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The John Mallett Scholarship will help train the next generation of brewers

John Mallett enjoying a pint shortly after being hired in to Bell's.

John Mallett is a well-known name in the craft beer world. His influence and contributions will soon help pave the way for the next generation of brewers.

The John Mallett Scholarship will debut in 2022 to an individual looking to further their study through one of the courses offered by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.

This new scholarship is one of the ways we here at Bell’s celebrated the 20th anniversary of our Vice President of Operations’ first day at the brewery. A special, limited beer was also brewed.  

Bell’s Malletizer is an IPA brewed with Buddha’s Hand puree and special malt from Briess Malting in Chilton, Wisconsin, a long-time partner of Bell’s. The malt used for this special brew was from the very last kiln run at the maltster’s iconic Chilton malthouse this past summer. Mallett was invited to be on site for that last run, 120 years in the making.

“I was very surprised by the sheer generosity and time that my fellow co-workers put into celebrating this milestone. To be able to help educate future brewers, that is just something that is beyond words. It’s really something very special,” Mallett said.

“The beer is fantastic and brewed with an ingredient I’ve always wanted to experiment with,” Mallett added.

Bell’s will fund this new scholarship for the first three years, covering registration and travel to provide a barrier-free opportunity. Our founder, Larry Bell, will donate $125,000 to the fund directly at the close of the sale of Bell’s to the parent company of New Belgium Brewing Co. in an effort to permanently endow the scholarship.

“John has made incredible contributions to Bell’s, to what Two Hearted is today, and to the industry. Mallett has influenced so many; if there are others who want to contribute to this cause, they are certainly welcome as well,” Larry Bell, Founder and President of Bell’s said. 

Mallett was recognized earlier this year by the Brewers Association. The trade group’s Recognition Award is awarded annually “to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm, and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement.”

The first scholarship will be awarded in 2022. Additional details will be announced by the Master Brewers Association as they become available.

Bottles of Malletizer (6% Alc. By Vol.) went on sale exclusively at the Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo starting today (Nov. 24). Supplies for this one-time brew are very limited. Dry-hopped with Motueka hops, Malletizer offers amazing notes of fresh citrus zest and lime.


John Mallett has been at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo & Comstock, Michigan since 2001. As Vice President of Operations he is responsible for logistics, brewing, packaging and brewery capital projects. John serves on many brewing Technical Committees and Boards including the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, the Brewers Association, the American Malting Barley Association and the Hop Quality Group. He has written and taught extensively including at the Siebel Institute of Technology. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Institute for Brewing Studies Russell Schehrer Award for brewing innovation.

John has served in numerous capacities over his brewing career; he was head brewer of Boston's Commonwealth Brewery, Brewmaster at the Old Dominion Brewing Co. in Ashburn, Virginia and founder and President of SAAZ, an equipment and service provider for breweries both large and small.

He is also the author of Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse, the fourth installation in Brewers Publications’ Brewing Elements series.