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Detroit News : Ale Mary’s adds vegan twist to menu

This beer-centric spot adjacent to Tom’s Oyster Bar just added a vegan menu to its offerings, so two menus are presented to those who take one of the seat...

Top 25 Burgers in America - Men's Journal

This beer hall likes to keep everything within the whole beer theme. Their Beer Cheese Burger has bacon on a whopping meat patty, and smothered in Final Absolution beer cheese.

Ale Mary's adds Vegan menu alongside Everyday Menu

Ale Mary's is possibly the only to offer a vegan menu alongside an omnivore menu.

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Golden brown on the outside, crunchy pickle goodness on the inside. That’s what you can expect when you order the Fried McClure’s Pickles at Ale Mary’s in Royal Oak. Dip ’em in the chipotle aioli for a punch of heat.

Vegan Report : Detroit News

Both Ale Mary’s (316 S. Main, Royal Oak) and its sister restaurant Terry’s Terrace (36470 Jefferson, Harrison Township) offer a separate menu of vegan delights that includes both the Impossible Burger and the similar Beyond Burger. They both offer a vegan cocktail list, too.

Slider & Beer Pairing Royal Oak

A flight of four craft beers from Wolverine State Brewing Co. paired with four sliders such as fried chicken, short rib, a Korean-style and a traditional beef slider.

Bells Brewery Tap Takeover Ale Mary's

This beer bar will feature 14 brews from Bell’s Brewery. Look for the dry-hopped L’Appel du Vide, Oatsmobile, Oarsman, Oberon and more.

Ale Mary’s Royal Oak New Menu Additions! (Vegan)

Add News StOur first trip to Ale Mary’s was phenomenal to say the least, so upon hearing that they had now created Vegan Chili Dogs we were dying to go back! I was lucky enough to have a conversation with the Chef this time around. He stated that their main focus is to make vegan food taste just as good as their meat counterparts. ory here

8 Foodie Events Happening in Detroit

First up, New Belgium Fat Tire is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special dinner at Ale Mary's in Royal Oak. For $50, you get a five-course meal (with seared Wagyu steak bits, Korean BBQ pork belly sliders, and lamb lollipop, to name a few courses), paired with a variety of Fat Tire beers. Reservations are suggested. Ale Mary's is at 316 S. Main St. in Royal Oak. 


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Take Ale Mary's new menu for a spin. The restaurant has a new chef on board who introduce some fresh items this week including tacos, veggie burgers, and a revamped version of the famed beer cheeseburger. For those who haven't visited Mary's in a while, the restaurant upped its spirits game earlier this year with an expanded selection of whiskeys that includes the cultish Pappy Van Winkle.

Ale Mary's Beer Hall Pouring Pappy Van Winkle and 100 Other Brown Liquors

Known for its brews, Ale Mary's Beer Hall wanted to expand into whiskeys. The bar has been "slow launch[ing]" its brown liquor program for about a month, but now, program director Chris Brock wants to make sure everyone knows that Ale Mary's pours bourbons, scotches, single malts, ryes, and special reserves


On tap for Ale Mary's, Tom's Oyster Bar: A new top chef

Zach Borowski is taking over as executive chef at Tom’s Oyster Bar and Ale Mary’s in Royal Oak, filling the spot left by Norman Fenton, who is leaving to join the Aviary in Chicago.

Chef Zach Borowski IN at Tom’s Oyster Bar, Ale Mary’s

Royal Oak restaurants Ale Mary's Beer Hall and Tom's Oyster Bar have tapped a new executive chef. Zack Borowski will replace Norman Fenton, who's leaving this month to join the Alinea Restaurant Group in Chicago, according to The Detroit Free Press. Borowski received his culinary arts degree from Schoolcraft College and has work in a number of kitchens around Metro Detroit including Hamlin Corner, Social Kitchen and Bar, Town Tavern, and Green Dot Stables where he was sous chef.

Cheers: Oh boy! Oberon

Next week, the big reason to clear your schedule is the annual release of Bell’s Oberon on March 21, and bars have learned that folks want to celebrate.

The spring wheat beer will be feted all day Monday at places like award-winning beer bar HopCat, which will open both the Detroit and Ann Arbor locations at 11 a.m. with Oberon and other Bell’s products on tap.

A Matter of Taste - D Business

The three eateries of Ritts Hospitality (Ale Mary's Beer Hall Royal Oak, Terry's Terrace, & Toms Oyster Bar Royal Oak) are garnering national attention — Men's Journal recently selected Ale Mary’s for its list of the "25 best burgers in America," while other accolades have come fromThrillist, Foodable, and others. Read the entire article in the new issue of DBusiness Magazine.

Ale Mary’s reveals new whiskey program

The restaurant is already known for a stellar beer selection with 140 labels and nearly 30 taps, but now it is also offering more in terms of bourbon, Scotch and American and Canadian spirits. Interesting offerings include Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Laphroaig Triple Wood Scotches, Rebel Yell Small Batch rye and Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese whiskey.

8 Places to Find Scotch Eggs

Few spots in Royal Oak can rival Ale Mary's beer selection. Grab a scotch egg next time too. Your stomach will thank you for both eating a culinary delight and to soaking up that beer flight you just polished off.

At home with Ale Mary's Executive Chef

Norm Fenton, executive chef of Ale Mary’s and Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak, learned his way around a stove at an early age.

“My mom worked 60 to 70 hours a week, so I would cook dinner for her and my siblings starting at around 7 or 8 years old,” Fenton, 26, said.

In 2004, at the age of 14, Fenton spent the summer working as a busboy at Peabody’s restaurant in Birmingham.

“I originally wanted to work there to get enough money to buy an $800 BMX bike, which my mom could not afford. It took the whole summer to earn enough money,” he said.

Ale Mary's Beer Hall pairs cookies with beer

Royal Oak's Ale Mary's Beer Hall will host a Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing from Feb. 21-27. Tickets are $15 in advance on Eventbrite or $20 at the door. Ticket holders will receive four 5 oz. beer sample flights and eight Girl Scout cookies. The pairings are: Thin Mints with Ballast Point's Peppermint Victory at Sea; Somoas with Latitude 42's Island Fever; Tagalongs with Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout; and Savannah Smiles with Abita's Lemon Harvest. 

Girl Scout Cookies and beer pairing at Ale Mary's Beer Hall

Because your yearly ritual of scarfing down Girl Scout cookies alone on your couch is getting kind of pathetic, here's perhaps the perfect alternative. Come Feb. 21-27, Ale Mary's Beer Hall in Royal Oak is hosting a GSC and beer pairing series. 

Ale Mary's Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairing

BEER HERE — It’s pretty safe to say that all of us could use a few more Girl Scout cookies in their lives.Ale Mary’s Beer Hall in Royal Oak is taking that particular craving into account with an upcoming Girl Scout cookie beer dinner on February 20 pairing a variety of brews with Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, and Savannah Smiles.


Ale Mary's Voted Top Burgers in America

Top Burgers in America

We’ve compiled a list below of the top 103 burgers in America for you to enjoy. Sort by key ingredients, bacon, cheese, price range and location. Decide which burger you’ll be trying next!

Here comes Hop Slam - Ale Mary's

Craft beer fans are leaping for joy over the release of Bell’s Hopslam Ale. The strong brew (10 percent alcohol by volume) was released this week and bars and restaurants around Metro Detroit are boasting that the winter seasonal is in stock.

At 11 a.m. Monday Ale Mary’s Beer Hall in Royal Oak will make a big to-do about tapping their keg.

Metro Times - $55 Foie Gras Burger & more affordable options

Duck Confit Poutine Burger, Ale Mary's Beer Hall, Royal Oak
You figure this is a beer hall, so what better menu item than a decadent burger? Piled high with duck confit poutine, white cheddar curds, and beer battered fries, at $13 this is quite the combo.

Explore by Location, Explore by Senses, Royal Oak, Taste

Having a line of beers in front of me always does the trick, but to say that Ale Mary’s is just a place to go for good beer is a complete understatement. This cozy Ale House is leading the influx of spots for craft brew with it’s delicious dishes!


Foodable Top 25 Restaurants October 2015

There’s no doubt that Detroit’s dining scene continues to flourish. While it may not get the same amount of coverage that other, bigger cities get, locals know it to be a culinary haven with emerging chefs, independently cool concepts, and a city that views partnerships over competition for the greater good of culinary minds meshing together.

Detroit News : Think outside the box this holiday season

Turkey may be a Thanksgiving tradition, but Norman Fenton, executive chef of Ale Mary and Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak, has a bold suggestion this holiday season: Consider roasting pork loin instead.

Fenton made a brioche-stuffed pork loin at Wednesday’s Dish & Design, presented by Homestyle at EuroAmerica Design in Troy. 

18 Excellent Metro Detroit Bars for Beer Fiends

Metro Detroit is blessed with a solid selection of beer bars that deliver on extensive taps and bottle lists. With Michigan's affection of craft brews ...

Ask the Test Kitchen: Take carrots to the next level

Roasting vegetables is one of the best ways to bring out their natural flavor.

The process also brings out their natural sugars, which caramelize and create a crispy coating.


One plate that pulled this technique off perfectly is a carrot dish I enjoyed during the recent Top 10 Takeover dinner at Ale Mary's in Royal Oak. The dish consisted of a slightly charred trio of carrots served with carrot and date puree.

New Menus - DJN


Worth revisiting are the redeveloped 

menus at Ale Mary’s & Tom’s Oyster 

Bar in Royal Oak, where executive chef 

Norman Fenton is making big moves 

after coming on board this summer. 

Some of the highlights include

Ale Mary's chef wows guests at Top 10 Takeover dinner

Ale Mary’s pulled out all the stops for Monday’s Top 10 Takeover dinner, leaving no doubt its expertise goes beyond craft beer.

Named one of metro Detroit’s best new restaurants by Free Press restaurant critic Sylvia Rector, the craft beer hall in downtown Royal Oak was the ninth stop in the Top 10 Takeover dining series.

Dish & Design : Detroit News

We’ll also offer tips on setting up a festive holiday table, cooking new fun holiday recipes, and what wine to pair with those dishes.

Appetizers also will be provided courtesy of Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall in Royal Oak and wine from Tom’s Oyster Bar.

Top Ten Takeover at Ale Mary's in Royal Oak

See pictures from Sylvia Rector's Top 10 Free Press Takeover at Ale Mary's Beer Hall.

Detroit Free Press Top 10 Restaurant Takeover: Ale Mary's

Join the Feast team Sept. 21 when the Free Press takes over Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall in Royal Oak for the ninth evening of the Top 10 Takeover dining series.


Top 25 Restaurants August 2015


Detroit's Top 25 Restaurant list returns this month with an entirely veteran list, although some shifts in position have occurred. 


The View From Inside Detroit's Restaurant Boom

Every media outlet in town has recently marveled over newcomers in every tier of the dining scene. It’s safe to call the rush of openings an official renaissance.


Metro Detroit's 18 Hottest New Brunches

Forget mimosas and Bloody Marys. Ale Mary’s is all about beer. The restaurant’s famed beer cheese burger is available alongside breakfast poutine with duck confit, braised short rib hash, and pork belly bennie. [Photo]


Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

14 Best Burgers in Detroit Right Now

THEY PUT THE POUTINE ON THE BURGER. And not just any poutine! Ohhhhhhh no no no no no. Duck confit poutine. ON the burger! If that's not a reason to eat it, then we're just out of damn reasons.

Detroit Top 25 Restaurants 2015


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This month, we introduced Detroit to our 18 city blog lineup. And now, for the first time ever, we unveil The Motor City’s Top 25 restaurants!

Also rounding out the Top 5 for June are Wright & Company, Antietam, Bistro 82, and Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall.


10 Hottest New Brunches in Metro Detroit

Forget mimosas and Bloody Marys. Ale Mary’s is all about beer. The restaurant’s famed beer cheese burger is available alongside breakfast poutine with duck confit, braised short rib hash, and pork belly bennie

Best Beer Bars in Michigan

They have 28 beers on tap, another 80 by the bottle, and a menu full of beer-battered and beer-braised things, all of which you will want in your mouth. 

21 Hottest Burgers in 2015

This Royal Oak tavern’s beer cheese burger is a deliciously hot mess slathered in Dragonmead’s Final Absolution blended cheese and topped with bacon on a brioche bun. There's also a duck confit poutine burger on the brunch menu.

Ale Mary's voted Best B.L.T.

Ale Mary’s was voted as one of the Top 10 New Restaurants by the Detroit Free Press this year, and there’s a good reason for that. Ale Mary’s has fantastic food as well as an extensive selection of beer and other libations


Eater Detroit - Hottest Restaurants 2015

Named to Detroit Free Press' list of Best New Restaurants, Ale Mary's just added Brunch to their lineup

Ale Mary’s matches seasonal dishes with beers

It should be pretty obvious that beer is the dominant beverage at Ale Mary’s, a snappy Royal Oak spot carved out of what had been the overflow dining room at Tom’s Oyster Bar. No less than 140 or so choices are offered, from the 28 taps to the 100-115 gleaming bottles from craft brewers around the world, and each is served in the correct glassware. But don’t be mislead. The menu is worth checking out, too.

Voted Top 10 Restaurant by Detroit Free Press

Best New Restaurant No. 6: Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall

Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press


Everyone loves a surprise — when it's a good one — which explains why Ale Mary's was such a delightful find when it opened in Royal Oak last summer. Who'd expect a beer hall to cook from scratch with top-quality ingredients and classic techniques?


Weekend Brunch Springs up at Ale Mary's

Chef Geoffrey Woodman's menu — served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday — features the best of Ale Mary's lunch offerings along with egg dishes and five sweet breakfast-y choices, including the house special Beeramisu dessert, made with vanilla porter.

Grab a beer with brunch at Ale Mary's

Who says Bloody Marys and mimosas are the only brunch beverages?


In Germany, it's not uncommon to have a beer with breakfast. Ale Mary's seems to have embraced this bit of beer culture with the launching of their new weekend brunch service

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Good beer doesn't need embellishment.

Royal Oak Restaurant Week at Ale Mary's Beer Hall

“We’ll be able to showcase some of the things we’re good at and diners can get good quality meals that are reasonably priced,” said Justin Pries, general manager of Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall.


Ale Mary’s was recently named one of the best new restaurants in metro Detroit by the Detroit Free Press. In addition to a staff that knows a lot about craft beers, the restaurant’s chef has built a fine-dining menu that includes four kinds of house-made sausage, barbecued pulled pork, and popular burgers.

Ale Mary's Beer Cheese Dip by Detroit Free Press

Tested by Susan Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen.

Readers Choice Top Restaurant Vote

Last year brought a bumper crop of new restaurants to metro Detroit. From those, the

Free Press crafted its Top 10 list of Best New Restaurants.

See our Chef on Channel 4

Ale Mary’s Fatty’s Final Beer Cheese Dip uses a combination of cheeses, a kick of garlic and jalapenos and smoky bacon. This dip and burger spread is unexpectedly elevated by the addition of Warren-based Dragonmead Microbrewery’s Final Absolution. Featured in a dip, or a glass, it’s a perfect choice for parties and sure to win over guests for the big game. 


Detroit's 10 best new bars of 2014

Ale Mary's definitely takes the top prize for best-named new bar of 2014.


Detroit had some outstanding restaurants open this year, but what about when you need a drink? Well, most of those restaurants have booze, but don't complicate things like that! Instead, head to these, the best bars that opened in Detroit this year:

Raise the Bar: It's all about beer at Ale Mary's

Situated in downtown Royal Oak, attached to Tom's Oyster Bar, sits Ale Mary's. It's a newish, beer-focused bar that's attracted quite a bit of attention from both locals and those far and wide. We wrote about their food menu and commented on the environs earlier this year. We praised them quite wholly.

All Hail, Ale Mary’s

Royal Oak. Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, excellent beer and even better food. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a fantastic, made-from-scratch meal with the perfect craft beer to compliment it, we’ve found it.

Metro Detroit craft brew lovers don't have to worry about to how to fill the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 18.

Metro Times : Ale Mary's a community center for beer

Royal Oak's Ale Mary really is a community center for beer fans of the world

Overheard in Ale Mary's, while sitting at the bar one afternoon: "Oh, man, this place is all beer." The phrase, uttered as a complaint, is...

Sylvia Rector's Great Plates: Pork belly at Ale Mary's

When a place makes “beer hall” part of its name, guests rightly expect a great list of brews — which the new Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall has. But it’s chef Geoffrey Woodman’s delicious food that keeps me coming back to this cool, lively spot in Royal Oak.

July Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

The map includes new beer havens Ale Mary's Beer Hall, the long-awaited Atwater in the Park, and Downtown's newest hangout TAQO Detroit.

You may think that this area couldn’t possibly need another beer bar, but the crowds that have streamed into Ale Mary’s Beer Hall in Royal Oak since it opened


Royal Oak throws Ale Mary's into the entertainment mix on Main Street

Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, Royal Oak’s latest restaurant, is beer-infused for the beer-enthused. Walk in the door at 316. S. Main St. and there is a wall of beer bottle caps to the right, a chandelier made of beer bottles and taps above, and a host stand made out of kegs.

July is Michigan Craft Beer Month, and there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. Whether you live in the Lower Peninsula like we do, or further north in the U.P., the Great Lakes state is full of breweries and beer fanatics statewide. Thus, a commemoration is in order!   Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall , 316 S. Main St., Royal Oak, officially opened as of the beginning of the month. 

Despite what the rest of the country may think, there’s always something new happening in Detroit, particularly on the food and drink front. There's no time quite like the Summer to get out and try new things/accept the fact that your Winter weight is never coming off, so might as well step into a new beer bar or get yourself a pork belly corn dog. Here are seven new spots you need to check out.

Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall — a self-described “beer community” — opened today in downtown Royal Oak with 28 domestic and international craft beers, a beer-friendly food menu and plans for activities that range from tastings to beer-pairing dinners.

What was once the overflow portion of Tom's Oyster Bar in Royal Oak has been steadily transitioning into Ale Mary's Beer Hall, and while they still have a ways to go, they are making progress on every front.

Ale Mary's to open in Royal Oak, MI

One cool thing is that with a donation you can become a founding member with special privileges. $200 will get you 20% off for life Sun-Thursdays, free Wednesday night sample nights, first crack at new beers, shirt, glass, priority seating and VIP access to tastings before they open for new releases as well.

Tom's Oyster Bar, located in downtown Royal Oak is bringing a beer-lover's haven to 316 S. Main. The double storefront will undergo a remodel and the space formerly used as an extra dining area and party room will take on a new appearance and name, Ale Mary's Craft Beer Bar.


Ale Mary’s, the name itself suggests it to be a craft beer connoisseur’s haven. That’s exactly what Tom’s Oyster bar is bringing to 316 S. Main in downtown Royal Oak come spring. They do have a little more time than expected thanks to Michigan’s wonderful bi-polar nature.

An article about a Short's Brewing Company Beer Dinner At Tom's Oyster Bar Royal Oak where Ale Mary's is mentioned.


Chef: Actually, the room you're sitting in now (opposite the bar at Tom's) is going to turn into Ale Mary's Craft Beer Bar.

Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall will open in a renovated space formerly used as an extra dining area and party room by Tom's. Ale Mary's will take up about half the restaurant space, which covers two storefronts and will seat about 50-60 indoors and out, says general manager Justin Pries.

Eater Detroit : Ale Mary's

METRO DETROIT— Michigan Beer Film is showing again, The Dirty Dog in Grosse Pointe has revamped their menu adding lunch and extended carryout hours too, and another craft beer bar is coming to Royal Oak, called Ale Mary's.

Deadline Detroit : More Beer

As you've surely noticed, craft beers and ales are The Thing hereabouts -- and elsewhere, not just in "the new Brooklyn," as this area is annoyingly, condescendingly dubbed. Add Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall to the growing lineup. It plans to open this spring on South Main Street in Royal Oak next to Tom's Oyster Bar, its owner.  A sign of how many beer fans are in this area can be seen at Ale Mary's Facebook page. The unopened bar has more than 4,400 likes.

Detroit News : Ale Mary's beer bar coming to Royal Oak

Detroit News : Ale Mary's craft beer bar coming soon to Royal Oak A large seating area of Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak is being transformed into a beer-lovers paradise. Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Bar is set to open this spring at 316 S. Main.

The restaurant’s manager, Justin Pries, says he expects to open this spring.

In the meantime, Ale Mary’s is already developing a local fan base. In addition to nearly 3,400 likes on Facebook, the bar is already running promotions.

Founding members pay a one-time fee and, in return, receive benefits including lifetime discounts off their tabs on Sunday through Thursday, along with sneak previews of beers.

“I’m working with breweries on the west side of the state right now to have events in house,” Pries says. “We want to do beer dinners on a regular basis. He adds each beer server will be certified through the Cicerone Certification Program.

And while Ale Mary’s will offer high-end bourbon, scotches, and whiskeys, in addition to beer, “that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get your martini if you want it.”

MEANWHILE, later in the meeting (note, none of these are Public Hearings, so if you have a comment, you need to stand up at the beginning of the meeting)

Tom's Oyster Bar wants to pull a Goodnight Gracie and split their space into two eateries. While supposedly an attached room to the parent Ale Mary's Craft Beer Eatery will have it's own entrance, and (if I read it right) it's own kitchen.  Each would be small enough to qualify for a bistro license.

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