Visited on a Saturday afternoon. One of my favorite places that Iíve ever gone to. The place itself was a nice looking bar (the longest bar in the city, apparently), and it had a nice window looking over the brewing equipment. The regular beers that Arcadia brews were pretty good, but their "big beers" (i.e imperial stout, Shipwreck Porter, and Hopmouth) are amazing. The service was phenominal, from the prompt and knowledgable bartender to the head brewer Bryan, who came out and talked to us and even gave us a really nice tour of the brewery (along with a couple other samplings not normally available). We didnít eat food here (besides pretzel rods). All in all, a great place with great people. If Iím ever in the vicinity again, I will definitely make a return visit.
This place has had an interesting history. The original brewer "Murph" came to Arcadia by way of Shipyard. And every beer he brewed was a Shipyard clone. He left about 3 years ago - and they seemed to struggle a bit. But the new brewer knows his way around Hops - particularly the West Coast style Pales and IPAs. Since his arrival, the Sky High Rye (IPA) Hop Mouth and Hop Rocket have all been very welcome additions to what had become a rather unexciting (but good and consistent) English ales.
Food is stunningly good here - particularly the weekend specials. For about $12-15 you get a meal that would cost you $30-40 in a major city. And tastier. And if you donít like that, theyíve got Texas style smoked meats and a wood fired pizza oven that kicks out great stuff.
Finally a shout out to owner Tim Suprise. I see him about twice a year - and yet he always remembers me and welcomes me back. And treats my handicapped father like a King.
I have never been blown away with Arcadia beers. When I think of the great Michigan breweries, Arcadia sometimes gets left off the list. Going here helped to get them included. Their year-round bottled beers are average to me, but I had a couple beers at the Brewpub that were upper echelon. The ambiance is cool. It is relaxed and the setting is unique. It looks kinda run down, but they are a pretty classy place. Not in a way that makes you feel out of sorts if you fail to have a dress shirt on, but it has a nice class about it. They have some specialty beers available at the Brewpub that were a game changer for me on how I view Arcadia. If only these were available in bottles! The service was good. Everyone was nice, knowledgeable and helpful. The food was great! I donít know how to express how great, but it was great! Go get some of their food now! They were just a touch pricey. They know how good their food is and you will pay for it, but I did not consider any prices close to unreasonable. Thank you, Arcadia, for the brewpub. Without the brewpub I may never appreciate Arcadia.
Located in the up and coming area of Battle Creek, Arcadia is a place youíll want to stop by. Arcadia has two hand drawn ales on and another 7 or so on tap. Thereís food and live music. The place is pretty big and rumor has it plans are in the works for a Jazz Club upstairs.
JCW (147) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 1, 2005| Updated August 23, 2008
Located in the center of Battle Creek. Most of Arcadia beers are on tap all the time. Wood cooked pizza, excellent sandwiches. Live music.
Interior is pretty cool. Brick lined. Large bar with vintage beer labels/coasters sealed under the countertop. Bar is oak; would be a little more attractive with something else. Selection was pretty wide. One beer they sell is "yellow, fizzy ale" or something to that effect. They take their pale ale and pour some carbonated water into it. Makes it taste like Bud Light. Apparently they sometimes have bombers of rare Arcadia brews for sale, but none when I was there. The bartender was captain clueless when it came to beer. I hope it was because he was new. Brewpubs/breweries need people who are knowledgeable about their beer behind the counter.
Stopped in while traveling with family. Nice big bar with cool views of the actual brewery. Most of the staff were very friendly. Nice selection of their own stuff of course and their beers are good to very good. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. I did not sample any food (but the smells were delicious!)