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.
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 (I’ve not seen it elsewhere). The prices are okays, but perhaps not as cheap as I’d anticipated (5$ pint, 4$ glass). I’d not necessarily stop by again unless I knew they had expedition or a particularly impressive seasonal on. I’d call ahead to know what’s on.
Finally made it to Bell’s after all these years of trying to schedule a Michigan craftbeer tour. There isn’t a lot I can say that hasn’t been said before other than to tell you what I liked best. First of all...the brewery venue is really pretty special...large...attractive...and varied. There are numerous rooms with the main bar area room being the best. There is a great big beer sign behind the bar in that room showing 21 different drafts when I visited this past Friday. Additionally Bell’s has outside areas...with the larger one having a small outdoor stage. My friend an I ate a really good dinner here...and tried a couple of flights each...so we got thru maybe 8 each of their 21 that night. Since I can get their beer in my home area...I focused on ones I don’t usually see or hadn’t yet had like the All Four Ale and the Ales for A.L.S among others. Obviously Bell’s is a must stop (along with Founders) on any Michigan craft beer tour...it didn’t disappoint!
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.
Tmoney99 (657) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 10, 2006| Updated November 10, 2006
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.
Finally made it to Bell’s. 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 Bell’s 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.
Second and third stop on the Saturday tour since we hit the brewery first and then the café. I’ll include some brewery stuff here as well. Immense sums it up pretty well. Cleanest and largest brewery I’ve been in, and one wouldn’t 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 won’t 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 café was so drastically different that at first it’s hard to see how they’re 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 café 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 they’d 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 I’d like to revisit some time.
Stopped in on NYE. Nowhere to Paarl, so ended up a couple blocks away. The place was packed, but despite that service was great. Quick and helpful with my orders. Pricing was decent. About 10 samples were about $30. I really enjoyed myself here, but wish I had gotten here before the general store closed so I could have bought some merchandise. I hope to make it back here someday soon.
Nice open feel with a wide array of decor. A bit small but that didn’t seem to be an issue even with all the people there. A patio out back for outdoor drinking when the weather is nice. The regular lineup is available plus a lot of special brews on tap. Small food list but it’s all quite tasty. Service was nice though maybe a little cold. It was pretty busy though so that may be the case. I went here for my bachelor party and the 11 of us were able to grab a long picnic table and boozed it up all day. We took the tour and it was very informative. More than just a "this is where we brew" kinda tour. Lasted about 30-45 minutes. I would be a regular if I lived in Kalamazoo.
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 on… 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.