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Bell's Eccentric Cafe
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Address:
355 E Kalamazoo Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone:
(269) 382-2332
Website:
Hours:
Mon 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM Open Now
Tue 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM Open Now
Wed 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM Open Now
Thu 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM Open Now
Fri 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM Open Now
Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM Open Now
Sun 12:00 AM - 2:00 AM Open Now
Tour Times:
Sat 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM
Sun 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM
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On June 11, 1993, Bell's Brewery, Inc. became the first Michigan brewery to serve beer by the glass to the public. The Eccentric Café offers customers a chance to taste many of our well known beers, as well as small batch brews that are not distributed outside of the pub. Visitors enjoy its warm atmosphere and spacious beer garden. The Eccentric Café also features a food, an extensive collection of art and ephemera, and live music throughout the week.

Additional parking can be found on Willard St. (north of Kalamazoo Ave.) and west of the Cafe on Kalamazoo Ave.

Visit our website for our event calendar, draft cam, menu and more. Please note, that after 11 p.m., we ask that all our guests are 21+ (with valid ID). Our kitchen closes daily at 11 p.m.

We also offer free WiFi - ask the bartender for the password.

The Bell's General Store, located adjacent to the Cafe, sells a variety of home brewing supplies and equipment, beer to go, Bell's gear and more. It is open 10 am - 9 pm Mondays through Thursdays, 10 am - 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 am - 7 pm Sunday You can reach the store at 269-382-5712.

Free tours of our original brewery downtown Kalamazoo are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Our Comstock brewhouse also offers tours. Learn more at bellsbeer.com/tours

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Bell's Brewery, Inc., Comstock, Michigan
Payment options: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover
Parking: Parking lot, Street parking
Price range: $$
  • Good for groups
  • Good for kids
  • Outdoor seating
TOUR INFO
Price: Free!
Max group size: 20
Tour notes: Our original brewery, where beers like Amber and Oberon were first brewed, is located right next door to our General Store and Eccentric Café, which also includes our Beer Garden and patio. With more than 40 different beers on tap and a full-service restaurant, guests can grab a pint, hop on a tour and then grab a seat.
More info here: http://www.bellsbeer.com/tours
BEER LIST
Two Hearted Ale
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 7.0%
# Ratings: 435,633
Score: 3.97
Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest and named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter. Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.
Oberon Ale
Style: Pale Wheat Ale - American
ABV: 5.8%
# Ratings: 276,441
Score: 3.75
Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
Hopslam Ale
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double
ABV: 10.0%
# Ratings: 163,994
Score: 4.30
A biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale. With a name like Hopslam, what did you expect?
Expedition Stout
Style: Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV: 10.5%
# Ratings: 99,549
Score: 4.06
One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Intensely bitter in its early months, the flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages.
Pooltime Ale
Style: Pale Wheat Ale - American
ABV: 5.0%
# Ratings: 39,769
Score: 3.54
Pooltime Ale is a refreshing Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale with light clove notes. The truly distinguishing feature is the use of 100% Montmorency tart cherries grown in the Traverse City region of Michigan. These cherries add a subtle tartness and bright counterpoint to other flavors, enhancing Poolside’s fruity character and making it the perfect beer for all summer activities.
Official
Style: IPA - American
ABV: 6.4%
# Ratings: 35,378
Score: 3.79
Two of our favorite ingredients come together in the brewhouse; pungent American hops and delicious wheat malt. This Hazy IPA is double dry-hopped (a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops) resulting in complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness. A refined beer for those who love hops and for those who prefer wheat beers. Go ahead and make it Official.
Expedition Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) (2017)
Style: Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV: 12.8%
# Ratings: 1
Score: 4.50
Hell Hath No Fury... Ale
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 7.5%
# Ratings: 1
Score: 0.00
Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury… Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Brewed with Belgian abbey-style yeast, Hell Hath No Fury … Ale is more akin to a roasty stout, offering warm, roasted notes of coffee & dark chocolate with fruity & clove-like aromas.
Whiskey Barrel Aged Cherry Stout (2017)
Style: Stout - Other
ABV: 9.3%
# Ratings: 1
Score: 3.75
Aged for up to 12 months in whiskey barrels, our signature Cherry Stout evolves into something even more flavorful and complex. Notes of oak, vanilla and dark chocolate are intertwined with tart Michigan cherries in a stout that seduces the palate.
Black Note Stout (2017)
Style: Stout - American Imperial / Double
ABV: 11.2%
IBUs: 65
# Ratings: 1
Score: 0.00
One of the most sought-after stouts in Bell's history, Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout and ages the combination in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso & dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.
Mango Habañero Oberon
Style: Pale Wheat Ale - American
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: 25
# Ratings: 1
Score: 4.00
Brewed with the exact same recipe as Oberon, this version takes our summer seasonal and adds pureed mango and habanero peppers during fermentation. The full-flavored, medium-bodied wheat malt and citrusy notes of oberon provide the perfect canvas for a colorful interplay of tropical mango and the piquant warmth of habanero peppers.
Winter White Ale
Style: Wheat Beer - Other
ABV: 5.0%
# Ratings: 106,359
Score: 3.52
Taking its cues from Belgian-style white ales, Bell's Winter White Ale offers a lighter yet abundantly flavorful alternative to the traditional heavy winter warmers. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance, Bell's Winter White Ale is a beer for embracing winter.
Amber Ale
Style: Red Ale - American Amber / Red
ABV: 5.8%
# Ratings: 103,331
Score: 3.58
The beer that helped build our brewery; Bell’s Amber Ale features both toasted and sweet caramel notes from carefully selected malts, balanced with herbal and citrus hop aromas. Capped by a clean bitterness, it’s incredibly versatile with food, but very tasty on its own.
Special Double Cream Stout
Style: Stout - American
ABV: 6.1%
# Ratings: 96,518
Score: 3.84
Special Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends ten different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Special Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.
Best Brown Ale
Style: Brown Ale - American
ABV: 5.8%
# Ratings: 95,760
Score: 3.69
A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall & winter lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.
Kalamazoo Stout
Style: Stout - American
ABV: 6.0%
# Ratings: 91,490
Score: 3.75
Named after the city where it all began, Kalamazoo Stout is one of our most classic recipes. This smooth, full-bodied stout offers a blend of aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and freshly roasted coffee, balanced with a significant hop presence.
Oarsman Ale
Style: Pale Wheat Ale - American
ABV: 4.0%
# Ratings: 73,508
Score: 3.43
First brewed in 2008 at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo, Oarsman Ale grew out of our desire to explore the tradition of session beers and to create a unique, flavorful experience for everyone, no matter what the occasion. Tart and refreshing, this sessionable, bright Wheat Ale exudes citrus and lemony aromas from Cascade hops and trades sour intensity for finesse. A perfect companion for any occasion, Oarsman Ale is a beer based in tradition, but with that distinctive Bell’s twist. A perfect beer to compliment any menu.
Porter
Style: Porter - American
ABV: 5.6%
# Ratings: 68,380
Score: 3.73
Our award winning Porter bridges the gap between malty brown ales and heavily roasted stouts. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley are offset with just a slight hop bitterness. Enjoy any time of the year.
Cherry Stout
Style: Stout - Other
ABV: 7.0%
# Ratings: 59,660
Score: 3.41
Tinted ruby-black, Cherry Stout gains its signature tartness from 100% Montmorency cherries grown in Michigan's Traverse City region. Rather than doubling up on sweetness, this tart cherry varietal serves as a counterpoint to the warm, dark chocolate notes from the malt bill. Lightly hopped for balance, this stout is one of the cornerstones of our stout portfolio.
Octoberfest Beer
Style: Märzen
ABV: 5.5%
# Ratings: 57,197
Score: 3.65
Crafted as a flavorful session beer, Bell's Octoberfest Beer is perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn. As with Bell's Lager Beer, Octoberfest spends a full six weeks maturing in the fermentation vessels. Unlike its cousin, Octoberfest trades in the assertive hop presence for a focus on a light caramel malt note, lending body without too much sweetness.
Oatsmobile Ale
Style: Pale Ale - American
ABV: 4.3%
# Ratings: 54,363
Score: 3.56
Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing. Happy-go-lucky. Full-bodied. And we’re not just talking about the horse. This hop-forward, 100% all-malt session pale ale uses a blend of classic and modern Pacific Northwest hops, including Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo, for a pungent blend of stone fruit and tropical aromas. The signature ingredient - oats - are what makes Oatsmobile Ale stand apart, and gives it a body that you don’t see in most other session Pale Ales.
Lager of the Lakes
Style: Pilsner - Czech
ABV: 5.0%
# Ratings: 47,187
Score: 3.46
Following in the tradition of Czech Pilsners by offering a combination of firm malt and herbal hop bitterness, Bell’s Lager Beer is as refreshing and crisp as a swim in the Great Lakes.
Java Stout
Style: Stout - American
ABV: 7.5%
# Ratings: 46,992
Score: 3.83
Using a fresh, custom blend of coffee beans roasted locally in Kalamazoo by Water Street Coffee Joint, this dark, roasty stout matches an intense flavor with an unmistakable aromatic punch.
The Oracle
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double
ABV: 10.0%
IBUs: 90
# Ratings: 41,187
Score: 3.99
Our take on the West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale, The Oracle places hop intensity first and foremost, making only the slightest concession to malt and balance. The fireworks start with the aromatic punch of dry-hop sessions with hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. Resinous, citrusy hop flavors mixed with aggressive bitterness from a massive kettle addition deliver on that aromatic promise.
Roundhouse
Style: IPA - Red
ABV: 7.5%
# Ratings: 41,144
Score: 3.84
Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry-hopping yields a heady blend of fruity aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus. Those aromas continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted and caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate. Locally sourced Michigan honey creates a smooth, dry finish that pulls everything together. The India Red Ale style is a variation on the IPA, but with more caramel and toasted malt character and a reddish hue. Roundhouse was first brewed at our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo in 2009.
Third Coast Old Ale
Style: Barleywine - American
ABV: 10.2%
# Ratings: 37,148
Score: 3.79
Third Coast Old Ale is a cellerable American-style barleywine that has notes of dried fruit and caramel embedded in a rich malt background that will grow more complex over time.
Mars
Style: IPA - Imperial / Double
ABV: 10.1%
# Ratings: 33,833
Score: 4.05
Originally, the first release in Bell’s Planet Series, Mars (The Bringer of War) is a double IPA with a complex hop character and a malty backbone. Notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, lemon, lime and pineapple are all present in both the aroma and flavor. Hopped at a ratio of about 3.4 pounds of hops per barrel, the recipe for Mars was developed from a trial batch called Larry’s Latest Double IPA brewed in our original brewery located adjacent to the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo. Original release date: August, 2014 Released again in bottles and on draught in 2017.
Quinannan Falls
Style: Lager - IPL (India Pale Lager)
ABV: 6.3%
# Ratings: 33,544
Score: 3.58
Literally born in a dream: Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery, dreamt that he was at the mystically hidden retreat of Quinannan Falls, somewhere in the boreal north. Neither Quinannan Falls nor the beer actually existed outside his imagination, but he remembered enough about it to sketch a recipe and label, which was put into full form by Michigan artist Kathleen Kalinowski, the following morning. The end result is a dry-hopped lager that possesses a crisp, dry bitterness you would expect from a German pilsner, but the use of highly aromatic Simcoe hops from the Pacific Northwest, evoke the fragrant pine forests that inspired this beer.
30th Anniversary Ale
Style: Stout - Imperial / Double
ABV: 11.0%
# Ratings: 31,411
Score: 4.18
Flavors of dark chocolate and fruit meld to create a full-bodied, roasty stout. A fair amount of Polaris hops lend a brightness and a nice character that will help carry the beer in its early stages making it incredibly drinkable and interesting. Malt characteristics will continue to develop over time, so that beer drinkers who choose to cellar it can enjoy the beer for years to come.
Black Note Stout
Style: Stout - American Imperial / Double
ABV: 11.2%
# Ratings: 30,778
Score: 4.45
One of the most sought-after stouts in Bell's history, Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout and ages the combination in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso & dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.