Stick to the Beer
great beer and classic bar food that has improved steadily over the years.
Corner Brewery is also easygoing, albeit with a much different vibe. Where Arbor Brewing is close and cozy, the Corner Brewery is vast and rangy, and its crowd younger and Ypsier (more tattoos, fewer Birkenstocks). It too is a community center where groups like the local home brewers' guild meet. Inside, there's a long bar, tables, and booths lining the perimeter; off on one side is a large TV lounge; and out of sight are the brewing facilities.
Designed by Ypsilanti architect R. S. Gerganoff, this was originally an office. With its clean strong lines, low flat roof, and solid brick exterior, the Corner Brewery building feels so much like a mid-twentieth-century elementary school that my husband calls beers here his favorite after-school program.
The main attraction in summer is the beer garden out back. The linden trees and other plantings were designed in keeping with the German biergarten tradition, and now that the trees have a few summers under their belt they are beginning to provide some shade for those sitting at the long picnic tables. Hops vines snake ornamentally up the garden's privacy fence. Funky sofas and chairs beckon under a covered porch. Since smoking is allowed outside, the one drawback is the need to avoid other patrons' cigarettes. With twenty-four big tables, there's plenty of room to do so.