Jamie Kavanaugh is the Owner of O’Duffy’s Pub and Cosmo’s Cucina located in the Vine neighborhood. Known for their beer selection in the Kalamazoo community for years, O’Duffy’s offers Irish favorites and cask-conditioned ales for thirsty bar-goers.
O’Duffy’s has always been a place where great craft beer is available. Why has it been important to your location’s concept/design?
Our interest in craft beer started with the desire to support local and regional breweries. When I tasted my first cask conditioned ale, we’ve served cask or “real” beer ever since. Occasionally, we’ll have a cask and a keg of the same product on at the same time. It’s exciting to share the two side by side when introducing the cask ales to customers.
My favorite [beer] would be a moving target. Other than the obvious beer of choice at O‘Duffy‘s, Guinness Stout, my current favorites are Arcadia’s Nut Brown on cask, as well as their IPA. I’m also excited to have Greenbush “Anger” Black IPA on tap soon! Out east, Pemaquid Ale from Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company.
It’s great to see be part of the expanding appreciation of craft beer, converting those big brand beer drinkers is a great pleasure!