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B1 BEER: GET TO KNOW Double Brown Ale

Bells Double Brown Ale

This post is part of an occasional series looking at the beers we develop at our original brewery, or B1.

Tasting notes: Rich and malty, excellent hop, malt balance

This recipe is the latest version of a Double Brown Ale to be brewed here at Bell’s.

Another great beer to enjoy in the fall, this Double Brown Ale has a higher ABV, 8.5%. Best Brown Ale to compare, has an ABV of 5.8%.

Rich malt, along with sweet milk chocolate notes, are balanced with a nicely integrated hop bitterness.

Double Brown Ale was brewed in downtown Kalamazoo at our original brewery and firkins are going to see some limited distribution.

The Eccentric Café is the only place where you can sample both the firkin version and the draught version side by side.

Keep an eye on our Event Calendar to see if firkins are coming to a bar or restaurant near you.


B1 is how we affectionately refer to our original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo, located adjacent to our pub, the Eccentric Cafe. This is where we got our start and where we still develop new recipes, experiment with new varieties of hops and brew small batches of specialty beers like The Wild One and Mango Habanero Oberon today. Most of the beers brewed there are typically only available on draught at the Cafe, but from time to time they do make their way to special events.

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