Friday, September 18, 2009

Oktoberfest brings German food and brews to downtown A2

Two fine Ann Arbor restaurants are partnering this weekend to bring “Oktoberfest” to our city. Grizzly Peak and The Blue Tractor are hosting a German festival of good food and great beer as a benefit for the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. A $5 cover charge grants you entry into the festival, which runs from 6- midnight tonight (Friday, Sept. 18) and Saturday, Sept. 19.

The beer will be flowing on West Washington Street, which will be closed to traffic between Main Street and Ashley. A live polka band will be on hand to add German musical flavor to the traditional flavors of traditional Okterbest food and a variety of beers on tap

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company has been open for almost fifteen years in downtown Ann Arbor, and has won numerous awards for their beers as well as their restaurant. With a menu that focuses on fresh ingredients, we have to say that their food is every bit as good as their award-winning brews. I began my love affair with chicken quesadillas here, but what really roped me in was the accompanying pineapple sour cream. Grizzly Peak injects its own unique flavor into every dish, and the attention to detail is evident from the very first bite.

The Blue Tractor Restaurant may be the new kid in town, but it’s making its mark on the Ann Arbor food scene already. With a menu that pulls no punches, the Blue Tractor offers up a creative twist on traditional pub food. With a menu strong on the burgers and barbeque, which is served on locally-made organic bread, their beer can chicken is another highlight of this creative menu. Leave room for dessert though, because the bourbon milkshake and the fried doughnut bread pudding are reason enough to try this new hot spot.

Oktoberfest is a great reason to head downtown and enjoy some good food, good brew, and good company. Grab a friend or two, or invite the neighbors who live next door to your Ann Arbor home, and celebrate the old country this weekend, in downtown Ann Arbor.

Image courtesy Flickr: jamesjustin

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