Join us for the Great Lakes Gala, a benefit for the Great Lakes, in the Bell's Beer Garden

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery


GreatLakesGrassBeerGardenOpener.jpgWe are proud to partner with local, state and regional organizations to host a Great Lakes Gala in the Bell’s Beer Garden next month, Sept. 14, at the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.

Everyone is invited to join us from 1-4 p.m. to learn about the Great Lakes and how to protect them. Admission is free, but there will be a suggested donation of $10. We will match what is donated up to $2,500.

Money raised will go to Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Kalamazoo Nature Center and the Michigan Environmental Council.

The speakers for the afternoon will be:

  • Sarah Reding, Vice President of Conservation Stewardship, Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • Jack Schmitt, Deputy Director, Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • James Clift, Policy Director, Michigan Environmental Council
  • Joel Brammeier, President & CEO, Alliance for the Great Lakes

They will talk about how their organization works to protect and restore the Great Lakes as well as Michigan’s other exceptional water resources.

Kalamazoo’s own Great Lakes Grass will perform traditional bluegrass throughout the afternoon and beer specials along with a raffle are planned as well.

“There are quite a few people working to protect, inform and educate the public about this valuable resource and we want our community to come out and meet them,” said Larry Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery.

“The Great Lakes, this region, has always been important to me and we need to work together to invest in them now and make sure they are protected for future generations,” he said.

The Gala will cap a week-long 29th anniversary celebration for the brewery that will also include a movie in the Bell’s Beer Garden, a performance by Leftover Salmon at the Eccentric Cafe, the annual Bell’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, this year’s Homebrew Competition kick-off & Expo and more.

Additional details for those events is also coming soon.

Caption: Great Lakes Grass performs during the 10th Annual Bell's Beer Garden Opener. Photo by Eric K. Fischer.

Tap lists for 2014 Great Taste of the Midwest and pre-party at Maduro in Madison

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

IMG_6863.jpgAnother Great Taste of the Midwest is almost upon us.

Per tradition, we will kick it all off with a Tap Takeover at Maduro on Friday, August 8th starting at 10 a.m.

Our tap list:

  • The Wild One
  • Raspberry Wild One
  • Traverse City Cherry Third Coast Old Ale
  • Honey Hearted
  • Surprise beer
  • Beer Michigan Ale (barely wine)
  • Kalamazoo IPA
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Kalamazoo Stout
  • Nitro Double Cream Stout
  • Roundhouse IRA
  • Mercurial Belgian Style Single
  • Baron von Nordwestlich
  • Hopsoulution DIPA
  • Wedding Ale
  • Debs’ Red
  • Oberon
  • Bell’s Lager
  • Two Hearted
  • Amber Ale

For the Great Taste on Aug. 9, we will have:

  • The Wild One
  • Raspberry Wild One
  • Traverse City Cherry Third Coast Old Ale
  • Black Note
  • Honey Hearted
  • A surprise beer
  • Kal-Haven Ale
  • Beer Michigan Ale
  • Morning Mary Ale
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout
  • Kalamazoo IPA
  • Third Coast Old Ale Reserve
  • Imperial Red Ale
  • Quadrupel  Belgian-Style Ale
  • Mocha Porter
  • Mango Habanero Oberon
  • Pecan Porter
  • Black Rye
  • Oberon
  • Two Hearted
  • Amber

Help raise money for ALS research with Ales for ALS at the Eccentric Cafe

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

AlesForALS.JPGMore than 60 breweries from 22 states have signed on to participate in this year’s Ales for ALS and Bell’s is proud to be one them.

Ales for ALS was created by B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion LLC to support ALS research.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain.

In exchange for participating, breweries gain access to a proprietary hop blend. This year’s blend was designed by Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo, Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman and our very own John Mallett.

It uses Citra and Mosaic hops along with four other experimental blends that are so new, they do not have official names yet. [Read more about them.]

A portion of the sales from each beer in this program will go to ALS TDI, the world leader in ALS research.

You can also donate here.

Bell’s Ales for ALS IPA (6.5% ABV) is an oatmeal IPA brewed with malted and flaked oats with notes or tropical fruit and grapefruit with a silky mouthfeel.

It is currently on tap at the Eccentric Café (be sure to check our Draft Cam before heading out the door) and $1 will be donated for each pint sold.


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