Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant

Olde Peninsula Brewpub & RestaurantOlde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant
Olde Peninsula Brewpub & RestaurantOlde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

200 E. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007
United States

(269) 343-2739 | map

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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Parking is near by, tall ceilings, old time feel which is nice. Beers were good, meant to pair with food. I liked the burgers we had. Staff very young on our side of the restaurant but friendly. Stouts variations very plentiful.

Nov 22, 2018
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PhilsPils from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Good selection of beer which seems to be average or slightly above for the area (which ain't bad because this is definitely beer country). Meals here have been good and the service was attentive without hovering. Nice place to go in downtown K-zoo.

May 13, 2016
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GRPunk from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This place was a favorite during my college years. My family still enjoys a stop here when we find ourselves in K-zoo.

Located in a fun part of town, even more vibrant than 15-20 years ago when I was first introduced. There's a good mix of college kids and recent grads to go with families and those of older generations. Decor is warm and inviting, very pub like. Maybe a little loud with chatter. TVs are set nicely for sports, but don't detract from the overall feel. Dart board area is a nice touch.

Beers are well made, and so cheap! $4.25 pints for the regular and seasonal offerings. On our most recent visit, my wife and ate for under $30 before tip.

This place is always just at the cusp of capacity, usually a 10-20 minute wait. Last time the greeters seemed a little overwhelmed. With a lot of open tables, our wait felt 5-10 minutes long. That said, it's a very minor inconvenience in the grand scheme. The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, and checked in at good intervals.

Around 5 regulars on tap. Another half dozen seasonal or special releases, and a number of blends. Also a few guest taps and bottled production beers, wine, and a full bar. As brewpubs go, pretty solid.

The food was quite good. A pretty big menu of classic comfort and pub grub. A number of soups, salads, appetizers, and desserts as well. Seemed like quality ingredients, well prepared, and pretty inexpensive.

Definitely a place we'll continue to visit.

Oct 24, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

The vibe is a little curious....its on the corner near downtown K-zoo....the building seems newer but the décor inside was a bit older/rustic. The quality of the food and beer were ok. The service was excellent. The server enjoyed discussing with me the beers and food selections. There is plenty of different beers and food to select from.....no reason to be unhappy. I originally order the perch and chips....yuk! Please soak the perch fillets in milk or at least serve with a side of lemon to get ride of the fishy taste....had to return it. Swapped it with a burger.....MUCH BETTER.

Oct 20, 2015
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

V- Wood/tile floors, nice wood bar, good amount of seating. The place could use a bit of a remodel though. I've been coming here since they opened in 1996 and I don't think they've ever repainted the walls or steam cleaned the tiles and it's results in a bit of a musty smell, especially in the entry area.

Q- Could use a cleaning and repaint.

S- Depends on server but generally good in my experience.

S- Good selection of both food and beer. Usually some one and done beers on tap but their mainstays aren't the best. All the experimental IPAs I've had here have been very good.

F- Varies in quality. I usually get a burger and it usually comes out the way I order it. Their sandwiches are also good and all under $10. Pub dip is good too. But I've had some entrees that weren't that good and a bit over priced.

Aug 13, 2015
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bassfishingguy from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My Wife and I stopped in here after visiting Bell's this afternoon. We weren't expecting it to be so busy, but we had no problem finding a seat at the bar. We were greeted rather promptly by a bartender, who explained their offerings. I tried their Pancakes n Hot Pants (Habanero, maple, walnut, vanilla, coffee, porter garnished with bacon), and my Wife tried their Gingerbread Porter. The Pancakes n Hot Pants was incredible, and the Gingerbread Porter was a good beer as well.

We'll be sure to come back to sample the interesting creations that Brewer Dan seems to come up with.

Mar 29, 2015
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

The wife and I made it to Kalamazoo from Cincinnati at the end of a spectacular sunset. We decided to check out the beer joints before heading to our bed-and-breakfast, and Olde Peninsula was our first (and brief) stop.

This is a big place, with lots of room, booths and a long bar. It’s got an Irish-pub feel, like it’s been around for ages. Well-worn for sure. Unlike other bars in the main drag of Kalamazoo, Olde Peninsula was not busy.

We perched ourselves up at the bar and ordered from the friendly bartender. Beers come in five, ten, sixteen, twenty-two and one-liter servings (wow!), and also in flights and free two-ounce tastings.

Ten house taps: Chief Wakatu IPA (weak), Vanilla Porter, Gingerbread Porter, Stout Chocula (pretty good), OP IPA (was alright), Midnight Stout (great!) and more.

The bartender was nice and accommodating, but we weren’t terribly impressed with the beer so we moved on to the next stop quickly. Competition is fierce in Kalamazoo!

May 29, 2014
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SteveSly from Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

OP (as the locals call it) was only the 2nd microbrewery to open in Kalamazoo more than a decade ago. They have been a staple of downtown ever since and there is good reason for it. Their beer and food are both good quality and they give you a good value for your money. The restaurant is split into two sections with one side being more of a bar and the other side more of a restaurant. The beers are all usually good, with some being excellent. Unfortunately when you are in a town with Bell’s less than a block away, there is a lot to live up to when it comes to your beer. The beer here is not Bell’s quality, but it is usually solid. The food is very good and features seasonal menus that change every other month or so. Everything is very reasonably priced and a good value. For strictly beer quality there are better options in town, but for dinner (with good quality beer) OP is a great place to stop in.

May 12, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Atmosphere: pretty standard restarurant feel, not quite the whole brewpub feel.

Quality: I tried a few of their beers and wasn't blown away by anything but nothing that was terrible

Service: good service that was on top of things despite the crowded night

Selection: about 5 mainstays and the same amount of rotatings. some were a little experimental and most were traditional

Food: good food and good variety, not quite your standard brewpub fare

Overall: If your doing a brewery tour this is probably your best shot for dinner. best vareity and up there with the best tasting in the area. beer isn't to bad either.

May 08, 2014
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Penguins66 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Apr 11, 2014
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DrBirdman1995 from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Dec 23, 2013
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Aug 20, 2013
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divineaudio from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Oct 20, 2011
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jale from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Jul 17, 2011
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Rchap1 from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Dec 24, 2010
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Dec 23, 2010
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TheBear11D from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Dec 18, 2010
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civilizedpsycho from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Oct 15, 2010
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asabreed from New York

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Aug 04, 2010
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Spica66 from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is the place to go if you want dinner and micro-brew. The food is always excellent and the beer is decent. They often have gimicky beers that a lot of people enjoy: Raspberry Wheat, Pumpkin Ale, etc. The decor is nice. The brewery is visible behind big windows. Lots of college and older folks. I have had many selections of their food over the years and it has all always been very tasty. It is more upscale than what one would usually think of as pub grub. They do have televisions up over the bar if some important Michigan game is going on. The bathrooms are small but clean. All-in-all, I would recommend the place to anyone.

May 18, 2010
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88blkiroc from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I found O.P while going to school at Western Michigan. This is one of my favorite places in Kalamazoo and I stop by any time I am in town. The beer selection is decent and varied but the food is what really makes this place shine. The red bean dip is fantastic but the cheddar ale soup is absolutely the best. I have never had a bad meal here as the rest of the menu has a good variety of different types of food all prepared well. Definitely a good place to stop in and try. The atmosphere is nice too.

Oct 01, 2009
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Reneejane from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

We had read some reviews questioning why visit this place when there are other worthy breweries around. However, I will say, that none have as good of food as Olde Peninsula. I really enjoyed our meal. We had steaks that were done to perfection! The desert was also stupendous. Now, the beer was also very commendable. There were a limited number of beers on tap: 7. Compared to a certain local brewery near my home *cough* Flat *cough* land*cough* ers... this is more than I'm used to! There was a good number of styles on there. I had the IPA and my husband had the red ale. We really had to talk ourselves out of not getting a corney keg filled with the red to take home (yes... they really do offer this! Actually they had an extensive list of options to take their beer home considering they don't bottle...)

Before the meal we sat at the bar and were served immediately. I was surprised that we got seated as fast as we did considering we were in town on a Saturday night-during a football game! But, we got in and got seated so the service gets a really high rating for getting people in and seated and taken care of in short order on a very busy night.

This is a must stop for a meal while you're in Kalamazoo and you want some great beer to enjoy with it. Obviously they're not out to compete with Bells, just based on the size, but they have a great niche: superb food.

Sep 22, 2009
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Azumel from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

After visiting Bell's a few blocks away, we decided to head over to Olde Peninsula for dinner, it had always been a favorite of ours. The artichoke dip is still the dip that we rate all others on, it is excellent, the bean dip for an appatizer was also great. The atmosphere was good and the service was also just as good as always.

The beer selection is decent, they also offer growlers, while I don't like most of their beers as much as Bell's, they still have some decent offereings. The food and service is excellent and I would recommend.

Jul 06, 2009
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Contagion from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

While attending a convention I stopped by this brewpub. It was hard to find a parking space, I ended up having to pay two dollars to park my car.

Most of the beers listed seemed to be bitters, they did have a couple of fruit beers and a stout on tap the day I was their, the stout was less than impressive. However, they have a brewpub dip that was fantastic and I would recommend anyone stopping in there try it.

Since they are located not too far from Western Michigan University, it appeared to have a large college crowd.

The architecture was that of a turn of the century building, including what I believe were tin pressed ceilings. Where the atmosphere was fantastic, I think the building materials made for the interior to be noisier than your average pub. The noise made it difficult to have a conversation with my companion.

Mar 26, 2009
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gordavidson from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

I have been past this place many times but finally decided to give it a shot for dinner. The atmosphere is pretty nice, it has that old building/ lodge feel to it. Out waitress, I believe her name was Natasha, was very attentive and I couldn't have asked for anything more. The food on the menu all looks really good, but I was kind of disappointed with my $8 sandwich, which was just very plain and lackluster. The beer selection wasn't bad, but not great either. I thoroughly enjoyed their vanilla porter. Overall, maybe if I had better luck with the food I would have more drive to go back. It is worth a shot though.

Jan 04, 2009
Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant in Kalamazoo, MI
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