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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
114 Beers
80,498 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 593
Reviews: 203
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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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 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

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%

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
96 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.