Tips, directions: Tour Bell's new brewhouse, Production Facility May 19-20

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

OpenHouseBlog.jpgFor those of you who will be stopping by our Open House this Saturday and Sunday (May19-20), here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Our Production Facility, 8938 Krum Ave. in Comstock, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. both days. All are welcome.
  • We will be grilling and serving soda.
  • Be sure to grab a brochure from the table when you walk in for more details about our latest expansion.
  • Afterward, stop by the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo, to sample any of our 26 different beers on taps along with special menu items.
  • To help celebrate our grand opening, four downtown Kalamazoo restaurants are also offering special beers and menu items this week. For more details, take a look at our previous post.

And so you know where you are going …


To our Production Facility, from the Eccentric Café  and Bell’s General Store (downtown Kalamazoo):

  • Head west on E. Kalamazoo Ave.
  • Take the first Left onto Pitcher St.
  • Take the second Left onto E. Michigan Ave.
  • Turn Right onto M-96 E
  • Turn Right onto Van Bruggen St. which becomes Krum Ave. Production facility will be on the right.

To the Eccentric Café & General Store from our Production Facility:

  • Head west on Krum Ave.
  • Continue onto Van Bruggen St.
  • Turn Left onto M-96 W/E. Michigan Ave.
  • Turn Left onto E. Michigan Ave.
  • Continue onto E. Kalamazoo Ave.
  • General Store/Eccentric Café will be on your right: 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.

You can also find a Google map here.

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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