Bell’s Brewery, Inc. is proud to partner with local, state and regional organizations to host a Great Lakes Gala in the Bell’s Beer Garden on Sept. 14 at Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.

The community is invited to join us from 1-4 p.m. to learn about the Great Lakes and how to protect them. Admission is free, but there will be a suggested donation of $10. Bell’s will match what is donated up to $2,500.

Money raised will go to Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Kalamazoo Nature Center and the Michigan Environmental Council.

Sarah Reding, Vice President of Conservation Stewardship at the Kalamazoo Nature Center; Jack Schmitt, Deputy Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters; James Clift, Policy Director, Michigan Environmental Council and Joel Brammeier, President & CEO of Alliance for the Great Lakes will talk about how their organization works to protect and restore the Great Lakes as well as Michigan’s other exceptional water resources.

Kalamazoo’s own Great Lakes Grass will perform traditional bluegrass throughout the afternoon and beer specials along with a raffle are planned as well.

“There are quite a few people working to protect, inform and educate the public about this valuable resource and we want our community to come out and meet them,” said Larry Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery.

“The Great Lakes, this region, has always been important to me and we need to work together to invest in them now and make sure they are protected for future generations,” he said.

The Gala will cap a week-long 29th anniversary celebration for the brewery that will also include a movie in the Bell’s Beer Garden, a performance by Leftover Salmon at the Eccentric Cafe, the annual Bell’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, this year’s Homebrew Competition kick-off & Expo and more.


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 250 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

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