Fan recipe: Kalamazoo Stout Candied Bacon

Melissa DeKoff

2015011295120533.jpgRecipe adapted from Heather in Lake Orion, Michigan

Always wanted a way to add beer to your bacon? Recently, one of our fans experimented with this idea and shared with this fabulous recipe. We had to try it!

When gathering your ingredients, you will want to make sure to choose a thick cut bacon. We went to a local, Kalamazoo butcher, V & V Quality Meats, for ours.

Kalamazoo Stout, which is available year round, perfectly complements the hearty, richness of the bacon while the coarse salt brings out the sweetness from the brown sugar.

Roasting the bacon for a longer time at a lower temperature will allow the bacon to reach that melt-in-your-mouth level of crispiness.

We also recommend using a cookie sheet with a tall lip to capture the bacon grease as it cooks. A larger pan underneath can also be used to catch any grease.

2015010895184940.jpgHere's the recipe:


• 1 lb. thick cut bacon
• ¾ cup dark brown sugar
• ½ cup Kalamazoo Stout (measure after foam goes down)
• Coarse sea salt


• Preheat oven to 385°F.
• Place bacon on a wire rack on foil lined cookie sheet and bake for 13 minutes.
• Mix together brown sugar and beer to make your basting liquid.
• Brush bacon with mixture. Flip and brush again.
• Cook for 15 minutes.
• Repeat this process 3 to 4 times until desired crispiness.
• Let bacon rest and cool for 10 minutes.
• Sprinkle sea salt on top.
• Let cool for another 10 minutes.
• Enjoy!!

We also tried this using Java Stout and Cherry Stout, both fall specialties. All three varieties were delicious!

Cherry Stout will give the bacon a deeper sweetness that candied the bacon fantastically. Java Stout with add another layer of flavor that any coffee lover is sure to enjoy.

Have a recipe featuring one of Bell’s beers? Please share and perhaps you’ll see your recipe featured here on our Blog!

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Bell’s Brewery partners with Cavalier Distributing in south Florida

Press Release

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Cavalier Distributing of Florida, based in Lakeland, will now handle distribution of Bell’s beer in south Florida.

This new distribution partnership covers Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties.

“For almost 30 years, Bell's Brewery has produced beers of the highest quality with a focus on sustainability and innovation. Cavalier is proud to partner with Bell's Brewery to bring their celebrated beers to the passionate craft beer consumers of beautiful South Florida,” said Cavalier Distributing Founder and President, George Fisher.

While there may be some short term disruptions as shipping begins, Bell’s and Cavalier will be working very hard to minimize them as much as possible.

“With Cavalier’s focus on craft beer, we are very confident our new partner will take great care of not only the Bell’s brand but also our customers and fans,” said Bell’s President and Founder, Larry Bell.

Bell’s distributes more than 20 different beers, including Oberon Ale, which is brewed year round for distribution in Florida as well as in Arizona, southern California, southern Alabama and Puerto Rico.


Established in 1992 by Founder and President George Fisher, Cavalier Distributing is one of just a handful of U.S. distributors with a portfolio comprised exclusively of specialty imports and American craft beers. Headquartered in Cincinnati, the company employs more than 200 people dedicated to bringing better beers to consumers throughout Ohio, Indiana and Florida.

Smitten? Send a Bell's Beerentine to your special someone

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Beerentines2015.jpgUPDATE: Paper Berentines are all reserved. E-versions are still available.

After last year’s tremendous response to our Smitten Beerentines, we decided to bring them back again for another round.

This year, there are two delivery options though. You can choose to send one via snail mail (yes, we will still fill out the card, address the envelope, take care of the postage and mail it for you with a little something extra from us) or you can send an e-version.

There is no cost for either.

Just choose how you want us to send it (snail mail or the Intertubes), who you want it to go to and which design to use (there are 6 to choose from – 4 returning favorites along with 2 new options). We will take care of the rest.

Please keep in mind, paper Beerentines are limited and the deadline to order one is noon on Feb. 5.

Please, one per person. We also have to limit recipients’ locations to the U.S. (for those living outside of the U.S., you can still use the e-version).

We will get them in the mail for delivery on or around Valentine’s Day. It will be up to you to choose when your e-card is sent (immediately, on Valentine's Day, before, etc.).

If you want to go the extra mile (or need to make up for this or that), our General Store has a few gift basket options featuring not only Smitten, but Two Hearted as well. Take a look.


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