Beer Birthday: Larry Bell

Today is the 59th birthday of brewing legend, Larry Bell, the iconoclastic owner of Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Last year, Larry was on a quest to attend every Chicago Cubs home game. This year, there’s the Bell’s 30th Anniversary. Bell’s doesn’t often get the credit it deserves for being the spark for craft beer in the midwest, having started in 1985, well before almost everybody else inside the two coasts. 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 a few years back.

At OBF in 2008.

Two years ago in Portland for CBC, wearing the Belmont Crown for a Bell’s event there.


  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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