Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.91/5
Based on:
98 Beers
26,968 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 200
Visits: 648
rAvg: 4.13
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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Reviews: 200 | Visits: 648
Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,214 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sexton
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

4.65 (4 characters)

Photo of JArt
4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of kbuzz
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Grinz12
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Jaszucs
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of PackenGreen
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Fahrn13
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Place is a lot smaller than you'd think (pre-expansion). Had a seat at the bar with all the bar orders on my shoulder. Quality and price was solid tho. (151 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of daniels79
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Photo of DavMEtt
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of Ilafan
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cefc18
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

wow was I impressed with Bell's Eccentric Cafe! Coming from Colorado I might be really hard on breweries, but this place blew me away.

Vibe - First off the place is gorgeous. Old building reclaimed properly. MASSIVE outdoor patio and a side garden area, amazing. Live band was setting up, just WOW.

Quality - I only had 2 beers and wasn't the largest fan of one, so I knocked the quality down a smidgen, but it was still spot on.

Service - I am hit or miss with the order at the bar thing, especially with such a small area to order and it being Bell's and there was a line. Look forward to what the remodel does for them.

Selection - YES! Another place that has more on tap that they play around with than package. I love places that just brew and experiment and see what people think. Might not all be makes, but at least you are trying. I understand when you are new that is all you do, but once you get to Bell's size quite a few places stop experimenting as often. (982 characters)

Photo of king75
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

The vibe of the place is the only thing I can knock them on as it felt like a rummage sale with just different things all over the walls with not rhyme, reason or theme. The beers I had were all very solid. I really liked Wild One, Bull in a China shop, and the Baltic Porter were all solid. Saturn was okay but was extremely boozy and felt a bit unbalanced. The sandwich I had was very good but a bit on the pricey side. (421 characters)

Photo of AGust82
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Themorganburke
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of steelegirl1234
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of entenduintransit
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of kamin1jl
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
92 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.