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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
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99,597 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:
29,913
Ratings:
99,597
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
752
pDev:
11.49%
 
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Reviews by mynie:
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4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The cafe isn't all that eccentric. Like, maybe in the mid 90s it might have been a little kooky--maybe just a skoosh bizarre or a wee bit off--but now, in this rotten year of our lord 2012, this place is downright normal. A little like a hunting lodge, yes. And filled with some interesting vintage prints and old things made of wood, but still pretty normal. The vibe, thankfully, is very adult. Its unique, but entirely unhip, unpretentious, and therefore quite easy for a late-twentysomething fellow like myself to stomach.

Everything was quite reasonably priced. They only offered a small handful of beers that you couldn't get out of state, which was a little disappointing, but their offerings were expansive and uniformly solid (you don't need me to describe Bell's beers to you, do you?). No growlers, but since there's little here you can't get in a sixer that's really not much of a problem.

Outside featured a big wooden deck that functioned as a charmless, but highly functional, beer garden. Unfortunately they don't allow glass outside, so if you want to enjoy the sun you'll have to take your Hopslam in a plastic cup. The gigantic homebrew/beer/schwag store is pretty nice.

Uhh, what else... The food was good. And also probably the most eccentric part of the place (although it wasn't really *that* eccentric). They had TONS of vegetarian options, which I consider a big plus, and most of the dishes had some quirk about them. I ordered the grilled cheese and it came with jalapenos and pineapples and was really tasty.

The bar was staffed with enough people so there was practically no line, and everyone in the place just seemed in a really good mood. Still, I don't know if this is really a must-see kind of place. Bell's has been around so long and as seen so much success that pretty much every American beer person is already familiar with their beers and their ethos, so going in an experiencing the place won't clue you in to anything new. It's still a nice place to stop, though.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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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

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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 99,597 ratings
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