Bell's Brewery

COMSTOCK, MI — Bell's Brewery Inc. is readying for a $50 million, 200,000-square-foot expansion of its brewhouse in Comstock. The expansion will add a bottling line, a warehouse logistics center, offices and employee areas, said Bell's Founder Larry Bell. He said the expansion will allow the brewery the capacity to brew a 1 million barrels of beer a year, up from the current capacity of 800,000 barrels. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Courtesy The Verve Pipe

Michigan band The Verve Pipe has had one of the most twist-filled music careers you could imagine. They started near Kalamazoo, playing in venues like Club Soda back in the late eighties. But then they hit it big with their single “The Freshman.” Soon they were selling out bigger places like the State Theatre for three or four nights in a row. But that was the peak. From there, they entered the kids circuit. But last year, the band went back to its roots with a new rock record, called “Overboard.” WMUK's Robbie Feinberg caught up with the band's singer, Brian Vander Ark, before they return to Kalamazoo on April 11th to play at Bell's Brewery at 8 p.m..

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