Bell’s Production Brewery

Recently Bell’s Brewing Co. has opened up the production facility for guided and self guided tours.  I know, I know, I was there for the tour of the new facility when they opened it to the public a few months ago.  The difference now is they not only have a guided tour on the weekends but the viewing area is also open during the week so you can walk around through the public space and watch the new vessels in action. 

In my recent visit I was able to see the Midwestern Pale Ale in the brew kettle and then transferred to the whirlpool.  Amazingly roughly 200 barrels of beer travelled from 1 vessel to the next in 5 minutes.  From there the brew kettle was blasted with high pressure water to prepare it for the next beer that was in the staging tank right next to it. 

From the observation deck you are able to also watch the bottling line in action.  This bottling line is able to process 260 bottles a minute. 

As always Bell’s has been quite busy.  The wooden vats here have been a project on their back burner for a bit now.  These were originally used at the Stroh’s Brewery.  When they are reassembled, visitors to the Bell’s facility will be able to see fermentation in action.  Currently, that is a part of the process that is readily seen considering they currently perform all fermentation in closed stainless steel.   

The tour hours for the production facility range from Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm (self guided).  With guided tours on Saturdays at 12:30, 2 pm and 3:30.

Tours at the old brewery are most Saturdays (12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30) and Sundays (1:30, 2:30, and 3:30)

Time for a pint…

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