Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General StoreBell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General StoreBell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

355 E Kalamazoo Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007
United States

(269) 382-2332 | map

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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Stooven from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Granted, it's been more than a year. However, Bell's lacks character. I was hoping for less of a college bar feel and was also hoping there would be a greater selection (like one-offs) on tap apart from the seasonal rotation. My wife and I have hit dozens of MIchigan breweries on vacations and several more than once (Greenbush, Founders) but there's no aching to revisit Bell's.

Feb 11, 2021
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HardyA34 from Michigan

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

Aug 24, 2020
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Vylo from New Jersey

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

Aug 05, 2020
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cratez from Canada (ON)

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

Visited with my wife on our way back home from Indianapolis.

Tried the following beers on tap:
Bell's Boiling Pot Ale (sample)
Bell's OG Twoey (draft)
Bell's Belgian Style Pale Ale (sample)
Bell's Ales for ALS (draft)

All were drinking great. Also bought a mixed case of Expedition Stout, Porter, Two Hearted, Kalamazoo Stout, Best Brown, Oberon, and Oktoberfest to go. No Oracle to be had on my visit, but I go to try four new beers, so all was well. Our overall experience was wonderful, and I highly recommend this place.

Feb 12, 2020
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JuanAlberto from Texas

4.7/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Feb 02, 2020
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Seal4676 from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Jan 04, 2020
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jordanginsberg from Louisiana

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Dec 28, 2019
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5


Dec 23, 2019
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mhanc from North Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Dec 15, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

November 2019 second visit from Edmonton, Alberta - lunch on both occasions on a weekday. Busy but not packed - sat in pub side - high ceilings - bright decor.
Friendly and prompt service - responsive to queries and for recommendations.
Nice selection of multiple styles of superbly made beers - clearly Bells knows how to make beer!! We shared a couple of flights and not a bad beer in the bunch.
Food is fairly standard pub fare, but made well and delicious.
The General Store is well stocked with both merchandise and excellent selection of beer to go (even had different vintages of Third Coast Ale).
A definite must for any craft fan - worth the trip...and you can say you were in Kalamazoo.

Nov 24, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

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

I was in Ann Arbor and was able to get out to Eccentric Café and to the General Store, which attached but accessed from a different door. Eccentric is the best place of its kind I have been thus far and I have been to some very, very highly respected breweries throughout the New England, the Mid-Atlantic States and northern California. If you intend to go, just be aware that the parking in front of the General Store is strictly short term. Don't fret, as Bell's has a decent sized parking lot across the railroad tracks from them for which they validate.

The server was fantastic, making excellent, spot on recommendations and talking candidly about some behind the scenes stuff, which was just fascinating. I've liked Bell's beers, they are great out of the bottle, but at Eccentric, mind blowing. They serve in 5 oz (suitable for a flight) and 16 oz glassware, but the server will bring you tastes to help you make up your mind. They had about two dozen brews on tap, a quarter of which were labeled as experimental. I was able to try the first installment in the Leaves of Grass series (and may have scored a sneak peak at the second). If the rest are as good, please, please, please distribute them nationally (especially to NY).

Eccentric's space is huge with a bar sporting perhaps 40' of frontage and lots of different seating thereabouts. One can eat there or in a dedicated, sit down dining area off to the left. The food was excellent: I had the Italian Sandwich special which was out of this world. The General Store sells Bell's memorabilia, prepackaged beer, and home brew materials.

Not just saying this, if it were remotely near my home, I'd be a regular. If you are anywhere near Kalamazoo, go; you'll be glad you did.

Jun 21, 2019
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joran from Kansas

3.83/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

Jun 15, 2019
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zaraspook from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

May 21, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

May 09, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

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

A very neat setting with shellacked wood and stained glass. They had about 20 beers on tap, and Bell's makes solid beer. Their Porter cheese soup was tasty and paired well with their porter. Service was very attentive.

May 04, 2019
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Apr 16, 2019
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aficionado224 from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Mar 16, 2019
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kraemer42082 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Feb 18, 2019
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chillin from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Feb 15, 2019
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locoformavs from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Feb 11, 2019
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

All time great brewery with great cafe.

Jan 27, 2019
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Blogjackets from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

We visited the cafe twice during a long weekend. Staff at the bar were cheery and servers in the cafe were prompt and helpful. Hard to find someone there, staff or patrons, who wasn’t in a good mood. The vibe is friendly and welcoming. At the time of our visit, there was a concert that was barely audible from the main cafe area (held in a small venue in the back) and that was appreciated. The food was above standard pub food, well prepared and a good selection for the differing tastes of the members in our party.

The beer. We came for the beer. And a great selection of favorites was on tap including, among others, the 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout, Expedition Stout, Two Hearted Ale and more. I even found a few stray bottles of Black Note in the General Store, so check it out.

By all means sign up for the brewery tour. It was informative and a great look at the original place. Our guide was well seasoned and answered all questions. We hope to tour the newer Comstock facility another time.

We’d definitely go back to the cafe if in Kalamazoo. Highly recommended.

Jan 21, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

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.

Nov 05, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

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

Oct 30, 2018
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Dankacheese from Illinois

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

Oct 27, 2018
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store in Kalamazoo, MI
Brewery rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 107097 ratings