Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General StoreBell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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3.89/5
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General StoreBell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

355 E Kalamazoo Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007
United States

(269) 382-2332 | map
bellsbeer.com

Notes:
Bell's does not sell growlers of their beer at the Eccentric Café & Beergarden.

Bell's does sell growlers at their General Store.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
121
Reviews:
30,136
Ratings:
101,555
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
779
pDev:
11.49%
 
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Photo of dukeandduke
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

11/4/18 (Kalamazoo): Visited today for a brief visit, fortunate to hit the brewery and general store on All Stouts Day. Line was 15 deep when I arrived 15 minutes before open, about 50 deep when they opened. Very brick structure, mix of modern and vintage decor. Both front of house and a large back room where concerts are held, and large outside grounds open to accommodate the crowd. Nowhere to sit at the bar, you order up front (or server) and plenty of tables were available. We grabbed a table in the upper section of the back concert area

Many special excellent offerings available today, the BA Expedition Stout was the highlight. 18 draft offerings, proper glassware, friendly and accommodating bartenders who handled the large crowd well. Nice to see the brewery properly staff this event.

Didn't have a chance to tour the brewery beyond walking around the public areas, or have the food which looked great.

Went to the General Store to look around and pick up a six pack of Two Hearted IPA. Nice supplies for home brewers are available, as well as brewery merchandise with decent pricing.

Definitely want to return when I have more time for a tour, meal and several offerings.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Did the tour and ate at the brewpub
V: Really cool indoor deco. Some interesting stuff on the walls, my fiancee and I were quite entranced with some of it. Had some old metal pieces holding up rafters, love that kind of stuff. Sort of an old meets new theme I guess, if I had to summarize, with an artsy sort of vibe
Q: Beers were great. Really enjoyed their sour brown ale
Ser: Tour guide was awesome, bartenders were great, waitstaff was good as well.
Sel: Was so-so. Was told during tour that some of the beers on the menu were only available there at the brewery, but they seemed to be out of most of them. Was a bummer. Overall though found some great beers.
Food: Was good, got a meat and cheese platter. Could have used more cheese, but everything on it was great

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of gtk1989
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of beardedbeered
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I was thrilled to pull into one of the Midwest's Meccas for craft brewing.
With at least two other crafters across the street, this brewing hotbed is helping revive Kalamazoo's warehouse district.

Cool conversion of a brick warehouse with bar, beer garden and restaurant.
Service was upbeat and inviting. There were no other beers other than Bells, which is ok but not a good consumer practice.

All four of us agreed that the food was very good for a brewpub.

Glad to make this pilgrimage.

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Photo of A_Rad
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Lazhal
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

First visit, love the look/vibe, very nicely appointed, excellent selection of beers (had 3 I’d never had before, and I’ve had a lot of Bell’s stuff), and the food was outstanding (best popcorn I’ve ever had, and I’m an inveterate popcorn connoisseur). The service was a smidge slow, but nothing truly bothersome. I’ll be back.

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Photo of Berknerj
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of MKrauss
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Awesome place !!

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Photo of Janghee
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of DotDrinks
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Oconomowocian
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Went to both the general store and the cafe for dinner and a beer. General store has a lots of home brewing supplies, but the growler fill station was down the day I visited. The cafe is around back and is an eclectic place with pretty good food. Best brew I had that day was actually a home brewer recipe that had one a contest and was brewed by Bells. Cool place, different than most has some charm.

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Photo of Shanepatton
3.39/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of ElleMills
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of rossracing
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of HardyA
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Tbarnes1414
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Foxman27
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

General store was cool, but didn't have much beer I couldn't get at the grocery store. I really liked that a big brewery sold homebrew equipment, and encourages homebrewers. The Cafe was great and had nice outdoor seating and a cool vibe.

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Photo of CvilleCraftMan
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Erjadams
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store in Kalamazoo, MI
Brewery rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 101,555 ratings