Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bell’s will celebrate 30th anniversary with Funvitational Beer Festival in Kalamazoo

Written by  Paul Starr
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Bell’s Brewery will celebrate 30 years of brewing in Michigan this year.
To mark that milestone, we’re inviting breweries and our fans to the Bell’s 30th Anniversary Funvitational Beer Festival to say thank you to all of our fans, customers and partners.

It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Homer Stryker Field, part of Mayors Riverfront Park and home to the Kalamazoo Growlers in downtown Kalamazoo.

The festival will feature more than 100 breweries from Kalamazoo, Michigan and elsewhere. Some of those breweries may not currently distribute to Michigan. There will be games, live entertainment and local food with all proceeds going to charity.

“We have been brewing in Kalamazoo for almost 30 years and we are extremely proud of where we got our start,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President. “This festival is a celebration of that heritage, our community and our fans,” she said.

“We’re finalizing the brewery list now, but it was decided early on, that every brewery in the immediate Kalamazoo area would be invited,” she said.

Ticket sales info will be announced in early April. Tickets for this rain or shine event will not be available online. They will initially be released based on a mail order lottery system, and then sold onsite at Bell’s General Store and Eccentric Café

“We want to make sure that everyone who wants to come will have a fair chance to get tickets. We also did not feel comfortable relying on a website that could be overwhelmed. We want this whole experience to be as fun and hassle free as possible,” Bell said.

Each ticket will cost $45 and will include 12 beer tasting tokens, each good for a 4 oz. pour, a special commemorative tasting glass as well as food tickets. Additional tasting and food tickets will be available to purchase at the festival.

Additional details will be released in the coming months.


Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we've grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 333 people over a 20 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.