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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.9/5
Based on:
99 Beers
27,140 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 mynie:
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (2,010 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.