Known for their unique and creative beers, this brewery offers tours on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. ... More
Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc.
Known for their unique and creative beers, this brewery offers tours on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Their pub-on-site lets you taste many of the noted beers that this company produces. There is also a general store on site that sells homebrewing supplies, gifts, and beer-to-go.
I live in Kalamazoo and Bell's has the best beer by a long shot. The Eccentric Cafe is a chill place to have a low key night in the summer. Great place to enjoy top notch beer and meet some interesting people. Warning, if you don't like hippies, you should probably steer clear. First night I went there in the summer they had a Pink Floyd cover band play. The music and the atmoshpere were great, but I think I was the only one not stoned! Haven't been there in the winter though.
Kalamazoo Brewing Company is locally referred to as "Bell's" (in homage to its founder, and in reference to Larry Bell's name whose monicker adorns nearly every bottle of beer from the brewery).
Bell's beers can be found throughout the country in specialty shops and extensively in the Midwest. It's no surprise to beer lovers to find out the brewry has a lively bar/cafe on site, and the most diverse bar crowd in Kalamazoo (a college town to be sure) converges on Bell's Eccentric Cafe every night of the week.
There's food, snacks, beer a gorgeous outdoor beer garden (opens near Memorial Day and closes near Labor Day) where bands perform in the summer as well as a nicely converted warehouse space indoors for quaffing a few pints.
The only con to this place is their insistance on booking "Jam Bands" (Grateful Dead knockoffs) at least 3 nights a week. In the winter, when you cannot escape the noise, it gets a little old. In the summer, if you dislike the band, you can escape inside (or outside...depending on the location of the band) and it's less of an issue.
Highly recommended. Best bar in the area, and across the street from another small brewery (Kraftbrau) specializing in german beers.