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Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Brewing CompanyArcadia Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 7,176
Beer Avg: 3.7

Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
87
very good

78 Ratings
Ratings: 78
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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 from late Fall to Spring.
Sunday summer hours are 11:30am - 4pm, and they offer a brunch menu.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

08-07-2009 02:00:49 | More by Sammy
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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

01-13-2011 04:36:12 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

07-28-2011 16:32:15 | More by FightingEntropy
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$

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.

01-14-2013 14:57:01 | More by MarcatGSB
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spointon

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

09-01-2009 03:58:25 | More by spointon
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frazbri

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

08-17-2004 02:18:12 | More by frazbri
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

12-03-2006 17:19:28 | More by aforbes10
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elNopalero

Texas

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!

12-28-2011 17:56:06 | More by elNopalero
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Mothergoose03

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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 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.

11-05-2009 01:08:54 | More by Mothergoose03
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wingedeel

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

01-08-2012 16:11:25 | More by wingedeel
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Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.