Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Brewing CompanyArcadia Brewing Company
BA SCORE
-
Liked Their Beers
3.66 w/ 9,895 ratings
Arcadia Brewing CompanyArcadia Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

103 W Michigan Ave
Battle Creek, Michigan, 49017
United States

(269) 276-0440

// CLOSED //

Notes:
There is a parking garage directly across the street and street parking is also available.

Closed on Sundays.

2016 Update: Beers are now produced in the Kalamazoo Production facility/tavern.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
45
Reviews:
4,255
Ratings:
9,895
Liked:
0
Average:
3.66/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
74.1%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
139
Liked:
103
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
6.41%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Downtown Battle Creek, maybe some nights but more or less not someone most people I think would want to spend a tourist vacation night, but three places to go for craft beer nevertheless. Maybe the slight feeling of unprotected America is why it closes at 1030 pm. Arcadia makes very decent solid beers. This place is a rustic restaurant with a small wooden bar. Numerous tables. There are several of their recent product line available for sale.If you are in the town anyways, stop by. A cask may await you.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I just came away from Arcadia's Big Beer Dinner at which they celebrated their GABF Gold Medal for a special brew that was created when their Cereal Killer Barleywine was aged in a Bourbon barrel. The prize brew at dinner was accompanied by their other high gravity beers, one each to accompany an appetizer, 3 entrees and a dessert, all approaching gourmet quality.

(I am a local and this is my home brewery so I hope I am not sounding too partial in this review.)

Beer? I enjoy each and every one of their beers, and they do a great job with them. (A GABF Gold is proof enough.) But the gourmet feast that I experienced at this special dinner is not unusual for the food that can be prepared in their restaurant. Their normal menu of sandwiches, pizza (from a wood-fired oven), and barbecue items are regular offerings, and all of them are great. However, on Friday and Saturday nights there are usually two entree specials that go above the 'pub fare' and are always a special meal. A couple of special desserts are usually available on weekend nights too, frequently utilizing one of Arcadia's beers in their preparation (yes, in a dessert).

So you can come to the brewery to experience their beers, but you should also come for a meal to experience their quality food offerings, and Friday and Saturday nights are extra special if you time your visit for the weekend.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First of all, I believe I paid only $7 for a sampler and got a good line up of beers. Was also able to try a few of their rarer beers as well. The place had a good retro vibe to it without being dingy. Much of the brewing equipment was seen from the pub itself and the service was also very good to excellent. Considering this was an afterthought on my beercation (Arcadia at least at that point wasn't distributed in Wisconsin) I was thoroughly impressed. I now dub the I-94 stretch across Michigan as the beer highway. I will definitely visit again.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of spointon
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited this place a few nights ago as stop #1 on a short Michigan beer adventure.

Arcadia is located in a cool older brick building in the restored downtown area of Battle Creek. There were several other decent looking eating and drinking establishments within a block or two. Upon entering, there is a small area to the left that is halfway sectioned off as the pizzeria/dining area and the back of the building is the bar room. The bar itself is very long and makes a few twists and turns affording one the opportunity to face various directions yet still sit at the bar. The brewhouse can be seen from windows in the bar area.

On my visit they had 9 house brews on tap plus 2 other Arcadia ales on cask. I think 11 selections of super fresh local beer is a great lineup - all were tasty and pretty inexpensive!

We had the chicken quesadilla (which was very good) and the pizzas looked excellent. We sat at the bar so the bartender was our server and he was very nice and seemed pretty knowledgeable about the beers. Service was fast and friendly.

I also appreciated that many of their beers were for sale in 4 packs, 6 packs, and bombers, as well as t-shirts, hats, etc.

Overall, this was a fun place to have some well made tasty beers. I would go back in a heartbeat if ever in Battle Creek again.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Didn't recognize the pic on the BA site because I had to walk in the back because the street in front of Arcadia is completely torn up in the downtown region. Follow the detour, and no problem. Walk in and there's an immense wooden bar with an angled rectangle jutting out into the floor space of this historic building. Brewery looks pretty big and behind glass opposite of the bar. Maybe should've waited on dinner and had a pizza from the wood stove in the corner. Hot in the bar, but with the heat wave outside, it's hard to imagine that any place was very cool that day. Had a couple drafts--Hopmouth and B-Craft Black IPA. Both well served and delicious. Tried the homemade ale cheese with crackers, and except for a personal taste of being too strong on the mustard, it was good. Open friendly atmosphere with families, young and old all hanging out in the restaurant portion next to the bar. Attentive service. A very good stop that I would repeat if I found myself in downtown Battle Creek again.

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Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Danielr26
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Made a quick stop for a beer on our way from Bell's to Dark Horse in preparation for 4 Elf 2012.
The bar and restaurant were fairly busy. Most of the tables were occupied. It had a pizza type smell in the dining room. Appears to me to be an older place, with a long bar that kind of slithers the length of the dining room, with booths behind and small tables behind it. They have about 8-10 beers on tap. The bar is a formica counter top, maybe something you'd see in a trailer or mobile home from 1978 or so.
They did not have the BBBW or BB Imperial Stout in bottles, which was part of the reason why we stopped, hoping to score a couple bottles of each. We had a quick beer on tap, and decided to press on. The bartender wasn't unfriendly, but you could tell he was busy and didn't really pay us any attention, until we started talking about the bottles of BA stuff they didn't have. He explained to us they were having some label issues, but they had the XV and 15 for sale...I had heard of the beers, but hadn't been able to try them, so we bought two of each, and he threw in a glass for us being beer geeks and travelling from the U.P. to stop at their place. I appreciated that.
Overall, it was a great experience. I'd like to go back sometime and chill out and have some lunch, but the first stop was positive enough for me to stop and try some food and enjoy this place again.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I’ve been here a few times for the beers and always enjoyed my experience. But this review will be for everything but the beer as I joined some locals for their first visit—while nursing a bit of a stomach flu which prevented me from drinking anything. I managed.

The service was on-point throughout my visit. My companions ordered beer and wine (they have both) while I stuck with water and salivated from a distance. We ordered a couple of appetizers and some main courses. I had a few vegetarian options to choose from.

The appetizers came out almost immediately, and both would have been enough to make a meal. Large portions! The sandwich, wrap and personal pizza were all equally large and could have made a second dinner for lesser eaters. The food itself wasn’t incredible, but that’s a problem plaguing many, many establishments—not just breweries. All that said, I’ll definitely be back next chance I get… For the beer. I have some make-up work to get to!

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Photo of wingedeel
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been to Arcadia quite a few times through the years,and,while not quite on a par with Bells/Founders etc., their beers have improved greatly IMO.

Usually a decent # of choices,10-12 I would guess,with a wide variety of styles. Most beers are served in imperial pint glasses, and prices are quite reasonable. A couple of wine selections,but no liquor.

Food is really quite good,the brisket sandwich and my wifes BLT on my last visit were both quite good.

We always sit at the bar,and service is friendly and quick.Nice mix of clientel.

A worthwhile stop.

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Photo of Lynn
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Arcadia Brewing Company is the home of my first brewery experience. My old buddy was once an assistant brewaster there. I used to regularly hang out with my buddies at Arcadia before I moved four hours away. One of my regrets about moving so far is that Arcadia beers are not available here.
If you like hearty beer, Arcadia is the place. There are no ordinary beers at Arcadia. Every recipe is unique unto them. Whenever I visit Battle Creek and bring samples of Arcadia back with me, my new friends are stunned with the quality of Arcadia's brew.
The food is consistenly good. They offer wood-fired pizzas cooked in a stone oven that will rock your world! It seems crazy to say it, but try the ceasar salad... and don't forget the anchovies. This is a pub worth taking a date to.
Arcadia will not dissapoint. Give them a try soon.

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Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Reviewing from a trip I made last summer, but still have a memory of how great this place was. Great beer (quality, selection of tap and bottles to go), great food (had the Cuban sandwich. Awesome.) and very friendly and helpful staff. It's even easy to get to and easy parking in parking garage across the street. Nothing but good about this place!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is my second attempt at visiting Arcadia. Last year on my way through they were closed for remodeling. This attempt was a success. I rolled into Battle Creek around 3:30pm EDT on a Tuesday afternoon. I entered and peered to the right where there was some cans of beer stacked for sale. There was also a giant glass cooler with the brewery's output of beer. To the far left was a wood fired pizza oven. I passed through the dining area and bellied up to the bar. The bar was a little less than half full.

I tried four of the beers listed on the chalkboard, Allymon, The Big Finish, a nut brown ale, and Hopmouth on cask with citra nugget hops. I liked the fact that they had 10 ounce pours so I could get a decent sample of these beers. They also had pints, and I believe a larger size. The beers were separated into tiers with Tier 1 being the cheapest beers and Tier 3 being the most expensive. I found the prices to be reasonable. I also happened to be there during happy hour which meant $1 off the listed price.

I ordered an appetizer. It was called Devils on Horseback. It was dates with some type of pepper cream cheese wrapped with bacon and dipped in a honey Worcestershire sauce. It was fantastic! I would go back just to have this again. I ordered another appetizer that was a lamb roll. It was skimpy on the lamb but good.

The bartender was not overly friendly, but she was adequate and answered the few questions that I had. I chatted with a regular who recommended the Allymon. The beers were decent, but nothing was great. I have had most of the bottled beers from Arcadia, so I was happy with the selection of different beers at the pub.

Overall, I enjoyed my visit. I absolutely loved the Devils on Horseback, and the beer was pretty good. It seems to be in a decent area. Plus it makes a great stop between Marshall and Kalamazoo.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of indianabeerman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

good beers with a couple very good. nice menu with a good atmosphere

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Photo of frazbri
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on Thursday at about 6:00pm for dinner with family. Relaxed friendly atmosphere. We had my sister's two young kids, and it was a good scene for family. It was fairly quiet, a place you could talk and hear everyone at the table without strain.

The menu is pub type food, with an emphasis on bbq. I had brisket, and it was quite good. Prices were very fair. My meal was less than 10 dollars.

Now the important part, beer. I believe the had 6 beers on tap and 1 from cask. I drank the Anglers Ale, on special for $2 a pint. Its a nice amber ale that went quite well with the bbq.

Take the family for dinner, or hang out at the bar. I'd recommend Arcadia for either.

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Photo of BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
Brewery rating: - out of 100 with 9,895 ratings
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