Arcadia Brewing Company
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 6,979
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$
I stopped in here with my kids after a "fun-filled" afternoon at the Cereal City museum. The snow was piled up outside as we got there around 5:00 on Saturday, and the place was pretty empty. It started to fill in as we ate our dinner. I'd been here before about 6 or 7 years ago after a business trip to Grand Rapids, and it was as comfortable as I remembered it. The kids each had wood-fired personal pizzas, and I got the brisket sandwich, which was very good. I also stole a slice of my daughter's pizza - it was tasty as well.
As for the beer, I had a sample of the ESB, a nice Scotch Ale (served in the appropriate globe), and their cask London Porter. Here's my take on the beers at Arcadia - they all seem to be on the lighter side of the respective styles, but are well made nonetheless. It's actually refreshing to have some British-style ales that a U.S. brewery hasn't destroyed by over-hopping. Nice place and worth a trip if you're in the area.
12-12-2005 01:05:18 | More by olacub
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I went into Arcadia Brewing with a coworker since we were in the area. The place is decorated with old beer gear and signs and is built with lots of wood and wood accents inside. The place is dimly lit but not dark with plenty of space inside. A nice place in what seems to be the downtown area.
We just stopped in for pints. They had about 8 or 10 of their own beers on tap and one beer (Angler's Ale) on the hand pump. No beers from other breweries were offered. The bartender was very courteous and quick with our beers. Lots of locals in the place and everyone was friendly. Near the front of the store they have a refrigerator case with many of their bottled beers up for sale.
Pints were $2.50 each. We have been in there at the beginning of happy hour, I don't know. But overall this is a great place that I would gladly stop in and visit again if I'm in the area.
08-31-2005 16:47:42 | More by BrewMaster
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on Thursday at about 6:00pm for dinner with family. Relaxed friendly atmosphere. We had my sister's two young kids, and it was a good scene for family. It was fairly quiet, a place you could talk and hear everyone at the table without strain.
The menu is pub type food, with an emphasis on bbq. I had brisket, and it was quite good. Prices were very fair. My meal was less than 10 dollars.
Now the important part, beer. I believe the had 6 beers on tap and 1 from cask. I drank the Anglers Ale, on special for $2 a pint. Its a nice amber ale that went quite well with the bbq.
Take the family for dinner, or hang out at the bar. I'd recommend Arcadia for either.
08-17-2004 02:18:12 | More by frazbri
4.44/5 rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice, big bar with some stuff on the walls and a large bar.
Lots of people, and unfortunately lots of smoke.
Beer was delicious and fresh and all of their regulars were on tap, plus their special reserve, which I had never had, but alas, no cask. Service was typical bar service: speak fast or go thirsty, but pretty friendly and knowledgable. The Arcadia brewer and Dark Horse brewer were there, so it couldn;t have been that bad.
Nice place to visit, but not worth the trip for me, as I have had all of their stuff on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.
06-30-2004 02:39:20 | More by nortmand
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
I visited Arcadia Brewery in Battle Creek right after vsiiting Cereal City to get some souvenirs for my grandaughter. I was already familiar with their IPA and London Porter from purchasing a mixed six-pack of various brews when staying in Grand Rapids. The bar area was cozy with lots of interesting beer-related pictures posted on all the walls. The brewer was busy getting ready for a batch and there was plenty of newly bottled beer stacked up and ready to go. I ordered the IPA hoping it would be a better experience than the bottled beer I tried earlier. Unfortunately, it did not do anything for me. Just not enough hop and malt taste to pique my interest. That was about it for Arcadia. I think the place has a nice atmosphere to it. I wanted to stay and give more of their beers a try, but I had to press on for Lansing and a game at Oldsmobile Field to see the Lansing Lugnuts (Chicago Cubs single-A affiliate).
01-02-2004 23:36:55 | More by ChappyCubsFan
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
My parents recently moved to Battle Creek, so when I visited them, I made the trip to the brewery. Atmosphere was very relaxed and casual. The brewery itself is located in a very nice part of downtown Battle Creek, cobblestone streets etc. You can sit at the bar and view the brewing taking place as the wall seperating the bar from the brewery is glass. Copies of Ale Street News sit there waiting for you to read, and the bar top itself has what must be thousands of old beer lables on it. The quality and selection were both very good. I think I counted about 8 different brews on tap, 3 of which I sampled and were all very good. I even noticed 2 wines that they had on tap that were made on site. Service was very good as well. The bartenders were very knowledgeable about beer and were very proud of the product they served. When my glass was empty, they were right there waiting to fill it again. Food is available, but I did not try any. I plan on going back when I visit my parents again to try some of their seasonal beers and to take the tour of the brewery itself.
07-06-2003 14:31:59 | More by sabrills70
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This place was in downtonwn Battle Creek. They had a decent amount of space and seemed to use it well. When you sit at the nice long bar, behind you is a glass view of the distribution of their beer. The service was great. Our bartender was very well versed on beer and quite funny. The other help also seemed to display a similar attitude. The beer selection had a decent number of their brews on tap plus some others which may only be available on premise. The food was good, with the latest style of most brewpubs choosing electic styles to the standard pizza, sandwichs and salads that they offer. The place looked fairly new and clean. The only downside is downtowns these days often are pretty dead and it may not be the best location, unless you plan on visiting the Kellogg factory.
10-02-2002 08:17:41 | More by Wildman
Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
88 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.