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A message from Larry Bell in response to recent events and a proposal by Enbridge Inc.
The following is a message from Larry Bell, president of Bell’s Brewery, Inc., in response to recent events along the shore of Morrow Lake in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, and the proposal by Enbridge Inc. to construct a pollution processing facility within several hundred feet of the company’s brewery.
“Bell’s Brewery, Inc., has been operating in Comstock Township for 12 years, and we are proud to call Comstock our home. As Michigan’s oldest and largest brewery, Bell’s has a longstanding commitment to quality. While Bell’s uses water from the municipal water system to brew our beer, the pristine cleanliness of the water and air around our brewery and neighbors is of the utmost importance to us.
“Bell’s Brewery owns properties on both sides of Morrow Lake, so we have watched with concern the news of the Enbridge pipeline spill and resulting damage to the Kalamazoo River basin. As events unfolded over the last few years, we have noted the efforts of all involved to clean up the spill and repair the environment. We have applauded those efforts.
“However, the process by which the cleanup of Morrow Lake is accomplished must be 100- percent transparent. We share the concerns of our neighbors that decisions regarding recent activities may not have fully involved the residents or businesses located near the Enbridge site, so we thank the Township of Comstock for giving us the opportunity to address these concerns with Enbridge.
“Bells Brewery will continue to be in direct contact with local officials, and with state and federal environmental personnel, regarding Enbridge’s activities in and around Morrow Lake. Our focus will continue to be the best interests of our company, our employees, our customers, and our neighbors.”
We're heading to the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, here is where you will find Bell's
We’re heading to Electric Forest again this year and hosting two special tastings.
The first is with Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident and will feature guest brewers and musicians along with beer samples. It will be on Friday (June 28) at 3:45 p.m. at the Obervatory Bar (look for Brewru on your map/schedule).
The second event will be on Saturday at the Forest Stage Bar. Debs’ Red and Wedding Ale will be on tap from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
We’re also hosting a scavenger hunt on Twitter. All you have to do to participate is tweet us 1 photo of something #eccentric, #green (the sustainable type) or #bells related (don’t forget to mention us so we can see it) at the festival. Then come to Saturdays tasting to claim your free schwag. (You must claim your prize during the tasting and only one piece of schwag per person).
If that wasn’t enough, Oberon and Two Hearted will also be available at every bar at the festival.
See you in the Forest – Cheers!
Photo caption: Kyle Hollingsworth (left) and Mike Strazdas at last year's Electric Forest Festival Bell's tasting.
Bell's beer event roundup: Electric Forest Festival, flight night in Lexington, sailing and more
Below is a look at our events this week in Kentucky and Michigan.
Bell's Flight Night: Lexington Beer Works, Lexington, 5 p.m. - Roundhouse IRA, Debs' Red, Third Coast Beer and Special Double Cream Stout
Summer & Sailing Tap Event: Vintage Tavern, Port Huron, 4 p.m. - Oberon, Uberon, Two Hearted, Raspberry Ale and Roundhouse IRA(poster at right)
Electric Forest Festival - Kyle Hollingsworth’s Brewru Experience, 3:45 p.m. - Join Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident, other musicians and brewers for a special tasting and open discussion at the Observatory Bar.
Michigan Brewers Guild “Enthusiast” VIP Tour: Bell's Comstock Brewery, 11 a.m. Reservations are required.
Electric Forest Festival - Bell's Beer Tasting: Forest Stage Bar, 2:30 p.m. – Debs’ Red and Wedding Ale
Great Lakes Coffee Anniversary Celebration: The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company Midtown Coffee Bar, Detroit, 1 p.m. - our Jazz Series (Le Batteur, Le Contrebassiste and Le Pianiste) and Black Note