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Beer Available At Kalamazoo Brewing Co./Bellís Eccentric Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Bells Sparkling Ale 92, Bells Black Note Stout 100, Bells Java Stout 99, Bells Bull In A China Shop , Bells Kalamazoo IPA 61, Bells Larryís Latest Double IPA Trial , Bells Roundhouse IRA 98, Bells The Wild One 98, Bells Two Hearted Ale 100, Bells Consecrator Doppelbock 94, Bells Larryís Latest Pale Trial , Bells Bear Hug 90, Bells Porter 97, Third Coast Old Ale 100, Bells Winter White 86, Bells Oberon Ale 90, Bells Smitten Golden Rye Ale 88, Bells Lager Beer 46, Bells Milk Stout 92, Bells Smoked Rye
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3fourths (1082) Vilnius, Lithuania | January 4, 2008| Updated December 1, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
A most excellent drinking spot, and a destination if youíre in the area, of course. New beer for me was the Sweet Potato Stout, along with a nice aged keg of Batch 7000 (on tap Dec 22). You know youíre coming here so why even read my review? Instead just look at my photographs from my visit to get a sense of what this place is like:
Travlr (999) Washington, Washington DC | January 14, 2012| Updated December 1, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Large place, tons of interesting beers on, with a 6 beer sampler for 12 bucks (yum, Hopslam!). Food was OK. Live music was a big plus. Efficient staff. Worth a look.
Rastacouere (606) Montreal, Quebec | September 25, 2008| Updated December 1, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Again a Michigan brewpub located in a very ugly, semi-industrial neighborhood where laods of traffic pass by (I wonder where they can be headed). Nevertheless, entering inside, you forget about the traffic, the brick and stylish arts make it appealing enough, though the very high ceilings removed any sens of coziness. I was surprised, but I would not want to spend a whole evening here... and I love Bells. The menu was certainly interesting enough. They even changed a keg while I was there, putting Double Oberon on, a nice bonus. Also could score some bourbon cherry stout at the adjacent shop (Iíve not seen it elsewhere). The prices are okays, but perhaps not as cheap as Iíd anticipated (5$ pint, 4$ glass). Iíd not necessarily stop by again unless I knew they had expedition or a particularly impressive seasonal on. Iíd call ahead to know whatís on.
Dogbrick (561) Columbus, Ohio | July 30, 2012| Updated December 1, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
(Visited 02/2012): Bellís Eccentric Cafť is located on the East side of downtown Kalamazoo, coincidentally on East Kalamazoo Ave. There is a private lot to the side of the building, and more parking at the store.
The interior has two individual sides. The left side is the brewpub and features a bar along the right and a walk-up window for placing food orders. A chalkboard behind the bar lists the available beers. The other side is where they showcase music. Lots of wood and breweriana adorn the brewpub side and that is where we spent our evening.
There are around 20 Bells beers on draught at the Cafť, including several one-offs and rarities. On my visit these included 2 of the Experimental Series, Mead, Dagger Stout, Wild One, Raspberry Wild One and Golden Rye. The store had some goodies as well, like Black Note and Harvest Ale.
There is no table service at the brewpub, but the bartenders were friendly if harried.
Food at Bells consists primarily of sandwiches and finger food. My sandwich was not bad.
Overall this spot should be on every beer loverís must-visit list.
Sammy (466) Toronto, Ontario | August 6, 2009| Updated December 1, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
An ordinary town, although some eccentric names of stores. A retail store with many of the regular classics. The bar itself is fine as long as you get here before 4 pm, when people must line up to get beer. A great patio, but you carry beer, in big plastic cups over. A good selection of beers on tap, although I was not crazy about the carbonation, which was Enoz salty. Some of the classics, I think, are better in the bottle. Pretty friendly though. Bartendress went through some training. I would like more details about the beers in the literature available to us.
I was expecting more.
NachlamSie (447) Tennessee | May 21, 2012| Updated December 1, 2011
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
This place is gorgeous. Itís in a large building which resembles a church on the inside with cathedral ceilings and stained glass. There is a cozy upstairs and an outside garden area as well. The selection is terrific. The expected Bells beers are available along with at least 6 rare offerings. I ate some soft pretzels with one of the best mustards and some kind of parmesan dip. Very delicious snack. The music was hip and suited the atmosphere perfectly. A general store is also here with beer to go and tons of cool swag and homebrew supplies. I loved my visit here, I consider it a must stop.
Drake (392) Ivy, Virginia | July 26, 2010| Updated December 1, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Stopped by on a Monday afternoon. I like the ambience. Big, tall, industrial feeling with an odd assortment of decorations... keeping with the theme I guess. Any place with a picture of President Kennedy on the wall is OK by me. 10 beers or so on tap. I had the mead, the only one I hadnít had, which was decent. I didnít try the food. Service was ample, and they did give me a smaller sample than advertised, which was nice as it was 10%. Prices seemed decent. Construction is going on in the back, as the tap room expands. Merchandise and homebrew shop in the front. The people were nice there too, if not too helpful, and prices were OK. Overall a nice stop.
Tmoney99 (366) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 10, 2006| Updated November 10, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Stopped here many times on my way to or from fishing in Michigan. Easy to find with parking in the back. Bar in the midde against wall with food ordering directly next to bar. Beer garden in the back with picnic tables. Great beer selection with many beers being tested. Package store in the parking lot for to-go six packs. Good bar food. Good regular stopping location for Michigan.
Glouglouburp (345) Montreal, Quebec | June 6, 2008| Updated November 10, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
An original place. Not very large is square meters but with very high cellings. Bricks and wood this place feels authentic old pub. Food menu is very limited. I had a California Ruben and it was good but really the menu there is more snacks than full meals. If you require a full meal and craftbeer go to the Olde Peninsula brewpub less than five minutes walk away. Eclectic crowd of all ages. Some your people playing chess, some old folks talking about the good old days, and so onÖ Surprisingly appropriate western/country music with a banjo sound that felt just right with the place, Also some more standard soft rock. When I was there they had about 12 beers on tap. Of the 12 only two were not bottled. Many of the regulars were there (Hopslam, Tow Hearted, etc.) and the two brewpub-only beers, the very good Wild One and the interesting Poolside Raspberry Wheat.
adnielsen (325) Fort Collins, Colorado | November 29, 2011| Updated November 10, 2006
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Holy shit! This was easily in the top three best breweries/tasting rooms that Iíve ever visited. Twenty beers including Black Note and tons of other stouts and stuff not seen in bottles. I had a Chicken Curry Wrap which was spectacular. I could have spent all weekend here. A+ atmosphere, A+ selection, A+ beers. I wish I lived next door!
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