United States > Michigan > Kalamazoo
Beer Available At Bellís Brewery, Inc./Bellís Eccentric Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Bells Planet Series: Mercury - The Winged Messenger 64, Bells Best Brown Ale 93, Bells Hopslam 100, Bells Cider , Bells Brett Stout , Bells EXP Hop 2014-5 , Bells Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer of War 99, Bells Two Hearted Ale 100, Bells The Oracle DIPA Ale 100, Bells Rye Stout 94, Bells Trumpeters Stout 95, Bells Milk Stout 91, Bells Dagger Stout 97, Bells Harry Magillís Spiced Stout 95, Bells Smoked Stout 95, Bells Sweet Potato Stout 89, Bells Harvest Ale 96, Bells Raspberry Ale 74, Bells Eccentric Ale 98, Bells EXP Hop 2014-4
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Tmoney99 (470) 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.
jrallen34 (446) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Finally made it to Bellís. First I checked out the General Store, which is a high recommendation. They have all their 6 packs and mini kegs at prices. Additionally, they have tons of Bellís gear, shirts, stickers, lamps. All quality stuff too...The Cafe was under construction so I will have to re-visit this place in the future. All that was open was the new concert hall, reminds me of a college bar I use to visit. Its too wide open, not a place to drink. But its new and really nice. So in essence, General Store great, Cafe incomplete, new concert room skip unless a really good band is there.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | June 6, 2008
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 (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | November 29, 2011
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!
LilBeerDoctor (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | June 22, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Stopped here for lunch and beers on a Monday afternoon. It was a highly anticipated stop given the Bells name but I ended up disappointed. It is situated somewhat separate from the downtown area by the railroad tracks. It was pretty empty when we were there and we easily got seats at the small bar. There were at least 10 beers on tap but most of them were the regular Bells bottled offerings (ie Amber Ale, Porter, Oberon, etc). There were 4 "specialty" tap beers and I tried them all - 1 was pretty good (Wedding Ale) but the other 3 were terrible (Kalamazoo IPA, Smoked Lager, Wheat Love). The food here is not very good and overpriced. A hummus plate was $6.50 and a very basic sandwich with chips was $7. So Iíd recommend eating beforehand or after. Overall, I didnít get a good vibe from this place. There are no TVs and it didnít seem like a place you would want to sit and chill at for a long time. If you are in Kalamazoo, Iíd recommend hitting up Olde Peninsula first.
Terminus (333) Las Cruces, New Mexico | July 5, 2006
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
man, i was dissapointed with this place-very bad service-i was looked down upon for being at the bar for some reason. the food was just not doing it for me. they had only 2 non-bottled beers on tap (hell hath no fury and cyser). however, they did have batch 7000 in bottles for $5. THe hops have droped out of that beer mostly and it has become very sweet. I just didnt care for this place since i had much better in the state of MI on this trip.
deyholla (326) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 27, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The best place to get draft only bells beers as well as brewery only bottles. Service is good even when busy. People bus their own seats so it can get messy. Really good sandwiches and everything is priced fairly.
nbutler11 (316) Phoenix, Arizona | August 1, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very professional operation. Lots of bottles for sale along with Bellís swag in the General Store. Huge selection on tap (well over a dozen) and a friendly staff in the Cafe. Well worth a visit for anyone in the area.
auerbrau (305) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | August 18, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
The eccentric cafe has a great look and the beer garden out back is pure heaven. I was impressed with the range of taps and especially excited to have Expedition Stout on tap. That was just delightful. I was also glad to see something rare like Lakeview Bitter on tap. Had a Brat that was just okay and took a while to get. The Retail Store was pretty freakiní sweet, with lots of swag and beer available. Too bad all of this is in Kalamazoo.
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | September 22, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Second and third stop on the Saturday tour since we hit the brewery first and then the cafť. Iíll include some brewery stuff here as well. Immense sums it up pretty well. Cleanest and largest brewery Iíve been in, and one wouldnít necessarily think those two go hand in hand, but they do it well at Bells. We were welcomed with open arms and informative tour guides who were happy to field all manner of questions and whose genuine happiness about their jobs showed profusely. The amount of beer turned out here is remarkable. They start a new brew every 90 minutes, and brew around the clock. And yet the brewer when we were there seemed calm and collected. Seeing the room 32 or more 200 or 400 barrel conicals was a sight I wonít forget any time soon, though the warehouse that housed the packaged and ready to ship beer may have been more impressive. We were shown a vast empty space that could easily contain three or four two story school buses, which sat next to an equal amount of space filled with Oberon, and were told that the empty spot should also be Oberon to ship that week, but they just could not keep up with demand. Crazy. The cafť was so drastically different that at first itís hard to see how theyíre even connected. Where the sprawling concrete and clean metal of the brewery stops in my mind, the medium to dark hued wood, natural light, and tree fort styling of the cafť begins. We put in some food orders, grabbed a pile of beers and made off to the upper area to recline in an eclectic offering of chairs which seem like theyíd cleaned out thrift shops in the area when putting this place together. Nice and laid back. Bar service did a good job of handling the crowd and food came out fast and tasty, and we were all able to relax upstairs. Tap menu was nice featuring some interesting stuff, but nothing super crazy, (though old Expedition on tap which we managed to sneak into the plastic cups they had for the patio, and then take on the bus ride back was pretty sweet). Another place Iíd like to revisit some time.
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