Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BA SCORE
78.3%
Liked Their Beers
3.92 w/ 98,516 ratings
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
PLACE INFO

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

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-3807
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:
29,649
Ratings:
98,516
Liked:
77,124
Average:
3.92/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
92.8%
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
745
Liked:
691
Avg:
4.35/5
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
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Ratings: 745 |  Reviews: 213
Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This rating covers several visits I made to this place over many years. Just before the first time I came here, I was at a friend's place getting ready for a weekend bash that was to come to pass in about 4 hours when his roommate returned from the brewery with the keg. He told us there was some sort of anniversary celebration, and that Bell's was pouring free beer for a couple hours. We were out the driveway before he finished his sentence. That trip spawned my fondness for this beer, and I try to introduce my favorite varieties to friends whenever I frequently move. Every time I have gone there, the number of beers on tap has ranged from 6-12, and I have been there on some quiet nights, eccentric night in Dec 2000 which was off the hook, and eccentric night a couple years later which was disappointingly tame. I enjoyed the mink soup, the caviar, and the roast pheasant...not something you typically find in beer bars. The service is good, and the vibe is pleasant, whether the place is nearly empty, or at borderline- fire-marshal's-maximum-capacity. Although the beer is my favorite part of this place, I have been here on some crazy nights that I barely, but fondly remember, and will never forget.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mleblanc25
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Wonderful laid-back place. The bar decoration sets a good eccentric vibe - hence the name. Outside areas are a bit small, but a good place to gather. Slightly disappointed that the draught offerings on this night were mostly beers widely available. Larry's latest coffee milk stout, however is the best I ever had. This place is well worth a visit.

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Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.96/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Brianz81
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Bell's has a great selection of top-notch beers, as well as the best staff. They have a nice stage for performers, and are very friendly. Out of Michigan's larger breweries, Bell's has the best atmosphere, by far.

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Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Jeffsbowen
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of TH28
4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of slhuggy
3.96/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of B_Crawford_C
4.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of scud83rp
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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 PhillyBoy23
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great outdoor space here. Excellent food as well.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Svyturys30
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of CPAles
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
Brewery rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 98,516 ratings
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