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.
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.
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.
In downtown, a walkable distance from Bells but we’re driving out quick so we parked on a downtown street. Typical restaurant brewpub experience. Big tanks, big windows, long bar, a menu more focused on common American foods. But even though I was expecting the worst I found a lot to like about their beer. The IPA and Pumpkin ale were especially good. This place caters to a different crowd than the Eccentric Cafe, but quality wise their beer is pretty solid. Food rating is a 7 because our cheese+bean dip was a bit disappointing, it looked and felt like wet dog food (tasted fine, though).
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.
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
This place was the highlight of my kalamazoo trip. Only a few beers on tap but the few I had were all quite good. Batch 200 was one of the better barleywines I have had.
The food was far better than standard brewpub fare.