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Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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211 East Water Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
+1 269-532-1188
11:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to eat and drink. It's entertaining to watch the beer prices fluctuate on the exchange. It's thrilling to get your beer for next to nothing when the market drops. Great food with daily specials.

Thank Sherri K
Woodbridge, Virginia
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78 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped into this interesting brew pub on a Friday night in November when the home town (undefeated) Western Michigan Broncos were playing - just down the street! The crowd in the place was happy (Broncos winning) and in full throat. After getting the 'concept' explained to us (beer prices fluctuate every 15 minutes depending on what's getting sold) we... More 

Thank roadtripper_fl
troy, michigan
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cool place where the price of beer changes throughout the night. I had a great beer with 10% ABV for less than three dollars. Nice selection of beers. Every so often the market will crash and beer prices will fall across the board. Food looked good, but we did not eat here. Nice atmosphere. Pool tables.

Thank troymitraveler
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much like the Stock Exchange, beer pricing is based on consumption of a particular beer. The more popular the beer, the higher the "stock" price. This means some of the less popular good beer start losing "share price" so they're now at a better price. Pretty cool idea. Food wise, I have never been disappointed with a meal at KBE.... More 

Thank yoump61
Munster, Indiana
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch at the recommendation of some people at the university. Early lunch on a Monday, so they were not at all busy. Had our 2 children with us. Somewhat limited menu when looking for a light lunch and limited selection for kids. Our food was good, but not special. Did not have a beer. Probably would be... More 

Thank Tom P
Sterling Heights
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Surprisingly enough, the food was very good. I didn't totally get the beer exchange gimmick. But like I said, the food was good, the servers friendly and I loved playing pinball!

Thank BeththeResearcher
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Stock Market is only a good gimmick if you are able to get a drink. While the fluctuating prices are fine, its a log jam at the bar. If you are fortunate enough to grab a seat, conversation is tough. Ask for the atrium area as its a bit quieter.

Thank Trav E
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

They are located just outside of down town in the brewery area--lots of beers on tap & good burgers---fun starts after 5pm with they start changes beer prices up or down according to whats being sold & then list this on a electronic board---fun places for friends to meet & share a beer

Thank unclecookee
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is a very unique beer bar. At 6pm every evening the beer exchange starts. There are 28 rotating taps and the prices are based on market prices. So the beers will start at a particular price for the first trading period. The prices adjust based on the popularity of the beer during that trading period. If one beer sells... More 

Thank mortalkiss
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37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Love this concept! Extensive beer selection with alloffered on an electronic "tote" board a la NYSE. Beer prices fluctuate throughout the evening as demand goes up/down for each beer. At least once each night, the market "crashes" and all prices drop precipitously (like in 1929...or 2008...). Tip you bartender well and s/he may tip you off when the crash is... More 

Thank BillB68

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 East Water Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kalamazoo County  >  Kalamazoo
  • Phone Number: +1 269-532-1188
The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange is a two-story multi-tap bar and grill located in the beautifully restored Globe Building in downtown Kalamazoo. Offering 28 rotating draught beers from around the world, The Exchange opens at 6 p.m., where draught beers are priced on real-time sales, like the stock market. Occasional "market crashes" drop beer prices to their all-time low. The food menu features pub fare with a twist, where classic dishes will be made new again.

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