Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

14 Reviews
Kalamazoo Beer ExchangeKalamazoo Beer Exchange
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

211 E Water St
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-5823
United States

(269) 532-1188 | map
kalamazoobeerexchange.com

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Added by kzoobrew on 02-22-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
63
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
6.44%
 
 
Taps:
28
Bottles/Cans:
42
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 63
Reviews by minterro:
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4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went after rock climbing in kzoo on a Monday night.

Based on it being Monday the place had a pretty good vibe going. Kitchen was open late. They had an up and downstairs areas. I didn’t ever go downstairs, but from what I could see they had a few pool tables and a bar down there. Upstairs they had a bar and a kitchen and tables.

The unique thing about this bar is the stock market themed beer prices. They have a huge electronic board in both the upstairs and downstairs that reads out prices of their beers on tap. Every 15 minutes the prices of the beer either goes up (beer is being bought), down (if the beer hasn’t been bought in a while), or stays the same. I personally found this to be the BEST IDEA EVER! What better way to keep people from buying the beer that isn’t selling well or to keep people from buying the place out of stock of popular items. It also keeps you interest and coming back. It’s a win-win for the business and the customers. And it probably keeps the kegs in the place pretty fresh.

I didn’t partake in any of the food they served, but my roommates had some of their nachos. They said there were pretty good but a bit over priced.

I order short's sustenance black bear first for the mere price of $2.75. After everyone was done eating and drinking we were gathering our things ready to go when a very loud whistle comes out of nowhere. My first thought was it was some kind of signal that the kitchen was closed, but to my astonishment when I looked up at the board 3/4 of the beers drop significantly in price. Our waitress immediately came over to our table and explained the circumstances. Of course none of us were able to resistance those tempting prices so even though it was getting late, we were all exhausted from the climb earlier, and still had a 30 min drive back we decided to stay longer. I order a $2.25 triple.

Overall a very, very good experience and I’m looking forward to coming back on Sunday.

*Since my original rating I've gone back to this place many times all on mondays and I can't be more happy. I've got to know the owner John, hes a great guy and a msu grad so I have this bar back 100%, it is literally the best bar I have ever been to.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JLW
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of BretMC987
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of a_beckman25
4.65/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great place. Awesome selection, very well kept , great food.

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Photo of Sgtgroath
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Robdiesel21
4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of JArt
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DavidRandall
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mickmanhattan
4.15/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of BDeibs
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of lemmy187
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Davit
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Inglewood
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Brewstu9923
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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Kalamazoo Beer Exchange in Kalamazoo, MI
4.19 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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