Arcadia Brewing Company
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 7,171
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
2.7/5 rDev -30.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
While in Michigan we ate dinner here one night. I saw their draft list and I started drooling, many things sounded wonderful. I started off the coco loco which I could have sworn would have been a safe bet but NO it was horrid, I see others like this beer maybe I had a bad beer? I don't know right from the brewery so you'd have to imagine it would be fresh. Overall I had 3 beers non of which impressed me in the least. The food was nice though, bbq and they had probably the best baked beans I have ever had in my life.
07-21-2008 00:40:42 | More by Biggness
3.05/5 rDev -21%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$
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 its 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.
12-01-2007 22:41:34 | More by letsgopens
3.05/5 rDev -21%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
stopped in for lunch saturday mid afternoon. brewery is located on a desolate, almost vacant downtown street which clearly punctuates battle creek’s current economic woes. brewery/pub is an expansive space: industrial feel but w. lower ceilings, exposed brick oven/kitchen space. service is young, naive, and unprofessional. food is OK. but the bacon wrapped figs w. goat cheese are very tasty. sampled starboard stout, sky high rye, hopmouth double IPA, and loch down, b-craft, and brigid's irish red. in my opinion, the irish red was solid - but the other beers were really lackluster/average.
04-07-2013 16:27:29 | More by craft_shannie
3.26/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
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.
04-22-2013 02:26:05 | More by HarmonMW
3.29/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
Tried all the Specialty Ales and not impressed. They should stick to the basics.
ESB seams like a Pale Ale
IPA Week is one ever
Hop Mouth just bitter
Loch Down Week Scotch Ale
B-Craft It is a Pale that looks black
Great people with great service but poor beer.
06-26-2013 20:25:52 | More by BeerTravelerky
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
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.
04-18-2009 13:30:04 | More by moshea
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for lunch as the first stop on our Western MI tour. The place was slow but seemed spacious enough for a busy crowd. The pub had somewhat of an English feel to it with the restaurant up front and the bar in the back and the brewery to the right through glass windows.
We sat at the bar and I am not sure if the heat was turned on or not since it felt like it was 40-50 degrees. I had to keep my winter coat on during lunch to keep from freezing. I had a club sandwich and I think all 4 people in our party were happy with the food.
The service was fine and the waitress that served us gave us directions to what in my mind had to be the worlds largest Goodwill store so that we could scrounge up better costumes for Eccentric day. The guy bartending was not very friendly and very short when we tried to strike up a conversation.
There were 6-8 beers on tap with a mix of some regulars and some specialties. I tried the Cocoa Loco Stout, Nut Brown, Imperial Stout and IPA. There was a certain house flavor that reminded me of an extract twang in each of the beers I tried. At the time of this review, the only beer I have had from them out of the bottle is the London Porter and I did not get the same flavor I got at the pub.
There were a few bottles for take out along with other merchandise for sale near the entrance. I considered picking up a few things not on tap (Cereal Killer & Hop Mounth) but the prices seemed really high compared to the liquor stores we stopped at on this trip.
Overall, I found Arcadia to be somewhat average. If I lived nearby, I would definitely give them a second try but I do not think I will go out of my way to stop there again.
01-16-2007 20:05:33 | More by brewcrew76
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-08-2012 19:21:51 | More by theecaleb
3.54/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I headed to Arcadia after a long stint at Dark Horse. This is like going from a mom and pop shop to a huge mega mart. Arcadia was very large, with parking in the back. They had a really nice bar with a few tv's hung up. I don't remember what they had playing.
They had a decent selection of their beers and they do offer some nice beers. Hop Rocket is one of my favorites from Arcadia.
This spot was a little less about the beer (and I like it when the brewpub is mostly about the beer) so I wasn't a huge fan. People were there on a Friday night drinking soda and eating, I guess they have good food b/c ppl were using it as a restaurant.
The waitress was relatively nice but wasn't too helpful. I got a couple of beers to go and they were quite expensive to go along with a pretty expensive bar tab. I'll keep getting their beer from the case and go to dark horse if i'm looking for a brew pub.
12-08-2009 19:32:05 | More by cpetrone84
3.63/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
07-17-2011 17:07:46 | More by jale
Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.