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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.9/5
Very Good
99,609 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:
118
Reviews:
29,916
Ratings:
99,609
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
752
pDev:
11.49%
 
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Reviews by MDekker:
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3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in an old building in Kalamazoo, the cafe consists of a main floor with a high ceiling, a loft-like second floor open to the lower level, and a fenced-in outdoor garden that had a stage at one end and otherwise felt like a nicely landscaped backyard. The beer selection was OK - there were some non-bottled brews on the list, but the lager that two of us had was a disappointment. Of course, their main brews were available and would have been good but I wasn't inspired to order something I can get in a bottle any old day. There was a bartender and an ordering window but no table service. I had a bison burger that was great, and we ate outside, walking under the arbor of hop vines - it wasn't busy but the atmosphere was really relaxing. The prices were quite cheap, so we were happy with that. Overall, we were glad we made the drive for the visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nat1975
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of lisielou67
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Penguins66
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Still one of the best breweries around and vying with Founders for best brewery in Michigan, in our opinion. We make it to Bell's about once a year and are consistently impressed by the quality and selection of their beers. Their Eccentric Café is large (and has gotten larger over the years) although curiously, half the bar is off limits. Usually we go early in the day before it gets busy, so we can grab one of the high-top tables across from the bar, which is great for studying the beer list as well as people watching.

It seems as though Bell's has really strived to make their food on par with their beer. The food menu is large, with good portion sizes and reasonable prices. Service so far has been good. But the real highlight is the beer--especially, for us, the porters and stouts. One of these days we'll make it there for All Stouts Day....

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of metacog42
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of RamblingHawkeye90
4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
Brewery rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 99,609 ratings
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