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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER AVG
3.92/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
120
Reviews:
28,790
Ratings:
93,226
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
703
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
5.28%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
12
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-3807
United States

(269) 382-2332 | map
www.bellsbeer.com

Notes:
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: 208 | Ratings: 703
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The cafe isn't all that eccentric. Like, maybe in the mid 90s it might have been a little kooky--maybe just a skoosh bizarre or a wee bit off--but now, in this rotten year of our lord 2012, this place is downright normal. A little like a hunting lodge, yes. And filled with some interesting vintage prints and old things made of wood, but still pretty normal. The vibe, thankfully, is very adult. Its unique, but entirely unhip, unpretentious, and therefore quite easy for a late-twentysomething fellow like myself to stomach.

Everything was quite reasonably priced. They only offered a small handful of beers that you couldn't get out of state, which was a little disappointing, but their offerings were expansive and uniformly solid (you don't need me to describe Bell's beers to you, do you?). No growlers, but since there's little here you can't get in a sixer that's really not much of a problem.

Outside featured a big wooden deck that functioned as a charmless, but highly functional, beer garden. Unfortunately they don't allow glass outside, so if you want to enjoy the sun you'll have to take your Hopslam in a plastic cup. The gigantic homebrew/beer/schwag store is pretty nice.

Uhh, what else... The food was good. And also probably the most eccentric part of the place (although it wasn't really *that* eccentric). They had TONS of vegetarian options, which I consider a big plus, and most of the dishes had some quirk about them. I ordered the grilled cheese and it came with jalapenos and pineapples and was really tasty.

The bar was staffed with enough people so there was practically no line, and everyone in the place just seemed in a really good mood. Still, I don't know if this is really a must-see kind of place. Bell's has been around so long and as seen so much success that pretty much every American beer person is already familiar with their beers and their ethos, so going in an experiencing the place won't clue you in to anything new. It's still a nice place to stop, though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dfhhead25
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheCzarof85
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Bell's is one of the best. Eccentric Cafe is an amazing place where you can catch a big name musically, chill with a glass of a special batch in the garden, eat good food, and catch good vibes. The selection is amazing and nothing beats a fresh Two-Hearted. Nothing!

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Beer selection is great and some brewery only options are always top notch. The food is average and with no table service, can be a drag to order. The merch store could be larger as well, but we all really are here for the beer and Bell's is world class.

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Photo of JLW
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Muss42
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Feldpausch
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Rodosman
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Awesome spot. Great selection on draft. Service was A plus. Waitress is cute. Very cool vibe. Highest quality brewery I've ever been to.

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Photo of Twisted_Halo
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of tourdot
3.88/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Visited the eccentric cafe on a Friday evening. Busy as expected with a mixed group of people. We snagged a table after about a half hour of standing. The beer selection was ok; not much that I couldn't purchase in WI but the beer was still great. I enjoyed Expedition, Java, and Consecrator. Our server was friendly and tended to us frequently. After 8:30 or so it started to clear out and quiet down; at that point it was a very comfortable and enjoyable venue. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and a must stop if in Kzoo.

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Photo of petersonmatt22
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of gvhockey
4.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of snifter
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great brewery to hang out with some friends. Nice outdoor area. Big selection of beers, the food is average.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.21/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Extensive tap list. The food I had was very good, but wasn't crazy about the menu. My only complaint here is that they only fill their own growlers, and only the 3 to 4 beers they offer in the gift shop. Very nice place otherwise.

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Photo of monty79_1997
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.46/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bluejays219
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visit monthly, never disappointed.

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Photo of WesM63
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of philsunset
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of soxfan02
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ridgeisgod
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of BLZR
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
93 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.