Pubs and Wineries

Whether you like to sit and savor your favorite brew while you drink in the atmosphere of your favorite pub, or whether you like to sample and compare a variety of brews from a variety of pubs – Kalamazoo has what you’re looking for.  A few or our favorites include:

Bell's Brewery, Inc. formerly Kalamazoo Brewing Company, founded by Larry Bell as a home-brewing supply shop in 1983, sold its first beer in 1985. Over twenty years of brewing, Bell's Brewery has built a nationwide reputation as a creative and talented brewery, playing a significant role in changing the beerscape of the nation. The craft brewery produced 90,000 barrels in 2007 to rank No. 24 among U.S. brewing companies in terms of volume of sales. That's stacked up against giants such as Anheuser-Busch Inc. and Miller Brewing Co. On the back of its popular seasonal wheat ale, Oberon, and other brands like Two-Hearted Ale and Amber Ale, Bell's won the Readers' Choice Award for Best Locally-made Beer. It has been named best locally brewed beer in the Kalamazoo Gazette Readers’ Choice Awards for 2009. Located at 315 E. Kalamazoo Ave.

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange is not a brew pub – but definitely a place for beer lovers.  Located in the restored Globe Building in downtown Kalamazoo, the Beer Exchange offers 28 rotating draught beers from around the world.  Price is based on real-time sales, like the stock market, resulting in an ever-evolving happy hour. Occasional “market crashes” occur, dropping beer prices to their all-time low. They also offer a menu of interestingly prepared classic pub fare. Classic dishes will be made new again from the Bar Plates to the Main Fare and the open kitchen design will allow you to see just how “hand-made” the food really is.

(In Battle Creek) Arcadia Brewing Co. was established in 1996 as a microbrewery specializing in handcrafted British-style ales. All of the beers are produced in small batches.  Located at 103 W. Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek.

(In Marshall) Dark Horse Brewing Co. Founder/brewer Aaron Morse started Dark Horse in September 2000, brewing only about 400 barrels, or 12,400 gallons, of beer. In 2009, they brewed 10 times that, including a pale ale from Michigan grown hops! Dark Horse's flagship beer is the Crooked Tree IPA, the Reserve Special Black Bier Ale is reported to be something like a stout but with more hops, and rather malty with hints of dark chocolate. Other year-round beers include the Amber Ale and the Raspberry Ale.

Dark Horse also does a series of stouts in the fall. Beginning in October, the brewery releases one different stout each month from October through February. The first is the One Oatmeal Stout, followed by Too Cream Stout in November, Tres Blueberry Stout in December, Fore Smoked Stout and Plead the Fifth Imperial Stout.

(In Grand Rapids) Founders Brewing Co. We particularly like the effort made to pair food with the beer by naming several sandwiches after the beers they go well with – Dirty Bastard Sandwich with the Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale.

(In Detroit)  Woodward Avenue Brewers. For the second year in a row, HOUR Detroit has voted Woodward Avenue Brewers “Best Mircobrewery” for its 2009 “Best of Detroit”.  Located on Woodward Avenue - the historic stretch of motorway connecting Detroit and its northern suburbs the Woodward Avenue Brewers, or The WAB, as they are affectionately called, is much more than a restaurant or bar. Established in 1997, The WAB has become a landmark, with signature and seasonal brews including Vanilla Porter, Custom Blond, and Ruby Lager.

For more information on Michigan Beers and Breweries check out Michigan Beer Guide.

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