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Photo gallery: Wooden sculpture weighing more than 1,400 pounds debutes at Bell's Comstock Brewery
Yesterday (Dec. 5) "From Seed to the Senses" debuted at our Comstock Brewery.
The wooden sculpture is eleven-and-a-half feet tall by four feet wide and weighs more than 1,400 pounds. It was created by Rockford-Illinois based artist Salem Barker.
Bell’s President and Founder Larry Bell commissioned the piece that was made from part of an 80-year-old American Elm that grew at his home in Kalamazoo.
The tree was apporximately 80 years old and orignally had a canopy of about 120 feet across.
"Unfortunately, the tree had to be taken down because of disease. It broke my heart to have to cut this down. ... I knew I had to do something with it," Bell said.
Barker was given free rein to create what he wanted. Bell’s only requirement was that Barker create “art.”
"If you want to have art, let the artist create art ... It is his vision," Bell said.
"From Seed to Senses" is intended to be viewed from all angles and tells a story, Barker told the audience at yesterday's event.
There are three main legs moving upward that all meet at the top to twist into a cyclone that then turn into fountain heads that emit beer, he said.
The first represents barely and hops, the core materials of beer. The second represents the technical aspect of brewing.
A third leg has symbols of current and popular Bell's beers including Hopslam, Two Hearted, Oberon, Best Brown, Expedition Stout and Smitten.
The remaining leg represents the final touches that go into brewing.
Free public tours of our Comstock Brewery are offered on the first Saturday of every month at 12:30 p.m., except on holidays. Museum hours are also offered from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
Bell’s will distribute to counties in north central Pennsylvania in March
Beginning in March, 2014, Bell’s beer will be available in north central Pennsylvania.
Durdach Brothers Inc. have been chosen to represent the Bell’s brand in Bradford, Cameron, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union and Wyoming counties.
“This new partnership fills in a large portion of the state of Pennsylvania and we are thrilled to be able to offer our beer to fans in these additional counties,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.
Founded in 1938, Durdach Bros. Inc. is a family-owned distributor based in Paxinos, Pennsylvania.
“I’m VERY excited with the opportunity to join the Bell’s distributor family here in Pennsylvania,” said Rick Durdach, CEO of Durdach Brothers Inc.
Bell's beer is heading to New York City
After a successful rollout in western and upstate New York, we are happy to announce that Bell’s beer will be coming to New York City beginning Feb. 10, 2014.
Union Beer Distributors, part of the Sheehan Group, will distribute Two Hearted Ale, Amber, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Porter and Oarsman Ale as well as our seasonal line-up within the city as well as on Long Island.
“We are excited to round out the state after an overwhelming response for our beer in western and upstate New York,” said Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell.
“The Sheehan Group has done an excellent job representing our brand and we are confident they will exceed expectations with New York City,” she said.
T.J. Sheehan, Tri-Valley Beverage and Craft Guild of New York distribute Bell’s beer elsewhere in New York.
For help locating our beer, fans will be able use our Beer Finder in February to see which nearby bars, restaurants and retailers serve and sell our beer.
Release party information and other special events will also be available here on our website as well as our social media channels as that information becomes available.