Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER AVG
3.92/5
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(269) 382-2332 | map
www.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:
113
Reviews:
28,121
Ratings:
91,542
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
716
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
5.28%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
12
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 716
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Based on a visit there 10 15 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory.

Atmosphere Well I visited the gift shop which was extensive as well as the Eccentric Café. In its own right, the Eccentric Café had a very college, indy band brew pub feel to it and I understand that it is on the site of the former brewery. It was just fine I guess but I was not enamored with it. They have this set up where you go to a window, place a food order, get a pager and then wait for your pager to go off. When it does you go back to the same window, pick up your food which invariably is located within a basket before taking it yourself back to your table. I did like the large chalkboard with the day's current beer selections. This is a place that has a regular line up of nightly bands and indeed when we arrived (rather early in the evening) they asked us if we had arrived to see the band or to eat dinner. The presence of a nearly nightly band is a plus. 4.0

Quality Just fine. I have almost always liked Bell's beers and I think that the gift shop and the Eccentric Café live up to the quality that I find in their bottled beers. 3.5

Service Well I did not appreciate the wait staff free system as described above but what interaction I did have with the staff was just fine. 3.0

Selection As stated, I have always liked Bell's beers so since they were featured the selection is at least good. I did enjoy several pub exclusives as well. 4.5

Food Just fair. I got a chicken salad sandwich and while I am no expert, they have a limited menu. My wife and I talked about how we should have eaten at Arcadia Brewing Company with their wood burning stove instead of holding out for this place. 3.0

Value Fair to good. I do not think that it was very expensive at all.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of snigdho
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ELS
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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 LooseGasCap
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of OKINGFISHO
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of jessewilliamson
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of JollyRoger
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Bethaz83
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of spacecake9
4.63/5  rDev +11%
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 FlaviusG
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of KZooJK
4.88/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheCzarof85
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
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%
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 JLW
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Muss42
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Feldpausch
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Rodosman
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Awesome spot. Great selection on draft. Service was A plus. Waitress is cute. Very cool vibe. Highest quality brewery I've ever been to.

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Photo of Twisted_Halo
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of tourdot
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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 petersonmatt22
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
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