By September Bell's Beer
will be available in 32 of the 50 states of America (plus Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.). And the company recently announced it is making a $7 million investment the Kalamazoo area.
Bell's -- a regional brewer that now employs 500 people in 31 states and brews 20 beers for distribution -- says the money will primarily be spent on capital improvements at the company's Comstock location and there will be a new project in its Kalamazoo brewing operations as well.
A pilot brewery, where Bell's will test out new recipes and ingredients, such a new hop varieties, is planned in Comstock. A new specialty packaging line and projects related to beer production are planned there. The improvement plans call for additional space at the brewery’s home office, too.
A project to divert waste related to brewing will be undertaken as part of Bell’s commitment to sustainability, the company says. Instead of sending low pH yeast to Kalamazoo’s wastewater treatment facility, it will be reclaimed and sold to local farmers to feed their animals.
At the Kalamazoo operation, next to its pub and restaurant, the Eccentric Cafe, a smaller pilot brewery is planned.
"We are deeply committed to our community in Comstock and will continue to invest additional resources so that we remain top-in-class, further ensuring our commitment to quality," says Larry Bell, Bell’s President and Founder of the multi-award-winning brewery. "We also want to offer our partners and customers additional options. These new projects will help us accomplish both."
Source: Bell's Brewery Inc.