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Beer Available At Crunchy’s (arranged by most recent)
Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout 98, Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad 98, Stone Old Guardian Oak-Smoked 96, Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout 100, Stone Old Guardian (Vintages 2004 and later) 99, Epic Hopulent IPA 98, Kuhnhenn Fluffer 96, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Cascara Quad 68, New Belgium La Folie 100, New Belgium Lips of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel 85, New Belgium Dig 83, New Belgium Hop Kitchen - Hoppy Bock Lager 90, Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout 97, Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine 99, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale 98, Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid 100, Shorts Bourbon Barrel Wizard 98, Arcadia Michigan Brewers Guild 15th Anniversary Imperial IPA , Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Baltic Joy 64, Brewery Vivant Escoffier 92
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fgctigers (9) Michigan | January 19, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
This was one of my favorite places while living in East Lansing. The Buckets are the best deal, just be ready to get drunk! Beware though, Karaeoke can get a little loud so if going there on one of those nights, unless you want the conversation to be dominated by whoever is singing try to get on the opposite side of the bar.
Mittenator (11) Michigan | February 8, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
The best selection of drafts anywhere in the area. I went here in college for the cheap buckets and now I can go back and experience it in a whole new light with immense draft and bottle list. Monthly tap takeovers are fun and food is decent. All around cool place.
bigbish (10) California | September 13, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I love Crunchy’s. The food and service can be hit and miss, but that’s not why you come here. You come here for the ambiance, the mixed crowd of locals and college students, and most importantly, the amazing beer selection. Lots of great stuff on tap from all over. And you can buy buckets of beer. I’m not talking a bucket with a few bottles in it, I mean they actually fill a bucket for you. That’s what makes this place great.
slayer02348 (5) East Lansing, Michigan | December 30, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Good place, love the feel of it. Wasn’t too crowded when I was there. They say they offer tastes of beer for $1 of anything on tap, but when I asked for samples they didn’t charge. Staff helpful. Probably 30ish bottles available and another 20 things on tap.
blackflag321 (36) Lansing, Michigan | January 16, 2012| Updated August 18, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
The great selection on tap is reason enough to visit Crunchys. But you are not reading this to choose a place to eat. I like that you can order beer in 3 different serving sizes or a flight. My food was okay; the service was okay. Did I mention that the beer selection was great?
Casavant (2) Lansing, Michigan | July 18, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
The beer selection is the best in the Lansing area. With 27 taps they typically host at least 20 craft brews and are great supporters of the Michigan craft beer industry. Each July, which is Michigan Craft Beer Month, they put Michigan beers on each and every handle.
At least monthly, Crunchy’s hosts brewers nights and converts many taps to that Michigan brewery and hosts a staff member from the brewery to talk to patrons. It is very informal but a good opportunity to meet folks in the beer industry and try beers that aren’t regularly available on tap.
The total score doesn’t reflect the great selection of beers and value Crunchy’s offers. I’m a regular but still am often disappointed by poor service and the poor condition of some of the furnishings. I was happy to learn that they recently corrected one of big pet peeves - no separate checks. According to the bar manager, they have installed a new computer system and separate checks are a go!
The food is better than average bar food and the pizza is a great value on Sundays.
HopBurp (2) Michigan | February 7, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This place has a bunch of awesome rare brews on tap. Similar to what someone said earlier in a review, you can tell someone put some serious heart into the line up--I dig it. You can get the Giant 32 oz thick glass mug which was pretty f’ing extreme when I got it filled w/hop slam. This is a typical classic FILTHY MSU dive bar that probably will never change in that regard--but it has character because of that too. I try to stay away from the food haha. Bathroom was horrible--almost as bad as the riv in East Lansing. The ’beer buckets’ of miller lite make me want to get ill when I think about them (special they have that college students typically get it)--its plastic barf or mop bucket full of schwag beer that everyone dips their mugs into. Disgusting but what many associate Crunchys with. Then there are us that know this place for the amazing beer selection and usually a good day crowd of alums, craft beer drinkers etc. Good place to go before/after MSU basketball game. Besides Hopcat and the Oak I havent been to a place w/a better line up--maybe uptown? We got good service there but the times I went it wasn’t really busy so I cant speak for that. I will return again again and again...
mikem409 (161) bloomfield, Michigan | October 1, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very dive bar vibe nice tap list and some cool bottles
nbutler11 (301) Phoenix, Arizona | July 28, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great college dive bar. If I went to MSU, this would be where I choose to throw up in the alley, for sure. They actually serve beer from the tap into large plastic buckets. It’s surreal, but not nearly as much as what they had on draft when I was there for MI Craft Beer Month. I had Expedition in an over-sized mug for Christ’s sake!
Silphium (59) East Lansing, Michigan | January 22, 2006| Updated December 19, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Crunchy’s is considered a typical college bar, but the beer selection is quite nice. There were 15 Michigan microbrews on tap as well as micros from several other states and the ubiquitous BMC lowlights. Michigan brewers featured included Bells, New Holland, Arcadia, Founders and Shorts. There were quite a few uncommon beers on tap from these brewers, including a very nice Oak Aged Pilgrim’s Dole and Dragon’s Milk from NH. Arcadia London Porter and Bells Kalamazoo Stout were also available, and Bells Batch 7000 was here recently. The bar was surprisingly quiet when I was there, and service was efficient. There are several booths and tables, with two big-screen televisions on the N and S ends of the bar. It’s probably more difficult to enjoy the great beers when the place is packed on evenings, but a daytime visit to enjoy some of the offerings is well worth it. Combine this with a visit to Harper’s down the road for a few more Michigan micros. Update 5/14/08: over the past couple of years, Crunchy’s has increased their beer prices significantly (sometimes greater than 100%). As beer prices are unmarked, be sure to ask the server before ordering. I recently paid $7.75 for a pint of New Holland Dragon’s Milk and $10.75 for Aecht Fasten Bier. Many other standard craft beers are also over $6/pint. Update 12/19/11: many beers are now offered in snifters, and all prices are listed on the menu. Crunchy’s has consistently delivered interesting and rare beers over the past few years, and the addition of brewers’ nights is a welcome wrinkle.
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