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Reviews by dfillius:
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
I moved to Lansing recently and as a beer geek was told I needed to make it to Crunchy's.
The atmosphere is that of a college bar. It is smoky (until May 2010), loud, and there don't seem to be as many people interested in tasting great beer as in getting drunk. They do have lots of TVs playing all sorts of things, and they were more than willing to change one over to the San Diego Chargers games on Sundays when I visited.
Service is helpful, as noted with TVs above, but hit and miss with knowledge about good beer. They do seem to be overwhelmed at times by the number of tables they are serving.
The selection of beer is admirable for a college bar. They seem to specialize in MI beers. I didn't taste any off flavors from poor sanitation. However, it was difficult to taste much after being in the smoke for a while.
The food here is pub grub. Half-price pizza on Sundays is nice. Burgers are reputedly "the best in town", but are really just average burgers.
Pricing is way out of control on the beer. $10-12 pints for the higher ABV offerings! I paid less in Manhattan. There are specials, but for a reliable, affordable pint, look elsewhere.
I've been a few times now, and I now tend to steer clear due to the high prices and smoky atmosphere (the latter will change in May though and I may return if they have something special on tap.)
04-18-2010 20:41:24 | More by dfillius
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4.76/5 rDev +18.7%
I was with my son checking out Spartan Stadium and asked someone else who happened to be an alum where a good place for lunch was and he mentioned Crunchy's for burgers. Headed over here expecting the likes of beer pong and lots of BMC stuff and was extremely pleasantly surprised to find what has got to be one of the top 10 beer lists of anywhere I've been. The menu has good, honest descriptions while the selection leans heavily toward Michigan with more common micros (but more obscure like Lagunitas Sonoma County Stout, Dogfish 61) from the coasts. I had a bratburger that was outstanding and my son enjoyed the beef tacos. They also have tater tots which I never realized before (most of my local watering holes are too classy) are the perfect palette cleanser while working through a flight. 24 beers on tap and nothing outrageously priced, though I'd say there wasn't too much sessionable or summer-oriented.
07-01-2013 00:17:38 | More by philerman
4.09/5 rDev +2%
Atmosphere is fun and friendly
Quality of food and beer is great
Service has been great on all of my visits
Great selection of food and always great selection of craft beer
Food is awesome, great burgers of course
overall a great place to grab a great burger and beer
and I realize i said great alot
05-08-2013 03:38:43 | More by Slay40
4.31/5 rDev +7.5%
On sunday prices are the best. Overall the best place for beer heads in EL and one of the best in the Lansing area. Great selection on tap that rotates constantly. I've never had a bottled beer here but I've seen on the menu that they do have a decent selection. Lots of brewery centric events that let you try never bottled beers from your favorite brewer and pretty good bar food. All in all a great little beer and burger joint. Must for any beer head attending MSU or visiting family.
03-12-2013 18:55:25 | More by stevepat
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
I came based on the BA reviews and wasn't disappointed.
As others have mentioned, it's a college bar with a great selection of Michigan beers. $8 for four 5 oz. samples and I was drinking world class (mostly Michigan, but also a good selection of Great Lakes, Stone 16th Anniversary & Dogfish Head Urkontinent) beers. Bartender also gave a nice number of samples of the taps I didn't order. I didn't try the food, but I hear the burgers are awesome. Also tried a house ale brewed by the manager at Dark Horse - a brown ale with Citra hops. Very pleased.
10-11-2012 20:00:57 | More by jbsteiny
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
I hit this place up every time I'm in town traveling for work.
It is what it is-a college dive. It can't be more than that or it would turn into a pile of nice shit in no time. But what they do have is a sick list of craft beer on draft at all times.
I have never been disappointed at their tap list. They always have a huge selection of MI beers that aren't always easy to find, anywhere! They also have brewery tap takeovers that don't cost a lot and have a brewery rep with 15 or so taps of special and std taps.
Food is always good-not great, but exactly what you would expect.
Parking is the only down side of going here. They are beside a coffee place that will tow your ass before you get in the door.-BEWARE!
Can't wait to get back there!
02-18-2012 19:51:12 | More by JDizzle
Crunchy's in East Lansing, MI
90 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.