Bell's emlpoyees ride to Upper Hand and back (and more) as part of Kalamazoo Bike Week

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

The Bell’s Team closed out Kalamazoo Bike Week with 1,209 miles in seven days, an average of 172 miles a day. That’s a full loop around Lake Michigan and back over the Mackinaw Bridge an extra time!

Our original goal was only to travel from our Comstock Brewery to Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba and back around the lake for a total of 896 miles.

Thirty-seven Bell's employees got out on their bikes for a total of 97 rider days. 

Well done, Team Bell's!

To cap it off, we also had a record number of riders for our annual Bell's to Bell's Ride to benefit the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. A huge thank you to everyone who joined us to support this part of our community as well.

We’ll be back again next year, hopefully with even more riders and to take a crack at a bigger mileage goal.


Initial Funvitational brewery list, ticket info now available


Funvitational_logo_social.jpgWe are proud to share the initial list of breweries that will be pouring at the Bell’s 30th Anniversary Funvitational, Sept. 12, at Homer Stryker Field in downtown Kalamazoo.

Both the brewery list and ticket information for the event, which will benefit the Northwoods League Foundation, are now available at

The initial list (more will be announced in coming months) features more than 60 different breweries.

From Alaska and Hawaii to Maine and Florida, brewers will be traveling from all across the United States to help us celebrate 30 years of inspired brewing here in Michigan.

“It is very humbling and exciting to be able to share such a milestone with so many talented and influential brewers,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

“As we get closer, more and more details are being finalized and there are quite a few surprises we are very excited to share with not only our industry partners, but also our fans … stay tuned,” she added.

A total of three-thousand tickets will be sold for $45 each. Half of those will be sold through a mail order system detailed here.

The other 1,500 will be sold first come, first serve at the Eccentric Café on July 12 starting at 11 a.m. Additional details will be released closer to that event.

Each ticket will include 12 tasting tokens, food vouchers and a special commemorative glass.

Stay tuned to as well as Bell’s social media channels for more details about entertainment, beers, food and other surprises.

Hopslam goes international; brewing a special batch in Denmark

Josh Smith | Bell's Brewery

Thanks to our friends at WarPigs Brewpub for hosting us. This batch of Hopslam is small - 10 hectoliters or about 8.5 barrels.

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