Kalamazoo Beer Exchange | Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Excellent based on 16 ratings
Type: Bar

211 E Water St
Kalamazoo, Michigan United States 49007 [ print map ]
269 532 1188

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Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-1am


Mayor: bwa5879 (7) | Taps: 28 | Bottles: 40


Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

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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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16 reviews for Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
 Ambiance  84%
 Service  77%
 Selection  87%
 Food  87%
 Value  82%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  91%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
tcanimal987  (10) , | June 13, 2012
I try not to use this phrase but OH MY GOD how fun is this place?!?! What other place in the world will you find a microbrew cheaper than a Bud? One of my co-workers recommended this place to me, and for my first night out in Kalamazoo, I went here with a couple of guys from work, including the guy who refuses to drink any microbrews but by the end of the night he was drinking a Brooklyn beer because Bud had gotten too expensive in his mind.....I secretly think he felt left out so he tried something new.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
TheBear11D  (19) Michigan | February 3, 2013| Updated February 14, 2014
The beer stock market is the highlight feature of the beer exchange. The price of each beer changes every 15 minutes based on the number of people who purchased the beer. Occasionally on busy nights the market crashes and each beer hits its rock bottom price, which is incredible. If you play the game right you can get some amazing beers at phenomenal prices. But donít miss out on the food. They have plenty I delicious items to choose from. The food may be a touch more than Iíd prefer to pay, but Iím never upset once I taste it. Not to mention I would have spent at least double on any of the beers I had if I were anywhere else. I recommend anyone to try this place out. Youíll be back.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
dukefan  (62) Dallas, Texas | December 17, 2012
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.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
finderman222  (10) , | March 5, 2012
This place is a drinking game in a bar! Me and my nephew go quite often and love to wait for the stock market to crash. For those of you who havenít been here yet, you must go!
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
t_orourke  (1) , | March 1, 2013
Love the stock market theme that raises or lowers the prices of beer based on demand. It feels like playing a game and you get to try out things you may not have considered before. They also have plenty of great vegan selections for food which is rare in the area!
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Cbuk1013  (6) Kalamazoo , Michigan | April 22, 2013
Everyone knows the concept so Iíll skip that. Fun place. On occasion you can find a great microbrew for under $4 when the market crashes. If you have time to wait. Alot of Michigan beers. Nice rotating selection and some quality cask choices. Food is excellent, if a bit pricy.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24  (138) Chandler, Arizona | November 21, 2012
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.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
KPD  (165) Michigan | September 2, 2012
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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
ck1  (42) Illinois | September 18, 2012
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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (677) Columbus, Ohio | July 30, 2012
(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.

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