Video: Homebrew Competition and Expo recap; winner will be announced on All Stouts Day

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
09.17.2013

Two-hundred-and-two home brewers left the Eccentic Cafe on Saturday with five gallons of our wort each.

And they have until Oct. 26 to submit their entry to our annual homebrew competition. The winner will be announced on All Stouts Day, Nov. 3.

Below is a video recap of the competition kick-off and the Expo which featured Brewer's Supply Group (BSG Handcraft), Blichmann Engineering, Brew Haulers, Coldbreak Brewing, Third Coast Products, Stir Starters, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), Kalamazoo Libation Organization of Brewers (KLOB) and Fetzer Farms.

You can also check out photos here.


Bell's 28th Anniversary celebration includes music, hot dog eating contest, homebrew and more

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
09.11.2013

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This Saturday (Sept. 14) we are celebrating our 28th anniversary with a variety of events. Below is a quick rundown. Cheers to 28 years!

4th Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition Kick-off and Expo

When: 11 a.m. -3 p.m.

Details: The only requirement for the competition is that you use our wort, which is free. Complete details, including deadlines and some answers to commonly asked questions can be found here. The Expo, which is also free to attend, will feature Brewer's Supply Group (BSG Handcraft), Blichmann Engineering, Brew Haulers, Coldbreak Brewing, Third Coast Products, Stir Starters, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), Kalamazoo Libation Organization of Brewers (KLOB) and Fetzer Farms.

Ein Prosit!

When: 1-3 p.m.

Details: The German style band “that only plays happy music.” Free to watch and dance. For more, go here.

7th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

When: 4 p.m.

Details: Signing up gets you a free t-shirt, all the hot dogs you can handle and quite possibly some well deserved glory (last year’s record was eighteen to help you mentally prepare). New this year is a women’s division. The winners also get a trophy and a Bell’s gift card.

$1 off beers

When: All day

Details: Wear Bell’s apparel and get the discount.

Brewery tours

When: 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Comstock only. Kalamazoo tours will resume on Sunday.

Details: For more, go here.

Live music

The Macpodz (wsg Brant Losinski of Rootsand) will perform in the Back Room. Cover is $7 and the show starts at 9:30 p.m.


The Best Brown label: Then and now

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
08.28.2013

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As we head into fall with the arrival of Best Brown and its new look, we wanted to take a look back at how the label has evolved since its first release in 1988.

Best Brown was initially packaged in 22 oz. bottles and featured a plain type label. Since then, it has evolved into winter pine cones and then into an owl, which has also gone through some changes.

The new great horned owl label is based on an acrylic painting by Kent Elliott of Black Lab Five.

It was inspired by evenings in Marshall, Michigan when the beautiful autumn light rakes across the woods, lighting up a slight fog in the air, said Elliott.

“There's nothing quite like that autumn light. This is that moment when all the deer, turkeys, coyotes, squirrels and chipmunks have paused (maybe to listen) — and the silence is broken by the soft sound of a distant owl echoing through the hardwoods,” he continued.

Do you have a favorite fall moment or photo (Best Brown related or not)? We would love to hear about it or take a look. Drop us a line.

Best Brown is rolling out to stores, restaurant and bars now on draft, in mini-kegs, twelve packs and six packs. [FIND SOME NEAR YOU]

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