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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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 55 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by vader06:
Photo of vader06
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
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.

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Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of kbarnes9
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Danielr26
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of SRTrevor
5/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of PackenGreen
4.19/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of KZooJK
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.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of max85
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Billolick
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...

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Photo of Zaphog
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of DavMEtt
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.

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Photo of NJB145
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Hanklogan
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great vanilla b
Porter and Hefeweizen good food lineup

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Photo of kzoobeerguy
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!

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Photo of Wisdom101
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Great place to go to almost any weekend.

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Photo of E2hudson
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of elNopalero
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.

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Photo of mluchies
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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