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Drake Party Center
$$ - reasonable
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4717 W KL Ave
phone: (269) 372-5879
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here randomly on a recent trip to Kalamazoo.
Selection was outstanding, including some great seasonal releases from Founders and Short's that weren't on the shelves anywhere else. All bottles are available individually in make your own six packs, which really helped me deal with the overwhelming selection.
The atmosphere was pretty good - clean, well organized, large long aisles. The service was decent - not overly friendly but nice enough when we asked them questions. Would defintiely go back here on a trip through K'Zoo.
03-16-2012 02:11:28 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went here with Kzoobrew while in Kalamazoo.
Walking in the store was bustling with people on a Friday afternoon. The quality was pretty good. Lots of shelves stacked with great beers, and lots of coolers keeping beers nice and cold. The selection was nice. Lots of Short’s beers, and plenty of other Michigan brews. No one really asked if we needed help, though at the checkout the people were incredibly friendly. The prices were on par with what I would expect. There was a huge plus here in that they allow six packs.
I would definitely come here again when I am in Kalamazoo.
10-04-2011 00:50:02 |
More by SpdKilz
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Walked in here based off the favorable reviews on BeerAdvocate, on a recent trip from SF to the Great Lakes region.
Atmosphere wasn’t anything special but I didn’t come in expecting attractive décor. That said, you’ll find ample cooler space, and multiple rows of beer. Exactly what I hoped to find.
The level of brews here rivals that of most of the mid to high quality bottle shops I’ve visited. You can find a range of beers across a variety of price/quality ranges with a heavy focus on the craft beer market.
Didn’t get a whole lot of help from the store while I was browsing around as the pair of workers were both busy handling other customers. That said, when I got to the register they were polite and offered additional help/made sure I found what I was looking for.
The selection of great lakes/non great lakes craft beers was impressive and expansive. Many of the breweries I’d heard of but don’t have access to in the SF Bay Area and quite a few breweries were new to me. Picked up plenty of Short’s, Arcadia, and Great Lakes, to name a few.
Overall, a place I’d recommend and would certainly return to if I visit the area again.
08-17-2011 23:39:54 |
More by BrewerB
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I recently stopped by this establishment and I was pleasantly surprised. This used to be a place for the college kids to stop in and get their 24 pack of Coors as cheap as possible. Times have changed.
While you can still get a 24 pack of any of the cheapest beer you can think of, the selection of microbrews has grown immensely. They have a great selection of seasonal beers, which tend to be around a bit longer than a few other stores, and they continue to have new items to choose from.
They also have the beer rating from Rate Beer posted for nearly every beer they offer which can be handy if you encounter an unfamiliar beer or if you are just getting into microbrews.
This place is a hidden gem as of now, but I have a feeling that more people will quickly discover all this store has to offer.
12-19-2010 00:34:52 |
More by TheBear11D
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On the outside, it does not necessarily paint a clear picture of what is inside.. Do not judge a book by its cover! Lots and Lots of really tasty beers to choose from -- in singles, six packs and bombers.. A good representation of locals as well as some hard to finds!Shorts, shorts and more shorts along with Stoudts, Bell's [obviously], Founders, Thirsty Dog, and quite a few others. I think I walked out with a case of random beers! The guys working behind the counter was super nice and suggested following them on Facebook as they update beer arrivals and such. I think he said he ended up getting 5 cases of KBS! which disappeared within hours...Definitely will be a return stop!
03-23-2011 00:21:02 |
More by vande
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite nearby shops. Location tends to draw the college kegger crowd, but the selection of domestic craft beers is very good. Either the college kids have more money than I did 20+ years ago, or there are enough craft beer fans like me visiting the shop to keep the better stuff on the shelves.
This is one of the few non-pricey (ie Tiffany's) local shops that had Founder's KBS in stock shortly after its release (though I - like everyone else - paid dearly for it). Is one of only two shops that I frequent that keeps a regular supply of all the Keweenaw canned brands. Yes - even WidowMaker. Always has a wide variety of the Founder's, New Holland, Bell's and Short's brands on the shelf to mix and match.
Stop here before Tiffany's for your MI brands and other domestics/crafts. Your wallet will appreciate it.
08-28-2010 21:27:21 |
More by Another6Pack
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Despite the fact Tiffany's has a bit larger of a selection, I find their stuff sits on the shelf. The folks at DPC are wonderful getting out the news of new releases on facebook and twitter. The Short's Key Lime was released while I was on vacation. I e-mailed them and asked if they could hold a 6er for me. This afternoon I will heading down to grab my 6 pack.
Excellent staff, good prices, pretty decent selection.
My advice, go during non-peak hours for the university kiddos, it will make your life much more peaceful.
09-04-2010 11:42:09 |
More by decadance
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Drakes is quickly becoming on of my go to shops in Kalamazoo. New releases tend to hit the shelf a day or two quicker than other stores in the area. The selection of local breweries is equal or better than the other stores in town.
The lay out is quite nice. Decent cold section and a well organized singles area. Good variety of most brands which are available in Kalamazoo. The prices are lower more often than not.
The only short coming Drakes has is imports. While they do carry a respectable amount, Tiffany's is still the go to store in the area for imported craft.
A little out of my way but worth the trip.
10-11-2010 18:27:30 |
More by kzoobrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Have expanded their beer selection by 30%. Carry over 400 micros/imports for singles/mixed six packs. Pricing is best in Kzoo area. Release rare and hard to finds to the shelf when they come in to the store (no hoarding/price gouging). Have a Facebook site to keep you up to date re: new product/limited release dates. Good storage practices and quick turnover. Great local beer tasting events with most Mi micros. Recent Finds: Founders KBS and Imperial Stout, Traquair 2020, Sierra Nevada 30th series. Pleasant staff. Rate Beer ratings posted on shelves.
03-19-2011 19:17:34 |
More by pinot
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Gotta love a place that actually focuses on Microbrews but still has the cheap domestics. When I was in college, there wasn't a place like this in K-zoo, not like I knew anything about beer other than it made me drunk then but hey, it would've been nice to have gotten into the craft beer scene a lot earlier in life. Anyways, the guy behind the counter was great, he had some good suggestions, didn't think that someone who looked like a body builder would know anything about beer, he looked like he was more focused on what he looks like in the mirror, but I digress. He definitely knows his stuff.
Price wise, it's great that they give a discount when you make your own 6 pack, but I feel like 10% really just covers the deposits and a little extra...but still reasonably priced. Walked out with a 6 pack and it cost me 14 and change....not too bad when I get a $5 bottle in there.
Definitely worth a stop in if you are in the K-zoo area.
02-06-2013 00:28:07 |
More by TripelBlove
Drake Party Center in Kalamazoo, MI