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US - Bell’s

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8938 Krum Avenue, Galesburg, MI, 49053

The oldest surviving microbrewery west of Colorado, Bell’s (formerly Kalamazoo Brewing) has grown nearly 700-fold since its first sales in 1985. Founder Larry Bell has earned a reputation as something of a maverick. In 2006 he withdrew his beer from sale in Illinois, one of the brewery’s top markets, in a distribution dispute. However, in late 2007 he launched a range of Kalamazoo (not Bell’s) beers back into the Chicago area. Bell’s has built a new brewing facility outside Kalamazoo, but the original brewery remains, along with its appropriately named Eccentric Café. Bell’s beers are famous for their intensity, although the brewery flagship is wheat-based.

Expedition Stout

beer style: Imperial Stout
alcohol content: 11.5% ABV

Begins with an intense blast of dark fruit (figs and plums) that turns into chocolate, roasted coffee, and port.

Two Hearted Ale

beer style: India Pale Ale
alcohol content: 7% ABV

Amplified hops, with an initial rush of grapefruit and orange mingling with fresh floral notes. Perfectly balanced, with persistent bitterness.

Oberon Ale

beer style: Wheat Beer
alcohol content: 5.8% ABV

A summer refresher. Zesty, with orange rind in the aroma, and delicate spiciness behind that. A crisp, sharp finish.

Best Brown Ale

beer style: Brown Ale
alcohol content: 5.8% ABV

Brimming with rich flavors such as caramel and chocolate, subtly balanced by rustic hops.

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