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:
106
Reviews:
28,837
Ratings:
94,456
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
729
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
5.26%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
12
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 729
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Pay order and pick up at the bar; cash only on the Industrial edge of Kalamazoo. Great ambiance in an old warehouse on the edge of town. Fabulous stained glass: good choice, too because the view isn't much, but the food and beer are superb.

Cafe-only brews are clearly labeled on the board. Everyone at the bar added their suggestion to my flight. Welcoming, warm both in the building and people. Tolerant of my lost-tourist wanderings before I made it back to the bar to order. Great, inexpensive fare. Excellent Indian-inspired spiced cashew soup, pastrami sandwich and generous beer mustard, cheese spread and pretzel appetizer. Will make an excuse to return.

Pub-only brews:
Pub-only offerings include an experimental (Hole in the Bucket) light yellow-orange ale with bright hops (3-6-9) and a light head. Sharp and mild, light yet flavorful. Family resemblance to 3 floyds gold leader.

Mild does it's English brethren well with roasty chocolate malts and overall mildness for session drinking. Slight head; consistent with English mild ales.

Sparkling has some sourness: Belgian and fruity, it is clearly an American brewed in Flemish tradition rather than a clone. Really smooth and a great summer beer.

Wild one sour brown is rich and spur with strong citrus acid- sweet-tart flavor. Too much for me, bit would accompany fish and chips nicely. Tart tart tart.

Oracle double IPA head going strong after 15 minutes. Bitter, earthy hops with citrus and pine. Hopsplosion! Very very dry and light mouthfeel. Lightly banana hints, wet hay, and smells a little of burlap. Finish is long, bitter, and pulls at the throat. Drys the mouth, readies for more.

As pub one-offs, didn't think they needed their own reviews.

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Photo of scud83rp
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Svyturys30
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of CPAles
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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Photo of BubbleBobble
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Futbolmanby
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

Photo of TAisaBAlla
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

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

Photo of snigdho
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ELS
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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 +18.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of OKINGFISHO
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of jessewilliamson
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of JollyRoger
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
3.9 out of 5 based on 94,456 ratings.
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