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Taps: 27 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
254 W Grand River Ave
phone: (517) 351-2506
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 29
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Very scary when I first walked in. The entrance is down an alley and it takes me back to those undergrad days. The place wreaks of hormones, cheap cologne, and cheap perfume. Thankfully, it was a nice evening and we sat outside. Clearly, we were the "odd couple"...married and with a child in the thick of College U. The taplist really shines here though. Founders Strong Ale, Stoudt's Maibock, some one offs from Rogue, Arcadia, Bells...you name it, they have it. Very extensive and hard to find brews. The pizza was pretty good but nothing outstanding. The service was very good. Our waitress was very attentive despite having a bunch of other things going on. Definitely worth a stop if only for the tap list. Go early unless you're looking to do shots with some frat boys.
04-29-2006 18:41:42 |
More by mattcrill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Crunchy's is an East Lansing institution, and recently became my favorite place to go for a few brews. The atmosphere is dark and cozy, with writing and carvings all over the walls. The taplist is good, if you like local Michigan beers (I do...), with selections from Bell's, Arcadia, New Holland, and Dragonmead, with other staples like Stone and Rogue. The food is great, their burgers are fantastic and the selection is good. One of the best things about Crunchy's though, are the deals. The other day I went for dinner, got a burger for $3.95 and a 25oz mug of Rogue Chocolate Stout for $4.75. This is even cheaper than buying a bomber at the store! I'm getting hungry and thirsty as I write this. Highly recommended.
02-26-2007 02:02:32 |
More by BMoney575
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Crunchy's is a study in contradictions. This bar is located a stone's throw away from MSU campus, and the decor reminds you of it...the atmosphere is something that any frat member would be comfortable with, as is the availability of beer in buckets...which are always a hot seller. The place itself though is definitely oriented toward the educated beer drinker...while they have a couple of macros on tap, and a few more in the fridge, the big emphasis is clearly on local micros as they carry a range of stuff from Bells and Founders to Dark Horse, Arcadia, King, Atwater Block, Short's and more, as well as some non-locals.
The staff is solid, quick service and friendly at that. The bar food is tasty and the price is reasonable. In terms of the beers, the prices are quite affordable and the selection is in a state of constant rotation.
Crunchy's, in short, is easily the best place to get a beer in Lansing. It's not an epic, top of the line beer bar by any means, but for a small local place it has a remarkable number of taps, and offers brews at an affordable price.
10-31-2007 23:06:36 |
More by CortexBomb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
As all East Lansing bar's, this is definitely a college bar and you should know that before you come. MSU is a big party school and all of the bar's in the downtown area reflect that. Crunchy's though is one of my favorites of all of them.
The atmosphere is usually good, loud with a lot of people but never too busy (they don't let that many people in), there is never a cover, and the beer specials (for cheap beer) are usually very good. Most people go in there to share a bucket of beer and end up drinking a lot, that's how college bars are. However their beer selection is also superb with many Michigan craft brews available at any time, usually for a relatively normal price. I have never had a problem with service and the bartenders are always very nice if you don't want to wait for a server.
If you want to go on a weekend though I recommend you make sure you get their early or you will be waiting in line for a while, as most people come early and stick around for a while, and they never let the place get too packed. It is a good time though and everyone one there is there to have fun.
06-08-2010 01:21:11 |
More by Spiekerbox
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Ah Crunchy's. To quote the great Homer, Crunchy's was to me in college "The cause of and solution to all of life's problems." The "cause" because I often lingered there long after I should have left, even after the bucket O' beer was gone, but solution because of the great selection, hangover curing grease burgers, and good times one could have there.
This place is usually ensconced in small white twinkle lights, which are draped over the bar, which is to the right and back, or the booths, which are to the left. Spartan schwag is throughout, as one would expect. Because of the location, this is a great place to watch the Spartans, and then drown your sorrows following the inevitable football loss, or celebrate without abandon after the basketball team wins. Cheap tables split the booths on the left, and are in front of the bar to the right. 2 large console tv's stand watch at either end of the place. Also, feel free to leave your mark on the wall, whether it is in marker, etching, or something else not involving a bodily fluid. Don't touch the carpet. Just don't.
Fellow BA's,keep in mind this is a college bar, so there will be macro swill among the heavenly nectars. Hell, there might even be Stroh's on tap. But most of the taps, around 20-30 (though I"ve never counted) are craft beers, and primarily dedicated to beers from Michigan, all in top quality condition. I'm not a macro fan anymore, but if you've never been to Crunchy's, it's worth it going in with some friends to get a bucket of beer. Or at least watch someone try to tackle this endeavor. This is a five gallon bucket, and I believe you need 4 people to get one. One short, you can probably talk them into it. 2 short, go ask those guys in the corner to sit with you for a minute so you can get the bucket. No, the bucket is not respecting beer, but since when is college about respecting anything, especially your body.
There is only pub food here, and even the healthy stuff will cause your cholesterol to go up 20 points, but the burgers are greasy and delicious. I've never had good service here, but I've never really cared either as I was usually focused on my beer.
As it is a college bar in the economic wasteland that is Michigan, the prices are very reasonable. What's not to like about a $2 burger and beer that is not much more expensive.
Crunchy's is an EL institution, one that should be cherished as the dive bar that it is for many years to come. That they have amazing MI craft beer makes this the place, unlike other former college haunts of mine, that I'll absolutely hit once I make my way back through East Lansing.
11-10-2007 01:46:41 |
More by tboom29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
enjoyed the trip to crunchy's, little kinda hole in the wall joint, usually filled with college students from MSU. the selection is very good ton of Micro brews on tap from rogue, new holland, shorts, sierra nevada, founders, dragonmead, bells, great lakes, arcadia. they also had newcastle and guinness with a few like bud and lite but over all a killer selection of what ever is available from the distro. i have also heard that they get special kegs from some breweries in michigan. which could explain why thay had both new hollands barrel aged pilgrims dole and the dragons milk on tap.
the service was pretty good and the staff got us our drinks and food pretty fast.
the food was alright nothing special but really iwas there for killer beers. i had a chicken nacho it was pretty good but it had way to many chips for the toppings. but really its the good beers on tap and how fresh they are kept.
pretty good value imo the beers were served in hudge mugs (think 22 oz) and were $4, the nacho was $6 and was pretty big. 2 people split it.
i was very pleased with the visit but giving me 22 oz of barrel aged NHBC pilgrams dole would put a smile on anyones face.
02-05-2006 20:24:27 |
More by plaztikjezuz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Atmosphere is fun and friendly
Quality of food and beer is great
Service has been great on all of my visits
Great selection of food and always great selection of craft beer
Food is awesome, great burgers of course
overall a great place to grab a great burger and beer
and I realize i said great alot
05-08-2013 03:38:43 |
More by Slay40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
As mentioned, it is a college bar. We went here on Saturday later afternoon. The place was not full but there was a group of college students, all with same green shirts on, having a good time playing some sort of drinking game. No worries to me but may be an issue for others.
The beer list was about 20 or so. You could have beer in a few different options. They had snifters, pints and mugs. The mug was huge-close to 24oz. I had a snifter of Expedition for $6. They also had flights of any four beers for $8.
The selection was decent. Besides, Expedition, they had about four other Bell's beers. They also had Left Hand, Brewery Vivant, Kuhnhenn, Founders, Arcadia, Shorts and a few others. Not much of a bottle menu.
The service was very good and quick. The guy didn't act like the annoying waiter from Office Space. "Sounds like a case of the Mondays"
The food was good. Nothing special but good. They sell buckets of food. We had the bucket of pizza nugs. Also, enjoyed the Salmon Burger.
I would definitely go back to Crunchy's
08-14-2011 14:44:48 |
More by kenm2118
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $
I would be remiss if I didn't comment on one of my all time favorite hangout's. This was my bar of choice in college. Its a little out of the way of the block and a half of bars in EL, but if your willing to walk the extra block and a half down Grand River you won't be dissappointed. So lets start with the negatives of Crunchy's
1. Its not your typical college bar.(no dancing or live music which means not a whole lot of hot blondes running around in skin tight black pants).
2. Its kind of a dive, lots of MSU stuff hanging on the wall and people are allowed to write on the wall(don't let your kids read it), and in general the bar doesn't have the most fragrant smell.
3. Depending on who the waiter or bartender is it could take awhile to get your food or drinks because they tend to serve regulars quicker.
Now for the positives....
1. Best beer selection in town...usually ranging from 20 to 30 beers on tap, most of which change every month or so and almost all the beers are microbrews from Michigan.
2. Buckets of Beer....have 3 or more friends with you, why not get a bucket of beer....oh yeah 200 oz.
3. Their food...burgers and pizza mmmm mmm.
I cannot even tell you the amount of times that I have been drunk at this place....check it out!!
09-19-2006 19:26:43 |
More by HopHobo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Crunchy's is by far the best beer in the Lansing area, and perhaps mid-Michigan. Indeed it is a college bar, but it is actually on the edge of downtown East Lansing, just outside of the core downtown E.L. bar scene. The nice thing about this location is that parking is usually not a problem, with a long row of metered spots directly behind the bar and a large metered parking lot just down the street if that is full.
Depending on when you go, the crowd is actually a good mix of college students, locals, and beer geeks from across the area. Sure, if you go on game-day or late on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night during the school year then it will be almost all college students and possibly a line to get inside. However, there is a good after-work crowd that consists of a good mix of people and almost never too crowded (the only exception to this is near the end of the semester when the occasional bar-crawl comes through). Its not completely uncommon to spot families earlier in the day, especially on weekends.
Although Crunchy's is a college bar, don't let that make you think that they don't have a strong focus on microbrews, especially Michigan micros. They host monthly "brewers nights" with breweries such as Founders, Bells, Sierra Nevada, Dark Horse, New Holland, and many others. They always have rare and limited-release brews during these events.
I have been a patron for nearly ten years, and the best thing about Crunchy's is the selection on the 30 or so taps. They don't carry 20 plus macros/imports with a handful of micros like many other "beer bars" that have that many taps or more (i.e. Old Chicago). In fact, the only "constants" they always have on tap are Miller Lite, Labatt, Labatt Lite and Guinness. The other 22 or so taps are constantly changing micros, and not just flagship brews from various micobreweries. They often have specialty and limited release beers on tap from many breweries (and not just on the fore-mentioned brewers night). For example, they are one of the few places in the area to get KBS on tap the last few years (they also had Blushing Monk on tap when that came out). Their website publishes the taplist at any given time, and I give them much kudos for keeping the list up to date!
Service can be hit or miss but pretty solid for the most part. Some servers really know their beer, while others can seem a bit clueless. Plan to wait a bit if they are really busy or if you sit outside on the patio. The bartenders are very knowledgeable if you sit at the bar. Although there have been a few times where I didn't have the fastest or nicest service, I have never had someone act rude or screw up my order/check.
Food is actually pretty good for bar food IMHO. Burgers are good, and so is the pizza. Their "nugs" (fried dough) are also tasty. Prices are pretty good (it's a college bar) but the specialty brew prices have definitely increased over the past few years. That said, you can still get a pretty good burger and fries for $5 and a mug (25oz.) of Founder's Centennial for about about $5.50 during happy hour.
09-12-2011 01:17:37 |
More by Biere
Crunchy's in East Lansing, MI
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