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Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing CompanyArcadia Brewing Company
BA SCORE
87
very good

109 Ratings
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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 MilwaukeeCrusher
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

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 FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Didn't recognize the pic on the BA site because I had to walk in the back because the street in front of Arcadia is completely torn up in the downtown region. Follow the detour, and no problem. Walk in and there's an immense wooden bar with an angled rectangle jutting out into the floor space of this historic building. Brewery looks pretty big and behind glass opposite of the bar. Maybe should've waited on dinner and had a pizza from the wood stove in the corner. Hot in the bar, but with the heat wave outside, it's hard to imagine that any place was very cool that day. Had a couple drafts--Hopmouth and B-Craft Black IPA. Both well served and delicious. Tried the homemade ale cheese with crackers, and except for a personal taste of being too strong on the mustard, it was good. Open friendly atmosphere with families, young and old all hanging out in the restaurant portion next to the bar. Attentive service. A very good stop that I would repeat if I found myself in downtown Battle Creek again.

FightingEntropy, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Bung, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Mothergoose03
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%

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 menu 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 of 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.

Mothergoose03, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of MarcatGSB
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%

Made a quick stop for a beer on our way from Bell's to Dark Horse in preparation for 4 Elf 2012.
The bar and restaurant were fairly busy. Most of the tables were occupied. It had a pizza type smell in the dining room. Appears to me to be an older place, with a long bar that kind of slithers the length of the dining room, with booths behind and small tables behind it. They have about 8-10 beers on tap. The bar is a formica counter top, maybe something you'd see in a trailer or mobile home from 1978 or so.
They did not have the BBBW or BB Imperial Stout in bottles, which was part of the reason why we stopped, hoping to score a couple bottles of each. We had a quick beer on tap, and decided to press on. The bartender wasn't unfriendly, but you could tell he was busy and didn't really pay us any attention, until we started talking about the bottles of BA stuff they didn't have. He explained to us they were having some label issues, but they had the XV and 15 for sale...I had heard of the beers, but hadn't been able to try them, so we bought two of each, and he threw in a glass for us being beer geeks and travelling from the U.P. to stop at their place. I appreciated that.
Overall, it was a great experience. I'd like to go back sometime and chill out and have some lunch, but the first stop was positive enough for me to stop and try some food and enjoy this place again.

MarcatGSB, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev +3.4%

midlifec, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Lynn
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

Lynn, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of frazbri
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

frazbri, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of TheSamKuehn
3.25/5  rDev -16%

TheSamKuehn, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BUNZILLA, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of aforbes10
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

aforbes10, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of elNopalero
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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!

elNopalero, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of wingedeel
4/5  rDev +3.4%

I have been to Arcadia quite a few times through the years,and,while not quite on a par with Bells/Founders etc., their beers have improved greatly IMO.

Usually a decent # of choices,10-12 I would guess,with a wide variety of styles. Most beers are served in imperial pint glasses, and prices are quite reasonable. A couple of wine selections,but no liquor.

Food is really quite good,the brisket sandwich and my wifes BLT on my last visit were both quite good.

We always sit at the bar,and service is friendly and quick.Nice mix of clientel.

A worthwhile stop.

wingedeel, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.4%

WoodBrew, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

buschbeer, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of adamette
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

adamette, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev -1%

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.

david131, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

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).

ChappyCubsFan, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Wildman, Oct 02, 2002
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Zaphog, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

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?

Stigs, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of jale
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

jale, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of nortmand
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

nortmand, Jun 30, 2004
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Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.