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Ypsi Alehouse

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$4 - $16
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American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
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  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 03/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 03/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is great and it should be a crime that the first review that pops up from a Google search is some bozo's one star review. Their menu is solid, the brews are too. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Five stars.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed March 2, 2022

We used to frequent the Ypsi Alehouse regulary on Sunday nights for dinner and darts before the pandemic. We were back in March 2021 for a couple weekends. We went back on Sunday February 27, 2022 and found the Alehouse full for Sunday night Trivia,...yeah!! We ordered our food and we were told it was a 45 minute wait. So we had beers and played darts. Fast forward, now it's 2 hours after we've ordered our food. We're a couple drinks in and several games of darts have been played. We check again, thinking that we either cut our losses and go home or wait. It's 8pm by now, the Alehouse closes at 9pm on Sundays. We're told that it will be another 30 minutes. We decide to stay since we won't get a meal elsewhere at that time on a Sunday (every place closes early nowadays). The burgers weren't the quality that we were used to getting and the fries were really salty. The waitress mentioned that the chef was the only one cooking and got slammed with almost 30 orders in about 20 minutes. I think that we'll take another break from the Alehouse and give them a little time to get back up to speed with staffing . Sad because we really like their beer & cider and usually their food.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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David R, Owner at Ypsi Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2022

We are really sorry for your experience. That night we had a lot more visitors than is typical on Sunday evening. In addition, we just had two cooks quit without notice and were short-handed. Since then we have hired one cook and are interviewing more....More

Reviewed February 26, 2022 via mobile

Ann Arborites are so OBLIVIOUS to the cultural richness of Ypsilanti. The Ale House has it ALL. Not only really good pub food (my “medium burger” was cooked to perfection—that’s a major beef of mine 😜), but they also have live music. The quality of...that live music is really, really good and there’s no cover—just drop a tip in a jar! The Ale House is in an old hotel so it has a lovely historic feel and their beer is top notch. I LOVE porter and highly recommend their Hotel Porter.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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David R, Owner at Ypsi Alehouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2022

Thanks for the feedback. We are trying hard to make it work.

Reviewed February 28, 2021

I'm a Brit, who lives in Dubai, has been to the USA many times, loving the people in MI (not just the staff, the clientele too), wholeheartedly recommend this place, and their burgers are terrific - just enough to cover a snack while having beers,...not like the usual American table of food. Thank you Brett, see you soon.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed November 23, 2019

We went for a couple of beer and food. The beers was exceptional. We particularly enjoyed the session ipa. It was not too bitter 44ibu, 4.8% beer. The burgers was good. We enjoyed the atmosphere and music.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 18, 2019

My husband and I have eaten at Ypsi Alehouse a few times and we are never disappointed!!! The food is excellent, always unique, well-prepared and high quality - a favorite of ours are the beet fries. Along with the comfortable atmosphere, Ted and his team...are awesome. I highly recommend Ypsi Alehouse.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed August 3, 2019 via mobile

A very unique place to relax and gather with friends. If you’re lucky, the head brewmaster Ted will sit at your table to drink a pint and tach you about the brew process Ted is one of the longest brewmasters in Michigan winning many awards....You might also be lucky to hear his awesome tenor voice singing a few songs for all to enjoy. Great food with a twist in a historic building downtown. You’ll have to try the Blue Racer with real blueberries at the bottom of your pint. My friends really enjoyed the eveningMore

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 30, 2019

My wife and I stopped in to try out this location on a Friday night. Parking on the street was easy. Walking in we encountered a duo singing - enjoyable. We tried several of the beers. My wife loved the Blue Racer which has blueberries...and honey. I tried one of the award winners, Potawatomi Trail but found that I was partial to the DejaBrew Brown. Prices were very reasonable especially during Happy Hour. We enjoyed the Beet Fries though we found the serving to be a little small. However, the Sweet Potato Enchilada more than made up for it. Outstanding! My Smokehouse Style burger was very good - would like to see it come with some fries. Wait staff was very pleasant. WE WILL BE BACK to try more food and beers!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

Very good beer, good food and entertainment. Relaxed atmosphere. Easy parking. Glad we made the drive.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Got the small plate of wings (buffalo caramel) and a pint of the local IPA. Both very good. Watch out fpr parking on the street. Meters are required before 6p. I learned that there are a few free spaces in the back though.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 7, 2019

Beer good, people great, atmosphere welcoming, dart boards, no blaring TV's, staff is friendly, Ted the brewer hangs out and ends the evening with an Irish ballad, makes for a great night out. The food, though hmm... it USED to be great.. staff must have...changed because it is not cooked well now. Even the killer fries were just ordinary& overcooked. Eat someplace else. Come here for the beer, comradery & music.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 3, 2019

I love this place, great beer, super friendly, good food. Whats not to love. Ted the brewer is always willing to talk about his passion for beer and music. Very reasonable beer prices - they always have something on tap for $2 a glass and...always good. I'm not a huge microbrew person, but I like beer and have had quite a variety of styles - everything I've had at the alehouse has been great.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

Very comfortable and low key. Has there when group has performing. Good space for music. They have a no tip system... You order at the bar, get a table number and the food is brought to you. I usually leave a tip when I close...my tab although it is not required.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

So glad to have finally found a brewery nearby with both great brews AND great food. Usually seems to be one or the other, but not both. Bonus being a short drive, I might just have to buy into the mug club. Got the sampler...of 4 for $10: Smeet Frog (session ale), Tridge (new england IPA), Isle Royale (amber ale), and Blue Racer (blueberry honey wheat ale). They were all tasty! Least favorite was the amber and that was still pretty good. Blue Racer was a surprise (not usually a fan of wheat ales), nicely balanced with the honey and if anything could've used a bit more blueberry. Husband had the Smeet Frog as well and liked it. Very interested to try the other ales so will have to return soon. :) Foodwise, again was tasty and have to go back and try other things. Got the baked brie with apple and also fries with jalapeno beer cheese and chorizo (looked like the chorizo I buy from Dos Hermanos market just a few blocks away). Can't say enough good things about the fries!! Nothing against the brie though, which was excellent! Want to go back and try the charcuterie board, truffle fries, and a burger. Actually want to try everything on the menu. Everything else was nicely done. Appreciated the comfortable, round lounge chairs. Liked the self-serve station with water, napkins, silverware, condiments, etc. Will have to throw darts sometime or play a board game. Trivia was going on (6pm Sunday) - will have to come back and sign up/play for real. Was nicely organized. Really impressed with the first visit here. Great beer and food, and fun atmosphere! Thought the prices were reasonable too.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

In the realm of dressing things up, a few idioms come to mind Putting lipstick on a pig - a completely wasted effort Gilding a lilly - an unnecessary effort A goose in a dress - a temporary effect that’s just silly This place manages...an unabashed embrace of all three. When someone names something an ale house they’d had better of made a visit to a real ale house - preferably in a county other than ours. They’re at once raucous, higgledy piggledy, lively holes where locals gather to swill good ale and eat good food. This place, hosed down in squashed smurf blue, has never attained any of its namesakes nuance. And on the three times I’ve been, not once wavered its complacent, boring plod toward whatever. Supposedly a burger mecca, after three of them I finally will conceded I can not in good conscious subject myself, nor my wallet, again. If a burger is your hook, you’d better make certain the people slinging them know how to temp them - or invest in a thermometer. If you’re serving an “angus” burger and I order it medium rare it had better have rested before and after the grill so the middle isn’t cooler cold. All three medium rare burgers I ordered were not really much over rare and no one ever asks fast enough - almost as if they know not to. The bone marrow butter is the lipstick in this rant. Why bother if your staff can’t temp a burger? The zippy sauce you can skip altogether as it is a deathly hollows, post mortem, zipless grey glop that provides little more than a musty, garlicky oil slick, for the cold, myoglobin tinted waters to pool upon as they ooze from a hastily cooked burger that didn’t so much as see a ten second rest from grill, to bun, to plate. I hate when places nickle and dime their customers - just charge $6.50 for the Brussels sprouts with or without the bacon. Figure out what you need to run a profitable business, don’t assume I won’t spend the money, if you ask me to. And if you have the balls to ask me to have the goods to back it up. The staff is always pleasant, the service decent, lapses forgivable even. But the prices are top shelf and the product - food wise - the very bottom. I want to love this place - great location, great potential, just poorly executed. Someone’s asleep at the wheel and needs to snap out of it.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Ypsi Alehouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5