Composting allows Bell's Eccentric Cafe to reduce waste stream by 200 pounds of kitchen scraps a week

Laura Potter | Bell's Brewery, Inc.
07.15.2013

Composters.JPGReducing our waste stream is part of our ongoing sustainability efforts here at Bell’s.

And with a new partnership this summer, we will be able to divert kitchen waste from our pub, the Eccentric Café, to active composters inside the Common Ground Community Garden, also located here in Kalamazoo.

The Common Ground garden is a collaboration between Fair Food Matters, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, Kalamazoo County MSU Extension/Master Gardeners and the Kalamazoo Nature Center

The program is designed to support community garden projects throughout Kalamazoo County, with a special emphasis on those that serve low-income and food-insecure residents. 

By utilizing the space at Common Grounds, we will be able to transfer approximately 200 pounds of kitchen scraps per week, and after about two weeks of turning the compost it will be ready to add to the soil.

Anyone, whether you live in a house or apartment, can compost. It’s easy!

The type of food scraps that can go into a compost pile are fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, and even shredded newspaper and lawn waste, like grass clippings or leaves.

You will want to avoid any sort of meat products, fish, oil, peanut butter or pet waste.

The process can be as simple as you want it to be. Regular turning, or aeration, ample water, and the right ratio of carbon to nitrogen, will speed up the process for usable compost.  With aeration just once a month or even once a summer, you can compost with very little effort. Whichever method you choose, composting is a great way to reduce waste while creating amendments for your soil.

For those interested in learning more, Common Ground plans to eventually add composting classes for the public.


Bell's beer event roundup: BBQ, Kegs and Eggs, bacon, Uberon and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
07.08.2013

MilwaukeeBurgerTapTakeover.jpgBelow is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Michigan

July 10

Bell's Backyard BBQ Party: Karl's Cabin, Plymouth, 6 p.m. - Oberon, Two Hearted, Amber and Le Contrebassiste. Reservations are recommended as space is limited.

July 11

Kegs & Eggs: Zazio's, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m. (cocktail hour), 7 p.m. (dinner) - Oarsman,  Oberon, Two Hearted and  Debs' Red will be the featured beers. For the full menu and details, go here.

Bell's on the Patio: Captain Joe's, Whitmore Lake, 6:30 p.m. – Oberon, Two Hearted, Roundhouse India Red Ale, Wedding Ale, Quinnanan Falls Special Lager and Oarsman

July 12

Michigan Brewers Guild “Enthusiast” VIP Tour: Bell's Comstock Brewery, 4:30 p.m.

July 12-13

Annual Summer Bash: Monelli's Italian Grill and Sports Bar, Wyoming, 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.  - Oberon and Two Hearted

Indiana

July 9

Bell's Brewery Pick the Beer Promo: Tony Sacco's, Granger, 6-7:30 p.m. - Oarsman Ale, Porter, Amber Ale and Midwestern Pale Ale

July 12

Bell's Tasting: Chalet Party Shoppe, Goshen, 5-7 p.m.

Meet the Brewer: Twenty Tap, Indianapolis, 6-9 p.m. - Join our Specialty Brewer, Zeke Bogan, for Oberon, Uberon, Two Hearted, Debs' Red, Oarsman and Quinannan Falls Special Lager.

Kentucky

July 11

Bell's Night: Garage Bar, Louisville, 5 p.m. - Raspberry Ale, Oberon, Two Hearted and Oarsman Ale

July 12

Uberon Tapping: Louisville Beer Store, 1 p.m. - Expedition Stout, Oarsman Ale, Debs' Red and others will also be tapped.

Ohio

July 12

Oberon Beach Party: O'Donalds, Downtown Youngstown, 5 p.m.  

July 13

Cleveland World of Beer: North Coast Harbor - Dock 32, 1-5 p.m.  - Midwestern Pale Ale and Oarsman Ale

Pennsylvania

July 9

Red & White Bacon Night: Harris Grill, Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. - Debs' Red, Wedding Ale, Oberon, Two Hearted, Oarsman and more

July 10

Beer Passport Night 1: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, 5:30 p.m.  For more information, go here.

Virginia

July 10

Steal the Pint Night: Sauced, Staunton, 5 p.m. - Oberon, Two Hearted and Kalamazoo Stout

Wisconsin

Through July 31

Tap Takeover: Milwaukee Burger Company, Eau Claire  - Amber, Two Hearted, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oberon, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Third Coast Old Ale, Expedition Stout and Special Double Cream Stout along with a few specialty releases and special food parings (see photo).

Looking ahead

Join us for Port Huron Boat Week, the Bell’s Bayview Mackinac Race, Debs’ Red tappings in Ohio and more. Take a look at our full calendar.


A message from Larry Bell in response to recent events and a proposal by Enbridge Inc.

Bell's Brewery, Inc.
07.02.2013

The following is a message from Larry Bell, president of Bell’s Brewery, Inc., in response to recent events along the shore of Morrow Lake in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, and the proposal by Enbridge Inc. to construct a pollution processing facility within several hundred feet of the company’s brewery.

“Bell’s Brewery, Inc., has been operating in Comstock Township for 12 years, and we are proud to call Comstock our home. As Michigan’s oldest and largest brewery, Bell’s has a longstanding commitment to quality. While Bell’s uses water from the municipal water system to brew our beer, the pristine cleanliness of the water and air around our brewery and neighbors is of the utmost importance to us.

“Bell’s Brewery owns properties on both sides of Morrow Lake, so we have watched with concern the news of the Enbridge pipeline spill and resulting damage to the Kalamazoo River basin. As events unfolded over the last few years, we have noted the efforts of all involved to clean up the spill and repair the environment. We have applauded those efforts.

“However, the process by which the cleanup of Morrow Lake is accomplished must be 100- percent transparent. We share the concerns of our neighbors that decisions regarding recent activities may not have fully involved the residents or businesses located near the Enbridge site, so we thank the Township of Comstock for giving us the opportunity to address these concerns with Enbridge.

“Bells Brewery will continue to be in direct contact with local officials, and with state and federal environmental personnel, regarding Enbridge’s activities in and around Morrow Lake. Our focus will continue to be the best interests of our company, our employees, our customers, and our neighbors.”


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