Hop Notes: Kalamazoo Central City Tap House takeover coming in 2016

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By: Eric Strader
ericstrader69@gmail.com

Photo Supplied by Central City Tap House

The Central City Tap House (CCTH) is one of the great beer destinations in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Two memorable events that I have attended there include a Goose Island Bourbon County Tasting and a barrel-aged beer and cheese tasting. It is events like these along with harder to find beers such as those from Kuhnhenn Brewing in Warren, Mich., that make Central City Tap House the beer destination that it is.

Millennium Restaurant Group is excited to announce that Central City Tap House will be “taking over” and expanding into its entire space located in the Epic Center on the Kalamazoo Mall, while saying goodbye to its longtime brand, Epic Bistro. Both locations will remain open through year end. They will close for a few days of renovations beginning Jan. 4, and will have a grand re-opening during Kalamazoo Beer Week, which runs from Jan. 16 to 23.

The renovation and expansion comes with new and exciting changes, although they will continue their commitment to craft beer. In addition, the “Tap House Take Over” will feature the only wood-burning pizza oven in downtown Kalamazoo, a great cocktail, whiskey and wine program, creative and delicious food, and great new updated dining and gathering spaces.

The oak and fruitwood fired pizza oven reaches temperatures of more than 600 degree Fahrenheit, and will make thin crust pizza topped with a selection of gourmet items and the best quality cheeses. Also, by popular demand, the wood-fired pizza will be available all day.

While the intimate bar side of CCTH remains, added amenities and energy will fill the expanded space. In the center of it all, will be a new lounge and game area. Accented by a 12 foot shuffleboard table, the lounge area will be a great area to relax, catch up on emails, play a game, watch a game or simply enjoy food and drink. The location will boast a variety of late night food and drink specials.

As an early leader in Kalamazoo’s craft beer craze, the Tap House continues to pour many of the most difficult to find favorites from Michigan, across the U.S. and around the world. Additionally, the Tap House carries an extensive bourbon and whiskey list and is recognized for having one of the premier cocktail programs in West Michigan. CCTH makes everything in house from scratch — from its bitters to their vermouth — which truly sets their beverage program apart.

I love that CCTH is located downtown and has outdoor seating that can be enjoyed in warmer weather. They are within walking distance of several other Kalamazoo beer destinations and are a must to be included on any Kalamazoo beer tour.  Here are just a few CCTH events already listed for Kalamazoo Beer Week:

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