Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery
Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery is attempting to fill the void of quality barbeque in the Ann Arbor area. We ventured out on a late Saturday afternoon to see if the Blue Tractor makes the grade.
The Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery is actually two separate spots, with the restaurant located upstairs and downstairs, a "beer, bourbon and whiskey" bar named Mash. We didn't get a chance to visit Mash, so we can't speak of it. The restaurant, though, is a nice blend of rustic and modern, with the dark, restored barn wood plank walls, adorned with oversized, black and white framed images of farm equipment. Following the rustic theme, simple wood tables and chairs are used in the dining room, and flannel shirts represent the staff dress code. In contrast, the bar area sports stainless steel beer vats, along with steel covered lights that overhang the huge bar area and parts of the dining room, giving the space a touch of modern flare. Flat screen televisions are located around the restaurant and bar. The vibe is very casual.
Our server was helpful and prompt. He described the menu options well,
and brought the food quickly.
Blue Tractor brews a beer called Bearded Pig pilsner. With a name
like that, I knew I had to give it a try. The verdict was pretty good
- grassy with some spicy hops flavor, finishing with an acceptable maltiness.