I wandered in on Sunday afternoon to check out the newly remodeled store. As the pictures show, it has been beautifully redone, with hardwood stores and fresh paint. There is a large screen TV and chairs in a space that will be used for tastings or just to hang out.
Owner Adam Gottschalk and his brother John both greeted me at the door. Adam has over 600 beers and is looking to get more. Soon, customers will be able to make mixed six-packs with anything in the store. Adam has, like me, been caught in grocery stores where your “pick six” choices are limited to a couple of dozen beers that you’ve had before.
The store will be a big participant in the upcoming Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week, kicking things off on August 1st with a testing of beers from Epic Brewing Company. Other tasting events include VanderMill, Laguintas, Short’s and Bell’s.
The Blue Front has been reborn more than 80 years after its initial inception. Thanks to the new energy and focus on craft beverages, I have a feeling that 80 years from now, another Ann Arbor beer writer will be toasting to its continued success.
Thanks to the Ann Arbor District Library’s Old News for the interesting history of the building.