Kalamazoo Bike Week events include a Bell's to Bell's ride and special screening of 'Rising from Ashes'

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Bells2BellsPoster-01.jpgKalamazoo Bike Week kicks-off on May 9 and to celebrate, we have two events planned at the Eccentric Café.

The first is also part of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival and will feature a screening of “Rising from Ashes.”

The synopsis:

“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

Admission is $5 and it will be shown at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (for those 21 and up) on May 14.

Money raised from ticket sales will go to Team Rwanda (cash or check please). Check out the trailer.

The other event – a Bell’s to Bell’s Bike Ride – will be held on Saturday, May 18. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and at 1 p.m., we’ll ride from the Café to our Comstock Brewery for a tour.

We’ll then head back to the pub for drinks, a raffle and socializing.

Suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT) extension.

Be sure to bring your ID, a bike lock and a helmet.

Kalamazoo Bike Week aims to raise cycling awareness, promote the use of cycling as a means of transportation and explore the possibilities cycling has to offer in terms of enjoyment, health, fitness, and social and environmental benefits.

For more on Kalamazoo Bike Week 2013, go here.


Bell's beer event roundup: Jazz at Foran's, Michigan Cask Ale Festival and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

michigancaskfest.jpgBelow is a look at our events this week in Michigan and Florida.


May 1

Tigers ... And All That Jazz: Foran's Grand Trunk Pub, Detroit, 3 p.m.  – Live jazz, 10 Bell's beers on tap including the ever-popular jazz series (Le Batteur, Le Pianiste and Le Contrebassiste) along with Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Roundhouse IRA, 2011 Cherry Stout, Hell Hath No Fury,  Oarsman Ale,  Oberon and Two Hearted

May 2

Bell's Brewery Night: Sagebrush Cantina, Lake Orion, 6 p.m. – Along with a firkin of Porter, Oberon, Two Hearted, Amber, Oarsman, Hopslam, Midwestern Pale Ale, Hell Hath No Fury, Quinannan Falls Special Lager, Sweet Potato Stout (7 p.m.), Roundhouse IRA and Black Note (8 p.m.) will be available.

May 4

6th Annual Michigan Cask Ale Festival: Ashley's Westland, Noon - 8 p.m. - More than 30 firkins of real ale will be tapped at this event including Hopslam, Porter and Two Hearted.


May 1

Four Play Beer Dinner: CRAVE, Orlando, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Four courses plus a meet and great with four brewery reps including us, Breckenridge, Cigar City and Shipyard. Call 407-345-8788 for more information.

Looking ahead

Join us for a tap takeover in New Buffalo, Michigan, the World Expo of Beer, an outdoor tasting in Fort Wayne and more. Take a look at our full calendar here.

Bell’s will be arriving at Grand Rapids airport this summer

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

GRAND RAPIDS – Bell’s is bringing the look and feel of the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

While the beer list is still being determined, a selection of year round, seasonal and specialty Bell’s beers will be offered along with a food menu that will focus on local ingredients and reflect the taste of the Eccentric Cafe.

“We think it will be a great opportunity to share Michigan’s beer culture and passion with visitors to our state,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Marketing Director.

The new Bell’s Bar will be located in the airport’s pre-security area, currently Home Turf, so visitors will be able to visit without purchasing a ticket.

We are working on the design process now and a tentative opening is scheduled for late summer, Bell said.

Bell’s is working with Maryland-based HMSHost, who received the contract for the renovation of the airport’s main hall as well as concourse retail, food and beverage options.

Bell’s beer will also be served in the Great Lakes Tap Room planned for Concourse B.

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