Bell’s Brewery Comstock BREW GALLERY Tour Details
- It will last about one hour – longer or shorter will depend on how many questions your group asks (or doesn’t)
- There are no stairs for the Brew Gallery Tour once you are upstairs. I don’t recall seeing an elevator but believe it was around the corner (I may be wrong however)
- It is a mix of Beer Brewing 101 and Bell’s Brewery history. If you want to have fun keep track of how much of the product they put into their beer is local or from Michigan – impressive!
Bell’s Brewery Comstock Tour Times
- Wednesdays – Thursdays: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
- Fridays: 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Saturdays: Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Bell’s Brewery Comstock Tour Cost
- FREE – at least the Brew Gallery Tour is.
- You get two small beer samples. They have 4 taps so if there are two of you and neither have ever tried their beer, plan well.
Bell’s Brewery Comstock Visitor Hours/Self Guided Tours
Our new brewhouse was also designed for self guided tours as well. Everyone is invited to walk through at their own pace. Observation decks offer a prime viewing of our Bottling Hall, our older 50-barrel brewhouse, fermentation cellars and more. Everyone is welcome to visit the brewing gallery from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
Bell’s Brewery Comstock Tour Review
So on 2/17/2017 I happen to be in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Knowing this ahead I had booked a free spot on Bell’s site so after a day of meetings I could drink a beer or two and check out the brewery. I thought it was a good way to end a day and the work week!
You get one of the samples at the start and then the other after you work through two stops on the tour. This gives you a good 10-15 minutes to drink the small beer – plenty of time. And you get a similar amount of time to finish the second beer should you need it (or you can hang out for a bit and finish it).
Of the 4 beers available on tap there were only 2 I haven’t had before so of course I got them.
- Special Double Cream Stout – this was lighter then I expected but still good.
- Oatsmobile Ale – this one was good and I will be looking to find more for sure.
The tour lasted about 60 minutes with it evenly split I’d say between history, what is going on where, how they localy source as much as possible and Beer Brewing 101. Overall its a nice mix so for a novice beer brewer you will learn something and for those that know a ton there isn’t enough that you will get bored. Michael was a great tour guide and I believe he answered just about every question that the group threw at him.
While I was part of 10-12 people on the Brew Gallery Tour I was personally able to get a mini/quick Peek Behind-the-Curtain Tour. There isn’t a TON more to see but you do see more of the place operating. Sadly the new bottling line wasn’t running but wow is it bigger than the old one (still there but in back). So do take the Brew Gallery Tour if you are in town but I highly suggest keeping an eye out for when they offer the Peek Behind-the-Curtain Tour again.
*Note that the cans and wooden barrels you see below can only be seen on the Peek Behind-the-Curtain Tour.