Food safety the focus of unique 2-day training course at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe



Bell’s Brewery, Inc., in partnership with Covance Laboratories, Inc. in Battle Creek and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Department, is excited to announce the inaugural HACCP Food Safety Training course.

The Introduction to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point is the first of its kind in Kalamazoo County and designed for individuals with little or no HACCP experience.

The two-day course consists of lectures and group exercises that will provide the necessary tools for HACCP certification. It will be held at Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo on August 26 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Safety, along with quality, are our top priorities at Bell’s and we want to help make sure that other businesses here in West Michigan have the tools necessary to make sure that proper procedures and safe food handling are the norm,” said Jason Reicherts, Director of Retail for Bell’s.

“We are also in the process of developing our own menu of house cured meats and fermented foods. The careful research and planning for that led us to the realization that there was both an audience and a need for this type of training,” he said.

The course is accredited through the International HACCP Alliance and spots are limited. Cost is $200 per person which includes a continental breakfast and lunch both days provided by the Café.

Call 269-250-8485 or email to register.

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Sparkleberry returns: Celebrate diversity with Bell's and win prizes at Kalamazoo Pride

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

PrideLogo.jpgWe are celebrating diversity at this weekend's Kalamazoo Pride, June 13 and 14, at Arcadia Creek Festival Place and marking our second year in a row sponsoring this event in our hometown.

Proceeds will go to support the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center - this is the KGLRC's largest fundraiser of the year.

Sparkleberry Ale will return and Bell's Lager along with Kalamazo IPA and Oberon will be on tap all weekend long.

In addition to a great music lineup, we're also giving away six Bell's Summer Swag Bags.

To win, all you have to do is take a photo of yourself at Pride with anything related to Bell's.

Then post it to either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #lovewhoyouare and tag us (@BellsBrewery on Twitter and Instagram OR Bell's Brewery, Inc. (Official) on Facebook).

One winner will be announced on stage during Pride at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Friday as well as 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on tickets, the music lineup or anything else, please visit

Hope to see you there!

Proud Mitten, winner of 2013 Bell’s Homebrew Competition, to be released this week



Proud Mitten, the winner of the 2013 Bell’s Homebrew Competition, will be tapped for the general public at 2 p.m. on June 15 at the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.

 Dry hopped twice during fermentation, Proud Mitten straddles the line between an American Pale Ale and an IPA. Aromas of mango, pineapple and pine are very pronounced.

David Lyman, of Kalamazoo, (photo at right) created the recipe that uses Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops as well as Michigan malt from the Bell’s Farm in Shepherd, Michigan.

It was brewed at Bell’s original brewery, located adjacent to the Café.

“Brewing with Zeke (Bell’s Specialty Brewer) was an amazing experience.  His knowledge on brewing science and practical brewing was something that I was looking forward to, and he didn't let me down. Zeke answered all my questions,” Lyman said.

“I was dog tired at the end of the day, but one of the more memorable days of my life. I loved every minute of it,” he said.

Coming in at 5.8 % and pouring a deep copper, Proud Mitten will also be available for those attending the American Homebrews Association Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids on June 12 and 13.

It will also be poured during a special tasting as part of Kyle Hollingsworth’s (of String Cheese Incident fame) Brewru Experience at this year’s Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan and at a future Kalamazoo Growler’s baseball game.

Held annually beginning in September, the Bell’s Homebrew Competition is now entering its fifth year.

Homebrewers receive five gallons of Bell’s wort for free to brew their entry. They are welcome to add their own malt, hops, spices and yeast. A panel of Bell’s employees and other brewing industry members judge the entries that are submitted.

The next competition will kick-off on Sept. 13. The homebrewer who takes first place this year will have an additional unique and exciting opportunity. More details will be announced soon.

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