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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.9/5
Based on:
100 Beers
27,165 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 201
Visits: 653
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: 201 | Visits: 653
Reviews by willjschmidt:
Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Stop #1 on my great midwest brewery tour.

Bell's original brewery located in downtown Kalamazoo. It has a small 15 BBL brewing system that they use for pilot batches, a tasting room and restaurant, as well as a store that sells homebrew supplies and Bell's merchandise.

The tasting room and restaurant is in an old brick building with great decor. It's a bit on the small side. They have a chalk board with all their current offerings. They offer most of their beers in 3 sizes and the prices are really cheap, at least compared to what I'm used to paying in California. The food is mostly sandwiches which was pretty good. We got the taster menu which was 5oz pours of 6 different beers for $12. You get to pick whatever 6 you want. We arrived at noon on a Sunday and it was pretty empty. When we left to go on the tour at 1:30 it was starting to fill up. The service was great, the bartender that served us was very friendly and helpful.

We went on a short tour of the original brewhouse. It's pretty small, they just use it for pilot batches now. The production brewery is about 15 miles outside of town. The general store was neat to check out as well.

A highly recommend place to visit. A top notch craft brewery with a great tasting room. (1,248 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SHDoyle
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here on my way to Grand Rapids. The exterior is unremarkable, which is quite a contrast to the interior. Twenty-foot ceilings, great woodwork and stained glass. Food was a bit pricey but otherwise good as was the service. I was hoping that they'd have a little more selection on tap and I felt that for the most part I could find everything at any respectable bottle store. I held out a snowball's chance in Hell that there would be some Black Note but was willing to settle for some Expedition Stout; unfortunately skunked on both accounts. Settled for a Uranus, which was not a bad consolation prize at all. (626 characters)

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

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
92 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.