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Beercation in Kalamazoo, MI

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Orlando, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Orlando

    Orlando Savant (275) Illinois Aug 7, 2012 Verified

    Heading to Kalamazoo in mid-February for a beercation & planning on going to Bell's (obviously). What are some other must visits in the area? Best bottle shop? Also what are the Michigan beers/limited releases/seasonals to be on the look out for that I can't find in Chicago? Short's Huma Lupa & Liberator are already on my ISO of list while there. Thanks for the help in advance.
  2. Flabbyjandro

    Flabbyjandro Advocate (550) Illinois Jun 12, 2012 Verified

    Drakes party shop,Tiffany's, beer exchange. Even D&W grocery stores are well packed with shorts and bells
  3. mike409

    mike409 Savant (305) Michigan Jan 25, 2012 Verified

    liberator is probably long gone
  4. szmnnl99

    szmnnl99 Advocate (740) Michigan Apr 3, 2006

    I bet you could find Liberator at the mid grade shops.
  5. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    I would say a visit to the Mayor of Michigan is a must see. He lives in Kzoo donuts easy. Always a good time.
  6. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Advocate (735) Michigan May 30, 2005 Subscriber

    +1 to the bottle shops mentioned, plus there is a Mega Bev in Portage and another one on the west side of Kzoo. Both are recently opened and are not listed on the BA site yet. I have not been to either, but I've heard that both are well stocked.

    If you can find the time to get away from Kzoo then Arcadia is only 18 miles to the east in downtown Battle Creek, or Dark Horse is 30 miles east at the south edge of Marshall. Up in Hastings is Walldorff, about 25 miles northeast. Each is a very worthy visit for their beers and their food.
  7. patol8

    patol8 Savant (280) Michigan Jul 6, 2010 Verified

    I would add shakespeares to the list of bars already mentioned.
  8. masterofsparks

    masterofsparks Advocate (575) Ohio Nov 15, 2009 Verified

    If you don't mind driving a bit, Grand Rapids is about an hour away, Ann Arbor an hour and a half, and Munster two hours.
  9. adamdd

    adamdd Savant (340) Michigan May 9, 2011

    The best bottle shops were already mentioned. Drake Party Center and Mega-Bev (multiple locations, but the new one on West Main is close to Drake). If you want to get out into the country, head to Paw Paw Brewing. It's only about 20 minutes away, and they are making some good beer over there. I would also encourage a trip to Arcadia in Battle Creek. Again, it's about 20-30 minutes away and they make some excellent BBQ. If you go to Arcadia, stop into Horrock's. They have a nice beer selection. Kalamazoo Beer Exchange and Shakespeare's are with in walking distance of Bell's. I wouldn't recommend eating at Shake's, but the beer selection is always solid. I would highly encourage you to hit up Central City Tap House the beer selection and food are great. Webster's in the Radisson has all Michigan beer and runs a half off happy hour from 5 to 7 every day. Don't be intimidated by the look of Webster's, they have a bar area and it's not as pretentcious as it looks. Martini's Pizza has good food and excellent thin crust pizza. This might be sacrilegious for a Chicago dweller though. Food Dance has excellent food for breakfast through dinner and they always have good Michigan beer available. Enjoy your trip, and feel free to ask more questions if needed.
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  10. buzze40

    buzze40 Savant (325) Illinois Mar 9, 2010

    I think they got the stores covered. What to get..... On the way up stop if you want a nice suprise and you have a few extra $ stop in to Shoreline in MI City and pick up a bottle or two of BB Lost Sailor or Big Bella. Its $20 a 750 but a great whiskey barrel beer IMO. Also stop in at Greenbush, only a quarter mile off the hwy at exit 12 and spring for a bottle of Delusion if he still has any -- he still had a few last week. In kzoo watch for Brau Brothers Rye Wyne or BB Quad that you cant get in Chicago -- really good. Epic is there in force and Mega had Big Bad baptist last week on the shelf.
  11. Orlando

    Orlando Savant (275) Illinois Aug 7, 2012 Verified

    Thanks for all the feedback, links, etc. Definitely going to stop at Greenbush & Paw Paw en route to Kzoo & might need to extend the trip so we can make it to Arcadia & Dark Horse.
  12. Orlando

    Orlando Savant (275) Illinois Aug 7, 2012 Verified

    Has anyone been to The Livery Brewery? I saw it recently on a top 100 breweries list.
  13. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Livery = don't pass it up.
  14. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (500) Indiana Jan 4, 2012

    There is Bell's brewery! Gotta stop there!
  15. Orlando

    Orlando Savant (275) Illinois Aug 7, 2012 Verified

    Heading up this morning. Any beers releases in MI in the last few weeks to keep an eye out for? Is Goodnight Bodacious still around. If so will it be easy to find?
  16. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (640) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Verified

    Quick Tip: Read OP when replying in threads.
    OP: Heading to Kalamazoo in mid-February for a beercation & planning on going to Bell's (obviously)
  17. Bay01

    Bay01 Savant (445) Illinois Nov 19, 2008

    The Livery is a must.
  18. ja1022

    ja1022 Aficionado (220) Indiana Sep 27, 2009

    I've enjoyed my time at Dark Horse more than Bell's, and I would consider them a must stop if you're on a "beercation" in that area. Olde Peninsula is another option close to Bell's.

    Another new option I haven't seen mentioned is Hunter's Brewing about five minutes south off 94 on Rt 49 in Chesterton IN. These guys opened this past Saturday and everything I had was spot on.
  19. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Heard there are going to be some changes at the Livery... They are no longer on my list of must stops.
  20. adamdd

    adamdd Savant (340) Michigan May 9, 2011

    Give them a chance before doing that. Sawyer is a good brewer. Give him a chance, and I think that we will be pleasantly surprised with where the Livery ends up. (Unless I missed some other really recent news)
  21. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    No you're right Adam. I guess that came out wrong, I just haven't had any of Sawyers beer, so I can't recommend it to anyone.
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  22. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Initiate (0) Illinois Feb 19, 2009

    Obligatory Deja Vu/Little Darlings shout out.
  23. I think the changes have already happened.
  24. adamdd

    adamdd Savant (340) Michigan May 9, 2011

    Don't forget Angels (aka The Palace, aka The Cow Palace).
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  25. Yeah, if you haven't been to Dark Horse, definitely do go. It's only half an hour drive, and you can pick up Arcadia on the way back.
  26. Dcv

    Dcv Savant (250) Michigan Nov 12, 2009

    Rye Not? from Short's showed up in stores today. I think there should be some Goodnight Bodacious but I did not look for it. Short's Controversi-ALE was also released today, Greenbush bottles are around town, and a few of the Right Brain Bombers are also in shops.

    The saddest combo would be a night spent in Decatur at Scooter's Saloon & Showgirls and Patchwork Brewing Company.
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  27. MacJenkins

    MacJenkins Aficionado (205) Michigan Feb 14, 2012 Verified

    ...aka The Comstock Ballet
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