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Beer Available At Kalamazoo Beer Exchange (arranged by most recent)
The Hideout Strawberry Brown Ale , Odd Side Ales Derelicte Pineapple IPA 87, Crankerís Fifth Voyage 75, Clown Shoes Galactica IPA 97, Point St. Benedicts Winter Ale 41, Boulder Beer Shake Chocolate Porter 97, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence 96, Frankenmuth Christmas Town Ale 38, Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Loch Down , Shorts Chocolate Giddyup , Blue Point Wet Hops Experiment 81, Goose Island Lolita 99, Boatyard Loch Thomas Scottish Wee Heavy , Epic Double Skull Doppelbock 87, Saugatuck Double Black 93, Tapistry Enigma , Hideout Coconut Almond Brown Ale , Mt. Pleasant Second Wind Wheat 26, Bells Oberon Ale 90, Smuttynose IPA 96
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Dogbrick (677) Columbus, Ohio | July 30, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
(Visited 02/2012): KBE is located on the east side of downtown Kalamazoo on Water Street, in the Business District. They have an adjoining lot and there is metered parking in front.
The interior is multi-level with table seating and multiple bars throughout. They have pool tables, TVs and of course the ticker boards. Interesting concept with the beer pricing, which is based loosely on the stock market, in that beers that have high demand and many people buying them at a given time will drive the price up. Conversely, low-demand beers with little activity will decline. Additionally they have "market crashes" where all beers will be set at their lowest price for a short period of time. We didnít experience a "crash" while there but sounds exciting. The interesting thing is that standard domestic fare like PBR can and does end up reaching a higher price point than local craft brews. Take that hipsters!
As for the beers, there are a lot of regional and local craft options aside from the standard stuff. On our visit this included offerings from Vivant, B. Nektar, Livery, Bells, Round Barn, Saugatuck, Right Brain and Greenbush. Samplers are available.
Service on our visit was good. The server was familiar with the beers and friendly throughout our visit.
Food at KBE is pretty good too. The menu includes sandwiches as well as dinners.
Overall the gimmicky nature of this place is not a reason to avoid it, once we bought into the concept and went with it we ended up having fun watching the prices fluctuate, although I can see people getting in trouble trying to buy low or buy before the price goes up. Worth checking out while in Kalamazoo.
Capa (261) Manama, Bahrain | April 28, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Pretty hip, downstairs bar. Super crowded on the weekends. The stock market theme is pretty fun and a neat conversation topic as the prices fluctuate. Can get some pretty sweet deals when the market crashes. Had a pretty solid lineup of beers and Iíve always found something nice to drink. Fun hangout with a solid novelty.
b3shine (233) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 8, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Good beer spot in Kalamazoo that have a fun stock market-priced theme to their drafts. Food and service are good, although itís a bit pricey for some of the beers, and they rarely (if ever) get down to Shakespeareís prices.
ElGaucho (222) Minnetonka, Minnesota | March 17, 2012| Updated March 18, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
Friends had told me about this place and I was deeply intrigued with the "exchange" concept. Although a pretty cool place, it wasnít quite as cool as I expected especially considering that their "exchange" isnt active all the time. I fact, Iíve been here 3 times in 2 days and the exchange was not active 2 of the times. I understand that when itís dead that theyd be giving away beer at rock bottom prices if they had the exchange going but I am here at 4:30pm on st. Pattyís day and the place is jammed. The whole draw to this place is the exchange. Need to have it going whenever possible. Also on an 80 degree day need to have your outdoor patio open. Great concept; shaky execution. And one more major detraction- not open Sundays.
KPD (165) Michigan | September 2, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fun place, and great beer location. Had dinner at Bells, then Shakespeare, then the beer exchange. Easy walk between the pubs, like 1 block. The beer exchange is a nice place, has seating for dinner and a couple bar areas. Really good crowd on a Saturday. Good selection with 28 taps, pricing is fun. I was there a couple hours and a market crash dropped almost all pints to $2.5. Will happily return.
JPDurden24 (138) Chandler, Arizona | November 21, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in following a tap takeover from Shorts Brewing. Also had a small lunch. Staff was very friendly, I wished I could have stayed longer.
dukefan (62) Dallas, Texas | December 17, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Exceptional place! World class food, that while not cheap would compete in any major city. But we are there for the beer. And more often than not, they will have a tap or two of very rare Michigan beer on tap.
jdb288 (61) Robbinsville, New Jersey | November 6, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great place with a gimmicky but fun draw. The happy hour is worth a stop if you are in the area - watching the prices of your craft beer rise or fall on the stock board is quite fun.
Great food as well. Much better than the average beer bar. This is a great place.
ck1 (42) Illinois | September 18, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Cool place. About a block from Bellís. Very crowded on a Friday night--college kids or local 20-somethings? Two levels, looks like the kitchen does a really god business. Pool tables. TVs to watch the Tigers games. But the exchange ticker is the key here. Beers priced based on popularity, and board shows you if their value has trended up or down recently. With 28 taps, you can find good beer at good values. I could drink Self-Righteous all day at $3.50 and holding steady.... Absolutely worth a visit.
osu97gp (30) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 28, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Love the the concept. Inside a cool old building and takes up two floors with multiple bars. A nice selection of beer and great deals can be found due to the "market crash". The bartenders were quite attentive even though it was packed both nights I visited.
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