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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
116 Beers
82,120 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 601
Reviews: 205
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

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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: 601 | Reviews: 205 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Pay order and pick up at the bar; cash only on the Industrial edge of Kalamazoo. Great ambiance in an old warehouse on the edge of town. Fabulous stained glass: good choice, too because the view isn't much, but the food and beer are superb.

Cafe-only brews are clearly labeled on the board. Everyone at the bar added their suggestion to my flight. Welcoming, warm both in the building and people. Tolerant of my lost-tourist wanderings before I made it back to the bar to order. Great, inexpensive fare. Excellent Indian-inspired spiced cashew soup, pastrami sandwich and generous beer mustard, cheese spread and pretzel appetizer. Will make an excuse to return.

Pub-only brews:
Pub-only offerings include an experimental (Hole in the Bucket) light yellow-orange ale with bright hops (3-6-9) and a light head. Sharp and mild, light yet flavorful. Family resemblance to 3 floyds gold leader.

Mild does it's English brethren well with roasty chocolate malts and overall mildness for session drinking. Slight head; consistent with English mild ales.

Sparkling has some sourness: Belgian and fruity, it is clearly an American brewed in Flemish tradition rather than a clone. Really smooth and a great summer beer.

Wild one sour brown is rich and spur with strong citrus acid- sweet-tart flavor. Too much for me, bit would accompany fish and chips nicely. Tart tart tart.

Oracle double IPA head going strong after 15 minutes. Bitter, earthy hops with citrus and pine. Hopsplosion! Very very dry and light mouthfeel. Lightly banana hints, wet hay, and smells a little of burlap. Finish is long, bitter, and pulls at the throat. Drys the mouth, readies for more.

As pub one-offs, didn't think they needed their own reviews.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MFauver35
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JDoHo
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of BryanA
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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 mluchies
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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 Schmuckles
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
97 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.