Monday afternoon. Small (it was Monday afternoon) but diverse crowd, all ages, some for the beer, some for a lunch break. Feel of a restaurant, but one with character, not chain-like, with the addition of a good deal of beer paraphernalia. Beers were circling around average, no more than 8, maybe 6, though one seemed to just be their stout with added chocolate and one was a radler, canít recall If Iím counting them in the 6 or 8, or maybe there were 7. No matter. Didnít get the food, but itís gotta be better than Bellís in that regard by a wide margin if youíre looking for some grub with your beer. After a weird sort of experience at Bellís, I quite enjoyed it here. They may not make the best beer, but they still do their own thing without being weird or putting on a different face, and any place that does that is well worth a stop for me.
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.
We ended up here after we went to Bells Eccentric Cafe and found out the kitchen was closed. The food was pretty good. The beer was really not good and there werenít many choices. I hate to criticize too much but in a weekend of awesome beer and food, this place didnít make the cut.
KInd of an old folksrestaurant vibe and decor. Diverse clientele of families, people from the nearby hotels and young partiers. Proximity to Bells makes this well worth a stop. Service seemed disorganized and unprofessional but was friendly enough. Beer list is just their brews and some BMC. Food was average with one of those oddly diverse menus that makes you wonder what a place does good.
As a brewpub, OP does itís job well, but not superbly. At times it seems to focus more on the food than the beer, which happens to be pretty good. When I lived there, my friends and I would flock there in the fall for the fantastic pumpkin ale. The stout is usually what I go for, but they have (had?) a good hefty double IPA that is quite tempting for dessert. The decor and food are nothing standout, but far from poor. It feels like it could be a chain of regional restaurants. If you can make a second stop in Kalamazoo, make sure itís here.
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.
Only a few blocks away from the Bellís Eccentric Cafť. More of a restaurant that brew their own beer than a pub. its about 100. A few people sitting around the bar drinking beer but 99% of the customers go there to sit at the restaurant tables and have food and possibly beer. Food menu is upscsale greasy pub food. Youíre got your basic burgers and friends but also some more ďfancyĒ meals. Very reasonable prices. Brewing equipment in plain view behind large windows. When I was there they had 7 beers on tap (5 regular and 2 seasonals). I only had one beer, the regular Midnight Stout and I wasnít impressed at all. Since it is only a few blocks away from Bellís Cafe I think it is worth a visit. Also if you in the mood for a good meal and some craftbeer you should eat there before/after spending a few hours at Bellís Cafeís because Bellís Cafe food menu is more snacks that full course meals.
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.
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.