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Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

211 East Water Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
269.532.1188
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Ranked #11 of 285 Restaurants in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This place is pretty awesome. They have a great selection of beer, including many from Michigan breweries. The cool part is that the prices change based on what is being ordered. If the crowd is drinking a lot of a certain beer the price goes up, if not it goes down. The prices are reasonable to begin with so you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The service and staff are very welcoming and the bartenders lively, fun yet professional and also a friendly local crowd. The food is good and the atmosphere fun and happy whether upstairs at the bar or downstairs for pool or other games.

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northern Michigan
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85 reviews 85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The concept of a beer exchange may be a gimmick, but I have to admit it makes for a lively night. The service was excellent and servers were always prompt to take orders and deliver beer. The food was also very good. It is not just typical "bar food". I had a delicious mushroom crepe served with a balsamic reduction... More

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Plymouth, MI
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was my first time visiting the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. Thouigh we are from the other side of the state we often visit Kalamazoo. The Beer Exchange is by far one of the best places in Kalamazoo to enjoy a bite to eat, and a drink. The stock market concept, where beer prices change, up or down, every fifteen minutes... More

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Paris
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The craft beer selection is great (plus they have a delish hard-rootbeer for non beer drinkers). At unknown times, there's a loud crashing sound throughout the place and the beer prices drop (like the stock market). It's fun!

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Racine, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

What fun! Why don't they have these Beer exchanges all over U.S.??? Novel idea. Paid three different prices for my Bell's Oberon - $5.00, $4.50 and $2.50 (when the market "crashed"). Can't remember what I ate, but think it was good!!

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you want to play the beer market and get some good brew deals, this is the place for you.. Creative concept of beer prices depending on demand. Prices go up or down every 15 minutes, with an occasional "market crash." Great selection of local and other brews. We had a large group that didn't all come at the same... More

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

KBE has one of the most unique ways of pricing their beer. We came from out of town and went to KBE for drinks only. We got there right when the "beer market" crashed and had to make quick decisions as to what to try. So much fun, my only regret was that we were there for about 1.5 hours... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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97 reviews 97 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Okay this will be a weird review in that I was on a trip with my friends, but I didn't get to visit this place as I wasn't feeling well that night. However they raved about it so I feel I should share their impressions. They loved the fact the price of a beer could change based on demand. Several... More

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Glenview, Illinois, USA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Nice place but not conducive to the handicapped or even those with mobility issues. Lots of stairs and bathrooms 2 levels down. Food was just so-so. Nice waitstaff though.

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