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Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3.91/5
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
www.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:
28,567
Ratings:
92,085
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
714
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
12
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 210 | Ratings: 714
Reviews by semihobo:
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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:
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ELS
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +19.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of OKINGFISHO
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of jessewilliamson
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of JollyRoger
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Bethaz83
4.91/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of spacecake9
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Bell's Brewery 3 times. Each time they were busy but there was room for us to be seated right away. The board at Bell's is always loaded with draft only Bell's beer options so I've never had a beer at Bell's that I could buy in a store. And I've never been disappointed in any of the beers at Bell's. The food menu is large and top notch. Service is very good, at the bar or a table. The store has every Bell's item you could want and a nice selection of their beers. The first time I bought Hopslam was at the Ball's store. Bottom line is I always look forward to visiting Bell's.

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Photo of FlaviusG
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of KZooJK
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheCzarof85
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Bell's is one of the best. Eccentric Cafe is an amazing place where you can catch a big name musically, chill with a glass of a special batch in the garden, eat good food, and catch good vibes. The selection is amazing and nothing beats a fresh Two-Hearted. Nothing!

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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Beer selection is great and some brewery only options are always top notch. The food is average and with no table service, can be a drag to order. The merch store could be larger as well, but we all really are here for the beer and Bell's is world class.

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Photo of JLW
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Muss42
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Feldpausch
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Rodosman
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Awesome spot. Great selection on draft. Service was A plus. Waitress is cute. Very cool vibe. Highest quality brewery I've ever been to.

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Photo of Twisted_Halo
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of tourdot
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Visited the eccentric cafe on a Friday evening. Busy as expected with a mixed group of people. We snagged a table after about a half hour of standing. The beer selection was ok; not much that I couldn't purchase in WI but the beer was still great. I enjoyed Expedition, Java, and Consecrator. Our server was friendly and tended to us frequently. After 8:30 or so it started to clear out and quiet down; at that point it was a very comfortable and enjoyable venue. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and a must stop if in Kzoo.

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Photo of petersonmatt22
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of gvhockey
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of snifter
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great brewery to hang out with some friends. Nice outdoor area. Big selection of beers, the food is average.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
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