Not that bad of beer at this place Unfortunately we had a waitress who actually told us to "hold on a second" when she was just chatting casually with the bartender.....take that away from this experience and I would have given a much higher rating!
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, can’t recall If I’m counting them in the 6 or 8, or maybe there were 7. No matter. Didn’t get the food, but it’s gotta be better than Bell’s in that regard by a wide margin if you’re looking for some grub with your beer. After a weird sort of experience at Bell’s, 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 weren’t many choices. I hate to criticize too much but in a weekend of awesome beer and food, this place didn’t 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 it’s 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 it’s 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 together… just give me a five pull, lol. I almost skipped this place (as I’m assuming most do with the massive amounts of ratings for Eccentric Café and a handful of ratings for here) but I’m glad I didn’t. 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 don’t advertise. My free sampler of root beer was quite good.
Only a few blocks away from the Bell’s Eccentric Café. 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. You’re got your basic burgers and friends but also some more “fancy” 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 wasn’t impressed at all. Since it is only a few blocks away from Bell’s 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 Bell’s Cafe’s because Bell’s Cafe food menu is more snacks that full course meals.
It’s plain to see that many out of towners have this place painted as something it isn’t. 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 it’s 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 Chili’s, 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 Peninsula’s 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 you’ll see that it stands up to some of West Michigan’s best. The chocolaty Midnight Stout is pure delight. Olde Peninsula sells Corny kegs to go and I’m 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 you’re venturing into a different beast. Make this venture on an evening other than Friday or Saturday night ’cuz the beast will require a wait to be seated.