Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BEER AVG
3.9/5
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:
118
Ratings:
98,037
Reviews:
29,537
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
743
Reviews:
213
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
5.31%
 
 
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Reviews by CortexBomb:
Photo of CortexBomb
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Bell's is my Kalamazoo local favourite, by far, and the value of going down to the Eccentric Cafe has been going up consistently over the years.

The basics: this is a releatively small, wood heavy, quirky atmosphered tap room with a handful of Bell's beers on tap. No televisions, just some music for entertainment. Historically, they haven't had a lot of specials available, but the last time I visited they had a number of them including Cyser, Mrs. Bell's Pale, and a collection of 3 experimental pales, each brewed with the same base but different hops. If they can keep that sort of special range on tap I might have to stop by more often in the future!

In the summer, the atmosphere is improved by their rather large beer garden outside, in the winter, the inside is decent, but it tends to be fairly cold with several tables and the bar available for seating.

Prices on the beers are generally reasonable, 2-3$ for a small glass, a bit more for a pint. Bell's, unfortunately, do not sell growlers.

The staff is generally exceptional though,and are quite familiar with the beers that are available.

Overall: if you like Bell's beer, this is a necessary pilgrimage, particularly given the tap room only offerings that have been popping up lately.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of firkingroovin
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Brianz81
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.18/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Jeffsbowen
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of TH28
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of slhuggy
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of B_Crawford_C
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of scud83rp
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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 PhillyBoy23
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Svyturys30
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of CPAles
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
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 BubbleBobble
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
3.9 out of 5 based on 98,037 ratings.
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