Entries from our 2011 competition.

Bell's Homebrew Competition and Expo

Held annually in September, this competition debuted in 2010 and offers the winner a chance to brew their recipe at our downtown Kalamazoo brewery. The winning entry will then go on tap at the Eccentric Cafe. We even provide the wort! Representatives from local homebrew organizations also attend and exhibit, making this a very popular event.

The 5th Annual Competition wort giveaway and expo will be held this year on Sept. 13. [Details]



Below are a few homebrew recipes from the staff at the Bell's General Store.

Oatmeal Porter

Mean Galene - Black IPA

Spring Heat American Wheat

Blonde Ale

When The Weather Is Fine Wheat Ale

Partial Mash Rye IPA

Best Bell's Babies Brown

The 3rd Rule (Barley Wine)

Brunch Milk Stout

Spalt of the Earth Altbier

Irish Red

Biere de Garde

Rye Porter

Mid-Winter Pale Ale

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Before there was a Bell's Brewery, Inc., Larry Bell, Bell's founder and president, worked part time at Sarkozy's Bakery where he became interested in yeast and fermentation. In 1983 he opened a homebrew supply store on Burdick St. in downtown Kalamazoo (pictured at right) not far from where the Eccentric Cafe and original brewery still operate. The Bell's General Store continues that homebrewing spirit today offering advice, quality ingredients and equipment for all skill levels. We hope that the resources available here will inspire you to find your own style and create something we can all raise a glass to.

Homebrew help & events

Have a question about brewing at home? We may be able to help. Send us your questions.

We also host homebrew demonstrations and other events on a regular basis at the Eccentric Cafe. [Check our calendar]

Supplies, equipment

Need hops, yeast, malt, sanitizer, books or anything else? Be sure to visit the Bell's General Store online or in person at 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. in Kalamazoo, conveniently located next to the Cafe.

Homebrew blog

As part of our ongoing mission to provide our fans with as many homebrew resources as possible, we've launched a Tumblr blog. The entries are also available via the RSS feed below. Learn about equipment and find recipes, tips, news, links and anything else we can think of to help make you a better homebrewer. Be sure to bookmark this page or the Tumblr version.

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