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Craft Beer Guide

Stalking craft beer in Kalamazoo County

BREWERIES

Arcadia Brewing Co.
701 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo

Bragging rights: Barbecue of locally raised meat smoked in a Texas smoker. a bright, modern atmosphere with roll-up glass doors to create an open-air experience in the summer, a fresh-hop IPA and the popular 11.5 percent Cereal Killer.

Hours: Noon–1 am Tues–Sat, noon–8 pm Sun, closed Mon; kitchen hours: noon–11 pm Tues–Sat, noon–8 pm Sun

Info: (269) 963-9690, ArcadiaAles.com


Bell’s Brewery & Bell’s Eccentric Café
355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo

Bragging rights: A large beer garden, performance venue for local and visiting musicians, an award-winning IPA (Two-Hearted Ale) and a rustic, local, historical ambience.

Café Hours: 11 am–midnight Mon–Wed, 11-2 am Thurs–Sat, noon–midnight Sun

Info: (269) 382-2332, BellsBeer.com

Boatyard Brewing Co.
432 E Paterson St, Kalamazoo

Bragging rights: An array of dark beers, including a black IPA and a Scottish WHA and a welcoming, homey atmosphere with the chance to hang out and be waited on by owners Brian Steele and Dan Gilligan (many reviews note how welcoming they are).

Hours: Noon–9 pm Tues–Thurs, noon–11 pm Fri & Sat, closed Sun & Mon

Info: (269) 226-0300, BoatyardBrewing.com

Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing
140 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo

Bragging rights: Drunken Crab Hushpuppies, Vanilla Porter and Margarita Pizza and the unique atmosphere of a car-dealership-turned-brewery.

Hours: 3-11 pm Mon-Wed, 2 pm–1 am Thurs & Fri, 11–1 am Sat, noon–11 pm Sun

Info: (269) 382-2739, GonzosBiggDoggBrewing.com

Latitude 42 Brewing Company
7842 Portage Road, Portage

Bragging rights: Pizzas and wings cooked in a brick oven, the brisket and angus beef burger, a kids’ area, and a highly recommended Powerhouse Porter.

Hours: 11 am–11 pm Mon & Tues, 11 am–midnight Wed–Sat, 11 am–9 pm Sun

Info: (269) 459-4242, Latitude42BrewingCo.com

Olde Peninsula Brewpub & Restaurant
200 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo

Bragging Rights: A historic location, a raved-about double IPA, a delicious in-house brewed root beer and pub food favorites like the fried egg and bacon hamburger and Brewpub Dip.

Hours: 11 am–11 pm Mon & Tues, 11 am–midnight Wed & Thurs, 11-1 am Fri & Sat, 11 am - 10 pm Sun

Info: (269) 343-2739, OldePenKaZoo.com

One Well Brewing
4213 Portage St, Kalamazoo

Bragging rights: Xalapa, a spicy pepper brew, a gorgeous reclaimed wood interior and vintage arcade games. Until the kitchen is operational, One Well sells snacks and visitors can bring their own food or order delivery.

Hours: 4–10 pm Wed & Thurs, 4 pm–midnight Fri, noon–midnight Sat, noon–10 pm Sun, closed Mon & Tues

Info: (269) 459-9240, OneWellBrewing.com

Rupert’s Brew House
773 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo

Bragging rights: A dark, comfortable atmosphere with a fireplace and front stage, a peanut butter porter and a much-talked-about IPA, as well as Capt’n Stooby, a black Great Dane wandering the premises.

Hours: 2 pm–2 am, Mon–Sun

Info: (269) 337-9911, RupertsBrewHouse.com

Tibb’s Brewing Co.
402 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo

Bragging Rights: Home-brewed cream soda and root beer, a quaint “nano-brewery” atmosphere and a great Belgian.

Hours: 4 pm–midnight Wed & Thurs, 4 pm–1 am Fri, 2 pm–1 am Sat; noon–6 pm Sun, closed Mon & Tues

Info: (269)762-7397, TibbsBrewing.com

COMING IN 2015

American Brewer’s, Inc.
3408 Miller Road, Kalamazoo

American Brewing is working on its pilot system with a targeted 2015 start. American will operate exclusively as a microbrewer distributing to bars and pubs. A future tasting room is possible.

Info: (269) 217-1920, AmericanBrewers.us

Brite Eyes Brewing Co.
1156 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo

Brite Eyes will combine coffee brewing with beer brewing and offer a deli-style menu with espresso drinks and handmade ales.

Info: BriteEyesBrewingCo.com

Texas Corners Brewing Co.
6970 Texas Drive, Kalamazoo

A farm-to-table culinary emphasis, a quaint location in a former church and the addition of hard cider and local wine is rumored for this up-and-coming brewery.

Info: (269) 668-3724, Facebook.com/TexasCornersBrewingCompany

RESTAURANTS WITH THEIR OWN BREW

Bilbo’s Pizza
3307 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo
225 Parsons St, Kalamazoo
6202 S Westnedge Ave, Portage

Featuring: House brews include Red Dragon Ale, Wheat Wizard and Sledgehammer; Bilbo’s also features other local craft beer

Hours: Hours differ by location – call or check website

Info: (269) 382-5544 (Stadium Drive location), (269) 382-5546 (Parsons Street location), (269) 323-8855 (Westnedge Avenue location), BilbosPizza.com

Bravo!
5402 Portage Road, Portage

Featuring: House brews include Chef’s Ale (Amber Ale), Intellectual Pale Ale (American IPA), Blonde Ambition, Cranberry Ale; Bravo! also serves other local craft beer

Hours: 11:30 am–10 p.m. Mon-Thurs, 11:30 am–11 pm Fri, 5-11 pm Sat, 4-9 pm Sun

Info: (269) 344-7700, BravoKalamazoo.com

TAPHOUSES & TAVERNS with MICHIGAN CRAFT BREWS

Centre Street Tap House
3251 W Centre Ave, Portage

Featuring: Arcadia, Bell’s, Arbor, B. Nektar, Dragonmead, Dark Horse, Founders, Great Lakes, Short’s

Hours: 11 am–11 pm Mon–Thurs, 11 am-midnight Fri–Sat, noon–10 pm Sun

Info: (269) 492-3500, MillenniumRestaurants.com/Centre

Central City Tap House
359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Arcadia, Bell’s, Arbor, B. Nektar, Dragonmead, Dark Horse, Founders, Great Lakes, Short’s

Hours: 11:30 am-11 pm Mon–Thurs, 11:30 am–midnight or later Fri & Sat, noon-10 pm Sun

Info: (269) 492-0100, MillenniumRestaurants.com/TapHouse

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
211 W Water St, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Bell’s, Boatyard, Gonzo’s, Latitude 42, Clown Shoes, Dark Horse, Founders, Kuhnhenn, North Peak, Rochester Mills, Vander Mill (cider); pricing in a real-time, stock market style, resulting in an evolving happy hour.

Hours: 11-1 am Mon-Sat.

Info: (269) 532-1188 
KalamazooBeerExchange.com

O’Duffy’s Pub
804 W Vine St, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Arcadia, Arbor, Saugatuck, The Livery

Hours: 3 pm–midnight Tues–Thurs, 3 pm–1 am Fri, 2 pm–1 am Sat, closed Sun & Mon

Info: (269)381-9771, ODuffysPub.com

Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill
3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo
100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo
2747 S 11th St, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Arcadia, Bell’s, Boatyard, Latitude 42, Arbor, Dark Horse, Dragonmead, Founders, Great Lakes, Griffin Claw, New Holland, Paw Paw, Rochester Mills, Short’s

Hours: Opens daily at 11 am; kitchen hours: 11 am–11 pm Sun-Thurs, 11–1 am Fri & Sat

Info: (269) 492-9319 (Vanrick Drive location), (269) 343-0032 (W Michigan Avenue location), (269) 372-1596 (11th Street location), OldBurdicks.com

Old Dog Tavern
402 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Atwater, Paw Paw, Dark Horse, Keweenaw, New Holland, Mt. Pleasant, Mountain Town

Hours: 11 am–close Mon–Thurs, 11–2 am Fri, 10-2 am Sat, 10 am–midnight Sun

Info: (269) 381-5677, OldDogTavern.com

Taproom at Airway
5626 Portage Road, Portage

Featuring: Bell’s, Boatyard, Gonzo’s, Frankenmuth, New Holland, Paw Paw, Perrin, Right Brain, Tapistry, Vander Mill (cider)

Hours: 9 am–midnight Sun–Thurs, 9-1:30 am Fri & Sat

Info: (269) 327-7061, AirwayFunCenter.com

The Union Cabaret & Grille
125 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Arcadia, Bell’s, Dark Horse, Founders, New Holland, Short’s, St. Julian’s Gunga Din (cider)

Hours: 11 am–11 pm Mon–Thurs, 11 am–midnight Fri, noon–midnight Sat, closed Sun

Info: (269) 384-6756, MillenniumRestaurants.com/Union

Wayside West
3406 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Arcadia, Bell’s, Dark Horse, Founders, Griffin Claw, Mt. Pleasant, New Holland, Right Brain, Saugatuck, Short’s, Hours: 11 am–midnight Mon–Sat, noon-midnight Sun

Info: (269) 375-1930, WaysideWest.com

RESTAURANTS FEATURING A LOT OF CRAFT BREW

Food Dance
401 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Arcadia, Bell’s, Latitude 42, Dark Horse, Founders, Frankenmuth, Great Lakes, Greenbush, New Holland, Paw Paw, Perrin, Short’s

Hours: 7 am–10 pm Mon–Thurs, 7 am–11 pm Fri & Sat, 8 am–3 pm Sun

Info: (269) 382-1888, FoodDance.net

London Grill
214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Featuring: Bell’s, Dark Horse, Greenbush, Keeweenaw, St. Julian (cider)Hours: 11 am–9 pm Tues–Thurs, 11 am–11 pm Fri; 4–11 pm Sat, 4–9 pm Sun

Info: (269) 381-9212, London-Grill.com

Rustica
236 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Arcadia, Bell’s, Atwater, Dark Horse, Dragonmead, Founders, J.K. Scrumpy (cider), New Holland, Short’s

Hours: 5–10 pm Mon–Thurs, 5–11 pm Fri & Sat, 5–9 pm Sun

Info: (269) 492-0247, RusticaKZoo.com

Zazio’s
100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Arcadia, Bell’s, Arbor, Dark Horse, Founders, Short’s, St. Julian’s Gunga Din (cider)

Hours: 5–10 pm Mon–Thurs, 5–11 pm Fri & Sat, closed Sun

Info: (269) 384-2650, Zazios.com

MOVIE THEATERS WITH CRAFT BREWS

Alamo Drafthouse
180 Portage St, Kalamazoo

Featuring: Arcadia, Bell’s, Latitude 42, Arbor, Atwater, Dark Horse, Dragonmead, Founders, Greenbush, Keweenaw, New Holland, Poet, Paw Paw, Perrin, Saugatuck, Short’s, Sunshine, Tapistry, Vander Mill (cider)

Hours: Vary, call or check website

Info: (269) 532-7990, Drafthouse.com/Kalamazoo

Celebration! Cinema’s Oscar’s Bistro
6600 Ring Road, Portage

Featuring: Bell’s, Founders

Hours: Daily, opens 30 minutes before first show starts, closes 30 minutes after last show starts

Info: (269) 324-7469, CelebrationCinema.com

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