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Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing CompanyArcadia Brewing Company
Based on:
47 Beers
9,206 Hads
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 61
Visits: 128
Avg: 3.91
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

Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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

Closed on Sundays.
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Reviews: 61 | Visits: 128
Photo of Reneejane
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
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!

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Photo of Mothergoose03
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of sweett3k
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Lynn
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of nortmand
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of n0315
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of brew4health
4.3/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place is located in downtown or near downtown Battle Creek. We went there on Sunday and parking was not a problem. They have a bar, restaurant and a small shop where they sell many of their own bottled beers and a few items like tee-shirts and maybe hats. It was not busy on that Sunday which was nice since we got to chat with the bartender and other staff. They were very friendly.

The atmosphere inside the bar is good, consisting of a large open restaurant in front and good sized bar bar toward the back. It is big and open and rather dark. The entire wall on the right side of the bar is glass, allowing a visual tour of their brewing equipment, fermentation and storage tanks as well as their bottling line. That is pretty impressive and has to be the defining feature of this place..

The beer ranged from good to very good and the selection was good. They had 10 of their beers on tap and a beer engine that I forgot to ask about. I tried them all since they only served their samplers in complete sets and the price is quite reasonable. That is 10, 5 oz samples for 10 bucks. The HopMouth and B-Craft were standouts as was their Sky High Rye. I took home a growler of the HopMouth for $14 and my brother took home the Sky High for $16.

We sat at the bar and the service was good. The bartender very attentive and he and other staff were very knowledgeable about their beer. We didn't try the food. I would go there again if I were in town.

Beers sampled: Nut Brown Ale, ESB, Irish Red, Sky High Rye, B-Craft Black IPA, Loch Down Scotch Ale, HopMouth Double IPA, London Porter, Starboard Stout, Hop Rocket Imperial IPA

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Photo of BMoney575
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of nyjets1248
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I had some time on a Saturday afternoon, so I shot over to Arcadia. Located in the dowtown section of Battle Creek it was easy to find and had plenty of parking. The initial impression as you walk in is laid back and comfortable. There are plenty of tables for a group of people to sit and have a meal and a nice long bar to sit and enjoy Arcadia's work. Along the back wall there are old couches and very comfortable looking chairs and around the corner from there was the "mug club". I met the production manager and took a tour of the brewery. There were three of us on the tour which made for an enjoyable tour as there was plenty of time for questions and answers. After the tour I sat down at the bar and grabbed a menu. Full of BBQ, sandwiches and pizza, all reasonably priced. I opted for a sandwich and an Arcadia Amber Ale, both were great. 1 sandwich, 1 beer, 1 tour all for under $15. Thanks Arcadia.

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Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Reviewing from a trip I made last summer, but still have a memory of how great this place was. Great beer (quality, selection of tap and bottles to go), great food (had the Cuban sandwich. Awesome.) and very friendly and helpful staff. It's even easy to get to and easy parking in parking garage across the street. Nothing but good about this place!

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Photo of Another6Pack
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Made a run to Arcadia to have lunch and pick up a couple sixers of the canned version of Whitsun. Road and sidewalks were under construction and we successfully navigated the fencing, stakes, and plywood sidewalks to arrive shortly after they opened at noon. We were on a mission!

We were immediately greeted at the door and invited to pick a place to sit. The greeter - Kelly - turned out to be our waitress also and she took very good care of us.

I tried a Shipwreck Porter since I haven't yet cracked the wax on the one bottle I bought a couple months ago. A very nice brew, and I'll let mine sit in the bottle for a while longer to settle down some more.

Food was top notch. My 14yr old and I both ordered the Cuban with pulled pork - excellent. However, my 18 yr old got the Brewer's brisket that was even better. At $9 a plate I rated this as a bit pricey, but I had no problem paying that kind of money for lunch of that caliber. Like everything, you get what you pay for.

It has been at least eight years since I've been here, and I shall not wait that long between visits again. I've already decided on the Brewer's brisket with a couple pints of Hopmouth or Hop Rocket if they're available. Heavenly...

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First of all, I believe I paid only $7 for a sampler and got a good line up of beers. Was also able to try a few of their rarer beers as well. The place had a good retro vibe to it without being dingy. Much of the brewing equipment was seen from the pub itself and the service was also very good to excellent. Considering this was an afterthought on my beercation (Arcadia at least at that point wasn't distributed in Wisconsin) I was thoroughly impressed. I now dub the I-94 stretch across Michigan as the beer highway. I will definitely visit again.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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


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Photo of Azumel
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here mid-day on a Sunday, after Bell's and before going to Marshall for Dark Horse.

"Downtown" Battle Creek was dead, we parked righto out front of the brewery/pub and sat at the bar.

Ordered the taster flight which was an impressive 11 beers, with healthy 4oz+ pours of each. A good mix of Arcadia staples and some special brewery only beers including a delicious Oatmeal Stout, Double Black IPA, and a well done English IPA.

For food, we ordered beer cheese and crackers, which was ok as an appetizer but a little generic. The pizza however, with goat cheese, onions, tomato, bacon, and some other stuff was very good. We destroyed that.

Service was overall good, one of the brewmasters was tending bar helping out his wife and their (adorable) newborn son who was there. He admitted to not knowing exactly what he was doing but did not mess up anything.

Overall, it was a good place to sit and watch some football, bring some beers, and eat some food - what else more could one want?

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Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I always make sure to stop by Arcadia when I'm in town. There is always a nice selection of beer of various styles (it's not quite as heavily English influenced as I think they claim to be, but that's a good thing to me). Their pizza is great and I've only once ordered a sandwich which was a bit of a letdown by comparison. Service was friendly but a bit slow at times.

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Photo of MDekker
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of bwood06
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Excellent food choices to go along with some very good beer. Food was perfectly priced for what I received and was actually very well plated. Did not expect such a great plating at a microbrewery. Service was very prompt and waitress returned exactly when I needed her each time.

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Photo of Flux
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of ahking
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.