Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BEER AVG
3.9/5
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
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:
114
Ratings:
97,678
Reviews:
29,451
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
740
Reviews:
212
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
5.26%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
12
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 740 |  Reviews: 212
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.22/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Brianz81
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of slhuggy
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of B_Crawford_C
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Stayed at a hotel just off the interstate which wasn't too far from here. The place was hopping since it was Friday night during football and world series season when we visited. We got some beers at door while we waited for our table out in the beer garden. The food menu had good variety and tasted nice, but the kids menu could be expanded. 20+ beer choices and most seemed like solid picks, even though my dream of Hopslam being available didn't come true. It's spacious but gets loud with all the industrial materials bouncing sound everywhere. We were able to get several beer samples before picking and we had some amazing stuff like Oracle. If you are in SW Michigan get over here.

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Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.6/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Great outdoor space here. Excellent food as well.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is great for the many beers to choose on tap, food is ok but mostly appetizers, but what makes this place the bad ass it is would be drinking good craft beer while listening to bad ass performers that have included Great American Taxi, Greensky Bluegrass, Keller Williams, and Yonder Mountain Stringband which of course was good when Jeff Austin was in the band. CHEERS!

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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of VikingFanAZ10
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
3.9 out of 5 based on 97,678 ratings.
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