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Bell’s Brewery to present Kalamazoo Pride 2013, debut new beer
KALAMAZOO—Event goers celebrating diversity at the 6th annual Kalamazoo Pride event will be able to raise a glass of Bell’s beer while dancing and singing to an entertainment lineup headlined by Chicago-based Kimi Hayes, back by popular demand.
This year’s event, presented by Bell’s Brewery, Inc., will span two days, beginning with a White Party at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, where everyone is encouraged to dress in all white. The main event is Saturday, June 15, starting at 2 p.m., with more than 75 vendors, food trucks, and plenty of cold beverage options to keep the fun going all afternoon. Visitors can browse through ‘vendor alley’ and listen to live music including a DJ, Hannaniah and the Boys and Kimi Hayes.
Bell’s will also debut a new beer at this year’s Pride – Sparkleberry – a blend of Sparkling Ale and Raspberry Ale.
“Diversity is a vital component of our philosophy and this event reflects that as well as our continued support of organizations that work to strengthen our community and bring people together,” said Laura Bell, Marketing Director and co-owner of Bell’s Brewery.
With a continuously-expanding event like this, Kalamazoo Pride is pleased to have achieved the excellence and professionalism that businesses like Bell’s aim to be associated with, said Zachary Bauer, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, the organization that coordinates Kalamazoo Pride.
“We are tremendously pleased to welcome such a wonderful local company as presenting sponsor. It is clear to us that Bell’s investment in our LGBT community is sending a message that things must change and that diversity is no longer an option but a must!” added Bauer.
Last year, 11,000 people descended on the Arcadia Creek Festival Site in downtown Kalamazoo for Pride, the largest fundraiser of the year for the KGLRC.
“This year, Kalamazoo Pride 2013 has expanded to an entire weekend of celebrating diversity, complete with Friday and Saturday events, including some that are still in the planning stages, as well as a post-Pride bunch,” shares Bauer. “We plan to deliver a weekend full of community events, highlighting the diversity, accomplishments, contributions to society and entertainment by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals as well as their friends, families and allies.
The popular ‘vendor alley’ will feature affirming and inclusive organizations and businesses as well as tempting food and beverage vendors from all over Southwest Michigan. Additionally, family friendly-activities will take place in and near the youth tent area, including a speaker from TruthLocker who will discuss issues and solutions related to cyber bullying.
Kalamazoo Pride is offering a two-day admission pass for $10, or separate cover charges are $5 for Friday and $7 to enter on Saturday. Kids 12 and under are free.
“All Kalamazoo Pride events seek to show that we’re proud of who we are and that we can all stand together as part of the greater Southwest Michigan community, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender orientation or socioeconomic status,” says Bauer.
Full details and entertainment schedules for Kalamazoo Pride can be found at www.kglrc.org/pride.
Bell's beer event roundup: Oberon, bowling, baseball and more
Below is a look at events this week in Michigan, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Georgia.
Bell's Beer Dinner: The Root, White Lake, 6:30 p.m. – Take a look at the menu here (image at right).
Bell's Tap Explosion: Little Bohemia, Traverse City, 7 p.m. - Oberon, Two Hearted, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Hell Hath No Fury and Amber Ale. Best spring break short or hat gets a prize.
Opening Day Party: Buffalo Wild Wings, Detroit, 8 a.m. - Celebrate opening day in Detroit. We'll have an outdoor tent, music, plenty of food and some great beer: Oberon, Smitten, Amber, Two Hearted, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Raspberry Ale, Quinannan Falls Special Lager and Hopslam. The celebration will start before the game and continue afterward. The game will also be on TV as well.
Burgers, Bowling, BBQ, & Bell’s: Floodz Sports Bar, Clinton Township, 6 p.m. - $25 admission includes burger and BBQ buffet, a pint of Oberon plus two extra drink tickets and two games of bowling (including shoe rental). On tap: Oberon, Two Hearted, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Amber and Hopslam (just added).
Bell's Beer Dinner: Pele's Wood Fire, Jacksonville, 6 p.m. - Seven courses paired with with Amber, Best Brown, Expedition Stout, Oarsman, Special Double Cream Stout, Third Coast Old Ale, Two Hearted Ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000. Call 904-232-8545 for more information.
Oberon Release Party: The Aristocrat Pub, Indianapolis, 5-9 p.m. - Oberon joins 5 other Bell’s on tap for the night
Free Bell's Tasting: Belmont Beverage - Riviera Plaza, Fort Wayne, 4-6 p.m. - Oberon, Amber, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Porter and Two Hearted
Oberon Release Party: Gerst Haus, Evansville, 6 p.m. - Oberon, Hopslam, Kalamazoo Stout, Amber and Smitten
Oberon Pint Night: Pazzo's Pizza Pub, 6:30 p.m. - Keep the glass night
Oberon Tapping: Jack Beagle's, Charlotte, 5 p.m.
Oberon Tapping: Dillinger's Taproom, Charlotte, 5 p.m.
Beer Tasting/Oberon Release: Heinen's Bay Village, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. - 8 different Bell's beers as well as hors d'oeuvres, specialty cheeses & artisan breads to compliment the beers
Opening Day Ballpark Brunch: BZ's Bar and Grill, Pittsburgh, 8 a.m. - Oberon will be flowing all day
Bacon and Oberon Night: Harris Grill, Pittsburgh – At 6:30 p.m., FREE BACON starts flowing at the bar
Oberon Patio Party: Thirsty Fellow, Columbia, noon
Bell's Pint Night and Oberon Patio Party: Ted's Most Best, Athens, 5 p.m.- keep the glass
Join us for Bell’s & Bingo, Oberon release parties and more. Take a look at our full calendar.
Oberon 2013: Where to find that first sip, gear and more
Looking for that first sip of Oberon?
If you don’t see something near you, be sure to contact your preferred bar or restaurant to see if they have it on tap.
You can also use our Beer Finder to locate any available Oberon nearby as well.
Other Oberon related news:
- Take a look at the 2013 Oberon mini-keg design.
- Looking for Oberon related gear? Our General Store has you covered.
- More? Check out our Pinterest board.
Cheers and happy Oberon Day!