Bell’s will be arriving at Grand Rapids airport this summer

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

GRAND RAPIDS – Bell’s is bringing the look and feel of the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

While the beer list is still being determined, a selection of year round, seasonal and specialty Bell’s beers will be offered along with a food menu that will focus on local ingredients and reflect the taste of the Eccentric Cafe.

“We think it will be a great opportunity to share Michigan’s beer culture and passion with visitors to our state,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Marketing Director.

The new Bell’s Bar will be located in the airport’s pre-security area, currently Home Turf, so visitors will be able to visit without purchasing a ticket.

We are working on the design process now and a tentative opening is scheduled for late summer, Bell said.

Bell’s is working with Maryland-based HMSHost, who received the contract for the renovation of the airport’s main hall as well as concourse retail, food and beverage options.

Bell’s beer will also be served in the Great Lakes Tap Room planned for Concourse B.

Under the Radar Michigan film crew stops by the Eccentric Cafe

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

SarkozyFilming.jpgThe crew from Under the Radar Michigan dropped by the Eccentric Cafe last week to interview our own Laura Bell and film for an upcoming episode that will debut later this summer.

The thirty-minute show, now in its third season, explores the best of Michigan and airs on PBS outlets in the Great Lakes region.

Episode 323 will also feature locations in Milford along with those here in Kalamazoo.

Other locations visited for the Kalamazoo portion of the episode include Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast, Food Dance and others.

Photo caption: UTR host Tom Daldin talks with Judy Sarkozy.


Bell's beer event roundup: Bingo, Oberon, Michigan Craft Beer Night and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

WurstBar2.jpgBelow is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Alabama, Florida and Indiana.


April 9

Bell's and Bingo: The Wurst Bar, Ypsilanti, 4 p.m. - Our Jazz Series (Le Batteur, Le Pianiste, and Le Contrabassiste), Quinnanan Falls Special Lager, Oberon and Oarsman. Stick around for bingo and the chance to win some Bell's prizes.

April 10

Bell's Beer Dinner: Uccello's, Caledonia - Seating is limited to 50 people and reservations are required. Check out the menu.

April 12

Michigan Craft Beer Night: The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6-7:30 p.m. - Join us, along with other Michigan breweries, for Michigan Craft Beer Night as the Detroit Pistons take on the Charlotte Bobcats. We'll be pouring Two Hearted and Oberon. Ticket price includes game ticket, ten 2-oz. beer tastings and light appetizers. Club 300 offers a great bird's eye view of the court and plenty of space to socialize before, during and after the game. For more information, visit


April 9

Oberon Release Party: Below the Radar, Huntsville, 6 p.m.

April 10

Oberon Release Party: Alcove International Tavern, Tuscaloosa, 6 p.m.


April 12

Bell's Tasting: Petty's Meat Market, Melbourne, 5-8 p.m. - Amber, Best Brown, Oberon and Two Hearted


April 10

Multi-tap Event: JK O'Donnell's Irish Ale House, Fort Wayne, 5 p.m. - 10 Bell's beers on tap including the only keg of Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout in northeast Indiana

April 13

2013 Blue Chip Casino Brewfest: Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, noon - 4:30 p.m. - Sample from at least 200 craft and imported beers from over 40 breweries. We will be featuring a few special treats as well as a Two Hearted firkin for the VIP session.

Looking ahead

We have quite a few events planned for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, a beer and tequila dinner in Kalamazoo and more coming up. Take a look.

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