Downtown Kalamazoo locations will help celebrate the opening of Bell's new brewhouse

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BreweryExterior.jpgKalamazoo restaurants, along with the Eccentric Café, will join the celebration as we officially open our new 200-barrel brewhouse and expanded production facility.

Here is a look at who will be celebrating with us as well as what specials will be offered and when.

May 11-20


Special menu items will be offered along with Oberon, Debs’ Red and Oarsman Ale.

Webster’s Prime

Special appetizers paired with Black Note, Best Brown, Oberon and Third Coast Beer.

Old Burdick’s Downtown

Special menu items will be offered along with Harvest Ale, Double Cream Stout, Oarsman, Two Hearted, Pale Ale, Amber and Oberon.

May 16

Old Burdick’s Downtown

Minute to Win It Party: Celebrate with games, trivia, prizes and beer (see list above) starting at 8 p.m. A firkin of Two Hearted will also be tapped before the event at 6 p.m.

May 14-18

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

May 14: Green chili and pepper marinated chicken sate with a tomato, cucumber, cilantro and garbanzo salad with creme fraise paired with Third Coast Beer.

May 15: Chocolate decadent cake, chocolate mousse, white chocolate cream and strawberries paired with Java Stout.

May 16:  Herb and panko crusted pork chops with tomato, caper relish and grilled smoked polenta paired with Cherry Stout.

May 17: Lemon rosemary chicken kabobs with kalamata, couscous and grilled pita paired with Two Hearted.

May 18: Salmon Alyeska with twice baked potato and grilled asparagus paired with Oberon.

All week long

Stop by the Eccentric Café for a selection of 26 different Bell’s beers, many of which are not available elsewhere. While you are there, be sure to check out the daily specials board to see what tasty creations our kitchen has come up with help from our smoker!

One more: May 19-20

Don’t forget to stop by our open house: From noon to 5 p.m. on both May 19 & 20, everyone is invited to take a look at our new production facility at 8938 Krum Ave. in Comstock. We will also be grilling, so bring your appetite.

Homebrewing has a new home on

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

A view from the homebrew shop's original location on Burdick StreetBefore there was a Bell’s Brewery, our president and founder, Larry Bell, was a homebrewer.

In 1983, Bell opened a homebrew supply store on Burdick St. in downtown Kalamazoo (photo at right), not far from where the Eccentric Café is today.

Twenty-seven years later, Bell's will open a brand new 200-barrel brewhouse.

Homebrewing is at our core.

With that in mind we developed a home here, on our website, with information about homebrew events, demonstrations and of course, Bell’s Homebrew Expo & Competition, held annually in September. We provide the wort and the winner gets to brew their recipe on our system to go on tap at the Café.

We have also started a “homebrew hotline” where our fans can ask questions and get advice.

The resources on this new section will continue to grow with help from a new Tumblr blog as well. Look for recipes, equipment features and more in the days, weeks and months to come.

Take a look.

Bell's beer event roundup: Bell's Circus, Oyster dinner, Black Note and more

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BellsCircus.jpgHere is a look at Bell's beer events this week in Michigan, Kentucky and Wisconsin.


May 9

Chef's Table and beer dinner
Big E's Sports Bar & Grill in Midland will host a five course beer dinner featuring Oarsman Ale, Pale Ale, Two Hearted, Amber and Porter. For the full menu, go here. For more information, call 989-794-8585.

Black Note tasting
Big E’s will also host a Black Note tasting from 6-8 p.m. that same night.

Oyster dinner
A four course beer dinner, which will feature an unlimited, fresh, cold water oyster course will start at 6 p.m. at Real Seafood Co. in Ann Arbor. It will also feature Two Hearted, Double Cream Stout, Oarsman, Oberon and Third Coast Beer. Call 734-769-5960 for more information. For the full menu, go here.


May 10

Oberon pint night
The Cock & Bull in Covington (Mainstrasse location) will host this event beginning at 5 p.m. AND you get to keep the glass. Call 859-581-4253 for more information.


May 12

Spend the day at the (Bell's) circus
Try your hand at the ring toss, bags, darts, dunk tank and ladder ball! This kid/family friendly event at Dexter’s Pub in Madison (1-8 p.m.) will also feature multiple performances from a fire breather in the late afternoon/early evening as well as soda, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and hot dogs. On tap will be Oberon, Two Hearted Ale, Amber, Pale Ale, Porter and Harvest Ale. Black Note will be tapped at 8 p.m. Participants are encouraged to use public transportation, ride a bike or walk as parking will be limited.

Looking ahead

Events next week include a Minute to Win It party in Kalamazoo, our new brewery open house and the World Expo of Beer. For more information or to see our entire calendar, go here.

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