Monday, October 06, 2014

Rupert’s Brew House in Kalamazoo to celebrate 1-Year Anniversary on October 25th.

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Rupert’s Brew House was the first to open of the current wave of nanobreweries sweeping Kalamazoo which also includes Tibb’s, Boatyard Brewing Company, and Gonzo’s Biggdogg. Rupert’s is also currently the smallest brewery in operation of the bunch, still brewing off the 1.5 barrel system they opened with last October. The brewery is located in the historic Oakland pharmacy building at 773 W. Michigan Ave and while Michigan already features dog-themed beers, breweries, and even beer blogs, Rupert’s Brew House is the only brewery I’ve visited that features it’s own resident dog, Captain Stooby, a Great Dane approaching 200 pounds that happened to tolerate my visit while taking his afternoon nap.
I paid my visit right at 2 PM as the owner Mark Rupert was getting the brewery setup for the day. I was able to sample several signature brews of which included the Peanut Butter Porter, Double High IPA, Britani’s Cream Ale (B.C.A.) and Dr. Steve’s IPAilment. The brewery is a food-friendly establishment meaning you can bring in take-out or order delivery from area restaurants, but also offers pizzas and bar snacks in-house. The pub features a casual, relaxed environment which is a breath of fresh air from some of the bigger “too-busy-for-their-own-good” brewery experiences.

Rupert’s Brew House is open 7 days a week from 2 PM to 2 AM with entertainment 6 days of the week. There is no mug club at Rupert’s, instead the brewery invites all to come in and enjoy Thirsty Thursdays with all pours $3.00 a pint. The brewery is also in the process of obtaining both a small winemaker’s and distiller’s license. Rupert’s Brew House will be celebrating their 1-Year anniversary on Saturday, October 25th with six live bands and a one year mystery beer to be announced at the party. Also currently featured is the halloween-themed Double Chocolate Skeleton Porter, a collaboration between owner Mark Rupert and his son Sheriff.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.