Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General StoreBell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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3.9/5
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99,585 Ratings
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General StoreBell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

355 E Kalamazoo Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007
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:
29,567
Ratings:
99,585
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
767
pDev:
11.49%
 
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 217
Reviews by bobbyr5:
Photo of bobbyr5
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Atmosphere - pretty cool place. Turned a old looking warehouse into a bar and have a large field with stage for concert events in the back.

Quality- Bell's is one of the best and the beer showed it. Got a cool sampler and tried Mead for the first time.

Service- Not so good but they are trying to accommodate a pretty large set up

Food- Don't come here for food because there isn't really anything to choose from.

Value- A little pricey but I'd say its worth it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MKrauss
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Awesome place !!

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Photo of Janghee
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of DotDrinks
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Oconomowocian
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Went to both the general store and the cafe for dinner and a beer. General store has a lots of home brewing supplies, but the growler fill station was down the day I visited. The cafe is around back and is an eclectic place with pretty good food. Best brew I had that day was actually a home brewer recipe that had one a contest and was brewed by Bells. Cool place, different than most has some charm.

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Photo of Shanepatton
3.39/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of ElleMills
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of rossracing
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of HardyA
4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Tbarnes1414
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Foxman27
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

General store was cool, but didn't have much beer I couldn't get at the grocery store. I really liked that a big brewery sold homebrew equipment, and encourages homebrewers. The Cafe was great and had nice outdoor seating and a cool vibe.

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Photo of CvilleCraftMan
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Tracker83
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jim67
4.61/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Great place. Bummed out that many of their seasonals were tapped out

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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

A true American classic. A bucket list trip for sure. This is the original spot. A nice place with plenty of history. The new Comstock brewery is much bigger, but this is the spot you want to go to. They don't have a ton of different stuff here. You've probably had everything they have on, but you need to experience those styles in the place they originated from.

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Photo of Mleblanc25
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store in Kalamazoo, MI
Brewery rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 99,585 ratings