Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

140 S Westnedge Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-4600
United States

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Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.83
Beers:
30
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
293
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.03
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
55
pDev:
11.66%
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Parking is across the street, big windows letting lots of natural light in. Beer garden, large bar, many selections of beers. Staff nice. Beers dark and decent.

Sep 06, 2018
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KZooJK from Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Vibe: Usually playing Alt Nation or Classic Rock. Very modern interior. Wood/Metal. Clean contrast. There are a few TVs for sports.

Quality: All top notch. Everything is made there. Good ingredients are noticeable.

Service: I'm a Mug Club Member here, and was a regular before I joined. I have always been very well served. Staff is great!

Selection: There's always something palatable to drink. There's not always spectacular, but there's always a good option. The Black Box (rotating taps) is hit or miss for me. They do BBA once in a while.

Food: The spent grain pizza is very good! Crunchy, grainy crust. Just fantastic! Burgers are top notch, too. I recommend Fat Matt. It's foodie bar food. And it's good.

May 15, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Nice place for a burger and beer, we enjoyed the casual outdoor area, friendly and efficient service. Tasty burgers, quality brew...nothing amazing but this is a quality spot, well run and worth a visit if in kzoo...

Aug 16, 2015
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DavMEtt from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Their regular Vanilla Porter is delicious but the barrel aged variety takes it to a whole new level. Appreciate they have tasting sizes available for all their beers, since their variety lends itself to trying a wide selection. Innovative and delicious food items.

Jun 30, 2015
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kzoobeerguy from Michigan

4.98/5  rDev +23.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Fantastic spot. 14 beers on tap with in house fresh smoked chicken in a daily basis. They've come up with a great menu of unique foods and even better beers. The vanilla porter is out of this world good!

Apr 27, 2015
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elNopalero from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

I want to start on a positive note so I’ll say that the service here has always been friendly and more than accommodating, and this is one of the more family-friendly brewpubs I’ve been to. Plus, they’re always busy when I’ve gone. Seems like I am here 1-2 times over the course of each visit to Kalamazoo (or about half a dozen times since they opened), and from the first visit on I’ve wanted to like them because of this.
But…
I can’t get excited about any of their beers. Still. I find they just don’t do much for me—too much malt? Not enough definition?—and with Bell’s (and now Arcadia) being my hometown favorite I know it’s a tough bar to compare anyone else to, so take that for what it’s worth.
Along the same lines, I can’t say much about the food. It’s bar food, the kind of stuff I’d want to eat while drinking beer—but not anything that necessarily tastes good. I’m talking nacho cheese from a can topping a doughy pizza for the “dogg bites” or whatever it’s called, and plenty of frozen then fried things. If you go into this expecting something in that neighborhood you should come away having had a good time, at least. But with so many other standouts I find myself more and more reluctant to return.

Feb 20, 2015
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Very loud indoor area with very uncomfortable seats. Too loud to really talk, which is more reminiscent of a bar than a brewpub (to me at least). Nice beer selection and look forward to trying others whenever I return. Good food, but not great. Service was fairly prompt but it was hard to order beer #2.

Jul 30, 2014
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SteveSly from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Gonzo was the original brewmiester at Olde Peninsula Brew Pub here in Kalamazoo back when it opened a decade or so ago. Now he has opened his new brewery in what is becoming a rather crowded micro brew scene here in Kalamazoo. We stopped in a few weeks ago and I got a sampler of 8 beers (there were more than a dozen on tap). They all ranged from good to great. I got a pizza which was very good and my wife had a pulled pork sandwich also very good. The space is a big open room with a large bar and community type tables. There is also an outdoor patio area, but it was too cold for that when we visited. Gonzo’s has a lot of potential and is already producing great beers and food. Another great beer stop if you are in the Kalamazoo area.

May 12, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Atmosphere: pretty standard wrap around bar with some tables and floor to ceiling windows the whole way around. Nice but nothing too special

Quality: i tried about 4 beers and they ranged from bad to decent. Nothing I'd buy with the choice of much else though

Service: a little shorthanded for a full house

Selection: decent size taplist but lacking on the creativity in styles. mostly ipas and stouts and related beers.

Overall: This place didn't do much for me, I was happy to sip on a beer for as long as it took and taste the beers around me, but I don't think i'd go back

May 08, 2014
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shivtim from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Stopped by with friends after going to Tibbs (short walk away).

Atmosphere is sports-bar-esque. High long tables by the windows, and a big bar in the middle. TVs. Young-ish crowd on a Friday night.

The beer was solid. I had a passable IPA and an excellent spiced porter. Decent selection overall. We also had the poutine, which was pretty good, and an ice cream cookie thing that was also good.

Worth a stop for sure.

Feb 10, 2014
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Update 1/23/16: Visited this brewery again and ordered a flight of 5 brandy or bourbon barrel-aged beers as part of Kalamazoo Beer Week. Very impressive! Accordingly, I'm revising my Quality rating for this brewery.

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This was stop #2 on a mini pub crawl for my wife and myself to visit three new breweries in downtown Kalamazoo. This brewpub opened in November, 2013, and is situated near the west end of the downtown area on a busy major street. There is a small parking area next to the building, plus there is a larger lot across the side street. A patio with tables is located near the entrance, but it's the wrong time of year to comment further on that. To me the interior of the pub has more of a restaurant feel than a brewpub; however, a long, L-shaped bar tries to dispute that.

The owners/brewers have a background from another brewery in Kalamazoo, thus they are experienced at operating a brewpub. There were 10 beers on tap, and we chose 7 of them in a sampler flight. For a new place where one could expect some ongoing tinkering with getting the beers to-style, each of the beers that we tried was spot on. However, there was nothing exciting about any of them for us to give much of a 'plus' comment, so we graded them from a C+ to a C- rating (One beer had the C- rating, and it was a spiced porter that was way over the top with its spices.) The Chocolate Porter earned the C+ rating; however, I gave it that grade based on whether the beer should be re-named to 'Vanilla' Porter, because it had a delicious vanilla nose and flavor.

We shared a pizza while we were there; however, the food menu goes beyond pizzas into various appetizers, burgers, etc, and everything sounded very good from the descriptions on the menu. Our pizza was delicious, thus I rated the 'Quality' in this review upward a bit, regardless of how average the beers were.

This is a place to visit when you want okay beers and very good food. I won't hesitate to stop here again.

Jan 15, 2014
Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing in Kalamazoo, MI
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 293 ratings