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Arcadia Brewing Company
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 6,662
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
103 W. Michigan Ave.
phone: (269) 963-9520
There is a parking garage directly across the street and street parking is also available.
Closed on Sundays from late Fall to Spring.
Sunday summer hours are 11:30am - 4pm, and they offer a brunch menu.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited on 10-3-08
On a trip to Battle Creek last weekend, a few friends and I decided to give Arcadia a visit. The atmosphere is nice, almost more restaurant than bar. The main seating area is right as you walk in the door, with a sizable wood-fired brick oven in the corner. The bar is in the back, and you can see the brewing/bottling/packaging area through large windows. The quality and service were very good, the waitress was fun and helpful, and the beers were served in the correct glassware. The selection was great, with almost every beer Arcadia makes available on-tap. I had a London Porter (one of my favorites) and an extremely tasty cask Hopmouth. We didn't have any food, but the menu looked very enticing. The beers were very well priced, being about $4.75 a pint, no matter what you ordered. I would strongly recommend a stop at Arcadia Brewing Company if you're in town.
10-06-2008 22:40:19 |
More by BMoney575
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stop #1 of 6 in our I-94 brewery tour. Went with a group of 11, which kind of overwhelmed their staff early on a Saturday. The restaurant itself is reminiscent of English style pubs with wood paneling on the walls. All the tables were actually old doors laid flat with glass on top which was kinda cool and interesting. I have always liked Arcadia brews and I wasn't disappointed at the brewery. I was however a little upset that they were only able to serve two samplers at a time. Seemed a little odd for a brewpub, but I was lucky enough to get one. Seasonal brews on tap were a Double IPA and Triple Chocolate Stout. Both were very tasty. Their ESB was the favorite of my group, even for the non-beer drinkers.
Our waiter was patient even though our group was a little obnoxious. We had a light lunch of appetizers which were all quick and delicious.
After lunch I took a better look around. The brewery itself is next door to the restaurant and you can look in through windows which run the entire length of the building. One of the managers/brewers/men in charge came over to answer our questions. I asked for a tour (knowing I probably wouldn't get one) and was astonished to find out that all of their beers are open fermented. Good reason for not allowing a bunch of college kids poke around.
Overall it was the perfect stop to our trip. If in Battle Creek I will definitely stop back again.
08-22-2008 17:19:11 |
More by dlauver
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
While in Michigan we ate dinner here one night. I saw their draft list and I started drooling, many things sounded wonderful. I started off the coco loco which I could have sworn would have been a safe bet but NO it was horrid, I see others like this beer maybe I had a bad beer? I don't know right from the brewery so you'd have to imagine it would be fresh. Overall I had 3 beers non of which impressed me in the least. The food was nice though, bbq and they had probably the best baked beans I have ever had in my life.
07-21-2008 00:40:42 |
More by Biggness
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located in downtown Battle Creek, Arcadia was our third stop of the day. The interior is British Pub themed and very wide open. The bar in the back is dimly lit and away from the large windows near the front. There was a brick oven and some tables, furniture, etc towards the center. It seemed like there was not very many tables for the amount of open space that was left. Oddly organized space.
We were basically the only people in the place that afternoon and we had a hard time pulling the bartender from his conversations with co-workers. Once we did I ordered a pint of the stout and had a seat at the bar. The selection was certainly lacking. I believe there were only 4 or 5 beers on tap that day. The notable porter that everyone mentioned to us was kicked and we had to settle. Probably my favorite part of the experience was the old bar that was covered in old beer labels; it was at least interesting to look at. I did not order food, partly because I was a bit skeptical about how long it would take and because we had other places to go.
Arcadia wasn't un-enjoyable, but it was probably my least favorite stop on our trip. I regrettably did not try the food, but I suppose I was ready to keep moving after about a half hour. Worth a visit, but don't make a lengthy trip unless its on your way. I don't mean to trash the place (I've only had one afternoon experience there) but it isn't somewhere I'm willing to make a special trip to Michigan for.
12-01-2007 22:41:34 |
More by letsgopens
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Sitting here at Arcadia using the wifi connection to write this review. Points for sure for having wifi. Seven beers on tap today including the London Porter and Hopmouth DIPA. It's 4:30 in the afternoon on a Friday in July. It's a little slow right now, maybe 10 people here. It's a big space. Long bar, pizza cooking area, good amount of tables, and a good amount of open standing space. I can image this place very busy on a Saturday night; people standing at tall tables, couples sitting at low tables, regulars at the bar. Nice cracked concrete floors and tall ceiling. Nice wood bar, flags of great beer nations, and lots of brewerania complete the decor. This isn't some fancy-schmany brewpub though. Nice gritty feel here that the hipsters would love. The beer Arcadia makes can certainly satisfy the prototypical beer-geek and having it fresh from the brewery makes it that much better.
08-03-2007 20:39:55 |
More by ahking
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ben, the restaurant manager, thought it would be a great idea (ok, so did we) to host his own little tasting at the bar of their big beer series. Of the beers of theirs that I have tasted, they are good and well made, but even their big beer series are not "in your face". He did tell us they are going to start doing some "west coast style brewing" meaning they will be using more bolder hops, so that should kick things up a notch. Good for them!! While I think a brewpub should have their "mainstream" beers on tap, I think it's equally important to have some special, bolder beers that will keep things interesting.
Their food is good. The nuts and berries salad with goat cheese should not be missed. It paired excellently with their Hopmouth Double IPA. We've been here once before and had an artichoke pizza that was also very tasty.
I've seen previous posts that this place is just ok. While that may be true now, I think it will be worth a visit again should you be in Battle Creek in the future. I think their upcoming west coast style brewing will be worth trying. Their food is already worth trying.
02-20-2007 15:15:08 |
More by yock
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for lunch as the first stop on our Western MI tour. The place was slow but seemed spacious enough for a busy crowd. The pub had somewhat of an English feel to it with the restaurant up front and the bar in the back and the brewery to the right through glass windows.
We sat at the bar and I am not sure if the heat was turned on or not since it felt like it was 40-50 degrees. I had to keep my winter coat on during lunch to keep from freezing. I had a club sandwich and I think all 4 people in our party were happy with the food.
The service was fine and the waitress that served us gave us directions to what in my mind had to be the worlds largest Goodwill store so that we could scrounge up better costumes for Eccentric day. The guy bartending was not very friendly and very short when we tried to strike up a conversation.
There were 6-8 beers on tap with a mix of some regulars and some specialties. I tried the Cocoa Loco Stout, Nut Brown, Imperial Stout and IPA. There was a certain house flavor that reminded me of an extract twang in each of the beers I tried. At the time of this review, the only beer I have had from them out of the bottle is the London Porter and I did not get the same flavor I got at the pub.
There were a few bottles for take out along with other merchandise for sale near the entrance. I considered picking up a few things not on tap (Cereal Killer & Hop Mounth) but the prices seemed really high compared to the liquor stores we stopped at on this trip.
Overall, I found Arcadia to be somewhat average. If I lived nearby, I would definitely give them a second try but I do not think I will go out of my way to stop there again.
01-16-2007 20:05:33 |
More by brewcrew76
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I convinced some friends to make the drive to Arcadia last night. We knew that it was the brewery's 10th anniversary celebration and one of my buddies wanted to take on their "yard of ale" contest, as he is well trained for that sort of thing. We walked in and paid the cover and then were a little disappointed that the british style food advertised on the website wasn't free for attendees of the event and rather what they meant was that we could sit down and have a meal in their restaurant. Well, we were hungry so we did sit down...and ate some delicious food. They have an eclectic pizza menu coupled with some traditional meals from the British Isles. I noticed Cock-a-leekie and Spotted Dick and helped myself to a Scotch Egg (i love those freaky little things...and this one was served with some Branston Pickle, which Americans need to learn more about). We ordered 3 pizzas and they were all very tasty. So, yeah, good food.
The place was decorated with lots of flags (UK flags and then flags of some nearby states....Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Michigan). They also had a big window through which you could see their distribution center and, past that, some of their fermenters. Further past the restaurant they had the bar, which was quite long, and in the back a couch with some artwork for sale (we met the artist who was very nice and eager to show us his work). They also appear to have a mug club around the backside of the bar. Tables were old doors with glass over top which was pretty cool. Oh, and they had an area to throw some darts up in front. Very comfortable, very nice.
Service was ok. I think they were a bit swamped with the celebration and all. Food came fast but our server, incredibly, didn't seem to know much about the beer or about the various events pertaining to the celebration. Bar service was better and some of the drinks were being poured by owner Tim Suprise and his wife.
Ok, the beers. Well, tonight they had some specials that were fairly new to the brewery...Big Dick's Old Ale, Cereal Killer Barleywine, Coco Loco Coffee Stout, and then a special Bourbon Barrel Aged version of their Imperial Stout. I tried all of them and all of them were darn good (too drunk to review anything but the Impy though). We also, in our group, had many of the usual Arcadia fare (except Whitsun, which is out of season now), along with their Arcadia Light, a milder version of Angler's Ale. A great lineup of beers.
So, yeah, we have a good time. And i'll add that my friend came first in the Yard of Ale drinking contest (easily). He was then congratulated by Tim Suprise, who came and talked with us all for a while and seemed like a very cool guy (talked about starting out at Shipyard Brewing and other things). Go to Arcadia if you get a chance.
12-03-2006 17:19:28 |
More by aforbes10
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had some time on a Saturday afternoon, so I shot over to Arcadia. Located in the dowtown section of Battle Creek it was easy to find and had plenty of parking. The initial impression as you walk in is laid back and comfortable. There are plenty of tables for a group of people to sit and have a meal and a nice long bar to sit and enjoy Arcadia's work. Along the back wall there are old couches and very comfortable looking chairs and around the corner from there was the "mug club". I met the production manager and took a tour of the brewery. There were three of us on the tour which made for an enjoyable tour as there was plenty of time for questions and answers. After the tour I sat down at the bar and grabbed a menu. Full of BBQ, sandwiches and pizza, all reasonably priced. I opted for a sandwich and an Arcadia Amber Ale, both were great. 1 sandwich, 1 beer, 1 tour all for under $15. Thanks Arcadia.
07-01-2006 21:34:26 |
More by nyjets1248
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Myself and two of my buddies drove an hour or so north to check this place out simply because we had nothing better to do. Getting there is a piece of cake and Battle Creek is a pretty cool town otherwise as well. We made a point to stop by the church of scientology and take pictures on the way back for a good laugh since it was just a couple of blocks down the road.
The building itself is amongst the other shops on the main strip downtown. Once getting inside you can see almost half of the building itself is the brewery seperated by glass. There is plenty of tables and a fairly long bar that could seat at least twenty people. The kitchen is cool as it is just one man behind a counter with a fire oven going behind him. We got there a little before 1 and there was very few people there. After hanging out for a couple hours I noticed it had picked up a bit, and people seemed to take their time here.
The food was excellent, it wasn't cheap but it was worth the money. Everything seemed very fresh and the menu had things that everyone could eat. But they also seemed to offer things that are a little less common which interested me. I ordered the Goose with cranberry porter sauce and it was excellent. There was enough here that if I lived close by I would probobly dig a little deeper into the menu.
As far as the beers go I can't say I was too entirely impressed. They were all good and very fresh but none of them blew my mind. I got a London Porter, Starboard Stout, and their IPA. The porter wasn't bad but had a funny aftertaste and the Stout was served on a Nitrotap, which immediatly turned me off. However, the IPA was very enjoyable as was the amber my buddy had. I tried a taste of the Scotch ale before we left and wished I had gotten that.
They don't have much of a gift shop to speak of but there was a counter with some T-shirts and that in it. I had to ask our waitress for a pint glass and she ran upstairs and found one for me. They did have most of thier beers to go in a warm stack or out of the cooler. Their was six-packs or individual bottles, and you could also mix and match. They had a cheese spread that interested me, but I decided to just get a couple bombers of their Double IPA and a variety pack for my buddy.
In retrospect it was a fun experience and I would recommend it if you are in Battle Creek. Seeing as how Bell's is about 20 min one direction and Dark Horse is about 15 in the other, I am not sure if I will ever make it back there.
01-23-2006 18:11:06 |
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Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, MI
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