Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
111 Beers
83,676 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 642
Reviews: 211
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: 642 | Reviews: 211
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Based on a visit there 10 15 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory.

Atmosphere Well I visited the gift shop which was extensive as well as the Eccentric Café. In its own right, the Eccentric Café had a very college, indy band brew pub feel to it and I understand that it is on the site of the former brewery. It was just fine I guess but I was not enamored with it. They have this set up where you go to a window, place a food order, get a pager and then wait for your pager to go off. When it does you go back to the same window, pick up your food which invariably is located within a basket before taking it yourself back to your table. I did like the large chalkboard with the day's current beer selections. This is a place that has a regular line up of nightly bands and indeed when we arrived (rather early in the evening) they asked us if we had arrived to see the band or to eat dinner. The presence of a nearly nightly band is a plus. 4.0

Quality Just fine. I have almost always liked Bell's beers and I think that the gift shop and the Eccentric Café live up to the quality that I find in their bottled beers. 3.5

Service Well I did not appreciate the wait staff free system as described above but what interaction I did have with the staff was just fine. 3.0

Selection As stated, I have always liked Bell's beers so since they were featured the selection is at least good. I did enjoy several pub exclusives as well. 4.5

Food Just fair. I got a chicken salad sandwich and while I am no expert, they have a limited menu. My wife and I talked about how we should have eaten at Arcadia Brewing Company with their wood burning stove instead of holding out for this place. 3.0

Value Fair to good. I do not think that it was very expensive at all.

More User Reviews:
Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of king75
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Shon4star
2.88/5  rDev -33.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Man the guy serving was a complete D. I would assume better from such a huge brewery

Photo of bassfishingguy
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We decided to make a day trip to Bell's being that we've never been here and live about 40min NE. We really like atmosphere of the place and the number of offerings. The food was pretty good as well. We split the brisket sandwich and the 'crack' appetizer.

I was a little bummed that Expedition wasn't on tap anymore as I really like it, but they had plenty of other solid choices that I hadn't previously had. We will definitely be back.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ILuvBeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Excellent Brewery

Photo of HunterSBeerson
5/5  rDev +14.9%

This brewery really puts out some world class beers.

Photo of AlexM
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Visited Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo ... not much to gripe about here ... cool vibe, great beers (really appreciate the tasting flights), great brew-pub only beers, neat decor, chill vibe, etc ... really a must visit if you are in the area.

Photo of PPIV
5/5  rDev +14.9%

I cut my teeth here in the mid 90's. After working for the Grand Rapids Brewing Co I fell in love with the micro brews. Luckily I knew some people that worked in the Eccentric Cafe and I got beers quicker than the unlucky bastards that had to seemingly wait in line for a refill. The ambiance of the cafe has changed a lot over the years. No more fish tank or ping pong. The beer remains fresh and as awesome as the first time I had it though! I reach for Bell's beer first, out of any in a cooler full of exciting micros.

Photo of indianabeerman
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

great beers always on tap. 4 or 5 1 offs on tap, great food and the service always top notch

Photo of bouldercellar
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Always producing top notch beers and crushing the competition!

Photo of brockg
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Amazing for good local brews and music...go k-zoo

Photo of stouts4me
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

I like this place, everyone will tell you to make a visit. Great beer, atmosphere, food. The General Store is awesome after your time in the bar. Too many beers that are on the great beer list for me to name, look 'me up yourself, just don't miss this place on your beer Mecca.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
97 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.