Beer Birthday: Larry Bell

Today is also the birthday of yet another brewing legend. Larry Bell, the iconoclastic owner of Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan, turns 56 today. Larry’s on a quest this year to attend every Chicago Cubs home game. I thought I’d be able to join him for one, but my annual judging trip to Chicago this year will be too short, and they’re not playing at home. More’s the pity. Join me in wishing Larry a very happy birthday.

Larry with Alan Sprints, from Hair of the Dog at the Full Sail Smoker during the Oregon Brewers Festival a few years ago.

Larry, with Ed and Carol Stoudt, from Stoudt Brewing, and Ken Allen, from Anderson Valley Brewing at the Craft Brewers Conference in Austin, Texas, in 2007.

Larry Bell
Larry accepting the BA Recognition Award at CBC recently.

At OBF in 2008.


  1. says

    I wrote him about their Rye Stout and he responded within an hour…what an nice thing to know about a founder. He did say that it will be out this fall in kegs and bottles. Just thought I’d follow up and let you know.

  2. says

    June 9th seems to be a fortuitous birthday for talented if somewhat wacky brewer types like me, Larry Bell, Ray Daniels, Todd Ashman.
    Anymore of us outhere?

    Michael Bowe
    Angel City Brewing

  3. Jim F says

    Was in Indy this weekend for a funeral and spent Sunday night at the Beer Sellar drinking $10 pitchers of Two Hearted. Wish we could get that here in Oregon — spectacular beer.

    And not to make anyone jealous, but we did slip a couple of pitchers of 3 Floyd’s Alpha King and Gumballhead in there. Yes, all at $10 each.

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