Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
3.97/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
KBE was running a fine line between beer geek haven to frat boy saloon.
It's a great location, a block from Bell's, has plenty of parking, fantastic building, multiple levels, wow. On the basement level, they have a couple pool tables and a dart board.
The upper level is where the kitchen is, with seating for about 25 people, and another 12 at the bar.
The idea behind the bar is that the prices are based upon what people order...you order more, the price goes up, and every so often (15 minutes or so), the market will refresh with new prices. Kind of a cool idea. At one point during the night, the market crashed and everything goes down to the cheapest price or cost, I'm not really sure. They go way down.
What it breaks down to is they had a really good tap selection, and some of them were a great price. If you're a beer geek, check it out. I'd say find a seat on the upper level.
The bartender didn't seem to overly knowledgeable about beer...
Solid Kalamazoo stop.
02-28-2013 19:25:06 | More by MarcatGSB
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
After a quick beer at Olde Peninsula, the wife and I had dinner at the Beer Exchange. This place is huge! Kind of reminds of Schlafly in St Louis and Maumee Brewing in Toledo. An old brick warehouse building with arches, nice details and great architecture.
Two floors and two bars, with lots of sitting. Service was good, we got a booth right by the kitchen (you know I like that).
Food was surprisingly good, including a kale salad-and-tofu salad to die for and a mushroom crepe. Some healthy options among the bar food. And prices weren’t bad either- eleven dollars for a big kale salad.
The exchange thing is kind of silly. I’ve seen it before at New York Beer Company in NYC and don’t care for it, the prices going up and down depending on the stock market or whatever. But $2.75 for a pint of Mt Pleasant Crazy Train? I’ll take it, gimmick or not.
The beer selection didn’t wowed me either: Bell’s Oberon, Founders Breakfast, Arcadia, Griffin Claw, Stone By and Old Guardian, Vivant Red Cocq… not bad, but not outstanding either. Still, I would revisit when in Kalamazoo. It’s a fun place and I loved that kale salad!
05-29-2014 03:20:12 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange in Kalamazoo, MI
93 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.