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Taps: 27 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
254 W Grand River Ave
phone: (517) 351-2506
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 29
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I hit this place up every time I'm in town traveling for work.
It is what it is-a college dive. It can't be more than that or it would turn into a pile of nice shit in no time. But what they do have is a sick list of craft beer on draft at all times.
I have never been disappointed at their tap list. They always have a huge selection of MI beers that aren't always easy to find, anywhere! They also have brewery tap takeovers that don't cost a lot and have a brewery rep with 15 or so taps of special and std taps.
Food is always good-not great, but exactly what you would expect.
Parking is the only down side of going here. They are beside a coffee place that will tow your ass before you get in the door.-BEWARE!
Can't wait to get back there!
02-18-2012 19:51:12 |
More by JDizzle
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I came based on the BA reviews and wasn't disappointed.
As others have mentioned, it's a college bar with a great selection of Michigan beers. $8 for four 5 oz. samples and I was drinking world class (mostly Michigan, but also a good selection of Great Lakes, Stone 16th Anniversary & Dogfish Head Urkontinent) beers. Bartender also gave a nice number of samples of the taps I didn't order. I didn't try the food, but I hear the burgers are awesome. Also tried a house ale brewed by the manager at Dark Horse - a brown ale with Citra hops. Very pleased.
10-11-2012 20:00:57 |
More by jbsteiny
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: 4.5 | 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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is funny because when I was in college we went here to drink buckets of Miller Lite and sing kareoke. While this is still welcome here, they added a ton of craft beer taps and have a legit selection. The burgers here are awsome as well.
This is the best place I have found in East Lansing and always make a point to stop in here when I am back in East Lansing for a Michigan State football game.
Last time I was in I found some great Dogfish Head beers that I had not found anywhere else.
10-08-2011 03:35:25 |
More by GRBrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hit Crunchy's quite a few times while living in East Lansing, but never reviewed. Just went back to visit friends and hit Crunchy's twice.
It's definitely a college dive type bar, which serves cheap food and beer, but at the same time they always have great stuff on tap that you can't find in the area.
I really like the burgers, nothing gourmet about them, just a really tasty burger.
I think my favorite part is they offer flights so you can choose any 4 beers on tap to sample. Only place in EL I ever found Kuhnhenn beers.
01-29-2012 22:24:08 |
More by buffs9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is easily the best true beer bar in the greater Lansing area for its wide selection on 25+ taps and nearly all of them craft beer or rare imports.
The food is solid pub fare with easily the best bar burger in town. The half-off Sunday pizza special is a ridiculously great deal. You can sit down and get a pan pizza and a 25 oz mug of great beer for $12-15.
Some of the noteworthy beers on tap as of 1-18-09.
Bell's: Amber, Hopslam, Two Hearted
Founder's: Crumudgeon, Backwoods Bastard (Double Trouble is on deck)
Short's: Huma Lupa, Soft Parade ('ye Ole Leg Spreader)
Livery: Pale Ale
Dark Horse: Scotty Karate
Samichlaus Imperial Lager
The atmosphere is fitting of a college town pub. There are new flat panel televisions to follow your favorite sporting event, and a couple of dart boards available.
This is a fun place and I recommend a visit if you are a BA in town looking for a beer.
01-18-2009 16:35:47 |
More by BeachHoppy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
I moved to Lansing recently and as a beer geek was told I needed to make it to Crunchy's.
The atmosphere is that of a college bar. It is smoky (until May 2010), loud, and there don't seem to be as many people interested in tasting great beer as in getting drunk. They do have lots of TVs playing all sorts of things, and they were more than willing to change one over to the San Diego Chargers games on Sundays when I visited.
Service is helpful, as noted with TVs above, but hit and miss with knowledge about good beer. They do seem to be overwhelmed at times by the number of tables they are serving.
The selection of beer is admirable for a college bar. They seem to specialize in MI beers. I didn't taste any off flavors from poor sanitation. However, it was difficult to taste much after being in the smoke for a while.
The food here is pub grub. Half-price pizza on Sundays is nice. Burgers are reputedly "the best in town", but are really just average burgers.
Pricing is way out of control on the beer. $10-12 pints for the higher ABV offerings! I paid less in Manhattan. There are specials, but for a reliable, affordable pint, look elsewhere.
I've been a few times now, and I now tend to steer clear due to the high prices and smoky atmosphere (the latter will change in May though and I may return if they have something special on tap.)
04-18-2010 20:41:24 |
More by dfillius
Crunchy's in East Lansing, MI
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