Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Active Beers: 103
Beer Ratings: 59,770
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 271 | Reviews: 176 | Show All Ratings:
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
When I was there they did a tribute to all saints day and made it all stouts day(awesome). Has a college kind of vibe to it. Place was wall to wall people, but they knew how to handle it. The beer chicks will give the proper amount of sass which always makes for a good time. Outdoor area has the feel of a big backyard party. Wish the store/shop was a little bigger, but it was packed with all kinds of goodies. When in Michigan, forget a tigers game and go to Kalamazoo for some Bells!
03-13-2014 23:51:29 | More by 3fdread
4.69/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
What a fantastic value! Ambience, service, food, and beer were all excellent and the price was reasonable. What more could one want? If there was any griping to be done it was that they were out of my second beer selection and there was a slight chip on one of my glasses. Those were the only things keeping me from giving them a higher score. Btw- loved the African themed bar.
03-03-2014 20:13:26 | More by DavidHM
4.29/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The general store is a great place to pick up beers for later. The opportunity to get flights is a great option inside the bar area and the availability of trying rare and experimental beers should seal the deal. The staff was really helpful and friendly. Overall its a must stop along the Michigan brewery trail.
02-11-2014 01:40:14 | More by clay23
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$
Don't even think about skipping this place if you're in Kalamazoo. Great beers, great food, and great service. With exception to 1 or 2 newer bartenders, the knowledge of the staff runs deep. Same goes for the staff in the general store. Cant recommend it enough.
If you can manage to go right after the official "Eccentric Day," check to see if you can get some of the older beer they've kept in the cellar...very worthwhile.
12-27-2013 01:40:30 | More by King_Charles
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Bells is one of the best breweries I have ever been to. From the quality of their beers to the overall atmosphere of the building, everything is pretty much perfect. Really enjoy the beer garden in summer along with some of the special events like Eccentric Day.
10-19-2013 20:45:15 | More by robriley
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I did a quick MI brewery tour on my way to Founders KBS Day, and we stopped at Bell's third.
The Atmosphere is really nice. They have a small, quaint Eccentric Cafe that seats a decent amount of people downstairs, and they also have a small upstairs area as well with extra tables. That's the best place to look when it's crowded because it seems like not everyone knows to check up there. The place was jammed when we got there around 5 on a Friday night, but we found a table upstairs.
The Quality is great. They make top-notch beers and serve really good food.
The Service was good. You have to go up and get everything yourself, but they have multiple people taking beer orders, and they have a separate line for food. It can get really crowded, but they crank through the line at a good pace.
The Selection is fantastic. They had over 20 of their beers available on tap, and they offer up some draft-only versions as well. They still had Hopslam on tap, and the 2nd time I visited they were pouring The Wild One.
The Food was delicious. I had an absolutely amazing grilled cheese sandwich, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed what they ordered. I liked their menu and would go back multiple times to try different things.
Bell's is one of the best brewpubs I've been to thanks mainly to the selection of beer and great food. I highly recommend it.
09-24-2013 15:06:49 | More by smartassboiler
4.34/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
They had quite a selection of beers on tap with a decent amount of brewpub-only beers. Most of them were good. The place seems kind of small, but apparently there's a second bar in the back that wasn't open the day I visited. The food was pretty good, but nothing amazing. The staff was good and extremely helpful. They tried to help me and my friend pick out some beers that we would like based on our favorite styles and did a pretty good job. They also helped us locate a decent bottle shop and then find the quickest path to the freeway from there so we could continue our journey to Grand Rapids.
09-16-2013 20:44:28 | More by ari32
4.68/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited the brewery and general store and went on the tour and it is a must! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable(big shock there right :) And the one offs in the tap room could have kept me there all day if we didn't have plans later that day in Grand Rapids. Had the Wild one for the first time and it was the highlight of the trip for me beer-wise. Loved it!
09-01-2013 18:30:02 | More by MSandahl23
3.85/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
*From my Yelp profile*
I was torn between a four and a five for the Eccentric Cafe. Eh... I guess take this as a 4.75/5, if that shit matters at all.
I got here at about noon or so on a Friday (July 5th to be exact) and I still had to wait about 10-15 minutes in line. Considering it was lunch time, I'm actually kind of surprised I didn't have to wait longer. Got to the front of the line (which is at the bar, oddly enough), ordered a paddle, and the reuben sandwich. I was given one of those -- for the lack of a better word -- vibrators, and sat down at an open table with my beer. All six that I had sampled were average or better. My personal favorite was the Quinannan Falls Lager... holy hell that stuff is great. I know. "Lager". Just trust me, it's fantastic.
To my surprise, the Eccentric Cafe is *somewhat* small... there are probably a few less than two dozen tables. For those that want to, there's the option to sit outside. Well, during Spring until maybe Fall... who the hell would want to sit in the snow and drink.
Alright, okay, the reuben. The price of the sandwich escapes me, but it was between $8-$10... which turned out to be a super fair price. There was about an inch of meat on the sandwich, which is A-OK with me. The sandwich also came with some really tasty chips... I'm not sure if they make them at the cafe, or if they're store bought, but the seasoning on it was pre' good. I also had a taste of the sausage from the jambalaya and thought that was well above average. I should also add that the $10 (?) jambalaya comes in a pretty big bowl. Just sayin'.
Bell's Eccentric Cafe is a great place. I had the option of going here or to Arcadia in Battle Creek on my way to Chicago... is there really a comparison (as far as beer is concerned)? No. No there isn't.
I only have one minor gripe with the Eccentric Cafe, if you can really call it that. Is there no waitressing? The way this place is run is somewhat unusual to me. Order drinks *and* food at the bar. Get your drink(s). Wait awhile. Get buzzed in for your food. Pick up your food... nobody comes to your table. If you want a refill, you have to go up and get one yourself. Oh yeah, and that wait can take quite a little while.
Despite that, this is a must visit for a beer fan. I came here with a couple other people that have zero interest in craft beer (SHAME ON THEM!), but they really liked their food as well. I'd definitely come back if I'm in Kalamazoo again.
08-29-2013 00:16:06 | More by Alextricity
4.41/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This is my second visit to Bell's General Store and Eccentric Cafe. This time proved to be far more entertaining, merely based on better weather, timing, and people (last time was a bit dull). Getting here isn't too bad and it's "near" the interstates in downtown Kalamazoo. Parking can be found next to the door, but just in case there is also a large parking lot less than a block away.
There are 5 main areas to Bell's: the Foyer, the Patio, the Garden, the Back Room, and the Cafe. While I spent some time in each minus the back room, I'll focus a bit more on the cafe. The Cafe (the main bar) is eccentric indeed with lots of different posters, beer adds of old, maps, random objects, and a lot of African masks. Tile flooring, aged brick walls, wooden ceiling, and wooden accents all around. Plenty of seating downstairs, as well as in the loft above. There are 6 bar stools with a nice wooden bar as the center piece. Lighting is a bit boring, but there are some very pretty stained glass windows at the far side of the room. It can be slightly loud inside, just so you know. There is also the general store (merch) around the corner (but you can't take a beer there to peruse).
Tonight there are 21 beers on tap, with all the classics, as well as some awesome seasonals/rarities (Oracle, Wild One, Exp Hop series). Bell's is a classic overall in my book, and creates a very solid, quality beer, nearly regardless of style. Personal favorites of mine are Two Hearted, Hopslam, Oracle, Porter, and Kalamazoo Stout.
Overall, I like this place a lot more than the first time. I can say I'm not a huge fan of the Cafe atmosphere, but I usually like a brewery that stands out as original and Bell's certainly does. The patio and garden areas are really nice, peaceful, and relaxing so if the weather permits I'd drink there after seeing the Cafe. Seeings how I think Bell's is a classic in beer, you should absolutely visit if near by, at least once - it's worth the experience.
08-21-2013 23:48:00 | More by qcbrewer
Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
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