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
Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also enjoys supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.