Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
BA SCORE
3.89/5
98,712 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:
29,712
Ratings:
98,712
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
748
pDev:
11.49%
 
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Reviews by semihobo:
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

[seems like the general store should be a separate entry from the eccentric cafe but I don't see it listed so I'll review both as one]

Stopped by for dinner on the way back to Chicago from East Lansing, I might have to do that again. About 5-10 minutes off of I-94, easy to get to, I saw the general store too late and ended up having to circle around to get in the parking lot in the back.

The general details are well covered in other reviews. I liked the clear posting of taps and prices, as well as the prices themselves. 12 oz pours of Two Hearted were $2.50, and the special on the Sunday I visited was that all sizes of one of their low ABV beers (a stout?) were $2.00, including the 20 oz. I drank the poolside wheat and loved it, the cherry taste was thick and authentic. Wife had the Wedding Ale, not great but fine. Pouring into plastic cups to take outside was a little annoying but not a deal breaker.

Great vegetarian options, I had the tempeh reuben sandwich and it was tasty, wife had the black bean burger which came with tasty homemade salsa. Yum. Not mindblowing, but good. Also cheap, mine was $6 and hers $6.50, including chips with both and a pickle with the reuben.

I thought the porch (wouldn't call it a garden) was a little beat up, the weather was beautiful so we stayed outside. There was a group blathering obnoxiously and smoking cigarettes by the door... thanks dude, we enjoyed your story about how you got black out drunk and then woke up and your car was in your front yard but you don't know how it got there and you slept in all of your clothes... that was a song in the 1990s, and it wasn't cool then. You're awesome. On the flip side, the inside of the cafe was quiet and there were some little kids playing quietly, so I'd say that part is family friendly.

Service was slightly above average, nice but laid back.

The general store: loved it. The guy there was also knowledgeable but laid back. They were out of screw-on growler lids that take airlocks. I bought one of each single to take back to Chicago, the mix and match six packs are a great call on their part. Also got some homebrewing supplies, they were pretty well stocked in that area and reasonably priced.

If you are into disc golf, the general store has a ton of discs, check 'em out. Also, some t-shirts were on discount for $9.

Neat place, I think I enjoyed it more having come on a quiet Sunday than when a band is there. Fresh Bell's beer + good food = how can you go wrong?

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More User Reviews:
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

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4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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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

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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

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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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Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of ZEB89
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Jeffsbowen
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

Photo of slhuggy
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

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4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +5.7%
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 +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
Brewery rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 98,712 ratings
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