When in Michigan and a beer fan like I am, it's definitely a good idea to make the drive to Kalamazoo. It's about 100 miles west of Ann Arbor. The Bell's cafe and adjacent general store have all the Bell's beer and products you desire. There's a small parking lot in front of the general store, and it appears there was also a small lot near the cafe.
I got to the cafe just before noon and just before the lunch rush got there. There was no shortage of Bell's beers, a good 20 of them on tap. You can get a flight of four beers (all 5 oz pours), and the price depends on the beers you choose.
- LARRY'S LATEST SESSION IPA: A clear dark golden beer that had pleasant tropical on the nose. Light and refreshing with some tropical on the back end. Leaves a dry tongue. A great session IPA and can only be found at the brewery/cafe for now.
- QUINANNAN FALLS: A special lager that may be sold in cans or bottles locally from time to time. A clear golden beer that has a pine/resinous flavor and aroma. Slight malt.
- EXPERIMENTAL HOP #2: A special pale ale only at the brewery/cafe. A cloudy peach color. Malty, dank, stone fruit, and tropical. Toasty malt notes. Good stuff here.
- TWO HEARTED ALE: A personal favorite ever since I first had it in 2015. This IPA had the balance of pine, floral, and citrus that I remember. More a cloudy dark golden appearance this time around.
I needed some food with my beer flight, so I opted for the Jambalaya ($11). Smoked chicken, andouille sausage, tomatoes, peppers, and rice. I included some shrimp with the order because that's how pandas roll. The dish was wonderful, although I think they forgot to season the shrimp itself.
The usual popular dishes here include the Pulled Pork sandwich ($12) and Bell's Burger ($11). Also, ask the server if there are any specials going on.
Head to Bell's Eccentric Cafe when in Kalamazoo! 7.25/10
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