Let’s continue our tour of our opposing cities’ breweries. Ypsilanti lives in the shadow of Ann Arbor, so Eastern Michigan is often forgotten because of nearby Michigan. Surprisingly, the two schools have played only 10 times and Michigan is a perfect 10-0. Five of those meetings have come in the last 20 years and in six of the 10 meetings EMU failed to even score a point. The closest game was a 7-0 Michigan win in 1930.
That doesn’t mean there is not good beer in Ypsi. On the other side of the Huron River from the EMU campus is a nice little brewery called 734 Brewing Company.
15 E. Cross Street
At first I was going to go with the larger Arbor Brewing Company, but even then, they are based in Ann Arbor with a location in Ypsilanti. Since 734 has the tagline of “Ypsi Born, Ypsi Brewed” they are getting my vote this week.
They offer the little things that make a brewery good. They have regular visits from food trucks and offer fun events like karaoke. you can also bring in your own food. The location has only been open about a year. I had to contact them for their beers list and they state that they “focus on easy-drinking, approachable beers that just about anyone can drink.” This is what they are currently offering:
2013’s Final Flight Apple Wine – 8.4% ABV
Cross St. Cream Ale – 5.5% ABV
Cross St. Raspberry Cream Ale – 5.5% ABV
Dr. Perry’s Amber – 5.2% ABV
“Oh Four” Oatmeal Stout – 5.5% ABV
Ypsi High PA – 6.8% ABV
I have to say that the Cream Ale and the Amber are intriguing. The pint prices are a very reasonable $3.25 for the Cream Ale up to $4.25 for the IPA. Purdue does not head to Michigan until 2020, so we can find out then.