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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Active Beers: 96
Beer Ratings: 53,779
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
phone: (269) 382-2332
Bell's does not sell growlers of their beer at the Eccentric Café & Beergarden.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 172 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
i had already been a bell's drinker for over a decade before i stepped foot into the cafe a few months ago.
we arrived at dinner time ready to eat and immediately forked over a sizable cover for a band outside that we never had any intention of seeing. our bartender was rude with absolutely no explanation whatsoever-- we were all familiar with the beers but had a question about size and were treated like we were martians.
with no seats available in or outside except for the extremely stuffy attic, we camped out upstairs alone, downed two delicious beers and left.
my entire group was comprised of big bell's fans from across the state and we were all sorely disappointed. the night was saved when we ended up at old peninsula for awesome food and drink a few minutes later thanks to a quick phone call with a friend and western alumni. save yourself the trouble and pick up a six pack instead-- they're really cheap locally.
09-14-2011 13:11:11 |
More by funkyaudio
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I always have enjoyed Bell's beer, but for some reason find my self over looking them the more and more I get into craft beer. So, visiting there brewpub I didn't have super high expectations. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the building and decor.
They had a great sampler where you can pick any 6 beers you want to try. I tried the Brewpub exclusive offerings and enjoyed all of them. I could easily see myself ordering any of them again. I was very impressed with their beer.
My main knocks against this place is the cafeteria style serving system. I like being served and by someone who who's about the beers and can answer questions and make recommendations. This was another case of standing in line at a bar and buzzer food service. Also, I hated that as the night wore on, glasses became scarce and plastic cups were being used. this was also the case if you wanted to go outside with your beer.
All and all a must stop if your a beer fan.
09-03-2011 17:14:36 |
More by BStalf21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Visited Bell's on a recent road trip with the girlfriend.
Bell's eccentric cafe is very aptly named. The place almost looks like a church... a beer church. Stained glass windows on the walls, a fountain outside, and tables that could pass for prayer areas. The atmosphere overall is very chill and laid back though. Definitely a very relaxed atmosphere without a whole ton of hustle and bustle which I like.
Beer was served in the correct glassware at the right temperature. Not much else to say except that the place was unusually clean, so extra points for that.
Service was pretty standard. This is pretty much a serve yourself place. You place the food and drink orders and you go pick them up when the bell rings to signal that your item is ready.
Selection was a tad disappointing. They had pretty much all their standard offerings on tap but there was nothing really out of the ordinary. Even though the raspberry ale was being served in the gift shop, it wasn't available to order at the cafe... Slightly above average just for how good their beers are overall though.
Food was decent. My girlfriend got the bean and bacon soup and I got the roast beef sandwich. Both really solid and the grilled red peppers in the roast beef sandwich really made it.
I think their regular offerings were $2.75 for a pint and the most expensive was $3.25 for a pint. Those are less than happy hour prices in my neck of the woods.
Definitely worth a visit in my opinion. Its not what I expected given the known output of the brewery but the place is really wonderful. A great place just to kick back, relax, and have a beer or three.
08-02-2011 15:47:47 |
More by SpeedwayJim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here on the last leg of a long day of brewery tours in SW/Central MI. There were a few things on the board that they were out of, but overall a great selection. There was something on for every taste. We shared an appetizer, $8 or so, for a spicy pepper dip with cheese and chips, nice size portion for the money and very tasty.
Merchandise at the store was very expansive. I was pleased to see a nice size Homebrew Supply store there as well. They had bottles for sale, all of the normal offerings plus a couple of brewery only releases. I'm a bigger guy, and this is one of the only brewery I've been to that offered t-shirts in 3X. This is a big plus for me, and lends to high marks.
I am already planning a follow up trip so I can explore the menu more and have more than a single pint.
08-01-2011 19:48:19 |
More by RocPorterFanatic
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was the last stop of the night on our Microbrewery crawl and since they were so good to us, we didn't even make it to Dark Horse which was next on our list.
Once we got there, it was a bit late maybe 9ish and the shop had already closed but the alehouse was still open. We sat down and I got the sampler like I usually do and the women behind the bar was great. She asked which ones I have had and gave me some samples of ones that I wasn't going to be able to get which was great.
She gave us a quick tour of the place and took us out back to the their garden and the other bar which had a big stage for bands. Totally enjoyed the atmosphere.
The sampler was amazing so glad I got to try like the Expedition Stout and their Oricle. Totally fell in love!
A must visit if your in the area! Cheers
07-26-2011 22:29:14 |
More by yankeej13
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$
The cafe is pretty darn cool looking. You can tell they put a lot of thought in the remodel and beer list. Every beer we had was perfect! The food looked okay, but we planned on food dance instead (which is like foodgasmic good) They need to get a better staff...I've had bad service, but this is the new standard. the tour was okay...I thought I set something up with my regional sales manager that'd be more in depth, and full of history. Overall the beer was great, but the service made our 6 hour drive not seem worth it.
07-18-2011 12:41:34 |
More by PhineasGage
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
We went here around lunch time. The building is kind of cool, and it was nice to just find somewhere to sit. We sat near, but not at the bar, which made getting anything we needed really easy.
The chalkboard of beers was extensive, and the wife and I each started with their farmhouse ales. She had the brown, which she loved, and I had the blonde, which was good.
We then had a sampler tray, pick any 6 beers for 12 dollars. It was honestly a lot more beer than I expected. The rye stout and the fresh two hearted were stand outs.
The food was average, though not bad.
The service was great, and I liked the atmosphere as well. A great place to spend a few hours and enjoy oneself. The shop also had a nice selection of beer and merchandise.
07-14-2011 20:01:20 |
More by ebby82
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went to the brewery a little while back, had a great time at the world class craft beer place.
Overall the Brewery, like many others, is in an odd location in a seemingly not great part of town in Kalamazoo, but the building is pretty cool though it seems strange that their store is kind of outside the brewpub. The inside is pretty cool with a huge chalkboard for the beers they are serving.
The quality and selection was of course excellent, never had two hearted that fresh before. Also, I appreciated the fact that their tap list had a huge amount of styles and beers to choose from including big stouts to super hops, belgian to german styles. Great!
The food was not overly memorable, I think I had may a sandwich wrap, maybe chicken and my wife had a tempe wrap, both were decent but not memorable.
Overall, a cool place, I think their beer is stunning, the place just needs maybe an overhaul as well as their food a little bit.
07-09-2011 19:27:07 |
More by Dreadnaught33
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
When it comes to beer taste and selection, Bell's is one of my personal favorites and I am rarely disappointed. I was let down by the fact that they were cash only and the ordering system for food was cumbersome. The facility was so-so though I enjoyed the homebrew store directly attached to the brewpub which was something I haven't seen yet. It was pretty busy at the bar and I didn't always get served quickly but it was worth the wait. I guess customer service and the fact that food selection seems as though it was added as an after thought. But overall, the beer and excellent selection will be me coming back.
06-30-2011 00:09:58 |
More by kylehay2004
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a nice brewery. Everything is clean and wooden. Most of the actual beer is not made on site. The food was really good and reasonably priced. Everything is cash only and the atm they have their will only let you take out 40 at a time with a 2-3 dollar service charge (total crap). A lot of used space with an ok vibe. Poor use of the space. The tap list was good with some experimental things up. Good Brews for sure. I think just a few things could be changed and it would become a killer brew to visit. They do have a bells store outside of the brewery with singles and 6ers you can buy there. Pretty cool shop with decent amount of homebrewing stuff there. Cool shop and neat idea.
06-22-2011 16:35:52 |
More by tippebrewcrew2
Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
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