Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BEER AVG
3.88/5
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:
109
Reviews:
29,032
Ratings:
95,425
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
732
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
5.26%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
12
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was the second stop on a recent beer trip to Michigan. The significant other and I had almost decided to just skip the place based on some poor reviews (I've never been a fan of snobby establishments) and lack of time but we left a day early and decided to go anyway, and I'm really glad we did. We arrived on a Thursday evening around 7. The place is NICE inside...High ceilings, brick walls, lit with natural light, and quite spacious. There were various forms of art on the walls that gave the place a sort of Jamaican-bohemian feel. Reggae was playing over the speakers. I expected to find snobby bartenders here, but they were actually pretty nice and helpful. I was immediately given a sample while I was trying to plan out my beers to order. I ordered a Rye Stout and Hell Hath No Fury (which was absolutely delicious) and took a seat to have a look at the menu. The food choices were definitely above par when it comes to "bar food". I didn't really care for the ordering process; you have to go up to a window to place an order for food and they give you a pager so you can come pick it up when it's done, but it was quick and the food was good. I had a pretty tasty portabella mushroom sandwich. While I didn't think the place was very busy when I was inside my mind was immediately changed when I walked out to the outside to check out "beer garden". That's where everyone was at, and I didn't blame then because it was a beautiful day outside and the garden was cozy and BIG! People were playing chess at tables and sitting in the glass while hanging out. I would have liked to stay out there but unfortunately they only allowed you plastic cups if you stepped outside. If I lived nearby and had went to the place often I'd be more flexible, but on this trip I couldn't bring myself to drink my beer out of a plastic cup so we went back inside. I'm really happy I got to Visit Bells, and if I lived nearby I'd definitely become a regular not only for the beer but for the laid back down to earth atmosphere. The only major disappointment was that they don't sell growers...

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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
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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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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%
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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%
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
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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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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
3.88 out of 5 based on 95,425 ratings.
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