March MOB Meeting - Bell's Brewery Takeover

There is no disputing that Bell’s Brewery is one of the preeminent breweries in the country…and it is right here in west Michigan. Its about time The MOB takes it over.

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 we're chartering a bus and riding in style. It's about a 200 mile round trip so let's let the professionals watch the road while we share some home brew and visit. The brewery tour itself will start at 10:30 am and go for about 1-1/2 hours. Afterwards, we can visit Bell's Eccentric Cafe and hit other brewpubs in beautiful downtown Kalamazoo.

The bus ride will be $20 per person. We'd like to open it up to made and paid Mobsters first, then to friends up to 50 passengers. Expecting to be back between 7-9 pm.

Bell’s Brewery Take-Over Itinerary:

9:00 am - Leaving the I-96 Exit 16 Park & Ride via Great Lakes Motorcoach 55 passenger bus. Plenty of room for small coolers full of homebrew.

10:30 am - Arrive at Bell’s Brewery, 8938 Krum Avenue, Galesburg, MI 49053. Luke Hutchings, Bell’s Brand Ambassador to lead the tour of Bell’s Production Facility.

12:30 pm - Load up and ride to Bell’s Eccentric Café and check out their pub beers. I will see if we can tour the pub brewery too.

While there, shop in Bell’s General Store and browse their large selection of brewing supplies.

Shakespeare's Pub, 241 E Kalamazoo Ave is also nearby and has a good selection of craft beers.

Olde Peninsula Brewpub and Restaurant, 200 E. Michigan Avenue, has an extensive menu and a large dining room.

Arcadia has a Brewpub about a ½ mile east at 701 E Michigan Ave. Good food and great beer there as well.

Tibbs Brewing Company, 402 South Burdick Street is a small batch brewery worth checking out. Open at 2 pm on Saturday.

Gonzos Biggdogg Brewing is a bit of a walk west, at 140 South Westnedge Avenue. A Righteous Brew, Born and Bottled in Kalamazoo.

Boatyard Brewing, 0.6 miles north on 432 E. Paterson St. Kalamazoo, MI 49009. Nice selection of beers.

Kalamazoo Beer Exchange is highly rated craft beer bar with a unique twist: Stock market style pricing starting at 6:00 pm. If we’re lucky, there will be a market crash!
211 East Water Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Plenty of other things to do and see in downtown Kalamazoo, too. Much of it is within walking distance.

7:00 pm - Meet back at the bus for the ride back north to Exit 16.

9:00 pm - Arrive at our cars. You don’t have to go home, but you do have to wake up and get off the bus.

Hoping to keep the bus centrally located at or near the Eccentric Cafe. If you know of other points of interest, post on!