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Save the Date: Oberon Day 2024 + sweet new Sunshine

Save the Date: Oberon Day 2024 + sweet new Sunshine

Mark your calendars: Oberon Day 2024 is Monday, March 25!  The annual release of our citrusy and refreshing American Wheat Ale marks the return of everything we love about summer. In the weeks to come, we’ll share information on Oberon release parties and all the ways...

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Pairing and Cooking with Craft Beer this Holiday Season

Pairing and Cooking with Craft Beer this Holiday Season

Beer and the holidays go hand in hand... but what can we do to elevate our pairing and cooking game? We sat down with Kris, the executive chef at our Eccentric Café, to discuss some of his tips for cooking and pairing beer this time of year. Cooking with Beer...

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Inspired by family, fun and beer: Get to Know Mike

Inspired by family, fun and beer: Get to Know Mike

This is part of an ongoing interview series that spotlights coworkers who make Bell’s the brewery it is. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. As we continued our coworker interview series, we sat down with Mike, Bell’s sales rep for the Kalamazoo...

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Eclipse Cider Shandy Recipe

Eclipse Cider Shandy Recipe

Close out autumn with the ultimate Eclipse Cider Shandy! This one’s a crowd pleaser, folks. Yields 1 drink… but you’ll want a couple more. Cheers!

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Activities

9 things we love about our Great Lakes

9 things we love about our Great Lakes

Like many Michiganians, we have a lot of pride in our home state and the fresh water that surrounds us. On Great Lakes Awareness Day, here are nine things we love about HOMES (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior). 21% of the world's fresh water. Combined, the...

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Oberon Day 2023 Events across the country

Oberon Day 2023 Events across the country

As Oberon Day approaches, there are several special tappings planned across the country to celebrate its return! Here are some of the events for Oberon’s release. There may be others in your area that aren’t listed here.

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Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week 2023

Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week 2023

Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week 2023 is approaching, and we've got a whole week of events planned. Check it out!   Snow Jog Saturday, January 14 | 12-4pm | Limited Tickets Remain | 21+ Our annual choose-your-adventure race across downtown Kalamazoo rages on! Find...

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Recipe: Bell’s Eccentric Café Jambalaya

Recipe: Bell’s Eccentric Café Jambalaya

An Eccentric Café classic dish you can now cook at home!   Ingredients 2 lbs of Andouille sausage, sliced to 1/2 inch pieces 2 large yellow onions, diced 4 poblano peppers, diced 2 large red peppers, diced 2 large green peppers, diced 1/4 cup minced garlic 1 lb...

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Culture

Inspired by family, fun and beer: Get to Know Mike

Inspired by family, fun and beer: Get to Know Mike

This is part of an ongoing interview series that spotlights coworkers who make Bell’s the brewery it is. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. As we continued our coworker interview series, we sat down with Mike, Bell’s sales rep for the Kalamazoo...

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Supporting what we believe in: Get to know Amy

Supporting what we believe in: Get to know Amy

This is the seventh interview in a series that spotlights coworkers who make Bell’s the brewery it is. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.   As we continue our series of coworker interviews, we sat down with Amy, one of the people who’ve made...

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Putting our values into motion: Get to know Sara

Putting our values into motion: Get to know Sara

How do you advocate for the health of hundreds of coworkers? We recently caught up with Sara, the brewery’s wellness specialist, about how wellness has shifted from just eating well and exercising, and what makes a brewery like Bell’s unique.

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Brewing community: Get to know Kevin

Brewing community: Get to know Kevin

After being a brewer for almost 30 years, Kevin recently became the head tour guide. We sat down to talk to him about the changes at Bell’s over the years and how beer brings people together.

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Homebrew Central

Crafting Something New with our 2022 Homebrew Competition

Crafting Something New with our 2022 Homebrew Competition

Homebrewers, rejoice! Our Homebrew Competition is back for 2023. We’re changing things up a bit this year so that more people will be able to participate in the greatest homebrewing competition around. Contestants will be able to use whatever malt they desire, not...

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Tips, tricks, and Bell’s clone recipes for homebrewing

Tips, tricks, and Bell’s clone recipes for homebrewing

Homebrewing is our roots. Larry Bell began brewing in the early ’80s on a 15-gallon soup pot and ran a homebrew supply store before opening the brewery. Today it’s still an important part of who we are. Here’s our collection of tips, clone recipes, and advice....

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Homebrew Q&A: How to brew a Quinannan Falls clone

Homebrew Q&A: How to brew a Quinannan Falls clone

Question: I fell in love with the Quinannan Falls. I know that I can’t get the recipe for this delicious brew, but any information regarding grain bill, hops, etc. would be appreciated so I can try and recreate this at home. Answer: Start with a base of Pilsner...

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Miss Smitten? Here are some tips on making a homebrew clone

Miss Smitten? Here are some tips on making a homebrew clone

Miss Smitten, our Golden Rye Pale Ale? While it’s currently in Larry’s Library, you can brew a clone version of it at home. Here are some tips on how to brew a beer like Smitten at home, from our resident homebrew experts, the Bell's General Store. Start with a...

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Inclusivity & Diversity

Join us in celebrating Kalamazoo Pride 2023

Join us in celebrating Kalamazoo Pride 2023

We are excited to again sponsor Kalamazoo Pride and celebrate our friends, family, and coworkers in the LGBTQIA+ community. “We believe everyone should have equal rights,” said Bell’s Executive Vice President Carrie Yunker. “Everybody should have an equal opportunity....

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Bell’s Celebration Series continues with Seneca Village

Bell’s Celebration Series continues with Seneca Village

Seneca Village, the sixth beer to be designed and brewed by Bell’s staff, celebrates our Black and African American employees. It was brewed to bring awareness to a part of American history that is often hidden or left out of more forward-facing narratives. A Black...

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News

Save the Date: Oberon Day 2024 + sweet new Sunshine

Save the Date: Oberon Day 2024 + sweet new Sunshine

Mark your calendars: Oberon Day 2024 is Monday, March 25!  The annual release of our citrusy and refreshing American Wheat Ale marks the return of everything we love about summer. In the weeks to come, we’ll share information on Oberon release parties and all the ways...

read more
Pairing and Cooking with Craft Beer this Holiday Season

Pairing and Cooking with Craft Beer this Holiday Season

Beer and the holidays go hand in hand... but what can we do to elevate our pairing and cooking game? We sat down with Kris, the executive chef at our Eccentric Café, to discuss some of his tips for cooking and pairing beer this time of year. Cooking with Beer...

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5 Ways to Up Your Beer Can and Bottle Recycling Game

5 Ways to Up Your Beer Can and Bottle Recycling Game

We do numerous things at the brewery to help reduce our overall environmental impact, including recycling many materials used to brew, package, and ship our beer. But what can you do as an enthusiastic beer drinker to ensure you are doing your part? Here are some tips...

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It’s Stout Season at Bell’s!

It’s Stout Season at Bell’s!

Feed the pumpkins to squirrels and leave the spice in the cupboard, it's Stout Season here at Bell's. Stouts are some of our favorite beers to enjoy, and fall and winter are some of the best times to do so. Here's the history of our Stouts and what will be released...

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Recipes

Pairing and Cooking with Craft Beer this Holiday Season

Pairing and Cooking with Craft Beer this Holiday Season

Beer and the holidays go hand in hand... but what can we do to elevate our pairing and cooking game? We sat down with Kris, the executive chef at our Eccentric Café, to discuss some of his tips for cooking and pairing beer this time of year. Cooking with Beer...

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Eclipse Cider Shandy Recipe

Eclipse Cider Shandy Recipe

Close out autumn with the ultimate Eclipse Cider Shandy! This one’s a crowd pleaser, folks. Yields 1 drink… but you’ll want a couple more. Cheers!

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Porter Cold Brew Frozen Slushie

Porter Cold Brew Frozen Slushie

The last bit of summer heat? No match for a frozen cold brew Porter slushie. With five simple ingredients, you’re sure to keep things cool… and delicious. Ingredients 3 cups ice 4 cups cold brew 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp heavy cream 1 Porter Instructions In a...

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Kalamazoo Kickstart – A Kalamazoo Stout Cocktail

Kalamazoo Kickstart – A Kalamazoo Stout Cocktail

Level up your next brunch with a little help from our newest cocktail recipe. Your tastebuds say thanks in advance. Ingredients 3oz chilled cold-brew coffee 3/4oz ginger-brown-sugar syrup* 1 1/2oz whiskey 1 Kalamazoo Stout   Instructions Add whiskey,...

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Recipe: Octoberfest Pretzel

Recipe: Octoberfest Pretzel

Beer pairs well with many foods, but nothing beats a pint and a pretzel. We asked Chef Kris who runs the kitchen at the Eccentric Café for a recipe to make fresh pretzels at home. Octoberfest Pretzel yield: 6 pretzels Ingredients For the dough 1 packet of dry active...

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6 Tips for Cooking Smash Burgers with Chef Kris

6 Tips for Cooking Smash Burgers with Chef Kris

Folks who visit the Eccentric Café often come for the beer but come back again and again for our smash burgers. Our kitchen crew has perfected the dish and have experimented with a wide range of ingredients for specials each week. We went into the kitchen and got some...

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Recipe: Two Hearted Manhattan

Take on the city with a Two Hearted twist on this classic cocktail:  Two Hearted Manhattan  Ingredients 2 oz Bourbon (can use Rye)  1oz Vermouth  1oz Two Hearted  Glass type: martini or coupe    Directions  Fill mixing glass with ice. Add bourbon, vermouth and Two...

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Sustainability

5 facts about Bell’s, beer, and clean water

5 facts about Bell’s, beer, and clean water

Water is one of beer’s most essential ingredients, affecting its taste, aroma, and overall quality. To be responsible stewards and protect this resource, we must focus on protecting life-sustaining clean water, not just for beer, but for everyone.

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Trails

Trail Tips to Up Your Hiking Game

Trail Tips to Up Your Hiking Game

This summer, we’re spending more time on the trail as part of our Two Hearted Trail Pledge Program. We asked some coworkers who hike for some tips on how we can up our game, and here’s what they shared.   Extra Coffee: When you’re heading out for a hike, some...

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Learn more about PNTS here

Learn more about PNTS here

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) is a 501(c)(3) that connects member not-for-profit trail organizations and Federal agency partners to further the protection, completion, and stewardship of the 32 national scenic and historic trails within the...

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Explore National Trails System maps here

Explore National Trails System maps here

Explore the National Trails System with interactive maps showcasing the approximate routes for the 11 National Scenic Trails and 19 National Historic Trails in the National Trails System, as well as a downloadable PDF map created by the National Park Service. Please...

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Donate to PNTS here

Donate to PNTS here

In 2022, 148,644 volunteers logged over 717,000 hours to help build, maintain, and extend the National Trails System. Please join in this massive collective effort by giving today so we can do even more to ensure a vibrant and accessible National Trails System for all people.

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Two Hearted Ale

Recipe: Bell’s Amber Ale Michiganlada

Another amazing use for a Bell's classic! Ingredients 8-12 oz. Bell's Amber Ale (depending on your glass size) Chili lime salt (enough to rim the glass and a pinch to flavor the drink) Juice from 1 -1/2 limes (about 1.5 oz.) Worcestershire sauce (4 dashes) Your...

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Beer Cocktail Recipe: Two Hearted Paloma

Try this beer cocktail recipe next time you are looking to switch things up or just because! Ingredients 6 oz. Bell's Two Hearted 2 oz. tequila (reposado, blanco or your favorite) .5 oz. lime juice 1.5 oz. grapefruit juice 4-5 ice cubes Coarse salt (optional - pink...

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Recipe: Two Hearted Chicken Tacos

Recipe: Two Hearted Chicken Tacos

Check out this recipe for one of our favorite foods paired with the Best Beer in America. Cheers! Ingredients 8 bone-in skinless chicken thighs1 small yellow onion, diced1 clove of garlic, minced1 TBS vegetable oil12 oz. Two Hearted Ale1-2 cups chicken stock1 tsp...

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Recipe: Two Hearted Buffalo Sauce

Recipe: Two Hearted Buffalo Sauce

Want to add a little Two Hearted flair to your favorite wings or spicy snack? Here is a recipe that uses Two Hearted Ale to make a delicious buffalo sauce. Two Hearted Buffalo Sauce Developed by Bell’s Eccentric Café Executive Chef Kris McDonough. Makes...

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