Under the Radar Michigan film crew stops by the Eccentric Cafe

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

SarkozyFilming.jpgThe crew from Under the Radar Michigan dropped by the Eccentric Cafe last week to interview our own Laura Bell and film for an upcoming episode that will debut later this summer.

The thirty-minute show, now in its third season, explores the best of Michigan and airs on PBS outlets in the Great Lakes region.

Episode 323 will also feature locations in Milford along with those here in Kalamazoo.

Other locations visited for the Kalamazoo portion of the episode include Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast, Food Dance and others.

Photo caption: UTR host Tom Daldin talks with Judy Sarkozy.


Bell's beer event roundup: Bingo, Oberon, Michigan Craft Beer Night and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

WurstBar2.jpgBelow is a look at our events this week in Michigan, Alabama, Florida and Indiana.


April 9

Bell's and Bingo: The Wurst Bar, Ypsilanti, 4 p.m. - Our Jazz Series (Le Batteur, Le Pianiste, and Le Contrabassiste), Quinnanan Falls Special Lager, Oberon and Oarsman. Stick around for bingo and the chance to win some Bell's prizes.

April 10

Bell's Beer Dinner: Uccello's, Caledonia - Seating is limited to 50 people and reservations are required. Check out the menu.

April 12

Michigan Craft Beer Night: The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6-7:30 p.m. - Join us, along with other Michigan breweries, for Michigan Craft Beer Night as the Detroit Pistons take on the Charlotte Bobcats. We'll be pouring Two Hearted and Oberon. Ticket price includes game ticket, ten 2-oz. beer tastings and light appetizers. Club 300 offers a great bird's eye view of the court and plenty of space to socialize before, during and after the game. For more information, visit pistons.com/craftbeer.


April 9

Oberon Release Party: Below the Radar, Huntsville, 6 p.m.

April 10

Oberon Release Party: Alcove International Tavern, Tuscaloosa, 6 p.m.


April 12

Bell's Tasting: Petty's Meat Market, Melbourne, 5-8 p.m. - Amber, Best Brown, Oberon and Two Hearted


April 10

Multi-tap Event: JK O'Donnell's Irish Ale House, Fort Wayne, 5 p.m. - 10 Bell's beers on tap including the only keg of Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout in northeast Indiana

April 13

2013 Blue Chip Casino Brewfest: Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, noon - 4:30 p.m. - Sample from at least 200 craft and imported beers from over 40 breweries. We will be featuring a few special treats as well as a Two Hearted firkin for the VIP session.

Looking ahead

We have quite a few events planned for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, a beer and tequila dinner in Kalamazoo and more coming up. Take a look.

Bell’s Brewery to present Kalamazoo Pride 2013, debut new beer

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

PrideLogo_400px.jpgKALAMAZOO—Event goers celebrating diversity at the 6th annual Kalamazoo Pride event will be able to raise a glass of Bell’s beer while dancing and singing to an entertainment lineup headlined by Chicago-based Kimi Hayes, back by popular demand.

This year’s event, presented by Bell’s Brewery, Inc., will span two days, beginning with a White Party at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, where everyone is encouraged to dress in all white. The main event is Saturday, June 15, starting at 2 p.m., with more than 75 vendors, food trucks, and plenty of cold beverage options to keep the fun going all afternoon. Visitors can browse through ‘vendor alley’ and listen to live music including a DJ, Hannaniah and the Boys and Kimi Hayes.

Bell’s will also debut a new beer at this year’s Pride – Sparkleberry – a blend of Sparkling Ale and Raspberry Ale.

 “Diversity is a vital component of our philosophy and this event reflects that as well as our continued support of organizations that work to strengthen our community and bring people together,” said Laura Bell, Marketing Director and co-owner of Bell’s Brewery.

With a continuously-expanding event like this, Kalamazoo Pride is pleased to have achieved the excellence and professionalism that businesses like Bell’s aim to be associated with, said Zachary Bauer, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, the organization that coordinates Kalamazoo Pride.

“We are tremendously pleased to welcome such a wonderful local company as presenting sponsor. It is clear to us that Bell’s investment in our LGBT community is sending a message that things must change and that diversity is no longer an option but a must!” added Bauer.

Last year, 11,000 people descended on the Arcadia Creek Festival Site in downtown Kalamazoo for Pride, the largest fundraiser of the year for the KGLRC.

“This year, Kalamazoo Pride 2013 has expanded to an entire weekend of celebrating diversity, complete with Friday and Saturday events, including some that are still in the planning stages, as well as a post-Pride bunch,” shares Bauer. “We plan to deliver a weekend full of community events, highlighting the diversity, accomplishments, contributions to society and entertainment by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals as well as their friends, families and allies.

The popular ‘vendor alley’ will feature affirming and inclusive organizations and businesses as well as tempting food and beverage vendors from all over Southwest Michigan. Additionally, family friendly-activities will take place in and near the youth tent area, including a speaker from TruthLocker who will discuss issues and solutions related to cyber bullying.

Kalamazoo Pride is offering a two-day admission pass for $10, or separate cover charges are $5 for Friday and $7 to enter on Saturday. Kids 12 and under are free.

“All Kalamazoo Pride events seek to show that we’re proud of who we are and that we can all stand together as part of the greater Southwest Michigan community, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender orientation or socioeconomic status,” says Bauer.

Full details and entertainment schedules for Kalamazoo Pride can be found at www.kglrc.org/pride.

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