Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing CompanyArcadia Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.67/5
Based on:
42 Beers
8,084 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 114
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: n/a
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 SuperNova777
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A:Very nice with a big open area for family dining and seating at the bar with some over tables as well. Very laid back atmosphere

Q:Brews were tasty especially their Bitter and Hop Rocket(which is their IIPA and served in a pint glass for $5.50 which I thought was excellent) Did not have any food but their brickhouse oven was filling the place with a great aroma.

S:Was fairly quick with a knowledgable host that was very nice

S:Very decent, seem to have something for everyone at this stop on our brew tour

This was my second favorite stop on our tour threw Michigan (next to Dark Horse) and I will hopefully be heading back within the next few months

Cheers

Photo of alleykatking
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was the second stop on the MI brew tour.

A- Nice opened up place which I thought was going to be smaller from the outside. Dim on the inside which was my only complaint. Brick oven located off to the side when you walk in. Just a nice looking brewpub.

Q- Everything that we had that day was amazing. The quality of the beer was good...not the best but you could tell it was brewed with greatness in mind. Didn't try the food so I couldn't comment on the quality of that although it did look very good.

S- The service was fantastic. Our waitress was one of the best I have seen in a long time. She took the time out to chit chat with us but was also very informative when we had questions. She along made the experiance worth while.

S- The selection here was great with about 12 plus beers to choose from and one or two hand pulls. I had no qualms about the selection for there was something for everyone there.

I thought the overall experiance here made this one of the better places we went to that day. I did enjoy the whole experiance and can not wait to get back up there again.

Photo of joedodger
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

A pleasant eating experience, as past reviews have noted. We were still commenting about the food long after we had left. The staff were friendly and we had a nice discussion going about the beer and our somewhat connectedness with each other. Just the right kind of repartee. Thank you, all.

Beer selection was a bit goofy. Having no experience with ABC, we went for the sampler. We were very interested in the Cocoa Loco. They had a Coffee Cocoa Loco on tap, instead. Thanks for the warning. I am not a coffee fan and this was a huge letdown. Understanding that things change (and they should!) I got over that. Other selections were a mixed bag. Several of the big beers we wanted to taste were not available on tap, only in bottles for take-out. Awkward. But I did find the IPAs which I normally just suck down because I do not care for them, did have some redeeming qualities (not overtly hopped) and tastier than the Red Ale. H-m-m.

All-in-all, we will go back, make sure we try some more of the food menu, and find a beer or two that suits our tastes.

Photo of jakeyb
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Michigan is a brewer's state, so if you're here you have to visit the locals. I am lucky enough to live within a 1.5 hour driving distance of at least four really exceptional breweries, Bell's, Dark Horse, New Holland, and Arcadia. As much as I enjoy Arcadia's beer (drinking their IPA right now) what must be mentioned about the bar is their food. Whether it's the barbecue smoking in the back or the brick pizza oven in the front, I have never tried anything here that I haven't loved. Really high quality ingredients, reasonable wait time, and reasonable prices. If you have to start with anything at Arcadia, you MUST try one of their pizzas. After tossing back a few nice Scotch Ales, their pizza is one of the best things you can do to your stomach. And if you come in the daytime you can watch the brewers at work from within the pub through a large glass window. The brewers and waitstaff have on numerous occasions talked beer with me and never in a condescending voice. Everyone that works here loves what they do and loves beer, and it shows.

Photo of n0315
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Wonderful place, a must visit IMO. Atmosphere was great, place keeps pretty buys it seems, and with a parking garage right across the street, parking is no problem. The quality of the beer was great. I tried 5 (which I reviewed) and they were great for the most part. The waitress was helpful and quick with a great attitude. They all seemed like that as well. The selection was good, but not great. They had 7 beers on tap, but you could buy their others in bottle form. They food is, by far, the best brewpub food I have ever had in my entire life. The pizza was the best pizza I have ever had. They cook it on a wood grill, and it just makes the food alone worth a visit. Prices were pretty good. I got a growler, 5 beers, and a meal for $35. I think that pretty reasonable.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I headed to Arcadia after a long stint at Dark Horse. This is like going from a mom and pop shop to a huge mega mart. Arcadia was very large, with parking in the back. They had a really nice bar with a few tv's hung up. I don't remember what they had playing.

They had a decent selection of their beers and they do offer some nice beers. Hop Rocket is one of my favorites from Arcadia.

This spot was a little less about the beer (and I like it when the brewpub is mostly about the beer) so I wasn't a huge fan. People were there on a Friday night drinking soda and eating, I guess they have good food b/c ppl were using it as a restaurant.

The waitress was relatively nice but wasn't too helpful. I got a couple of beers to go and they were quite expensive to go along with a pretty expensive bar tab. I'll keep getting their beer from the case and go to dark horse if i'm looking for a brew pub.

Photo of adamette
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Based on a visit there 10 15 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory.

Atmosphere Kind of an open warehouse feel, as you enter the stone oven is on the left, deep and to the left is the brewery and more near you is the seating with enough for probably 150 people. The day that we went there it was only modestly full and it was easy to get a table. I liked the atmosphere which was very "brewpub" with the visible brewing facilities and I like the warehouse openness. 4.0

Quality Good with correctly presented beers, a modern kitchen and professional staff. 4.0

Service Good. Our waitress was patient and informative. We really did not interact with anyone else there. 4.0

Selection Fair to good. I do not think that Arcadia Ales are all that special but it is a micro brew pub so it is not like I think that it is bad. 3.5

Food The best part of our experience. We got a wood oven grilled pita with hummus that was simply incredible. We regret not ordering a pizza from that wood oven grill as I am sure that it would be been sublime. Really, my wife and I talked about how good that appetizer was for the day or so after that. 4.5

Value Just fine.

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I just came away from Arcadia's Big Beer Dinner at which they celebrated their GABF Gold Medal for a special brew that was created when their Cereal Killer Barleywine was aged in a Bourbon barrel. The prize brew at dinner was accompanied by their other high gravity beers, one each to accompany an appetizer, 3 entrees and a dessert, all approaching gourmet quality.

(I am a local and this is my home brewery so I hope I am not sounding too partial in this review.)

Beer? I enjoy each and every one of their beers, and they do a great job with them. (A GABF Gold is proof enough.) But the gourmet feast that I experienced at this special dinner is not unusual for the food that can be prepared in their restaurant. Their normal menu of sandwiches, pizza (from a wood-fired oven), and barbecue items are regular offerings, and all of them are great. However, on Friday and Saturday nights there are usually two entree specials that go above the 'pub fare' and are always a special meal. A couple of special desserts are usually available on weekend nights too, frequently utilizing one of Arcadia's beers in their preparation (yes, in a dessert).

So you can come to the brewery to experience their beers, but you should also come for a meal to experience their quality food offerings, and Friday and Saturday nights are extra special if you time your visit for the weekend.

Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I visited the brewpub with bmoney575. The place was decorated with many trinkets and had a cool brick pizza oven in the corner. The waitress we had was quick and efficient and let us know as soon as they tapped their wet hop ale. Overall, there was nothing on tap that really blew my doors off. They did have Sky High Rye, Jaw Jacker, and some of their typical offerings. The food was very enjoyable- I demolished the turkey reuben, and the pizzas looked delicious. I will definitely be going back if I am in the area.

Photo of MDekker
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in downtown Battle Creek. We drove past a lot of empty storefronts on the way. The restaurant itself was alright, but not spectacular. This stop was the third leg of a brewery tour, following Bell's and New Holland, which both beat Arcadia. They had a nice selection of their stuff on tap - I had a cask-conditioned Hop Rocket in an appropriate glass, and it was quite good. The waitress was helpful, polite and knowledgeable. We ate some of their brick oven pizza, and that was good too, and we finished it with the last piece of pie they had, and it was good but not worth $6. It was nice to go there, but they have lots of competition in West Michigan. If I lived in Battle Creek I'm sure I would visit, but it's not necessarily worth a special trip from Grand Rapids.

Photo of Reneejane
4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Wow, am I glad we made the drive out to Battlecreek. We were ambivalent about going out here as we can get Arcadia beers in bottles all over the place. We were visiting Michigan for a weekend getaway, and headed on over. We visited on a Saturday afternoon. The game was on. The atmosphere was really nice, I liked the old meets new look going on with the vast brewing setup in shadows behind.

We sat at the bar and ate an appetizer: Bruchetta, which was out of this world fabulous.

The bartender was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and gave us some literature on their beer as well as answering any questions we had, very thoroughly include details such as yeast. Surprisingly the have an open fermentation system! I say surprising because the quality of the beer and the clean absolutely un-tainted character makes you wonder if rigorous sanitation is really necessary!

The beers we had were top notch. They also did a nice sampler system as well. The beers available on tap were extensive. I was very very happy that I got a cask pour of their amber. mmm.... I love it when breweries have their own beers on cask (something that isn't a given always!)

There are definitely a number of people i need to come back here with!

Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited this place a few nights ago as stop #1 on a short Michigan beer adventure.

Arcadia is located in a cool older brick building in the restored downtown area of Battle Creek. There were several other decent looking eating and drinking establishments within a block or two. Upon entering, there is a small area to the left that is halfway sectioned off as the pizzeria/dining area and the back of the building is the bar room. The bar itself is very long and makes a few twists and turns affording one the opportunity to face various directions yet still sit at the bar. The brewhouse can be seen from windows in the bar area.

On my visit they had 9 house brews on tap plus 2 other Arcadia ales on cask. I think 11 selections of super fresh local beer is a great lineup - all were tasty and pretty inexpensive!

We had the chicken quesadilla (which was very good) and the pizzas looked excellent. We sat at the bar so the bartender was our server and he was very nice and seemed pretty knowledgeable about the beers. Service was fast and friendly.

I also appreciated that many of their beers were for sale in 4 packs, 6 packs, and bombers, as well as t-shirts, hats, etc.

Overall, this was a fun place to have some well made tasty beers. I would go back in a heartbeat if ever in Battle Creek again.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Downtown Battle Creek, maybe some nights but more or less not someone most people I think would want to spend a tourist vacation night, but three places to go for craft beer nevertheless. Maybe the slight feeling of unprotected America is why it closes at 1030 pm. Arcadia makes very decent solid beers. This place is a rustic restaurant with a small wooden bar. Numerous tables. There are several of their recent product line available for sale.If you are in the town anyways, stop by. A cask may await you.

Photo of Azumel
4.15/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped here on a Thursday, just before lunch, I hadn't had any beers from Arcadia in a few years and it was on our way to Lansing after visiting Bell's. It was a huge open space, wood fire burning and the production area open to see in (nothing going on in there). We ordered a sampler which was a mix selected by our very friendly waitress.

My wife and I happened to both select the same item off of the menu, club sandwich, and it was perhaps one of the best club sandwiches I've ever had, not sure why, but it was great. As it got closer to noon, a few more people came in for lunch, but again, a Thursday morning so not too busy. We also ordered a sampler of beers, 1/3 of them were very good, the rest OK. We ended up buying a few mixed six packs to bring home of some beers that we hadn't even tried, but sounded good, they didn't have any Hop Rocket in bottles which was a bit dissappointing as I had heard that I needed to try it.

As far as value goes, I'm really not sure, I don't remember being suprised by the bill, but also didn't really look at it. We were able to park directly across the street which was nice also. I look forward to reviewing some of the beers that we bought in the next few days, hope we found a gem or two in there.

Photo of lamarr04
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went with a buddy of mine to their whitsun whiteout a while back. The pub is a big open space, with windows looking into the production facility and a bar towards the back. In terms of selection, they had lots of different varieties of whitsun to sample, including one with added fruit and a dry hopped version. All of the samples I had were good. I was expecting good beer, but the food is what surprised me. My sante fe sandwich was unbelievable and my friend enjoyed his rueben. We left with a bottle of hop rocket, a bottle of cereal killer, and pleased with the overall experience.

Photo of moshea
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I dislike giving a less than stellar review to any Michigan brewer; however this was my least favorite stop on my Michigan brewery run.

The room was a dimly lit standard brew pub. We ordered spinach artichoke dip for an appetizer. We were served an onion soup crock bowl of pesto with at least an inch of oil sitting on top.

I ordered the sampler platter and asked for a Hop Rocket as part of it. I was told that it was almost out and it could not be part of a sample platter but I could buy a pint. I am unsure why; if they were almost out they would serve me 16oz and not a 4oz sample. I explained that we were on a Michigan brewery run and really would like to try it. She checked with her manger and was given the same answer.

Between the poor food and puzzling service we had about half of our sample platter and moved on to the next stop.

I do not want this review to be totally negative so I would like to mention that the Sky High Rye and London Porter were both excellent.

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

Arcadia is a better-than-average brewpub located in downtown Battle Creek, MI. The large dining area has ample seating, is bedecked with nice brewerania on the adoring walls, has a large open brick oven for pizza making, and generally caters to a mix of folks: business types getting out of work, family people out for a good meal, arty types just hanging out, and beer geeks.

My friend and I ate dinner there, and due to the large and wonderful portions of our meal, we were only able to have a few beers with it. It took about 20 minutes to be seated for dinner, so we opted to have a pint at the bar. I had an Imperial pint of Angler's Ale, which is best described as an English-style bitter, and was quite tasty and refreshing. During dinner, I had a half-pint of the Nut Brown ale (also in the English style) to accompany my outstanding 3-meat BBQ platter (pulled pork, chopped beef brisket and shredded chicken). Yummy! My friend had one of the brick-oven pizzas (BBQ chicken), and two pints of their IPA to accompany.

Overall, we enjoyed Arcadia quite a bit. I wish I would've had a few extra stomach chambers to indulge myself further with their brews, but I was more hungry than thirsty going in. Gotta pick and choose your battles! Next time, however, I'll make sure to get a more rounded beer experience there.

Photo of BMoney575
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 10-3-08

On a trip to Battle Creek last weekend, a few friends and I decided to give Arcadia a visit. The atmosphere is nice, almost more restaurant than bar. The main seating area is right as you walk in the door, with a sizable wood-fired brick oven in the corner. The bar is in the back, and you can see the brewing/bottling/packaging area through large windows. The quality and service were very good, the waitress was fun and helpful, and the beers were served in the correct glassware. The selection was great, with almost every beer Arcadia makes available on-tap. I had a London Porter (one of my favorites) and an extremely tasty cask Hopmouth. We didn't have any food, but the menu looked very enticing. The beers were very well priced, being about $4.75 a pint, no matter what you ordered. I would strongly recommend a stop at Arcadia Brewing Company if you're in town.

Photo of dlauver
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stop #1 of 6 in our I-94 brewery tour. Went with a group of 11, which kind of overwhelmed their staff early on a Saturday. The restaurant itself is reminiscent of English style pubs with wood paneling on the walls. All the tables were actually old doors laid flat with glass on top which was kinda cool and interesting. I have always liked Arcadia brews and I wasn't disappointed at the brewery. I was however a little upset that they were only able to serve two samplers at a time. Seemed a little odd for a brewpub, but I was lucky enough to get one. Seasonal brews on tap were a Double IPA and Triple Chocolate Stout. Both were very tasty. Their ESB was the favorite of my group, even for the non-beer drinkers.

Our waiter was patient even though our group was a little obnoxious. We had a light lunch of appetizers which were all quick and delicious.

After lunch I took a better look around. The brewery itself is next door to the restaurant and you can look in through windows which run the entire length of the building. One of the managers/brewers/men in charge came over to answer our questions. I asked for a tour (knowing I probably wouldn't get one) and was astonished to find out that all of their beers are open fermented. Good reason for not allowing a bunch of college kids poke around.

Overall it was the perfect stop to our trip. If in Battle Creek I will definitely stop back again.

Photo of Biggness
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

While in Michigan we ate dinner here one night. I saw their draft list and I started drooling, many things sounded wonderful. I started off the coco loco which I could have sworn would have been a safe bet but NO it was horrid, I see others like this beer maybe I had a bad beer? I don't know right from the brewery so you'd have to imagine it would be fresh. Overall I had 3 beers non of which impressed me in the least. The food was nice though, bbq and they had probably the best baked beans I have ever had in my life.

Photo of letsgopens
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Located in downtown Battle Creek, Arcadia was our third stop of the day. The interior is British Pub themed and very wide open. The bar in the back is dimly lit and away from the large windows near the front. There was a brick oven and some tables, furniture, etc towards the center. It seemed like there was not very many tables for the amount of open space that was left. Oddly organized space.

We were basically the only people in the place that afternoon and we had a hard time pulling the bartender from his conversations with co-workers. Once we did I ordered a pint of the stout and had a seat at the bar. The selection was certainly lacking. I believe there were only 4 or 5 beers on tap that day. The notable porter that everyone mentioned to us was kicked and we had to settle. Probably my favorite part of the experience was the old bar that was covered in old beer labels; it was at least interesting to look at. I did not order food, partly because I was a bit skeptical about how long it would take and because we had other places to go.

Arcadia wasn't un-enjoyable, but it was probably my least favorite stop on our trip. I regrettably did not try the food, but I suppose I was ready to keep moving after about a half hour. Worth a visit, but don't make a lengthy trip unless it’s on your way. I don't mean to trash the place (I've only had one afternoon experience there) but it isn't somewhere I'm willing to make a special trip to Michigan for.

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

Sitting here at Arcadia using the wifi connection to write this review. Points for sure for having wifi. Seven beers on tap today including the London Porter and Hopmouth DIPA. It's 4:30 in the afternoon on a Friday in July. It's a little slow right now, maybe 10 people here. It's a big space. Long bar, pizza cooking area, good amount of tables, and a good amount of open standing space. I can image this place very busy on a Saturday night; people standing at tall tables, couples sitting at low tables, regulars at the bar. Nice cracked concrete floors and tall ceiling. Nice wood bar, flags of great beer nations, and lots of brewerania complete the decor. This isn't some fancy-schmany brewpub though. Nice gritty feel here that the hipsters would love. The beer Arcadia makes can certainly satisfy the prototypical beer-geek and having it fresh from the brewery makes it that much better.

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

Ben, the restaurant manager, thought it would be a great idea (ok, so did we) to host his own little tasting at the bar of their big beer series. Of the beers of theirs that I have tasted, they are good and well made, but even their big beer series are not "in your face". He did tell us they are going to start doing some "west coast style brewing" meaning they will be using more bolder hops, so that should kick things up a notch. Good for them!! While I think a brewpub should have their "mainstream" beers on tap, I think it's equally important to have some special, bolder beers that will keep things interesting.

Their food is good. The nuts and berries salad with goat cheese should not be missed. It paired excellently with their Hopmouth Double IPA. We've been here once before and had an artichoke pizza that was also very tasty.

I've seen previous posts that this place is just ok. While that may be true now, I think it will be worth a visit again should you be in Battle Creek in the future. I think their upcoming west coast style brewing will be worth trying. Their food is already worth trying.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch as the first stop on our Western MI tour. The place was slow but seemed spacious enough for a busy crowd. The pub had somewhat of an English feel to it with the restaurant up front and the bar in the back and the brewery to the right through glass windows.

We sat at the bar and I am not sure if the heat was turned on or not since it felt like it was 40-50 degrees. I had to keep my winter coat on during lunch to keep from freezing. I had a club sandwich and I think all 4 people in our party were happy with the food.

The service was fine and the waitress that served us gave us directions to what in my mind had to be the world’s largest Goodwill store so that we could scrounge up better costumes for Eccentric day. The guy bartending was not very friendly and very short when we tried to strike up a conversation.

There were 6-8 beers on tap with a mix of some regulars and some specialties. I tried the Cocoa Loco Stout, Nut Brown, Imperial Stout and IPA. There was a certain house flavor that reminded me of an extract twang in each of the beers I tried. At the time of this review, the only beer I have had from them out of the bottle is the London Porter and I did not get the same flavor I got at the pub.

There were a few bottles for take out along with other merchandise for sale near the entrance. I considered picking up a few things not on tap (Cereal Killer & Hop Mounth) but the prices seemed really high compared to the liquor stores we stopped at on this trip.

Overall, I found Arcadia to be somewhat average. If I lived nearby, I would definitely give them a second try but I do not think I will go out of my way to stop there again.

Photo of aforbes10
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I convinced some friends to make the drive to Arcadia last night. We knew that it was the brewery's 10th anniversary celebration and one of my buddies wanted to take on their "yard of ale" contest, as he is well trained for that sort of thing. We walked in and paid the cover and then were a little disappointed that the british style food advertised on the website wasn't free for attendees of the event and rather what they meant was that we could sit down and have a meal in their restaurant. Well, we were hungry so we did sit down...and ate some delicious food. They have an eclectic pizza menu coupled with some traditional meals from the British Isles. I noticed Cock-a-leekie and Spotted Dick and helped myself to a Scotch Egg (i love those freaky little things...and this one was served with some Branston Pickle, which Americans need to learn more about). We ordered 3 pizzas and they were all very tasty. So, yeah, good food.

The place was decorated with lots of flags (UK flags and then flags of some nearby states....Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Michigan). They also had a big window through which you could see their distribution center and, past that, some of their fermenters. Further past the restaurant they had the bar, which was quite long, and in the back a couch with some artwork for sale (we met the artist who was very nice and eager to show us his work). They also appear to have a mug club around the backside of the bar. Tables were old doors with glass over top which was pretty cool. Oh, and they had an area to throw some darts up in front. Very comfortable, very nice.

Service was ok. I think they were a bit swamped with the celebration and all. Food came fast but our server, incredibly, didn't seem to know much about the beer or about the various events pertaining to the celebration. Bar service was better and some of the drinks were being poured by owner Tim Suprise and his wife.

Ok, the beers. Well, tonight they had some specials that were fairly new to the brewery...Big Dick's Old Ale, Cereal Killer Barleywine, Coco Loco Coffee Stout, and then a special Bourbon Barrel Aged version of their Imperial Stout. I tried all of them and all of them were darn good (too drunk to review anything but the Impy though). We also, in our group, had many of the usual Arcadia fare (except Whitsun, which is out of season now), along with their Arcadia Light, a milder version of Angler's Ale. A great lineup of beers.

So, yeah, we have a good time. And i'll add that my friend came first in the Yard of Ale drinking contest (easily). He was then congratulated by Tim Suprise, who came and talked with us all for a while and seemed like a very cool guy (talked about starting out at Shipyard Brewing and other things). Go to Arcadia if you get a chance.

Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.