What are the best Kalamazoo Breweries you absolutely must check out? Well, we’ve done the work to figure that out for you! We have sampled their brews, spent time in their taprooms and read all the online reviews to come up with our take on the top Kalamazoo Breweries to explore this year!
Kalamazoo County, South of Grand Rapids, is quickly becoming known for it’s booming craft beer business, and for good reason. This Southwest Michigan city is currently at the forefront of the craft brewing movement with the nation’s first higher ed program in Sustainable Brewing.
Whether you’re visiting with family, looking to soak up the summer sun with friends on a patio, or just wanting to spend some quality time with loved ones, Kalamazoo breweries got you covered. Beer lovers from near and far flock to Kalamazoo local breweries and restaurants for some of the best local beer in Michigan.
What are the top breweries in Kalamazoo?
More Kalamazoo breweries are popping up every year as this city becomes more and more craft beer focused. They host an annual Kalamazoo Beer Week celebration and have significant worldwide recognition, including a nomination for “Beer City USA” in 2013!
U.S. News & World Report recently named Kalamazoo among the eight underrated beer cities in the world. The WORLD! If you’re travelling through Michigan, we highly recommend checking out these top breweries and trying some mouthwatering brews for yourself.
How we picked the best Kalamazoo breweries?
With every ‘top breweries’ post that we write, we make sure to do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews and reviewing beer selections, to checking other authority websites and of course, sampling their beers. We do our best to take all the information we collect and give you our opinion of the top breweries in Kalamazoo.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Kalamazoo brewery that you think should be on this list, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and we’ll do our best to include them!
The Best Kalamazoo Breweries
Without further ado… here’s our list of the top Craft Breweries in Kalamazoo to check out on your next visit.
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Bell’s was the first brewery to open an onsite pub and sell beer by the glass in Michigan and they’ve been serving up frosty pints ever since (more than three decades!). They currently have one of the the largest craft breweries in the state and rank among the top 10 in the nation by sales volume! That’s a lot of beer in the works…
Their downtown Kalamazoo location features the Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, the Brewery in the back, and the General Store. When you book a tour, you actually get a 3-in-1 tour of all the areas that makes Bell such a great place.
Customer Review: Bells as always has a great selection of beer and good food. Friendly staff and great options. When possible I would also recommend to catch a show there. Great staff and always new choices for beer from their experimental brews.
- Phone: (269) 382-2332
- Address: 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States
- Beers to Try: Two Hearted Ale and Oberon Ale
- Website: bellsbeer.com
One Well Brewing
One Well Brewing is a fun, friendly, casual dining experience for the whole family. With arcade games, board games, darts, pinball, and 20 creative and outstanding beers on tap, it’s never a dull moment at this family friendly brewpub. Stop by their Portage Street location for weekly specials and flight boards to try all their new and exciting craft beer options.
Customer Review: Pizza & nachos were great as was the beer. Good service and a fun place to go! Video games and pinball machines were a blast to play. GO TO THIS PLACE!!
- Phone: (269) 459-9240
- Address: 4213 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001, United States
- Beers to Try: Sweet Water Street Coffee Donut Porter
- Website: onewellbrewing.com/
Final Gravity Brewing Co.
Final Gravity Brewing began as a father son home brewing hobby and later became a successful Brewing Company, loved by many. Located on the pedestrian portion of the Kalamazoo Mall, Final Gravity has mastered both traditional and more experimental brews.
Customer Review: Good beer. Good variety of beer. Live music when available. Great brewery
- Phone: (269) 350-5136
- Address: 246 N Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States
- Beers to Try: The One IPA and Uranus on Fire Jalepeno American Amber
- Website: finalgravitybrew.com/
Texas Corners Brewing Co.
Located just outside of Kalamazoo in Texas Township, Texas Corners Brewing Company is a family owned and operated, farm-to-table style restaurant and microbrewery loved by many. This old-church-turned-brewery serves fresh, made from scratch food options alongside expertly crafted small batch beers and hard cider.
Customer Review: Excellent food, friendly staff, and the beer is out of this world. I have been eating and drinking at this establishment for years, I have never been disappointed.
- Phone: (269) 870-7724
- Address: 6970 Texas Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, United States
- Beers to Try: Three Brothers IPA
- Website: texascornersbrewing.com/
Brite Eyes Brewing Co.
Brite Eyes Brewing Company is Kalamazoo’s smallest brewery, brewing up delicious beer one barrel at a time! Located in the Southtown neighborhood, this microbrewery features a spacious tasting room with high ceilings and huge windows that offer tons of natural light and beautiful views. And the food? Don’t even get us started on their BBQ skills.. some say it’s the best BBQ in the city!
Customer Review: Tastiest BBQ and beer I’ve had in years! I will go here every time I’m in town and will back in Kalamazoo more often because of this phenomenal brewery.
- Phone: (269) 220-5001
- Address: 1156 S Burdick St A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001, United States
- Beers to Try: Fearless the Idiot
- Website: briteeyesbrewingco.com
Enjoy the best breweries in Kalamazoo!
Make sure to go and check out Kalamazoo’s best craft breweries, grab a locally brewed pint (or 2) and support your local brewers!
If we’ve missed a brewery on our list that you think should be added, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and why you think it should be added to our list of the top breweries in Kalamazoo!