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Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing CompanyArcadia Brewing Company
BA SCORE
88
very good

104 Ratings
Ratings: 104
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Active Beers: 47
Beer Ratings: 7,828
Beer Avg: 3.72
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 Reneejane
4.9/5  rDev +26%

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!

Reneejane, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

spointon, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Azumel
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Azumel, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of lamarr04
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

lamarr04, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of moshea
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

moshea, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of RedBaron
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

RedBaron, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
4.28/5  rDev +10%

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.

BMoney575, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of dlauver
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

dlauver, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Biggness
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%

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.

Biggness, Jul 21, 2008
Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.