Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by TheSevenDuffs:
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
A really unique and interesting place. I know this place is not the only one around with this concept, but it was the first I had visited, which made the experience even more unique.
The tap list seemed to be about 25-30 strong with a decent list that was a little light on "big" beers and seasonal offerings in my opinion but still solid.
The service was outstanding - we actually had a fellow BA as our server who gave us great insight on some of the local taps and also chatted to us about beer in general for a while. The food was very good as well.
If you aren't too picky, you can really drink for cheap.
03-16-2012 02:18:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
I've been to the beer exchange about 4 times while visiting Kzoo, both for lunch and at night.
Atmosphere is really neat. It's inside the old Globe Building, which has been restored and is pretty awesome. High brick walls, a golden age mural, a three level lofted space - very interesting. Easy walking distance from Bell's and the other downtown spots.
During lunch it's more low key and they don't do the whole market price thing. In the evening, beer prices listed on the screen change every 15 minutes or so. The tap selection is one of the best in Kzoo. Nice variety, with lots of local stuff, some one-offs, and a constantly changing line up.
Food is a notch above normal. Nice variety of upscale bar/pub food. I've always had friendly enough service.
01-10-2014 15:39:32 | More by shivtim
3.97/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange in Kalamazoo, MI
93 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.