Founder and Owner of Bell’s Brewing
Larry Bell moved to Kalamazoo in 1976 to study history at Kalamazoo College, 7 years before opening the homebrew shop that would soon grow into Bell’s Brewery. Larry opened Bell’s Brewery in 1985 with a 15 gallon soup kettle and $200. Since then, Larry has grown Bell’s into one of the largest regional craft breweries in the country. Bell’s employs more than 550 people over a 39 state area as a 100% family-owned an independent business.
In over 30 years of brewing, Larry has been actively involved in shaping the craft beer industry in the United States. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Brewing Studies, sat on the Board of Directors for the Association of Brewer’s, and was the Inaugural President of the Michigan Brewer’s Guild. He currently is active as an Ex-Officio board member of the Beer Institute as well as a member of the American Malting Barley Association Board of Directors. Larry was honored in 2010 with the Brewer’s Association Recognition Award.
Larry is also an active member in Kalamazoo and has served as a board member for the Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Economic Development Corporation of Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. In 2010, Larry was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award from his Alma Mater, Kalamazoo College.