Submit your design for a craft beer mosaic to benefit The YWCA of Kalamazoo

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

KBW2014Logo.pngWe're looking for inspired artists for a special project as part of our events for Kalamazoo Beer Week 2014.

Beginning Dec. 17, we will accept designs for a Bell’s or craft beer related mosaic to be assembled with bottle caps during one of our KBW events in January.

“This is a project that celebrates our local art culture and gives back to our community,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

“We can’t wait to see what people come up. There are a lot of very talented Bell’s fans out there,” she added.

The completed mosaic should be no larger than 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide and will be auctioned off at the conclusion of KBW on Saturday, January 18th with proceeds going to The YWCA of Kalamazoo.

The winning artist will also receive a special Bell’s prize.

Entry, judging details

  • Deadline to enter is Dec. 27 Jan. 3. Designs must incorporate the following colors: gold, black, green, silver, orange, red, white and/or yellow.
  • Judges will pick the finalists and those designs will be uploaded to a photo album on the Eccentric Cafe's Facebook page to then be voted on. The entry with the most Likes by Jan. 3 will be assembled at a Craft Beer and Crafts Night on Jan. 13 at the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.
  • Entries must also include your full name, age, place of residence, preferred contact number and email address. You must be 21 or older and will be required to sign a release form in order to be considered.
  • Entries can be emailed to

Look for a complete list of all our events for Kalamazoo Beer Week 2014 soon as well.

Bell's takes bronze medal at 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery


A relatively new beer brought home a medal this past weekend from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Sparkleberry Ale - a blend of our Raspberry Ale (made with Michigan raspberries) and Sparkling Ale - was awarded a bronze medal in the fruit beer category.

The beer was introduced at this year's Kalamazoo Pride, of which Bell's was a presenting sponsor. It is a specialty beer and only available on draft.

Per the GABF website:

The Great American Beer Festival awards gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 75 beer-style categories but does not necessarily award medals to the top three finishers in a particular category.

When judges decide a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they award gold, silver and bronze medals for the first, second and third place beers, respectively.

This is the latest medal Bell's has been awarded at GABF. In 2011, a sixteen-year-old Expedition Stout was awarded a gold medal in the aged beer category.

Bell's beer event roundup: Great Taste of the Midwest, Beer 101-201 and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Below is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.


Aug. 6

Oberon Happy Hour (with Bell's inspired cocktails): Bar Louie, Novi , 5-7 p.m. - Oberon, Two Hearted and Double Cream Stout will be on tap. As a special treat for the evening, Bell's beer infused cocktails will also be featured (Double Cream Chocolate Milk: Bell's Double Cream Stout, Kahlua, Rumchata and pure cane syrup; Keep Calm and Ober-on: Bell's Oberon, Grand Marnier, orange and lemon juice, pure cane syrup with cinnamon; Naranja Ardiente: Bell's Oberon, Fireball, Grand Marnier and pure cane syrup).

Aug. 8

Beer 101: Old Burdick's Downtown, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m.  - One of two beer workshops, this session will focus on Amber, Two Hearted, Lager of the Lakes and Midwestern Pale Ale.

Beer 201: Old Burdick's Downtown, Kalamazoo, 7:30 p.m. - This more advanced beer workshop will focus on Oarsman, Black Note and Sparkling Ale.  

Bell's Beer Dinner: Alexander J's Smokehouse, Flint, 6 p.m. - ON THE MENU: First Course: Summer Citrus Salad paired with Oberon; Second Course: Jumbo Shrimp & Baked Wings paired with Two Hearted; Third Course: 7 oz. Strip Steak, Baked Chicken and Green Beans paired with Amber Ale; Fourth Course: Dessert paired with a secret Bell's Beer. Limited seating. Tickets are on sale now.

Multi-Tap Event: Hatchy's Sports Bar and Grill, Utica, 6 p.m.  - Black Note, Roundhouse India Red Ale, Quinnanan Falls, Oberon, Two Hearted and Amber and a firkin of Two Hearted.

Aug. 10

Post Ore to Shore Tap Explosion: The Blue Lounge, Marquette, 8 p.m.  


Aug. 8

Patio Party: La Margarita, Indianapolis, 7 p.m. - A firkin of Third Coast Beer, Amber Ale, Expedition Stout, Oberon, Third Coast Beer, Two Hearted, Le Pianiste and Wedding Ale


Aug. 9

Pre-Great Taste of the Midwest Party: Maduro, Madison, 11 a.m.  - Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Debs' Red, Uberon, Smoked Lager, The Wild One, Le Contrebassiste, Le Pianiste, Amber, Black Note, Quinanan Falls Special Lager, Oarsman, Kalamazoo Stout, Porter, Two Hearted, Midwestern Pale Ale, Oberon, Sparkleberry, Wedding Ale, Third Coast Beer and a firkin of Two Hearted

Aug. 10

Great Taste of the Midwest: Olin-Turville Park, Madison - Oberon, Black Note, Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9,000, Uberon, Le Batteur, Le Contrebassiste, Le Pianiste, Wedding Ale, The Wild One, Debs' Red, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Sparkleberry, Smoked Lager, Amber, Midwestern Pale Ale, Third Coast Beer, Two Hearted, Oarsman, Kalamazoo Stout and Porter

Looking ahead

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