Sept 19th 1985 – Larry Bell sells his first commercial beer
1986 – Production reaches 135 barrels, Larry and 9 employees will brew, sell and distribute the beer for the next 4 years
1990 – Bell’s Brewery begins to sell beer outside of its home state of Michigan
June 11, 1993 – Bell’s becomes the first Michigan brewery to open an onsite pub, the Eccentric Café.
2003 – Bell’s expands it brewing by opening up the Comstock brewery, about 7 miles east of Kalamazoo. It will expand in 2005.
March 28th, 2011 – The Eccentric Café reopens after a $3M expansion that added a music venue, large beer garden, expanded bathrooms and a new patio.
April 25th, 2013 – Sister brewery, Upper Hand Brewery is announced and is packaging beer by the fall of 2014. Although it is a division of Bell’s, it is a completely different brewery.
Today – Bell’s Roundhouse IPA comes out in cans!
Previously available only in draft, you can now get it in 12oz cans! Brewed with Michigan honey, Roundhouse is distinctly hop forward. Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry hopping yield a wonderful blend aroma – everything from pineapple to peach and citrus. Hop intensity is kept in check with a balanced and judicious amount of toasted and caramel specialty malts. This is the third new addition to their lineup this year. Just like Hopslam, Roundhouse is best enjoyed as fresh as possible.