What’s New in Brew?

Here are a couple of new announcements submitted by the local brewing community.

Silver City Brewing

2017 Seattle FC Pub Crawl
  • October 15th, 2017
  • Sounders vs Dallas
  • Just a few days left to purchase tickets! Sales end 9/18!
Update: We’ve listened to feedback from all of the season ticket holders that wish to join the pub crawl but already have game tickets– we now have special $20 pricing that includes participation in the pub crawl, including the commemorative t-shirt, but without the game ticket.

Silver City Brewery, Aslan Brewing, Pike Brewing Co., Ghostfish Brewing Co., Ulee’s Light Cider, and Papa Bueno Tequila are ecstatic to announce partnership on an all-new Seattle Sounders-focused pub crawl event to be held on Sunday, October 15th.

Celebrating Seattle sports and the local pub culture, the event will see up to one thousand thirsty fútbol fans coming together in Pioneer Square over delicious adult beverages at a variety of beloved establishments, culminating with participants attending the FC Dallas at Sounders FC match en masse at CenturyLink Field, 4:30PM PT.

Bell’s Brewing

Michigan’s oldest craft brewery celebrates more than three decades of brewing

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery, Michigan’s oldest and largest brewery, celebrates its 32nd anniversary this month. As part of the celebration, Bell’s kicked-off its 8th Annual Bell’s Homebrew Competition on Sept. 9 at Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo. “Three decades ago, I would have never imagined where we would be as a company, as a brewery, as an industry,” Larry Bell, President of Bell’s Brewery said.

“A lot has changed over the years. This year marks quite a few other milestones all over the state and we raise a glass to all of our fellow craft brewers celebrating as well,” he added.

Larry Bell founded Bell’s Brewery in 1983 and sold his first beer in 1985. The company he started is now 100% family-owned and also the largest independent craft brewery in the state of Michigan. Larry’s daughter, Laura Bell, was promoted to the role of CEO in February.

“It’s an incredible honor to be a part of the next generation,” Bell’s CEO Laura Bell said.

“As we look to what comes next, it’s very important to remember our roots and celebrate the fans and the homebrew community that helped us get to where we are today, she added.

Even before Larry Bell sold his first commercial beer, he started as a homebrewer and then founded a homebrew supply shop, a precursor to the brewery Bell’s is today. Production reached 135 barrels in 1986, all brewed and bottled by 10 employees.

Today, Bell’s employs more than 540 people, a majority in the state of Michigan, and shipped 421,000 barrels in 2016.

Coming up later this month is a three-day Octoberfest Celebration on Sept. 22-24, also at Bell’s Eccentric Café. German cuisine, live music and of course, Bell’s Octoberfest Beer are all part of the festivities. Held in the Bell’s Beer Garden, this is a free, all-ages event.

Bell’s fans are also encouraged to see where their favorite beers are born. Free brewery tours of Bell’s original Kalamazoo brewery are offered on weekends. Tours of its nearby Comstock Brewery are offered throughout the week. Tours can be booked at bellsbeer.com/tours.

Bob Shoemaker

Grew up in Renton, WA. Writer. Photographer. Homebrewer. Woodworker. Beer lover. UW grad. - 14 years in Marketing and Advertising communications - 16 years in technical product support, quality, loyalty, support analyst - 12 years as communications business owner