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Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

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BA SCORE
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world-class

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Taps: 28
Bottles: 42
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

211 E Water St
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-5823
United States
phone: (269) 532-1188

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thebeerexchange

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(Place added by: kzoobrew on 02-22-2011)
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Reviews by SpdKilz:
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Came here with Kzoobrew while visiting Michigan for the CBS release.

Went in at I believe around six o’clock and got a couple seats at the bar. It was about half full, but filled up during our stay. A very innovative and neat idea on how the bar works. The “beer exchange” is directly related to what people are ordering and changes every fifteen minutes and every now and then there is a “crash” where you can get beers for cheaper.

There was a decent selection there. I was DD for the night so I only got a FBS but it was fantastic as always. The bartender was great. We all were BS’in with her the whole night. We were right by the kitchen so I was also able to bug a few of the waitresses who were pretty cute and were good fun.

The quality was nice too. Located in a nice looking building, and the place itself looked brand new. The night was an enjoyable experience and I will for sure be back here in the future.

SpdKilz, Oct 15, 2011
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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!

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Kalamazoo Beer Exchange in Kalamazoo, MI
95 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.