It started with a 15-gallon soup pot
Larry Bell started brewing in 1985, making Bell’s one of the oldest craft breweries east of Colorado.
More than 30 years ago, things were a lot different. Bell’s had one employee. Larry Bell.
The brew kettle was a 15-gallon stock pot, kegs were washed on an inverted pallet and the heat exchanger was a copper coil in a bucket.
When customers showed up on Friday nights to buy one-gallon plastic, collapsible containers filled from the tap, the thermostat was turned up from 50 to 60 degrees. There was even a jump rope to help keep you warm.
Come see where we got our start and how we've grown.
We offer free tours at both our Comstock and Kalamazoo locations.
Our original brewery, where beers like Amber and Oberon were first brewed, is located right next door to our General Store and Eccentric Café, which also includes our Beer Garden and patio.
With more than 40 different beers on tap and a full-service restaurant, guests can grab a pint, hop on a tour and then grab a seat.
Due to the size of our brewery, each tour is limited to 20 guests. Ten spots may be reserved in advance for each tour and another 10 will be available first-come, first-serve for walk-ins.
Saturdays: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Our Comstock Brewery, home of our 50-barrel and 200-barrel brewhouse, is located on 30 acres in nearby Comstock, a short 12-minute drive from Kalamazoo.
Designed to allow our guests a first-hand look at our brewing process, fermentation and packaging, tours also include 2 complimentary samples.
Wednesdays - Fridays (until Oct. 31): 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Saturdays: Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Sundays: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Coming in November: Special behind the scenes tours