Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Active Beers: 108
Beer Ratings: 61,742
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 298 | Reviews: 177 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by semihobo:
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
[seems like the general store should be a separate entry from the eccentric cafe but I don't see it listed so I'll review both as one]
Stopped by for dinner on the way back to Chicago from East Lansing, I might have to do that again. About 5-10 minutes off of I-94, easy to get to, I saw the general store too late and ended up having to circle around to get in the parking lot in the back.
The general details are well covered in other reviews. I liked the clear posting of taps and prices, as well as the prices themselves. 12 oz pours of Two Hearted were $2.50, and the special on the Sunday I visited was that all sizes of one of their low ABV beers (a stout?) were $2.00, including the 20 oz. I drank the poolside wheat and loved it, the cherry taste was thick and authentic. Wife had the Wedding Ale, not great but fine. Pouring into plastic cups to take outside was a little annoying but not a deal breaker.
Great vegetarian options, I had the tempeh reuben sandwich and it was tasty, wife had the black bean burger which came with tasty homemade salsa. Yum. Not mindblowing, but good. Also cheap, mine was $6 and hers $6.50, including chips with both and a pickle with the reuben.
I thought the porch (wouldn't call it a garden) was a little beat up, the weather was beautiful so we stayed outside. There was a group blathering obnoxiously and smoking cigarettes by the door... thanks dude, we enjoyed your story about how you got black out drunk and then woke up and your car was in your front yard but you don't know how it got there and you slept in all of your clothes... that was a song in the 1990s, and it wasn't cool then. You're awesome. On the flip side, the inside of the cafe was quiet and there were some little kids playing quietly, so I'd say that part is family friendly.
Service was slightly above average, nice but laid back.
The general store: loved it. The guy there was also knowledgeable but laid back. They were out of screw-on growler lids that take airlocks. I bought one of each single to take back to Chicago, the mix and match six packs are a great call on their part. Also got some homebrewing supplies, they were pretty well stocked in that area and reasonably priced.
If you are into disc golf, the general store has a ton of discs, check 'em out. Also, some t-shirts were on discount for $9.
Neat place, I think I enjoyed it more having come on a quiet Sunday than when a band is there. Fresh Bell's beer + good food = how can you go wrong?
10-13-2008 17:21:28 | More by semihobo
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