First look: 2014 Bell's Oberon mini-keg design
Still a few months before Oberon and mini-kegs return. But until then, here's a look at next year's design to help tide you over. And in case you were wondering, those lights will be available to purchase.
Bell's Blue Ice Weekend will feature charity auction, Winter White and more
Bell’s Brewery, Inc. and the Kalamazoo Wings invite the southwest Michigan community to the first ever Bell’s Brewery Blue Ice Weekend featuring Winter White Ale on Dec. 20th and 21st at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo.
The Kalamazoo Wings will take on the Toledo Walleye both nights on ice dyed blue in celebration of Bell’s seasonal beer, Winter White Ale.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the first puck will drop at 7 p.m.
"We are very pleased to partner with an outstanding local company like Bell's," said Wings Stadium General Manager Jim Burlew.
"The K-Wings have a rich history with colored ice games and Bell's is furthering that legacy with our first ever Blue Ice event," he said.
Limited edition Winter White hockey jerseys will be auctioned off to fans at the conclusion of the Blue Ice Weekend with proceeds going to local charities of the winning bidder’s choice.
Bell’s reinBEER games will entertain the crowd during intermission and special Winter White pouring stations will be located around the stadium with Bell’s representatives available to chat with fans and handout free swag both Friday and Saturday night.
Former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty will also attend Friday night’s game and sign autographs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (one autograph per person please).
“It’s going to be a fun, exciting family weekend –plenty for everyone. Winter White and the K-Wings are a perfect pairing” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.
Tickets are $13 and $17.50 for adults and only $7 for kids ages 12 and under. They are available now at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office or through the K-Wings Sales office by calling 269-743-6011.
The K-Wings are also offering a special ticket package in honor of McCarty’s visit.
The McCarty Pack ($75) will give fans two tickets to the December 20th game, an autographed copy of McCarty’s new book “My Last Fight” (available beginning December 1st) and one parking pass.
Photo gallery: Wooden sculpture weighing more than 1,400 pounds debutes at Bell's Comstock Brewery
Yesterday (Dec. 5) "From Seed to the Senses" debuted at our Comstock Brewery.
The wooden sculpture is eleven-and-a-half feet tall by four feet wide and weighs more than 1,400 pounds. It was created by Rockford-Illinois based artist Salem Barker.
Bell’s President and Founder Larry Bell commissioned the piece that was made from part of an 80-year-old American Elm that grew at his home in Kalamazoo.
The tree was apporximately 80 years old and orignally had a canopy of about 120 feet across.
"Unfortunately, the tree had to be taken down because of disease. It broke my heart to have to cut this down. ... I knew I had to do something with it," Bell said.
Barker was given free rein to create what he wanted. Bell’s only requirement was that Barker create “art.”
"If you want to have art, let the artist create art ... It is his vision," Bell said.
"From Seed to Senses" is intended to be viewed from all angles and tells a story, Barker told the audience at yesterday's event.
There are three main legs moving upward that all meet at the top to twist into a cyclone that then turn into fountain heads that emit beer, he said.
The first represents barely and hops, the core materials of beer. The second represents the technical aspect of brewing.
A third leg has symbols of current and popular Bell's beers including Hopslam, Two Hearted, Oberon, Best Brown, Expedition Stout and Smitten.
The remaining leg represents the final touches that go into brewing.
Free public tours of our Comstock Brewery are offered on the first Saturday of every month at 12:30 p.m., except on holidays. Museum hours are also offered from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.