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:
28,141
Ratings:
91,636
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 by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was tempted to skip on the Eccentric Cafe after reading some of these beerfly reviews. But, boy am I glad I did not miss this one!

First off... Finding the entry door is not easy. The signs are all facing Kalamazoo Ave. But those are the signs for the building, not for the Eccentric Cafe. Underneath those signs appear to be the Bell's Brewery offices. You can't eat in there... Go around the back onto Porter Street to find a parking lot and the entrance to both the General Store and the Eccentric Cafe. Neither entrance is marked very well.

I was prepared for "locals only" type of service here after reading a lot of these reviews. And I was totally suprised when I received great bar and food service. Each pint came quickly, even though the place was slightly crowded. The bartenders were helpful and even provided us a sample of the Cyser and answered a few questions about it when we asked.

There were 12 taps, all full of juicy Bell's products. The Cyser and Hell Hath No Fury were the only two that I've never seen before. But you have to enjoy a place that's offering you $3 to $3.50 Imperial Pints of Kalamazoo (the locals say "kay-zoo"), Two Hearted and Java Stout! Mmmm.

The food was good. I had the Ostrich Burger (tastes like buffalo!) and my wife had the Cobb Salad. Both were tasty, next time I'm trying the Rabbit and Rattlesnake Sausage Kabobs. Don't worry they still have regular cheese burgers and normal type fare, but it's nice to see interesting/eccentric offerings in a beer joint.

Service was great, selection was great, prices were great and the atmosphere is casual. Oh, and no smoke! You have to love leaving a place like this satisfied and smelling like the beer you drooled down your chin rather than the smoke from the guy sitting down the bar.

Eccentric Cafe, I'll be back.

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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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