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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
116 Beers
82,400 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 603
Reviews: 206
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: 603 | Reviews: 206 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ChappyCubsFan:
Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

While on a minor league/major league baseball park tour last summer I was in Grand Rapids (Whitecaps) and heading to Detroit to see Comerica Park and attend the summer brew festival in Ypsilanti. I had heard so much of Kalamazoo Brewing and Bell's that I decided to head south (a little out of my way) before making the turn eastward. I'm glad I did. After enjoying the food at a downtown event called "A Taste of Kalamazoo", where they were serving Bell's ale, I was ready for the visit and to wash down the fine food. The place had no visible signs out front and I was not sure I even had the right address. I decided to walk around back and lo and behold, this was the place. It was very rustic. Not too many frills. A rather small bar too. I sampled a few beers (each one was delicious). I purchased a pint glass as a reminder that I had been to an icon of beer folklore, the place where the famous Two-Hearted Ale is brewed. I'm ready to go back and sample other tasty brews.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MSEGUIN
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of core42
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Food is really good but not a lot of options right now. They are expanding to include a new, full kitchen area which will change my food rating.
They always have tons of beer options including a lot of brewery only selections

Photo of MFauver35
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JDoHo
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of BryanA
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jeffrey84
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

The brewery was under construction when I went. Really killed the vibe and overall experience.

Photo of mluchies
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Tarabeth
4.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Always a nice place to go hang out and see live music, especially in the summertime.

Photo of Schmuckles
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Great selection of beers; had fresh Hopslam on tap. The bartenders were super friendly and the food selection was great. Very vegetarian friendly and much better than regular bar food.

Photo of aboyd87
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The staple brewery of Michigan. Any beer you drink from Bell's is consistent quality and enjoyable.

Photo of psweendogg
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Nearly as good of a music venue as it is a brewery. A nice facility is split in 2 sides, one for dinner and great beer, and the other for great beer and good tunes. Good selection of their beers available. Its one of the go-to stops if you're ever in Kalamazoo.

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

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
97 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.