Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
111 Beers
83,711 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 642
Reviews: 211
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

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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Ratings: 642 | Reviews: 211
Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

The taproom (they call it a pub, but I think that is pushing it a bit) is located in an old brick building with high ceilings and an impressive collection of crap on the walls. It has a great relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.

The beer was good and the prices were reasonable, but the selection was a bit disappointing. Only two stouts on tap and a total of maby 7 or 8 different beers. I was hopeing to see more taps and maby a couple of things that I couldn't get anywhere else, as it was the only unusual thing they had that day was a terrible mead.

Service was walkup to the bar and get it yourself, which was fine with me. The food was a bit disappointing. I paid about $8 for a bland ostrich burger that came with corn chips and what was easily the worst salsa I have ever had.

In the end it was a pleasant experiance and I would definitely go back to drink, but I would go out of my way to find somewhere else to eat.

Photo of mdm46410
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is a great place to come and try some excellent beers. The bar has lots of cool decorations and very high ceilings. Some staind glass windows overlook the seating area. There is also a huge beer garden out back with lots of shade and picnic tables. The music being played was a good mix of reggae and rock. The service is kind of self serve. They have a window you walk up to order food. You get your own beer right from the bar. No wait staff. The beer selection was excellent. Pretty much anything Bells brews was available on tap along with plenty of bottled beers. Also some stuff that is only available at the Cafe.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here (I thought for dinner) during a brewery road trip ending with Dark Lord Day

When I arrived, the place was packed, and I ended up waiting a little while for a bar seat to open up. But after about 20 minutes, the place cleared out.

Tap line-up was good, I had the Hell Hath No Fury, Hop Slam, and a pale ale. All were great except for the pale ale, but thats because I always didn't like it but didn't remember that until after I ordered it.

I was going to order food, but you have to place your order at a little window adjacent to the bar, and I just didn't want to lose my seat.

Overall, this really ended up being a gem of a night. I made some fast friends with some locals at the bar, and we ended up leaving Bell's and they showed me all the spots the locals hang out at. But I really wanted to take home a growler of Hell Hath No Fury, and it hurt even more that they didn't have any six packs of it for sale. But oh well.

Photo of brushpig
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had to pick some Bells Brews do to there exodus from Chicago. Along with many other Illinoians longing for some Two Hearted ale,Obereon, etc. Asked some of the employees, When Oh When would they return. Not until the laws change in Chicago...So Unlikely in my life time.Oh well, it's a great road trip.
The atmophere is casual, brick building, interesting stained glass, with a great oudoor beer garden for partys and a small stage ready for music.
Sevice was friendly, but it is a serve your self kind of place.
The beer selection was good, Most of the Bells brews were represented. The burger I had was great and cheap.
the Eccentric Cafe is a very good time, with very fine brews. The shop is right next door. You can fill up on there beers, shirts, glassware, and many other items. Check it out. You won' t regret!

Photo of kdoc8
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

After 5 years of living in South Bend, I finally made it up to Bell's. I'm very glad I did. They had an excellent selection of beers on tap (though, sadly, they were out of their Hopslam that day). I liked the atmosphere a lot also - a great place to sit and hang out with your friends. And they have checkers and chess boards on the tables, so you are expcected to spend time there and enjoy the beer and the atmosphere. It has a high ceiling and a stage near the window, which I assume makes for great acoustics when a band is playing live. Unfortunately there was no live music the day I was there. Bell's knows they're known for their beer and not their food, so not too much effort is put into the menu or service by comparison. Food is available at a window and it's serve- yourself, and typical sandwich brewery-fare. It's the beer that's important, and that's ok - they make some fine brews.

Photo of Magpie14
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cozy place located downtown Kalamazoo and worth a trip if your in the area or a Bell's fan. Pertty unique set-up with a upper level and main level. The upstairs is a bit small, but offers a view to the main level and stage area. Place feels very friendly and warm and of course has quality beers to offer.
Pound for pound Bell's has the best beers....all around! I enjoyed the hell hath no fury, and classic amber ale. Great stuff! Service was prompt and friendly and they never let my glass get to low. Also nice to get some unique beers that come and go at the brewery only.
As far as selection goes with the beer it is usually pertty good. It is easy to find something you like. But as far as food their is none....just a bar. You can get some peanuts/cashews but that is it.

The place can get a bit packed some nights if their is a good band playing or special event. But aside from that has nice feel!

Photo of EvilKeith
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My first stop was the general store. It is located across the lot from the café. Inside you can buy a wide variety of hats, shirts, glasses and other Bell’s merchandise. This is also where you can buy bottled beers like Expedition Stout, Two Hearted, and HopSlam. There is also a good selection of grains and yeast for the homebrewers.
The cafe’s walls are exposed red brick and the ceiling is finished hardwood. Behind the heavy wooden bar the wall is covered with tribal masks from Africa, Central and South American and several masks that look to be Nordic in origin.
To say that the place is uniquely decorated would be a bit of an understatement. Along one wall there are stained glass windows, one of which is three dimensional. In one corner a smashed antique organ is displayed as art, and it works.
The beer is what I really came for. On-tap were twelve brews with old favorites, seasonals and new releases. Bell’s beers fresh from the brewery, how can you go wrong?
One thing that surprised me was the price of my first beer. I ordered a 12 ounce glass of the Porter and the bartender said “$1.75”. I about crapped my pants! Talk about reasonably priced, I was beside myself!
The food menu has some very interesting items too. On this visit I had the BBQ coconut chicken; this is a grilled boneless breast served on an onion roll with lettuce and tomato. I found this to be very creative and delicious.
Great beer, great atmosphere, great food, unbelievably reasonable prices, how can you not love this place?
This place has not been open long enough to have put Kalamazoo on the map, but it will be around long enough to make sure that Kalamazoo stays on the map.

Photo of CortexBomb
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Bell's is my Kalamazoo local favourite, by far, and the value of going down to the Eccentric Cafe has been going up consistently over the years.

The basics: this is a releatively small, wood heavy, quirky atmosphered tap room with a handful of Bell's beers on tap. No televisions, just some music for entertainment. Historically, they haven't had a lot of specials available, but the last time I visited they had a number of them including Cyser, Mrs. Bell's Pale, and a collection of 3 experimental pales, each brewed with the same base but different hops. If they can keep that sort of special range on tap I might have to stop by more often in the future!

In the summer, the atmosphere is improved by their rather large beer garden outside, in the winter, the inside is decent, but it tends to be fairly cold with several tables and the bar available for seating.

Prices on the beers are generally reasonable, 2-3$ for a small glass, a bit more for a pint. Bell's, unfortunately, do not sell growlers.

The staff is generally exceptional though,and are quite familiar with the beers that are available.

Overall: if you like Bell's beer, this is a necessary pilgrimage, particularly given the tap room only offerings that have been popping up lately.

Photo of thanatos2948
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This was a favorite college hangout. Great atmosphere in which to enjoy Bell's quality brews. A dark, woodsy type of place that reminds me of an old church with the stain glass windows. Nothing fancy, just a lowkey place where you can enjoy beer and converse, or do as I did and study in the loft with a two-hearted ale. They have an eclectic variety of music most nights of the week. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good but always interesting. Also, great beer garden for enjoying Oberon on a muggy, summer afternoon in Michigan.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A big, open, airy bar area with heaps of African artifacts on the back wall. I liked the bar area. It seemed welcoming. Big yet cozy. Outside, there's a large beergarden with a pagoda, a large grassy area, a pagoda and a BBQ. Really cool place.
The beer is really good. I consider Bell's one of my favorite Michigan microbrews, and the beer available here is as fresh as you'll get. My wife and I stopped by for lunch on a Friday about noon. She had a turkey and avacado sandwich and I ordered a pulled pork sandwich. Both were excellent. I'd recommend stopping by if you're in the area, and plan to do the same myself.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Bell's Eccentric Cafe was a very fun stop after a long drive through Chicago (from Minnesota) to stop for the night. The building is brick, and not overly furnished. Some nice beer pieces on the wall, but almost has the feel of a buddy's decorated basement, comfortable and easy to drink all night in. Except, it isn't air conditioned, and even w/ many of the people outside listening to the band, it was very hot in spite of being 8:00 at night when I arrived. A visit in other than summer might be better, but the beer is well worth the sweat.

Being from Minnesota, I get the standard Bell's beers, but think I'm missing out on many others. I started with a Belgian Dubbel--Hell Hath No Fury, a high alcohol malty Belgian that went straight to my head. Very good. Followed that w/ Two Hearted from the Firkin, which was also excellent, and a fine treat to have Bell's on cask. Finished the tasting with barleywine, simply known as Old Ale. Again, a high alcohol but extremely smooth beer that I sipped for a long time.

Staff was extremely helpful, and really knew how to handle and pour a beer--the kind of love of presentation that makes drinking feel like an event. Food looked good. You order at a window, and get it yourself. Many people were eating, but I was a bit late and kitchen had just closed.

If you can conjure up an excuse to drive through Kalamazoo for any reason, stop and hit Bell's.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by the Eccentric Cafe on my way home from the Michigan Summer Beer Festival. Being a long time lover of Bell's brews I was excited to finally get out here. The outside of the building is sorta like a colorful warehouse with a tower in the middle featuring a big American flag. Signage is a little unassuming and it took us a bit to figure out where to park and enter. Once inside you walk into a big room with the bar staring you in the face and a loft area overhead. The fishtank catches your eye right off the bat with some really big, cool fish swimming around. Interesting artifacts can be found all over the walls, along with some wonderful stained glass work on the wall to the left of the bar. Quite eccentric indeed!!

Our bartender greeted us as soon as we sat down at the bar. I looked up at the chalkboard and marvelled at the selection of 12, yes 12, fresh Bell's brews on tap. From the Pale Ale to Two Hearted to Hell Hath No Fury to Bell's Beer to the Porter and on and on. 12oz pours ranged from $1.75 to at most $3.50...cheap! They also had cellar temperature bottles of Batch 7000, Cherry Stout, Expedition and Third Coast Old Ale. Basically, any Bell's beer you could want to drink at that moment was available. Bartender was very nice and chatted us up about the Michigan fest and beer in general. Our glasses were always kept full as soon as they were empty.

If you go outside to the big, lovely beer garden, you'll be forced to use a plastic cup. But really, this is a small inconvience in the grand scheme of keeping broken glass off the ground. I like the 3 tiered pricing that let's you choose between 12oz glass, 16oz plastic and 24oz glass. I enjoyed the Bell's Beer and then moved onto some wonderfully fresh Two Hearted. We didn't try the food at all, but that just gives me a reason to make a trip back to the Eccentric Cafe before too long. If you love Bell's beer then you must venture out here. Good music on the stereo, cool people, laid back ambiance and some of the best fresh brew you can get. Overall I had a great time here.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Okay, I've labored about how to review my experience at Bell's to give a fair opinion. So...here goes:

In short - go for the beer and the beer only. Eat somewhere else first.

The beer at Bell's was outstanding. I don't think I've enjoyed such good beer fresh at the source from the CASK, not just a carbonated keg. I've always enjoyed Bell's offerings from the bottle, but these were incredible. Ok, that's the good (and best) part.

First off, as we walked in there was a $5 cover charge for the band that was to be playing. Okay…I feel old at this point. I haven’t paid to get into a bar since college. But, I dutifully pay, as I don’t want to cause a scene and be a square. But I did come for the beer, not the band.

The food has something to be desired. The special of the evening was 'blackened tofu'. Now, I try to eat healthy all right, but I find tofu pretty disgusting. Personal preference perhaps, but not usually what I consider an appetizing bar/grill dish.

The service was good, but you always had to go to the bar inside or the mini bar outside to get a drink. There was no wait staff walking around filling up empty drinks. I hear this place can get really busy on some nights with the college crowd, but this was the middle of the summer and it wasn't very busy. Don't get me wrong, I always got my glass filled promptly at the bar, but there's something to be said for having someone come by and fill you up. Which somewhat leads to the next point...seating.

There was a large disparity of seating in the joint. The inside floor space had less than a 1/4 of the tables that could have been there. Also, the beer garden was very nice, but had a large expanse of concrete with very few picnic tables. My wife and our friends sat on a concrete planter while I enjoyed my beer standing. Again, I'm told that Bell's gets really packed and this whole area has been filled with people all standing and chatting and enjoying their beer. This night was not the case, so fair warning.

Plastic cups outside - plastic cups outside was the rule. You couldn't have a glass out, probably because in the past too many people got a little tipsy and busted them on the concrete. Fortunately the beer was SOOO good, that it didn't seem to diminish the experience, but...fair warning.

The crowd was fairly diverse, but skewed somewhat to the eccentric 20-something crowd. Being an old man of 32, I was in the minority, but not completely out-of-sorts as there were other 'old' people there. However, I came with my wife and friends, so big deal. I think this place is more of an alternative for young people to the discotech/college bar scene. Good for them (just get the old man a chair please...).

To sum it all up, I had some of the best fresh beer ever here. It is definitely worth a visit and a return visit. Just don't expect a typical brewpub (and some of the comforts therein), I suppose after all it is the Eccentric Cafe.

Photo of se7enchurches
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited here last month with the same friend I mentioned in my New Holland review. I *love* this place. The atmosphere just about couldn't be better for a brewpub... spacious, open bar area inside and a huge biergarten outside. The food was interesting; sandwiches and burgers with some oddball choices. I got an ostrich burger which was quite tasty. They keep about 15 beers on tap at a time, and they have many more of their beers handy in the bottle. They don't have a sampler as an option, but the bartender there said I could have free tasters of anything I wanted. In addition to a couple of those, I had a Wedding Ale and a Rye Stout, both of which were excellent on tap. The Bell's Store across the way has just about every beer of theirs that hasn't been retired ready for purchase. They said they were looking into further distribution and may be heading into Georgia soon; I cannot wait for this if it's true. This was a fantastic beer experience, and a must stop for anyone in the Kalamazoo area.

Photo of pixel
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was the second stop on a recent beer trip to Michigan. The significant other and I had almost decided to just skip the place based on some poor reviews (I've never been a fan of snobby establishments) and lack of time but we left a day early and decided to go anyway, and I'm really glad we did. We arrived on a Thursday evening around 7. The place is NICE inside...High ceilings, brick walls, lit with natural light, and quite spacious. There were various forms of art on the walls that gave the place a sort of Jamaican-bohemian feel. Reggae was playing over the speakers. I expected to find snobby bartenders here, but they were actually pretty nice and helpful. I was immediately given a sample while I was trying to plan out my beers to order. I ordered a Rye Stout and Hell Hath No Fury (which was absolutely delicious) and took a seat to have a look at the menu. The food choices were definitely above par when it comes to "bar food". I didn't really care for the ordering process; you have to go up to a window to place an order for food and they give you a pager so you can come pick it up when it's done, but it was quick and the food was good. I had a pretty tasty portabella mushroom sandwich. While I didn't think the place was very busy when I was inside my mind was immediately changed when I walked out to the outside to check out "beer garden". That's where everyone was at, and I didn't blame then because it was a beautiful day outside and the garden was cozy and BIG! People were playing chess at tables and sitting in the glass while hanging out. I would have liked to stay out there but unfortunately they only allowed you plastic cups if you stepped outside. If I lived nearby and had went to the place often I'd be more flexible, but on this trip I couldn't bring myself to drink my beer out of a plastic cup so we went back inside. I'm really happy I got to Visit Bells, and if I lived nearby I'd definitely become a regular not only for the beer but for the laid back down to earth atmosphere. The only major disappointment was that they don't sell growers...

Photo of mcallister
3.83/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I really like the inside and outside of the Bell's brew pub. Big and spacious with high ceilings and an upper area with some cool decor. The beergarden in the back was enormous. This is a roomy place.

The draught beer selection was good but did lack some of the beers I really aniticipated trying however did have a few on that aren't bottled. I liked the idea also that they have a cellared beer cooler to have beers at cellar temperature. The stouts and old ale on draught were way too cold.

The food we got was good and fairly priced. I thought service was good compared to some other reviews. Would love to return in the near future. Highly recommended.

Photo of shivtim
4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

People always have trouble finding this place, and the door isn't well marked so I can see how they get confused. Park around back and go in the door at the top of the ramp.
Once inside it's a big bright open space with lots of dark wood and exposed brick. There's a cozy elevated loft space that overlooks the main floor. Fixed to the walls are a mish-mash of decorations, mostly relating to beer, fish, and Africa. There are a few amazing pieces produced by local artists, including an oberon painting and four spectacular stained glass windows, one with two beer bottles built right in. Outside is a very popular and roomy beer garden, great for summer nights (although beware of the plastic cups they give you if you're going outside). The tap selection varies, but when I went this week there were 10 on tap, and a few more available in bottles. The food is above average pub food, nothing too fancy but there are quite a few unique items and it's all reasonably priced. You have to order up at the kitchen window then pay at the bar; it's a system that actually works quite well. Overall a very enjoyable place to hang out. Great for a relaxed lunch, and also fun on packed Saturday nights with live music.

Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'm in Kalamazoo a few times every year and finally made it to Bell's. What a cool place to have a beer. Masks all over the walls with wood floors, feel cozy but uncramped. Great service, bartender was quick with samples and we were able to buy cheap 12 oz servings of Bell's beers. With a couple friends we made it through 4 beers all of which tasted very fresh. They even had cellar temp bottles of some of their stronger brews not on tap. Like everyone says, its a little tough to find, but by far the best place in Kalamazoo to have a beer as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of elmocoso
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was a little put off by the trouble finding this place. The brewery was easy to find and the cafe was accessed off the same parking lot, but it was unmarked and luckily a customer came out of the joint as we were about to leave.

Once inside, i enjoyed it a lot. Great Decor, with a mask motif on the wall. great architecture, with old exposed brick and wood beams.

The help was prompt and the food was decent. They also had a nice selection of beers on tap, and other offers in the bottle. If i lived in KZ i would definitely visit again, especially now that i know how to get there.

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by the Eccentric Cafe on my way down to the Dark Lord release in Indiana. Met fellow BA d2thom, there for a few pints. Good directions via the Mapquest and the Bell's website. Nice old town feeling to this place. High ceilings and wood floors give it that rustic feeling. Room for about eight to ten people at the bar. About a dozen or so tables. A nice fish tank in the corner, with a giant Oscar living in it. A door, at the back which leads outside to the beergarden. Food is ordered at a walk up window towards the back of the bar. Excellent prices for draft beer, nothing over four or five dollars for 20oz. I sampled their Cyser beer at 8.1%, darn good, Oberon of course, Early Rizer their light beer, and ended with the WInter White Ale. On sale for $1 for any size draft, awesome!!! I didn't have any food, just beer. I would love to spend an evening here. Becareful 16oz. servings are served in plastic cups, so make sure you tell them what size you are ordering. Out back is the general store for shirts and swag. A cool place to visit. I most certainly will return!

Photo of nflmvp
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Made it to the Brewery/Cafe after the DL party on 4/29/06.

The atmosphere is nice and, as the name indicates, a little eccentric. High ceiling and wood floors with interesting decor. There's a nice little out door area.

Quality was good. The beers were all very fresh and the selection was great. They also had a small fridge for "cellar temperature" beers, including Batch 7000...sure would have been nice to find that one on tap.

Would love to revisit the place if I get back to the area in the future.

Edited to reflect subsequent visits in '07, '08 and '09.

I've now eaten here twice and I enjoyed my sandwiches very much. The selection of beers has been different each time I've been here and I appreciate that, quite a bit.

I've also updated my review to indicate value as reasonable. It's certainly not unreasonable and very much in line with what you'd expect to pay at any other brewpub.

Photo of frazbri
3.83/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Bell's Eccentric Cafe is a wide-open, old brick building addorned with an ecclectic mix of art. Bell's has about ten beers on tap. The beer list was mostly the basic Bell's lineup, as if that's a bad thing.

Food is available at a pickup window by the bar. I just had an order of veggies & hoummus. It was a good sized portion and pretty decent. It's okay for snack when your at the bar, but it wouldn't be a great choice for a nice dinner.

If you are a fan of Bell's beers, you should stop at the Eccentric Cafe.

Photo of aforbes10
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We made a trip up to Kalamazoo this weekend just to check out Bells. We found the place with no real problems, although i had anticipated it being poorly marked and it was. Very impressed with the place. Inside it is very spacious and bright with lots of tables available. We had a meal inside (Ostrich for me, black bean burger for my wife, and a burger and fish tacos for the other two with us). Beer selection was fantastic. About 8 on tap (all bells) including Consecrator Dopplebock, 2 hearted, rye stout, bells beer, and winter wheat (which was a buck for any size because they're trying to get rid of it before it goes bad). Can get most beers in any of three sizes. In addition, you can get pretty much any other Bells beer in a bottle from the cooler behind the bar so that extends what you can drink considerably. still had a lot of the wheat series in bottles and expedition and others. After eating we went out to the beer garden which was great because it was nice and sunny. Drank a bunch of those $1 winter wheats and got good and tipsy. Later we hit up the general store and loaded up on the mix and match bottles and a couple of t-shirts. i will go back, despite the long drive.

Photo of NVbeer
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Took a small detour on my way from Cleveland to Chicago. I am quite glad I made the trip. Not horribly hard to find, drove past once, but hit side street, and came around back. Walked in, through a large entryway into a very open, airy bar area. they had a few tables, a small stage, and the bar that seat 7-10 people. The bartender was quite friendly, and helpful in selections as well as willing to allow us to try a few samples. The food is ordered from a walk up window, no wait staff other than bartender. Food was quite good, I had the angus buger, my friend enjoyed the bison, both cooked quite well.
The beer....oh the beer. I would guess 7beers on tap at the time, with special release bottles available.
The general store had a great selection of their beers, available in 6 packs, cases, or by the bottle. Store also doubles as a homebrew store.
Overall this is a place i would drive out of my way for again. Will enjoy the beers I brought back for a few months.

Photo of beerinator
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was tempted to skip on the Eccentric Cafe after reading some of these beerfly reviews. But, boy am I glad I did not miss this one!

First off... Finding the entry door is not easy. The signs are all facing Kalamazoo Ave. But those are the signs for the building, not for the Eccentric Cafe. Underneath those signs appear to be the Bell's Brewery offices. You can't eat in there... Go around the back onto Porter Street to find a parking lot and the entrance to both the General Store and the Eccentric Cafe. Neither entrance is marked very well.

I was prepared for "locals only" type of service here after reading a lot of these reviews. And I was totally suprised when I received great bar and food service. Each pint came quickly, even though the place was slightly crowded. The bartenders were helpful and even provided us a sample of the Cyser and answered a few questions about it when we asked.

There were 12 taps, all full of juicy Bell's products. The Cyser and Hell Hath No Fury were the only two that I've never seen before. But you have to enjoy a place that's offering you $3 to $3.50 Imperial Pints of Kalamazoo (the locals say "kay-zoo"), Two Hearted and Java Stout! Mmmm.

The food was good. I had the Ostrich Burger (tastes like buffalo!) and my wife had the Cobb Salad. Both were tasty, next time I'm trying the Rabbit and Rattlesnake Sausage Kabobs. Don't worry they still have regular cheese burgers and normal type fare, but it's nice to see interesting/eccentric offerings in a beer joint.

Service was great, selection was great, prices were great and the atmosphere is casual. Oh, and no smoke! You have to love leaving a place like this satisfied and smelling like the beer you drooled down your chin rather than the smoke from the guy sitting down the bar.

Eccentric Cafe, I'll be back.

Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
97 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.