Jeremy and Roger's Most Excellent Pub Crawl Through Kalamazoo County



In 2016 Jeremy and Roger decided to drink beer in every pub and bar in Kalamazoo County. As of early 2018 we have visited over 40 establishments. We have at least 40 more to go and are working hard to complete this valuable and satisfying project! At the urging of friends we have written below some brief comments and our personal rating for each bar and pub.

Name

Date Visited

Rating
A,B or C

Comments

600

Jan 2018

B

Small selection of craft brews. The coffee stout was excellent. Has that “new bar smell”. Small servings at regular prices. Easy to get to.

Arcadia

Jun 2017

A

Brew pub. 24 beers on tap or keg. Good place to go on a summer evening and there is often music. Big doors open to the outside. Plenty of activity on the lawn and river front. Friendly wait staff.

Applebees
(Gull Road)
May 2018 B A good selection of 12 beers on tap, most of them craft beers. Good atmosphere. Appetizers are great.

Beer Exchange

2016

A

Good location. Close to downtown and nearby summer activities. 28 beers on tap or keg. This is the place to go for the most adventurous beer drinker. They always have some unusual brews on tap. Bartenders are very knowledgeable of beer. Good atmosphere on two levels.

Bells

2016

A

Brew pub. The big attraction of brew pubs in Kalamazoo. Lives up to its reputation as a great place to go and get a quality beer. There’s something for everybody.

Boatyard

 

2016

A

Brew pub. A small selection of 12 beers but they are GOOD. Friendly staff and owners. They serve food now. Will gladly give tours of the brewery. Fun place to go.

Bravos

2016

B

A small selection of excellent beers brewed specifically for them. Bar area is small but most enjoyable.

Brewster’s
  

Jul 2017

C

Airport theme gives character.

Bright Eyes

2016

A

Brew pub. A small selection of excellent beers. The hazel nut brown and coffee stout are particularly recommended. Location is interesting (across the street from the police station), but it works. Friendly place with good beer.

Burdick’s

 

Aug 2017

C

Good location for the 5 o’clock group or the guest at the Radisson. Atmospheric and easy to get to. Good downtown location.

Canal St Cafe
(Augusta)
Mar 2018 C Usually 3 beers on tap but only 2 available when we were there. Nice bar and friendly staff but not enough beer on tap.
Chili's Apr 2018 B 8 beers on tap, including Stella, Oberon and Blue Moon. Great food and 5 TVs to watch. Not many local craft beers but still a great place to spend some time.

CJ’s Pub

Jan 2018

C

The only bright spot on beer was they had Latitude 42 Powerline Porter on tap. Bring earplugs. Has a regular group of patrons and they are pleasant…just loud.

Craftsman Chop House

Feb 2018

A

A big surprise - 19 taps and an excellent selection of lesser known craft beers.  If you’re looking for an easy to get to place for a drink after shopping in Portage, this is it. Relaxed atmosphere. Friendly staff.

Distant Whistle

Jun 2017

C

Brew pub was just starting out. A small selection that will improve over time. Good place for a beer if you’re in Vicksburg. Nice to see more pubs opening there.

Duck Inn Waddle Out

Sep 2017

C

Warning - they only have Bud, Bud Lite and Miller Lite on tap. Like the sign out front says, imperfect people are in good company. Neighborhood bar.

Fieldstone Grill

Apr 2017

B

12 beers on tap. Bell’s beers are ½ price on Tuesdays. Great atmosphere. Beautiful nature view from big glass wall.

Fletchers Pub (Oakland Drive)

Oct 2017

B

Out of sight, literally. If you didn’t know it was there you might just miss it. Around the corner from Sawall’s, it’s definitely worth stopping in for a beer.

Fletchers Pub (Texas Corners)

Nov 2017

B

Modern décor and very clean. Pleasant knowledgeable staff.

Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg

Mar 2017

A

Brew pub, 14 beers. Vanilla Porter and Shoddy Lock Stout highly recommended. Downtown Kazoo bar with big bar area and plenty of variety. Knowledgeable and friendly bartenders.

Green Top

Dec 2017

C

No craft brews. A friend asked me if it had changed since the 70’s. It still has that 1976 feel. Nostalgic is a good word for it.

Harvey's Mar 2018 B 12 craft beers on tap and some unusual ones. A small but historic place that's perfect for a drink after a show at the State Theater.

Hop Cat

2016

A

100 beers on tap including many local favorites. Something for everyone. For a new pub in the heart of great pubs it holds its own. Great beers in a fun setting.

Latitude 42 (Portage)

2016

A

Brew pub. A dozen excellent beers on tap with some specialty brews available. The beer club is great value. Nice atmosphere and pleasant knowledgeable wait staff. The Hop Garden is highly recommended.

Lindbergh's Landing Apr 2018 TBD We stopped in during the soft opening so they weren't yet into the groove. It's an upstart/restart bar with 9 beers on tap, half of which are craft brews. Has a lot to offer and in time will be a good place for a brew.

Long Lake Tavern

 

Nov 2017

C

No craft brews here. A good-ole-boys neighborhood bar. Nothing fancy.

Louie's Feb 2018 B A fair selection of beers. Friendly staff and a lot of history. A place with good music. 
Main St Pub (Portage) Mar 2018 B No beer menu but seems to have a good selection, including Gonzo's Vanilla Porter. Good atmosphere and pub food.

Monelli’s

Feb 2017

B

Over 50 beers on tap. Excellent selection of craft brews from across the country. Met one of the bartenders at the store one day. She recommended the bar. Glad I went. It does get loud when full of people.

Nob Hill

 

Jan 2017

C

The only place in town that has Point Beer. Favorite spot of the GM crowd back in the day. It’s quiet now but still a good bar. Pool, darts, music and dancing.

O’Duffy’s

 

Feb 2017

C

A classic neighborhood bar. Beautiful ambience (oak bar, tin ceiling, etc.). Just a nice place to get a beer.

Old Dog

 

2016

B

A good selection of a dozen craft beers in an unusual setting. Nestled in the heart of downtown beer district, it has good entertainment and friendly people - not just the staff but everyone. They have a lot of good music.

Olde Peninsula

 

Apr 2017

C

Old time atmosphere with modern amenities. Another 5 o’clock pub in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo.

One Well

2016

A

Brewery. Great selection of beers and games. You can’t go wrong here. Newly expanded pub makes going there much fun. Great people.

Richland Pub Apr 2018 B Only 8 beers on tap but a reasonable selection. We had Fat Tire. Great atmosphere. A good family pub.

RJ’s

 

Dec 2017

C

No craft beers but a good atmosphere. Patrons tend to be long time customers. Family type sports pub.

Rupert’s

 

2016

B

Brew pub, small but good selection. Casual atmosphere in a familiar spot. The old Boogie Records has been transformed well. Say hi to Rupert when you’re there.

Shakespeare’s

 

Sep 2017

A

Over 50 craft beers on tap. Located in the heart of brew pubs in Kalamazoo. Friendly knowledgeable bartenders. Tends to draw the younger local and college crowd.

Sugar Bowl Apr 2018 C Only Bud, Bud Light and Miller Lite on tap. Xmas lights are still up. Inner city neighborhood bar but friendly people and a good place for a beer on an afternoon.

Tap House (Downtown)

2016

B

 A lot of beers on tap including some intereresting and unusual ones. Great atmosphere. Cozy and comfortable surroundings. Good location.

Tap House (Portage)

Jul 2017

B

29 beers on tap including some really interesting ones. Out of the way but worth the trip.

Tap House (Sprinkle Rd)

Mar 2017

B

29 beers on tap including some really interesting ones.  Good place to grab a brew while trying to decide which sport vehicle you want to buy. Brand new pub but with the same Tap House friendliness.

Texas Corners Brewery

2016

B

Brew pub. Holy cow, drinking in church. The atmosphere is still like a church but with different holy water. A small selection but some excellent brews.

The Cove

 

Feb 2018

B

A dozen craft beers on tap. Some good ones. Up to date décor and a great view of West lake from the bar.

Tibbs

 

May 2017

B

Brew pub. Small selection but you can find something that tastes good. The Ben Jonesin’ stout is delightful. Convenient to much of downtown especially the State Theater. Pleasant people and décor.

Waldos Mar 2018 C THE campus hangout. Only six beers on tap and Jeremy ended up drinking PBR. The music was great, though.

Up and Under
  

Oct 2017

C

Large bar area. Close to campus for a quick brew.

Zebs (Texas Corners) Apr 2018 A 15 beers on tap and a great selection. The White Blonde is exceptional and the food is great too. Definitely recommended.
Note on above ratings - anytime you have ratings, not everyone can get the top grade. That's life, right? You can safely go into all the pubs and bars above, enjoy a beer and have a good time. However, there are some pubs that stand out for their beers, food, service or atmosphere. We wanted to let people know which ones we were most impressed with.  

 

 

Pubs/Bars Yet to Come

Airways
Applebee’s (W Main)
Applebee’s (S Westnedge)
Athena’s (Climax)
Black Rock
Bowman’s (Climax)
Bud’s (Schoolcraft)
Capone’s
Final Gravity
Great Lakes Shipping
Latitude 42 (West Main)
Logan’s Roadhouse
Main St Pub (Gull Road)
Main St Pub (West Main)
Main St Pub (Mattawan) 

Main St Pub (Vicksburg)
Monaco Bay
North 11
Outback Steakhouse
Pilsen Club
Players Grill (Augusta)
Potters Lounge (4 Seasons Hotel)
Shifters
Skydeck
Texas Roadhouse
The Dock at Bay View (Richland)
The Old Goat
Time Out Lounge
University Roadhouse
Upper Deck
Vickers (Vicksburg)
Village Hideaway (Vicksburg)
Websters Prime

  

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