Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 77
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 5 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We stopped here on a Saturday afternoon after we couldn't find a parking spot anywhere near Bell's up the street. Once my wife & I settled at the bar, I realized that I had, in fact, been here 12 years earlier...so one vote in the "plus" column for nostalgia.
The beers we tried ranged from mediocre (Cream Ale) to decent (Vanilla Porter) to kind of weird (Gingerbread Porter). Our bartender was very helpful, offering us tastes of several beers so we could decide what to order.
We ordered some fried pickles and Brewpub Dip to accompany our beers. They were both good but nothing spectacular. Prices for both food & drink were reasonable.
Atmosphere is your basic brewpub--large bar, TV's all over, lots of wood.
While we had a positive experience, there is just nothing terribly unique about Olde Peninsula. We would rate it as a good "backup" choice when visiting Kalamazoo.
04-11-2014 20:55:11 | More by Penguins66
4.35/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
Try the Beer Cheese Soup. It is the best I have ever tasted! Nice centrally located downtown place to kick back and relax. Great beers on tap. The annual Pumpkin Ale is a local favorite. The service is timely and the servers are very professional and friendly.
12-23-2013 19:48:13 | More by DrBirdman1995
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
My wife and I stopped here for dinner and a beer on a Sunday evening, and the place was not busy. This is the third or fourth time that we've been here, and each visit has left us with the same impression, so the pub is consistent in its efforts and it's time to write a review.
The interior of the pub is close to what I'd call an English pub setting. Since they were not busy we received very good service. There were 5 regular menu beers available plus 4 seasonal or specialty beers. My wife had the Red Ale and I had a Dunkel that was one of the seasonal offerings. Both were very tasty and brewed to style. However, neither beer was to the point of outstanding, and that is pretty much the impression about the beers that we've had after each previous visit. I'll grade the beers at a B level.
We each ordered a meal to go along with the beer. The menu has a nice variety of offerings, so there is something there for everyone. The food is kind of like the beer -- good, but nothing to write home about. (The BBQ ribs are NOT smoked, which I think is just wrong.)
This pub consistently has good beer and food, so it is a worthy visit, and we'll keep going back.
08-20-2013 19:10:42 | More by Mothergoose03
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
was the first stop on what turned out to be a cross country beer adventure with my gf this past summer. these are my notes.
atmosphere is nice, has a bit of an old timey feel with lots of breweriana for decoration. was pretty busy on a friday night at the end of happy hour.
8 beers or so on tap with lots of domestic bottles and a pretty extensive food menu. i ordered a sunset red ale which was ok and an old smokey burger which was great.
service was fast and friendly.
overall a pretty good brewpub. worth a visit if you find yourself in kalamazoo.
10-20-2011 04:07:04 | More by divineaudio
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Stopped by for lunch and a few beers. Good menu selection and the prices are very inexpensive. The beer is fresh and they normally have a variety of styles. $7.50 for a growler fill is a great price as well. The brewery is housed in a historic old building which adds to its charm. Seems like a nice local pub to have a decent beer and food that will not crush your wallet. If you are coming into Kalamazoo this place is worth stopping at. Even more due to being very close to Bell's. More of a quiet relaxing spot for a beer.
07-17-2011 00:23:16 | More by jale
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Had the opportunity to sit down and have lunch here a few days ago. First off, decent vibe to the place. Lots of interesting artwork on the walls, and it certainly felt like a nice older establishment in a constantly updating downtown environment. Lots of natural light and good views out to the street.
The beer (reasonably priced by the way) were out to the table in short notice, but we had to work to get the waitress' attention after that to order our food. The menu was decent, with typical pub fare and a couple of more unique entries. I opted for a 'mess' burger with onions, mushrooms and thousand island, and it turned out pretty well.
Olde Peninsula is a decent choice if you should find yourself in Kalamazoo. Good beer and a decent restaurant for sure.
12-24-2010 15:29:56 | More by Rchap1
3.76/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Reviewed on 6/22/2010.
I went here after Bells on a Monday afternoon but I wish I had gone here first. A relaxed pub with a "sports bar" feel located in downtown Kalamazoo. It was pretty quiet at 2:00 on a Monday but there were several patrons just relaxing with a beer and enjoying a World Cup game on TV. The beers I got were pretty tasty (Count Chocula, IPA, Midnight Stout, IIPA). A nice atmosphere, friendly service, and good value. I really enjoyed this place much more than I had expected and it is really underrated here. I would view it as equally worth a stop as Bells.
12-23-2010 21:40:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is in a great location, but parking is the only problem. I do not enjoy paying to park. Anyway, this is more of a restaurant atmosphere, but the place brews their own beers and they do it quite well.
The food and the beer are the best parts of Olde Peninsula. I am a fan of burgers and Olde Peninsula offers the option to get ground buffalo, which is a little healthier and I find it to be more delicious. They also have a killer BeerBQ Pizza, French Dip, pasta and pretty much everything on the menu. I could probably eat there every night for a month and be thrilled to do it.
The service is better than most. This is a place worth visiting to check out the rotating brews. Bring a few extra dollars so you can take home a couple of growlers.
12-18-2010 22:14:29 | More by TheBear11D
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I just moved to this area from the other side of the state and was quite impressed with this place. First and foremost...the prices are right, and given the quality of the products, you can't beat it. The service is fantastic. They take care of you, while not hovering over you and bringing you your main course before you can even get two bites of your salad taken. The selection of beer is good. They have six regulars along with some rotating seasonal beers. That may not sound like much, but they have the right beer for whatever the food, situation, or feel. I have yet to have a bad meal there. I've ordered something different almost every time I've gone there, and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is good, as it's populated by locals. It's friendly and accommodating. All-in-all, this is a great place that has quickly become one of my regular places.
10-15-2010 22:08:02 | More by civilizedpsycho
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
After Bell's, where we just had beers, we decided to go to this place, at the suggestion of a friend, where we all decided we would grab food, in addition to a few more beers.
I only got to try their DIPA and a friend's Hefeweizen, both which I thought were fresh and tasty. Prices were reasonable too.
It was a Saturday night, so it was pretty packed, but they were able to seat us right away, and the place seemed spacious enough. Nice bar, nice tables, a pretty diverse menu.
I ended up getting a sandwich, one of their specials, which seemed like it wasn't too tough to make. However, though I can't blame the waitress, everyone else's food came out (there may have been 8 of us), and mine didn't. I suppose the cooks may have forgotten about it or the ticket was lost: these things happen, and I understand.
That said, about 7 minutes later I got my sandwich, and it was clearly cooked very quickly. That was fine initially, but the bread was drenched in butter and the whole thing became, because of that, unappetizingly soggy. I know the waitress wanted to get it to me quickly, but I would've waited the extra amount of time for it to be properly cooked -- and the sandwich wasn't even that complex.
I didn't let that ruin my night, though, and I'd definitely go back here again if I'm ever in Kalamazoo, and hopefully I will be. I hope try more beers from this place also.
08-04-2010 18:53:47 | More by asabreed
Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant in Kalamazoo, MI
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.