Brewing equipment such as the mash tun where the malts are converted to sugar and the whirlpool to spin the wort were all clearly labelled and easily accessible to the many tourists. The bottling line which fills over 40,000 bottles a day was visible through windows from the upper level as well. At the end of the tour, guests exiting outside the rear of the brewhouse were treated to free soda and grilled food. Several downtown Kalamazoo local restaurants offered specials to coincide with the event. An expansion of this magnitude is certainly a major milestone for Michigan breweries and a reason for celebration; as one banner inside the brewery proudly proclaims, “We’re growing so more beer will be flowing.”
Bell's: An inside visit to the Comstock brewhouse and production facilityWritten by Dan VanderKooi
Latest from Dan VanderKooi
- GR takes Beer City 2013 with Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor also among top vote getters
- Hopcat and Pike 51 keep hopheads high for 4/20 (“weed day!”)
- Recap of 2013 Zaison Release from Brewery Vivant
- Grand Rapids Beer City USA 2013 - The Time to Vote is Now!
- The Peoples Cider Company Batch #1 debuts at Hopcat and Georgio’s in downtown Grand Rapids