I live in Kalamazoo and I love this place. It is a great place to eat and drink. Their brews are delicious and always satisfying. I particularly love their version of a Black and Tan. It is very delicious. It is also a great place to stop in for a brew after a night on the town.
Iíve been drinking OPís beers since Gonzo used to brew there, and have been enjoying this place ever since. Their brewer (Dan) is a really nice guy and cranks out very good brews.The staff are friendly and the food is good too. I love me some OP!
Brewpub not far from Bells. Good food, above average beer, friendly service. Six beers on tap so I had to fill up my sampler with a cider and a cross of their stout and raspberry beer. In fact they have all these strange offerings of their beers mixed togetherÖ just give me a five pull, lol. I almost skipped this place (as Iím assuming most do with the massive amounts of ratings for Eccentric Cafť and a handful of ratings for here) but Iím glad I didnít. Right on the menu it advertises to get a free 2oz sampler of their beers for free. I know many places do this but most donít advertise. My free sampler of root beer was quite good.
Visited 4/26/08. Walking distance from Eccentric Cafe. Decent sized place with a good amount od seating. It was crowded for a Saturday evening. They had seven beers on tap at the time, so a sampler was in order. All the beers were well crafted, some better than others. Everyone at the table enjoied their food. Server was knowledgable and quite thorough. More of a restaurant feel, with a brewpub as a perk. Good time.
Itís plain to see that many out of towners have this place painted as something it isnít. Olde Peninsula is, first and foremost, a restaurant. Bells is a brewery and thus their pub is essentially a tasting room (that also does great food). Olde Peninsula pays itís bills by packing in the dinner crowd and serving a deluxe pub-style menu and a reasonable price (this is the kind of place soccermom-riddled Chiliís, Fridays and Applebees could only dream of being - keep that under your hat). The bonus? They brew craft beer on sight. I have to be honest, Olde Peninsulaís beer offering was brutal early. Fast forward to 2008 and they are brewing rock solid beer. Beer tastes different without labels, logos and packaging. Take some Olde Peninsula home, sip it out of your favorite pint glass and youíll see that it stands up to some of West Michiganís best. The chocolaty Midnight Stout is pure delight. Olde Peninsula sells Corny kegs to go and Iím savoring a Sunset Red as I type. While Bells, Founders and New Holland specialize in brewing craft brewing that literally is among the best in the midwest. Olde Peninsula specializes in the Saturday night experience and just so happens to brew a hell of a beer to go with it. Sure, make the hike through the heart of town from Bells but understand youíre venturing into a different beast. Make this venture on an evening other than Friday or Saturday night ícuz the beast will require a wait to be seated.
I went here after Bells on a Monday afternoon but I wish I had gone here first. A relaxed pub with a "sports bar" feel located in downtown Kalamazoo. It was pretty quiet at 2:00 on a Monday but there were several patrons just relaxing with a beer and enjoying a World Cup game on TV. The beers I got were pretty tasty (Count Chocula, IPA, Midnight Stout, IIPA). A nice atmosphere, friendly service, and good value. I really enjoyed this place much more than I had expected and it is really underrated here on RB. I would view it as equally worth a stop as Bells.
Our favorite stop when coming back to Kalamazoo for football/basketball games. Food is very good and service is always excellent. Not as many beers as some micropubs, but the food and service make up for it. Not the selection of Bells pub, but much more wife friendly. Generally at least six house brews on tap. When this place first opened I would have rated the beer as just ok, but it has definitely improved over the years. Their Midnight Stout and OP IPA are very good and their seasonal Pumpkin ale is extremely popular locally
On the corner of East Michigan Street with street parking in front and lot parking in back. Clean brick and wood older building with bar in middle and tables on the right for food and beverages and brewing operations in the back. Six standards on tap. All were solid drinkable brews. Freindly bartender with good knowledge. Did not eat, but the menu of starters, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and pizza entrees looked very good. Good location and I will stop again.