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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Active Beers: 96
Beer Ratings: 53,918
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.
phone: (269) 382-2332
Bell's does not sell growlers of their beer at the Eccentric Café & Beergarden.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 172 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally, I got to visit Bells on my way up to the 6th Annual MI Winter Beerfest!
In general, it really is not much to look at from the outside, however once inside the bar was really nicely made with an excellent tap selection of everything Bells. Some were your average choices you can get in bottles, but there were several tap only offerings that were very enticing. It was relatively quiet and chill in there (it was only like 2pm at the time). Overall it was a good experience stopping in to try a beer and scope out the place. It had a huge stage in there that could house just about any sized band. Clean and nearby bathrooms. The food looked good as well.
03-03-2011 22:48:03 |
More by sweemzander
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I loved this place. i had to give hem an average for service because there is none. This is a testament to the beers. I loved the fact that when you walk in there is a sign telling you to get cash as this is a cash only establishment. We stopped here on the way back from Ottawa ON and had only a hour or two to get through a sampler a couple of pints and an amazing wrap up sandwich that seemed to cost less than a gallon of gas on this trip. The sampler was amazing as you merely picked 8 beers off their extensive tap list and they served them to you on a tray cut out to mimic the shape of the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. The selection wowed us. Quite often you only get a couple of off brews when you go to a brewery, but here there were literally dozens of tastes we hadn't encountered in aour local liquor store, which usually has 5-10 Bells brews on hand.
The Ceyser was amazing.
03-09-2008 20:16:04 |
More by timmlimestone
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Bells Brewery is a beautiful building and a very nice large courtyard/bear garden.
The staff was very friendly and informative. The food was pretty good, your everyday bar food; sanwiches and stuff like that. But who goes to a brewery for the food!?
Its all about the beer here and they have a large selection beers including some cool small batch Bells beers that you wont/can't find anywhere else. Prices are very resonable and they write them all on a very large blackboard in the bar, it's sure to make any Bells fan smile from ear to ear!
I love this place and I plan on going back in the summer!
01-19-2012 04:28:35 |
More by C2H5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Made a visit to the Eccentric Cafe with a friend a couple of months ago and HAD to get around to a write up. We arrived around 4 PM and enjoyed a couple of brews at the bar. Hopslam was on tap and was incredible. The service was excellent and the prices reasonable.
We moved to a table upstairs to have some dinner and watch the band play. Another enjoyable experience. The food is pretty good and the tap selection was great, especially with the beers not available in bottles.
Overall, an excellent experience. If you love Bells beers like I do, you have to make a trip here. Come on a night they have a band and expect to stay a while. Highly recommend.
05-10-2011 02:45:32 |
More by FanofHefe
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went to the brewery a little while back, had a great time at the world class craft beer place.
Overall the Brewery, like many others, is in an odd location in a seemingly not great part of town in Kalamazoo, but the building is pretty cool though it seems strange that their store is kind of outside the brewpub. The inside is pretty cool with a huge chalkboard for the beers they are serving.
The quality and selection was of course excellent, never had two hearted that fresh before. Also, I appreciated the fact that their tap list had a huge amount of styles and beers to choose from including big stouts to super hops, belgian to german styles. Great!
The food was not overly memorable, I think I had may a sandwich wrap, maybe chicken and my wife had a tempe wrap, both were decent but not memorable.
Overall, a cool place, I think their beer is stunning, the place just needs maybe an overhaul as well as their food a little bit.
07-09-2011 19:27:07 |
More by Dreadnaught33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After stopping by Dark Horse, I dropped by Bell's on my way back to South Bend.
The Eccentric Cafe is pretty great. At roughly 2pm on a Friday, this place was busy. There were a good amount of people inside, but on a beautiful Michigan day, there were a ton of people chillin' on the patio.
The beer list was ridiculous... They had all of their standout regulars with a bunch of different one offs on draft. (Raspberry Wild One, Hopslam, Experimental 2011-2, Experimental 2012-2, etc.) They offer a sampler platter of six beers for $13 bucks, and you choose which six you want to try. In hindsight, I should had gotten that.
The wait staff were incredibly friendly, and very knowledgeable. I over heard them giving recommendations to many of the customers who wanted the sampler.
The next time I'm in Kalamazoo (who knows when that will be) Bell's is the first stop on my list. Cool place.
05-19-2012 22:20:49 |
More by trxxpaxxs
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Took a small detour on my way from Cleveland to Chicago. I am quite glad I made the trip. Not horribly hard to find, drove past once, but hit side street, and came around back. Walked in, through a large entryway into a very open, airy bar area. they had a few tables, a small stage, and the bar that seat 7-10 people. The bartender was quite friendly, and helpful in selections as well as willing to allow us to try a few samples. The food is ordered from a walk up window, no wait staff other than bartender. Food was quite good, I had the angus buger, my friend enjoyed the bison, both cooked quite well.
The beer....oh the beer. I would guess 7beers on tap at the time, with special release bottles available.
The general store had a great selection of their beers, available in 6 packs, cases, or by the bottle. Store also doubles as a homebrew store.
Overall this is a place i would drive out of my way for again. Will enjoy the beers I brought back for a few months.
04-16-2006 20:38:18 |
More by NVbeer
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Once you find the entrance, which has no sign or indication of a bar, you're ID checked and sent on your way. I had to pay a $5 cover, but that was because there was live entertainment. The main bar area is much smaller than I expected, with maybe a half dozen tables and a fair amount of seating. There is a balcony with more tables, and the beer garden outside. The decor is very nice, the brick walls and dim lighting add a very urban flair. They had maybe 10 beers on tap, mostly Bell's standards, I had the Oatmeal Stout, which was the only thing that really jumped out at me. I would bet that the selection gets better or worse depending on the time of year, so I won't hold it against them. They also had another 6 or so beers by the bottle, including Expedition Stout and Old Coast. The pricing was very good, most pints were between 2.75 and 3.50. Overall, Bell's was much less touristy than I expected. The crowd seemed older and local. The live band was great, and it made for a very enjoyable evening. I'll definately be going there regularly.
10-28-2007 21:36:54 |
More by BMoney575
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Took a trip to K'zoo to visit Bell's and was happy that I did. The bar is a cool place that is clean, has a unique atmosphere and just the right size to still feel cozy while not being too small.
The taps were great - with a great selection or regular offerings, seasonal offerings and a few experimental beers. Roundhouse Red was probably my favourite tap room only beer that I had but it was great to finally try Hopslam on tap as well. The experimental beers that I tasted were great as well.
Only disappointment was not finding Expedition on tap.
03-16-2012 02:15:30 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This is my second visit to Bell's General Store and Eccentric Cafe. This time proved to be far more entertaining, merely based on better weather, timing, and people (last time was a bit dull). Getting here isn't too bad and it's "near" the interstates in downtown Kalamazoo. Parking can be found next to the door, but just in case there is also a large parking lot less than a block away.
There are 5 main areas to Bell's: the Foyer, the Patio, the Garden, the Back Room, and the Cafe. While I spent some time in each minus the back room, I'll focus a bit more on the cafe. The Cafe (the main bar) is eccentric indeed with lots of different posters, beer adds of old, maps, random objects, and a lot of African masks. Tile flooring, aged brick walls, wooden ceiling, and wooden accents all around. Plenty of seating downstairs, as well as in the loft above. There are 6 bar stools with a nice wooden bar as the center piece. Lighting is a bit boring, but there are some very pretty stained glass windows at the far side of the room. It can be slightly loud inside, just so you know. There is also the general store (merch) around the corner (but you can't take a beer there to peruse).
Tonight there are 21 beers on tap, with all the classics, as well as some awesome seasonals/rarities (Oracle, Wild One, Exp Hop series). Bell's is a classic overall in my book, and creates a very solid, quality beer, nearly regardless of style. Personal favorites of mine are Two Hearted, Hopslam, Oracle, Porter, and Kalamazoo Stout.
Overall, I like this place a lot more than the first time. I can say I'm not a huge fan of the Cafe atmosphere, but I usually like a brewery that stands out as original and Bell's certainly does. The patio and garden areas are really nice, peaceful, and relaxing so if the weather permits I'd drink there after seeing the Cafe. Seeings how I think Bell's is a classic in beer, you should absolutely visit if near by, at least once - it's worth the experience.
08-21-2013 23:48:00 |
More by qcbrewer
Bell's Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, MI
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