Celebrate Kalamazoo Bike Week, May 10-17, with Bell’s

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
05.08.2014

Bike friendly.Bikes and Bell’s have a long standing relationship.

From sponsorships (Iceman Cometh Challenge and the Copper Harbor Trails Festival, for example) to bike parking at the Café, we have always supported those who travel by gears.

We will continue that tradition during Kalamazoo Bike Week. Below is what we have planned at the Eccentric Cafe.

In addition, anyone who rides their bike to the Café during Kalamazoo Bike Week (and can prove it) will get a $1 off their beers during their visit. And, as always, if you forget your lock, just ask the bartender to borrow one.

For more on Kalamazoo Bike Week, go here.

Cheers and safe riding.

May 13

Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival – Bike Shorts, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. (must be 21 or older for later showing)

Details: This festival is a celebration of bicycles and the culture that surrounds them. The films will feature a wide spectrum of experiences, stories and images of bicycling. Some will make you laugh. Some will make you think. The common theme is that they are all for, about or inspired by bicycles. Admission is $5. Read more about the films here.

May 17

Annual Bell’s to Bell’s Bike Ride, noon (registration), 1 p.m. (ride begins)

Details: We are challenging our employees to ride to work instead of driving during Kalamazoo Bike Week. The goal? 455 miles or the distance from our Comstock brewery to the future site of Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba.

You can help us ride back and raise money for future Kalamazoo River Valley Trail expansions.

All you have to do is join us for our annual brewery to brewery bike ride – a 14 mile ride along the KRVT and some surface roads that will begin at the Café, head to our Comstock Brewery for a tour, then head back to the Café for a ra­ffle and drinks. Bring your ID, bike lock and helmet. Suggested donation is $10.


SAVOR 2014: Bell's will be pouring two Kalamazoo pub specialties

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
05.06.2014

SAVOR.jpgThis weekend, May 9 and 10, Bell’s will be one of 76 craft breweries represented at SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience.  Presented by the Brewers Association and in its seventh year, SAVOR is the premier beer and food pairing event in the U.S.

SAVOR returns to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and will feature a reception-style sampling of sweet and savory small plates designed by Brewers Association culinary consultant Adam Dulye, chef/owner of The Monk’s Kettle and The Abbot’s Cellar in San Francisco.

“We are bringing two unique and relatively new beers that have never been poured outside of Kalamazoo. Chef Dulye has created some very exciting and interesting pairings to go with each and we’re looking forward to trying both,” said Laura Bell, Vice President of Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

During SAVOR, we will be pouring:

Boon Companion, an ale with resinous and tangerine hop notes along with lemon verbena, paired with cured salmon with lardo butter and powdered lemon.  

Chef's Notes: This beer has palate magic written all over it. With so much going on from the beer, take a moment and allow the salmon to hold it all for just a bit longer.

Bear Hug, a hop-forward Imperial Stout, paired with foie gras with lingonberries, will also be served.

Chef's Notes: The gentle sweetness in this Imperial Stout lets the lingonberry shine and the dark roast flavors cleanse the foie gras off the palate.

Visit the SAVOR website for more information on the event, including full menu and brewery list.


Sustainability: Adopt a Highway program kicks-off

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery
04.29.2014

Cleanup2014.jpgThis year’s Adopt a Highway program kicked off at the end of April, making this our seventh year participating in this unique opportunity to give back to our community.

To date, our employees have picked up more than 750 bags of trash along the highway here in Comstock, Michigan.

Two more clean-ups are scheduled for this year.

For more on Sustainability at Bell’s, go here.


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