakdown (quoted commentary from brewer Oliver Roberts):

  • Wolverine Premium Lager — The bottled stuff you've seen in supermarkets.
  • Big House Brown — "Dark, looming, and session-able at 3.7 percent ABV."
  • The Pride of Biscuitville — "We place it in the bock category for no other reason than it has no place other than the Specialty Beer category, and we believe all beers to be special." Made with 30 percent biscuit malt and fermented with bock yeast.
  • Gulo Gulo Northwest Lager — Named after the wolverine itself, this well-balanced lager might be considered an "IPL" with plenty of bitterness derived from Centennial and Cascade hops. Clocks in at a walloping 6.9 percent ABV.
  • emOATable Lager — "Rounded, complex and roasty" brew made with oats and sporting a 5.7 percent ABV.
  • Wench's Westside Wheat Ale — Made in part with locally grown wheat grains, this light ale (3.8 percent ABV) is "refreshing, citrusy, and flavorful."
  • Insolent Mink India Pale Ale — "Strikingly bitter, savory and hop-quenching" ale made with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Chinook hops, pouring at a 6.4 percent ABV.

Because it's a microbrewery tap room, not a brewpub, there is no kitchen, nor is there a full bar (microbreweries are allowed only to serve their own beer). Dry snacks are available, however, and food from local restaurants can be ordered and delivered (a "menu of menus" is available for patrons to choose from).

Entertainment options include several dartboards, a foosball table and some strategically positioned large-screen TVs.

Regular hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday.; noon to midnight Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Saturday hours will vary during football season, according to Michigan's home game schedule; this Saturday it will open at 8 a.m. for the Illinois game.) The Tap Room is also available for private party rental.

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Thu, Nov 4, 2010 : 9:53 p.m.

Can't wait to see WBC! E.T. and crew have been pouring everything they've got into the place; nice to see that hard work and long hours rewarded. Though I live way, way over in Macomb Twp I plan to make the trip and sample some fine brews. Best of luck to WBC!


Thu, Nov 4, 2010 : 8:23 p.m.

At last! Ann Arbor is in for a treat! Not only are the brews quality, but the proprietors as well. I've been working with them for a few years now and you all would do well to stop in and get to know everyone. [/twocents]

Patti Smith

Thu, Nov 4, 2010 : 5:54 p.m.

Yay! Mazel tov to all involved! Many happy years to come!