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Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing CompanyArcadia Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.66/5
Based on:
46 Beers
3,911 Reviews
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 60
Visits: 126
rAvg: 3.94
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

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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: 60 | Visits: 126
Photo of Biggness
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (1,467 characters)

Photo of craft_shannie
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of HarmonMW
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of BeerTravelerky
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of moshea
3.35/5  rDev -15%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (1,691 characters)

Photo of theecaleb
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (900 characters)

Photo of jale
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of frazbri
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of somethingcreative
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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! (307 characters)

Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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). (921 characters)

Photo of smartassboiler
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of tonedef131
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Myself and two of my buddies drove an hour or so north to check this place out simply because we had nothing better to do. Getting there is a piece of cake and Battle Creek is a pretty cool town otherwise as well. We made a point to stop by the church of scientology and take pictures on the way back for a good laugh since it was just a couple of blocks down the road.

The building itself is amongst the other shops on the main strip downtown. Once getting inside you can see almost half of the building itself is the brewery seperated by glass. There is plenty of tables and a fairly long bar that could seat at least twenty people. The kitchen is cool as it is just one man behind a counter with a fire oven going behind him. We got there a little before 1 and there was very few people there. After hanging out for a couple hours I noticed it had picked up a bit, and people seemed to take their time here.

The food was excellent, it wasn't cheap but it was worth the money. Everything seemed very fresh and the menu had things that everyone could eat. But they also seemed to offer things that are a little less common which interested me. I ordered the Goose with cranberry porter sauce and it was excellent. There was enough here that if I lived close by I would probobly dig a little deeper into the menu.

As far as the beers go I can't say I was too entirely impressed. They were all good and very fresh but none of them blew my mind. I got a London Porter, Starboard Stout, and their IPA. The porter wasn't bad but had a funny aftertaste and the Stout was served on a Nitrotap, which immediatly turned me off. However, the IPA was very enjoyable as was the amber my buddy had. I tried a taste of the Scotch ale before we left and wished I had gotten that.

They don't have much of a gift shop to speak of but there was a counter with some T-shirts and that in it. I had to ask our waitress for a pint glass and she ran upstairs and found one for me. They did have most of thier beers to go in a warm stack or out of the cooler. Their was six-packs or individual bottles, and you could also mix and match. They had a cheese spread that interested me, but I decided to just get a couple bombers of their Double IPA and a variety pack for my buddy.

In retrospect it was a fun experience and I would recommend it if you are in Battle Creek. Seeing as how Bell's is about 20 min one direction and Dark Horse is about 15 in the other, I am not sure if I will ever make it back there. (2,504 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,860 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of jakeyb
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Foosier
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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! (981 characters)

Photo of joedodger
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of DavidRandall
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (489 characters)

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Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
89 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.