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Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing CompanyArcadia Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.66/5
Based on:
43 Beers
8,268 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 6
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

103 W. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, Michigan, 49017
United States
phone: (269) 963-9520

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @arcadiaales

Notes:
There is a parking garage directly across the street and street parking is also available.

Closed on Sundays.

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Photo of Danielr26
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of smartassboiler
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I did a quick MI brewery tour on my way to Founders KBS Day, and we stopped at Arcadia second.

The Atmosphere is nice. It's in the middle of downtown Battle Creek, and it has a nice, spacious layout that reminds me more of a Rock Bottom than it does your standard brewpub. It's fairly large.

The Quality was solid. There was nothing that stood out in the beer menu, and the food looked pretty good.

The Service was as you'd expect. Friendly, helpful, and timely. No complaints.

The Selection was solid as well. LIke I said, nothing that stood out, but a good handful of their beers, and the menu had a nice selection of food as well.

We did not order any food, so I cannot comment on the potential deliciousness.

I enjoyed my visit here, but ultimately there was nothing that stood out and would bring me back.

Photo of Foosier
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

dropped in for a quick pint. The bartender was very knowledgeable and helped me choose a beer that fit my palate on this particular day. They had plenty of beers on tap that they stage in tiers based on how expensive they are (allegedly to make, not how expensive they are to buy). Tried the Hop Mouth IIPA and found it really good. Tasted it against the Black IIPA and found it considerably better. Bought a couple of pint glasses and a t-shirt too. Great experience overall and I would to come back when I could try a couple of other beers.

Photo of DavidRandall
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A good variety of food from platters to pizza and sandwiches. Dry rub barbeque meat that is slow cooked in a brick oven. Noisy when crowded and sound echos when quite because of the high ceilings and old hardwood floors. I had the Cereal Killer and Stout the last visit and the bar keep gave me a taste of the Loch Down Scotch Ale just before I was leaving. Not disappointed in any of them. The sandwich I liked the best is their twist on the Cuban. Pulled pork with a sweet pepper relish.

Photo of buschbeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is my second attempt at visiting Arcadia. Last year on my way through they were closed for remodeling. This attempt was a success. I rolled into Battle Creek around 3:30pm EDT on a Tuesday afternoon. I entered and peered to the right where there was some cans of beer stacked for sale. There was also a giant glass cooler with the brewery's output of beer. To the far left was a wood fired pizza oven. I passed through the dining area and bellied up to the bar. The bar was a little less than half full.

I tried four of the beers listed on the chalkboard, Allymon, The Big Finish, a nut brown ale, and Hopmouth on cask with citra nugget hops. I liked the fact that they had 10 ounce pours so I could get a decent sample of these beers. They also had pints, and I believe a larger size. The beers were separated into tiers with Tier 1 being the cheapest beers and Tier 3 being the most expensive. I found the prices to be reasonable. I also happened to be there during happy hour which meant $1 off the listed price.

I ordered an appetizer. It was called Devils on Horseback. It was dates with some type of pepper cream cheese wrapped with bacon and dipped in a honey Worcestershire sauce. It was fantastic! I would go back just to have this again. I ordered another appetizer that was a lamb roll. It was skimpy on the lamb but good.

The bartender was not overly friendly, but she was adequate and answered the few questions that I had. I chatted with a regular who recommended the Allymon. The beers were decent, but nothing was great. I have had most of the bottled beers from Arcadia, so I was happy with the selection of different beers at the pub.

Overall, I enjoyed my visit. I absolutely loved the Devils on Horseback, and the beer was pretty good. It seems to be in a decent area. Plus it makes a great stop between Marshall and Kalamazoo.

Photo of BeerTravelerky
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Tried all the Specialty Ales and not impressed. They should stick to the basics.

ESB seams like a Pale Ale

IPA Week is one ever

Hop Mouth just bitter

Loch Down Week Scotch Ale

B-Craft It is a Pale that looks black

Great people with great service but poor beer.

Photo of somethingcreative
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Went here for the first time a few weeks ago. Food and beer were both great. We sat along the wall that divides the restaurant from the brewing side of the building so we were able to see what was going on over there was well. Service was not terribly friendly, but was quick. Definitely worth checking out!

Photo of HarmonMW
3.26/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Pretty standard brewpub feel. Beer selection broken into "tiers" much like Founders. Haven't had a ton from Arcadia, so I opted for a sampler of Brigid's Irish Red, Loch Ness, Whitsun, IPA, and the 16th Anniversary. All were solidly above average, but wouldn't classify any as mind-blowing. Also had a pizza that was delicious. Total price for the sampler and a pizza was about $20, not too bad overall. Service was just average - waitress wasn't too helpful but was there enough. If there weren't the other stellar MI breweries to compare it to, it would have probably come off much better, but in comparison, it's just average.

Photo of craft_shannie
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

stopped in for lunch saturday mid afternoon. brewery is located on a desolate, almost vacant downtown street which clearly punctuates battle creek’s current economic woes. brewery/pub is an expansive space: industrial feel but w. lower ceilings, exposed brick oven/kitchen space. service is young, naive, and unprofessional. food is OK. but the bacon wrapped figs w. goat cheese are very tasty. sampled starboard stout, sky high rye, hopmouth double IPA, and loch down, b-craft, and brigid's irish red. in my opinion, the irish red was solid - but the other beers were really lackluster/average.

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Made a quick stop for a beer on our way from Bell's to Dark Horse in preparation for 4 Elf 2012.
The bar and restaurant were fairly busy. Most of the tables were occupied. It had a pizza type smell in the dining room. Appears to me to be an older place, with a long bar that kind of slithers the length of the dining room, with booths behind and small tables behind it. They have about 8-10 beers on tap. The bar is a formica counter top, maybe something you'd see in a trailer or mobile home from 1978 or so.
They did not have the BBBW or BB Imperial Stout in bottles, which was part of the reason why we stopped, hoping to score a couple bottles of each. We had a quick beer on tap, and decided to press on. The bartender wasn't unfriendly, but you could tell he was busy and didn't really pay us any attention, until we started talking about the bottles of BA stuff they didn't have. He explained to us they were having some label issues, but they had the XV and 15 for sale...I had heard of the beers, but hadn't been able to try them, so we bought two of each, and he threw in a glass for us being beer geeks and travelling from the U.P. to stop at their place. I appreciated that.
Overall, it was a great experience. I'd like to go back sometime and chill out and have some lunch, but the first stop was positive enough for me to stop and try some food and enjoy this place again.

Photo of theecaleb
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The beer was great, the food was good, the service was bad. So overall a pretty typical craft brewery visit. The atmosphere was cool, large windows overlook their brewing operation, fairly large bar, converted doors being used as tables. Small kitchen with wood fire pizza set up. The only down fall was the bartender, she was pretty much nonexistent. I had to wait for forever to get a food menu, once I finally got one I had to share it with the people next to me, because apparently the bar tender never brought them their menus. I only had one pint because it sat empty for 20 minutes before I seen the bartender again, I was afraid if i asked for anther drink i'd have to wait an hour to receive it.

However, if your a craft beer fan its wroth a stop if your in the area. But, nothing I would make a special trip for.

Photo of Lynn
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Arcadia Brewing Company is the home of my first brewery experience. My old buddy was once an assistant brewaster there. I used to regularly hang out with my buddies at Arcadia before I moved four hours away. One of my regrets about moving so far is that Arcadia beers are not available here.
If you like hearty beer, Arcadia is the place. There are no ordinary beers at Arcadia. Every recipe is unique unto them. Whenever I visit Battle Creek and bring samples of Arcadia back with me, my new friends are stunned with the quality of Arcadia's brew.
The food is consistenly good. They offer wood-fired pizzas cooked in a stone oven that will rock your world! It seems crazy to say it, but try the ceasar salad... and don't forget the anchovies. This is a pub worth taking a date to.
Arcadia will not dissapoint. Give them a try soon.

Photo of wingedeel
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been to Arcadia quite a few times through the years,and,while not quite on a par with Bells/Founders etc., their beers have improved greatly IMO.

Usually a decent # of choices,10-12 I would guess,with a wide variety of styles. Most beers are served in imperial pint glasses, and prices are quite reasonable. A couple of wine selections,but no liquor.

Food is really quite good,the brisket sandwich and my wifes BLT on my last visit were both quite good.

We always sit at the bar,and service is friendly and quick.Nice mix of clientel.

A worthwhile stop.

Photo of elNopalero
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I’ve been here a few times for the beers and always enjoyed my experience. But this review will be for everything but the beer as I joined some locals for their first visit—while nursing a bit of a stomach flu which prevented me from drinking anything. I managed.

The service was on-point throughout my visit. My companions ordered beer and wine (they have both) while I stuck with water and salivated from a distance. We ordered a couple of appetizers and some main courses. I had a few vegetarian options to choose from.

The appetizers came out almost immediately, and both would have been enough to make a meal. Large portions! The sandwich, wrap and personal pizza were all equally large and could have made a second dinner for lesser eaters. The food itself wasn’t incredible, but that’s a problem plaguing many, many establishments—not just breweries. All that said, I’ll definitely be back next chance I get… For the beer. I have some make-up work to get to!

Photo of minterro
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I went to the brewery over the summer and overall had a pretty good experience.

The downtown area was under construction and there was a weird "post-nuclear fallout" feel to the streets around the brewery. However, the place was absolutely packed with people and the atmosphere was pretty electric.

Sat at the bar, had two or three beers while watching the wings game on tv. The bartender was nice and pretty well informed about beer. Had a good time, not going to go out of my way to come back, its not really a must stop if your going on a Michigan brewery trip but I wasn’t a bad experience.

Photo of Flux
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Came in later in the evening. Friendly staff without the attitude... something that is always appreciated. We were allowed to get samples of beer and everything we tasted was pretty good. We were still a little full from the last place we went to so we didn't try anything. I know it was late, but the atmosphere was still pretty dark, and being in the culinary industry I have a hard time trying food in a dark/dank environment. Iv'e never been to the brewery until now but have been drinking their beers for a while now. They really seem to be improving!

Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

arcadia had a nice atmosphere. like a local bar except with really good beer, I enjoyed that the lady working the door podium had no idea what a growler is. haha. nice. at least there wasn't any bs'ing or pretentiousness.

the quality was fine. the beers are fine. we didn't eat anything.

service was good. we were treated like human beings and without any snarls from the locals. always a plus.

selection was fine. there were no amazing treats, but my pint was imperial huge and the b craft was good.

reasonably priced. nice joint. no attitude. friendly locals. I will say do yourself a favor and stop in there if you are rolling through. the friendliness of the staff was refreshing after dealing with the folks at the prior stop. thanks.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Didn't recognize the pic on the BA site because I had to walk in the back because the street in front of Arcadia is completely torn up in the downtown region. Follow the detour, and no problem. Walk in and there's an immense wooden bar with an angled rectangle jutting out into the floor space of this historic building. Brewery looks pretty big and behind glass opposite of the bar. Maybe should've waited on dinner and had a pizza from the wood stove in the corner. Hot in the bar, but with the heat wave outside, it's hard to imagine that any place was very cool that day. Had a couple drafts--Hopmouth and B-Craft Black IPA. Both well served and delicious. Tried the homemade ale cheese with crackers, and except for a personal taste of being too strong on the mustard, it was good. Open friendly atmosphere with families, young and old all hanging out in the restaurant portion next to the bar. Attentive service. A very good stop that I would repeat if I found myself in downtown Battle Creek again.

Photo of jale
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here for a beer and dinner. They normally have a decent selection of beer styles and 1 cask. The menu has many upscale items for a brewpub. I had the duck breast which was fantastic. The only problem was the size of the meal. The entire meal was so small I was still hungry and at 15 dollars a slight ripoff. The service is always very prompt here and the wait staff are very nice. This is more of a family type place then a bar so bringing small children is the norm. They have a mug club with only about 50 mugs. Funny, only that many for as long as they have been open.

Photo of sweett3k
4.58/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here to celebrate a family birthday. This place is awesome. Very friendly service and great atmosphere. Nice old time bar feel. Great music and had sports on the TVs. Had great beer selection. I had the Sky High Rye and Hops Mouth beer. Very tasty. My party also enjoyed the Whitsun. The place smells of beer, bbq and pizza. Everything we had to eat was awesome and the portion are generous. Food as good as the beer. All ate, drank and was merry. Thanks for the great time. We come back soon for our next celebration.

Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
88 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.