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Press Release – Bell’s 25th Anniversary

August 17, 2010

Man, I wish I didn’t have to work Saturday’s.  I’d love to take a brewery tour.  From a Bell’s Brewery press release….

Bell’s Celebrates 25 Years of Inspired Brewing

A quarter of a century ago Larry Bell set out like a modern-day frontiersman with a 15-gallon soup kettle and a dream as he traversed the wilderness of beer brewing. Okay, maybe a little less Grizzly Adams than that, but 25 years later – the landscape of craft beer has been changed by the innovative beer stylings of Bell’s Beer.

Far from those meager beginnings as a homebrew supply shop, Bell’s is now the
oldest brewery east of the Rocky Mountains. What was once a 135-barrel a year
operation in 1986, grew into a company producing over 125,000 barrels in 2009.

“In some ways it seems like just yesterday when I started this adventure,” says Larry Bell, “I’m not sure I could have imagined where it would take me.”

In honor of the journey Larry Bell took with a few loyal customers, that grew into
a massive following, Bell’s will be hosting a weekend of events to celebrate the
brewery’s 25th Anniversary from September 9-12.

“It’s our customers who have made this all possible. It’s amazing to have people
who are as passionate about innovative and exhilarating beer as I am,” said Bell, “This weekend is about celebrating our customers, enthusiasts and fanatics. And,of course, it’s about really great beer.”

The 25th Anniversary Celebration weekend will feature live music (no cover), lots of great food, public tours of the brewing facility and all the great beer that put Bell’s on the map – including a special 25th Anniversary Ale. $1.00 off pints until 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and all day Sunday, if you’re wearing a Bell’s shirt or hat.

A full schedule of events follows:
Thursday, September 9th:
9:30 pm: West Side Winders

Friday, September 10th:
2:00 pm: Press Conference in the beer garden
3:00 pm: Music starts and continues all night with:
• The Kalamazoo Dixieland Band
• Great Lakes Grass
• Black Jake & the Carnies
• Greensky Bluegrass
$1 off pints until 9pm on Friday if you are wearing a Bell’s shirt

Saturday, September 11th:

11:00 am – 4:00 pm: The Galesburg Brewery will be open to the public for tours.
There will be grilled food and soda available.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Bell’s celebrates homebrewers. You bring a 5 gallon carboy to the
Eccentric Café, we fill it with cold, unhopped wort made with our Michigan barley at no cost. Take it home, hop it, ferment it and send 2 bottles to us no later than November 1st for
judging. Guidelines available when you pick up your wort. Winners will be announced on
All Stouts Day, November 7th. Limit – one entry per person.
1:00 pm: Music starts and continues all night with:
• Ein Prosit! (40+ member, traditional German band)
• Deal’s Gone Bad
• Rolling Head
• My Dear Disco
$1 off pints until 9pm on Saturday if you are wearing a Bell’s shirt
Sunday, September 12th:
A day to recover.
$1 off pints all day on Sunday if you are wearing a Bell’s shirt

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