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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
114 Beers
80,177 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 589
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 12
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-3807
United States
phone: (269) 382-2332

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bellsbrewery

Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Bell's does not sell growlers of their beer at the Eccentric Café & Beergarden.

Bell's does sell growlers at their General Store.
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Ratings: 589 | Reviews: 200 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This rating covers several visits I made to this place over many years. Just before the first time I came here, I was at a friend's place getting ready for a weekend bash that was to come to pass in about 4 hours when his roommate returned from the brewery with the keg. He told us there was some sort of anniversary celebration, and that Bell's was pouring free beer for a couple hours. We were out the driveway before he finished his sentence. That trip spawned my fondness for this beer, and I try to introduce my favorite varieties to friends whenever I frequently move. Every time I have gone there, the number of beers on tap has ranged from 6-12, and I have been there on some quiet nights, eccentric night in Dec 2000 which was off the hook, and eccentric night a couple years later which was disappointingly tame. I enjoyed the mink soup, the caviar, and the roast pheasant...not something you typically find in beer bars. The service is good, and the vibe is pleasant, whether the place is nearly empty, or at borderline- fire-marshal's-maximum-capacity. Although the beer is my favorite part of this place, I have been here on some crazy nights that I barely, but fondly remember, and will never forget.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mcrawford
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What a great place! It has a large selection and variety of quality beers (very large for a single source repertoire), a variety of spaces for customers, and loads of friendly beer aficionados. In addition, there's a performance venue under the same roof with a secondary, smaller bar. Unfortunately, I didn't get to the store just across the parking lot since it closed much earlier.

Photo of HobbNobber
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of shredder83
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Longhorn2750
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This was my second trip to Bells, as always a great selection on tap. The food was much improved from my previous visit. As always there were some brews that were very impressive and others I did not care for. The double cream stout was by far the stand out of my most recent visit and the cherry stout was a big let down. Bells is a great stop just off I-94 on my way from Texas to Detroit.

Photo of JLoper
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Slick50
2.39/5  rDev -45.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 1.25

First trip there for Black Note was a cluster. I'm used to "shit shows" but it was stupid. Drove there, stood in the cold. Was like #10. Two case max. Got in, one case max. Pissed, I took it and left. Found out three hours later (after the 4hour drive) they made a mistake and it was back to 2 cases about 30 minutes after I left. And the lack of food is relative to my rating. Sorry to say it but it is what it is.

Photo of docoman
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Overall not as I had hoped for their taproom. It is pretty much self serve and seating is just come as you go and layout not so great with the up stairs too far from bar area to order beer and food. Beer selection of course is really good and food was good.

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of badler
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of almostjay
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Lives up to the hype. Not pretentious at all. Obviously great beer. Really good pub style food. Big, open, and inviting. One of the best breweries in the country. Love it.

Photo of italianstallion
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cmwilliq
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of loganburgh
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of zp6167a
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Bencooper27
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of misternebbie
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of danyasaur
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Lanoke12
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of austing32
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BigRizz62
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
96 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.