Coming soon to the Bell’s General Store: GROWLERS

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery


Growlers will debut soon at the Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo.

A mix of year-round, specialty and seasonal selections will be available to go in two-liter bottles that will feature the Bell’s logo and a swing top lid.

Bell’s commitment to quality begins with the right ingredients and continues all the way to the consumer. That dedication is something we have always been proud of.

Growlers have not been offered in the past because we wanted to make sure everything tasted as it should.

With help from a new state-of-the-art growler filling station that is currently under construction, that commitment to quality can be maintained and Bell’s fans will soon have an additional packaging option – something they have been requesting for some time.

“It’s convenient for those who live nearby and it works really well for our fans who visit from other areas and want to take something unique home,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

More details will be released as they become available.

Photos: 2013 Bell's Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery


The 24th Bell's Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge was held this past weekend from Kalkaska to Traverse City, Michigan.

Thousands of riders competed in the annual 29 mile point-to-point race and once again, plenty of Bell's beer was flowing. Team Bell's was also well represented. We had four riders compete in the Iceman and one in the Slush Cup.

Take a look at the photos we shot during the Expo the day before and at Timber Ridge during the race.

Cheers and congratulations to everyone who participated, volunteered and organized this year's event!

Winners for Bell's 4th Annual Homebrew Competition announced

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

4thAnnualHomebrewWinner.jpgTwelve homebrews made it to the final round for this year’s Bell’s Homebrew Competition.

But only one will go on tap at the Eccentric Café.

David Lyman of Kalamazoo (pictured at right with his wife), will brew his Citra and Simcoe hopped Pale Ale at Bell’s original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo.

Now in its fourth year, Lyman joins a growing list of those who have gotten to see their winning brew’s name listed on the Café’s draft board.

“This competition is a nod to our roots and we love the opportunity to give a little something back to the community that gave us our start,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

Last year’s winner, Nick Rodammer, took second place for his Double Rye IPA.

Third place went to Jay VanBuskirk for his IPA brewed with fresh hops, peaches and mangos.

Runners up are:

  • Jason Stasienko, IPA
  • Larry Yuhas, Cream Stout brewed with fresh mint and coffee
  • Eric Drews, an American hopped concoction
  • Aaron Hoffmann, Coffee IPA
  • Bret Wagner with Beau Preston, Butter Pecan Java Chocolate Stout
  • Drew Doster, Cafe con Leche Milk Stout
  • David DalPonte, Pale Ale with green tea and honey
  • Shannon Grossman, Vanilla Java Porter
  • Nathan Widener, Jalapeño Pepper Beer

More information about this year’s homebrew winner tapping will be released as it becomes available. Judges' comments for the winners above are available for pickup at the Bell's General Store.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

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