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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.91/5
Based on:
100 Beers
27,145 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 200
Visits: 652
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: 652
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (1,767 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of jrs3994243
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75

Photo of Loudog1411
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of mgavin
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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

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