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

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Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.64
Beers:
24
Ratings:
128
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.82
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
40
pDev:
9.69%
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Rated by Hallbrauhaus from Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Jun 29, 2018
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Rated: 3.09 by Muss42 from Michigan

Feb 16, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.5 by MattMorin from Illinois

Nov 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.89 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Jun 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.56 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Nov 30, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.09 by chuckgietzen from Michigan

Apr 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.78 by max85 from Arizona

Dec 07, 2015
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4 by BUNZILLA from Indiana

Sep 12, 2015
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Reviewed by 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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Rated by DavMEtt from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
I want to like the beer more but the food is worth coming back for.
Jul 05, 2015
 
Rated: 3.86 by daniels79 from Michigan

May 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.18 by kzoobeerguy from Michigan

Apr 27, 2015
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.59 by Brandonparrent from Michigan

Jan 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by tommy5 from Michigan

Dec 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by NJB145 from Michigan

Nov 15, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by DavidRandall from Michigan

Oct 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by JackNip from Delaware

Oct 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Doublicious from Michigan

Oct 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Kyrojack from Indiana

Sep 28, 2014
 
Rated: 3.7 by ob_carr from Dominican Republic

Sep 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by swtchuck from Michigan

Aug 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.15 by brewpubmellon from Michigan

Aug 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Faunland from Wisconsin

Aug 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Robdiesel21 from Michigan

Aug 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by styleisking from Michigan

Jul 31, 2014
 
Rated: 2 by William_B from Michigan

Jul 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by BBlov

Jul 29, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Wingsman from Michigan

Jun 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by astronautjones from Michigan

Jun 16, 2014
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.75 by SkinniePost from Wisconsin

May 02, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Stu_Grimson from Michigan

Apr 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Fargrow from Michigan

Apr 28, 2014
Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant in Kalamazoo, MI
Brewery rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 128 ratings