Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-3807
United States

(269) 382-2332 | map

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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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 734
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Stayed at a hotel just off the interstate which wasn't too far from here. The place was hopping since it was Friday night during football and world series season when we visited. We got some beers at door while we waited for our table out in the beer garden. The food menu had good variety and tasted nice, but the kids menu could be expanded. 20+ beer choices and most seemed like solid picks, even though my dream of Hopslam being available didn't come true. It's spacious but gets loud with all the industrial materials bouncing sound everywhere. We were able to get several beer samples before picking and we had some amazing stuff like Oracle. If you are in SW Michigan get over here.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is great for the many beers to choose on tap, food is ok but mostly appetizers, but what makes this place the bad ass it is would be drinking good craft beer while listening to bad ass performers that have included Great American Taxi, Greensky Bluegrass, Keller Williams, and Yonder Mountain Stringband which of course was good when Jeff Austin was in the band. CHEERS!

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Photo of ELS
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The tap room has a very nice atmosphere with a big restaurant full of tables and about 10 stools at the bar. Snagged a couple of bar stools with a friend. Had a lunch special and a flight of beers. The food was good but not memorable. The beer on tap was really no better than the bottled versions I find in my beer store. I was expecting two hearted ale to be even better at the brewery. It's not. If you are a huge Bell's Fan you're going to love this place. Otherwise, it's nothing special except for the nice restaurant.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Bell's Brewery 3 times. Each time they were busy but there was room for us to be seated right away. The board at Bell's is always loaded with draft only Bell's beer options so I've never had a beer at Bell's that I could buy in a store. And I've never been disappointed in any of the beers at Bell's. The food menu is large and top notch. Service is very good, at the bar or a table. The store has every Bell's item you could want and a nice selection of their beers. The first time I bought Hopslam was at the Ball's store. Bottom line is I always look forward to visiting Bell's.

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Photo of TheCzarof85
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Bell's is one of the best. Eccentric Cafe is an amazing place where you can catch a big name musically, chill with a glass of a special batch in the garden, eat good food, and catch good vibes. The selection is amazing and nothing beats a fresh Two-Hearted. Nothing!

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Beer selection is great and some brewery only options are always top notch. The food is average and with no table service, can be a drag to order. The merch store could be larger as well, but we all really are here for the beer and Bell's is world class.

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Photo of tourdot
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Visited the eccentric cafe on a Friday evening. Busy as expected with a mixed group of people. We snagged a table after about a half hour of standing. The beer selection was ok; not much that I couldn't purchase in WI but the beer was still great. I enjoyed Expedition, Java, and Consecrator. Our server was friendly and tended to us frequently. After 8:30 or so it started to clear out and quiet down; at that point it was a very comfortable and enjoyable venue. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and a must stop if in Kzoo.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Extensive tap list. The food I had was very good, but wasn't crazy about the menu. My only complaint here is that they only fill their own growlers, and only the 3 to 4 beers they offer in the gift shop. Very nice place otherwise.

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Photo of arizcards
4.43/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Vibe was pretty solid. We chose the outdoor seating area (not the pub or beer garden).

Quality of the beer available was world class. They had approximately 30 brews on tap that included their regular lineup, the seasonals, and the specialties!

Service was solid, the server or her sidekick were very timely!

Selection of the brews was awesome! World class beers dotted the menu including Two Hearted, Expo Stout, 30th Anniversary, etc!

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Photo of CardinalKen
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Very nice ambiance in the expanded Eccentric Cafe. Bar and restaurant seating are slightly separated, which is appropriate. Open and airy with soaring ceilings. Decent beer garden. Very interesting architectural details were used in the design of the space. Parking is tricky. Wait staff is well-versed on the product offerings and very, very friendly. (P.S. -- get the 30th Anniversary Ale before it's all gone)

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here on my way to Grand Rapids. The exterior is unremarkable, which is quite a contrast to the interior. Twenty-foot ceilings, great woodwork and stained glass. Food was a bit pricey but otherwise good as was the service. I was hoping that they'd have a little more selection on tap and I felt that for the most part I could find everything at any respectable bottle store. I held out a snowball's chance in Hell that there would be some Black Note but was willing to settle for some Expedition Stout; unfortunately skunked on both accounts. Settled for a Uranus, which was not a bad consolation prize at all.

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Photo of 98green
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Place is a lot smaller than you'd think (pre-expansion). Had a seat at the bar with all the bar orders on my shoulder. Quality and price was solid tho.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

wow was I impressed with Bell's Eccentric Cafe! Coming from Colorado I might be really hard on breweries, but this place blew me away.

Vibe - First off the place is gorgeous. Old building reclaimed properly. MASSIVE outdoor patio and a side garden area, amazing. Live band was setting up, just WOW.

Quality - I only had 2 beers and wasn't the largest fan of one, so I knocked the quality down a smidgen, but it was still spot on.

Service - I am hit or miss with the order at the bar thing, especially with such a small area to order and it being Bell's and there was a line. Look forward to what the remodel does for them.

Selection - YES! Another place that has more on tap that they play around with than package. I love places that just brew and experiment and see what people think. Might not all be makes, but at least you are trying. I understand when you are new that is all you do, but once you get to Bell's size quite a few places stop experimenting as often.

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Photo of king75
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

The vibe of the place is the only thing I can knock them on as it felt like a rummage sale with just different things all over the walls with not rhyme, reason or theme. The beers I had were all very solid. I really liked Wild One, Bull in a China shop, and the Baltic Porter were all solid. Saturn was okay but was extremely boozy and felt a bit unbalanced. The sandwich I had was very good but a bit on the pricey side.

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Photo of bassfishingguy
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We decided to make a day trip to Bell's being that we've never been here and live about 40min NE. We really like atmosphere of the place and the number of offerings. The food was pretty good as well. We split the brisket sandwich and the 'crack' appetizer.

I was a little bummed that Expedition wasn't on tap anymore as I really like it, but they had plenty of other solid choices that I hadn't previously had. We will definitely be back.

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Photo of core42
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Food is really good but not a lot of options right now. They are expanding to include a new, full kitchen area which will change my food rating.
They always have tons of beer options including a lot of brewery only selections

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Photo of Suds_Suds
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great selection of beers; had fresh Hopslam on tap. The bartenders were super friendly and the food selection was great. Very vegetarian friendly and much better than regular bar food.

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Photo of jp32
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Nearly as good of a music venue as it is a brewery. A nice facility is split in 2 sides, one for dinner and great beer, and the other for great beer and good tunes. Good selection of their beers available. Its one of the go-to stops if you're ever in Kalamazoo.

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Photo of chinchill
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What a great place! It has a large selection and variety of quality beers (very large for a single source repertoire), a variety of spaces for customers, and loads of friendly beer aficionados. In addition, there's a performance venue under the same roof with a secondary, smaller bar. Unfortunately, I didn't get to the store just across the parking lot since it closed much earlier.

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Photo of Longhorn2750
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This was my second trip to Bells, as always a great selection on tap. The food was much improved from my previous visit. As always there were some brews that were very impressive and others I did not care for. The double cream stout was by far the stand out of my most recent visit and the cherry stout was a big let down. Bells is a great stop just off I-94 on my way from Texas to Detroit.

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Photo of Slick50
2.39/5  rDev -42.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 1.25

First trip there for Black Note was a cluster. I'm used to "shit shows" but it was stupid. Drove there, stood in the cold. Was like #10. Two case max. Got in, one case max. Pissed, I took it and left. Found out three hours later (after the 4hour drive) they made a mistake and it was back to 2 cases about 30 minutes after I left. And the lack of food is relative to my rating. Sorry to say it but it is what it is.

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Photo of docoman
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Overall not as I had hoped for their taproom. It is pretty much self serve and seating is just come as you go and layout not so great with the up stairs too far from bar area to order beer and food. Beer selection of course is really good and food was good.

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Photo of almostjay
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Lives up to the hype. Not pretentious at all. Obviously great beer. Really good pub style food. Big, open, and inviting. One of the best breweries in the country. Love it.

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Photo of AlexM
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Visited Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo ... not much to gripe about here ... cool vibe, great beers (really appreciate the tasting flights), great brew-pub only beers, neat decor, chill vibe, etc ... really a must visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of PPIV
5/5  rDev +19.6%

I cut my teeth here in the mid 90's. After working for the Grand Rapids Brewing Co I fell in love with the micro brews. Luckily I knew some people that worked in the Eccentric Cafe and I got beers quicker than the unlucky bastards that had to seemingly wait in line for a refill. The ambiance of the cafe has changed a lot over the years. No more fish tank or ping pong. The beer remains fresh and as awesome as the first time I had it though! I reach for Bell's beer first, out of any in a cooler full of exciting micros.

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