Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Bell's Brewery, Galesburg, MI

The New Spot
The New Spot
Outside the new 200-barrel production brewery in Galesburg, Michigan.
Brewhouse
Brewhouse
Brand new facilities inspire brand new beers: Inside the brewery, the workhorse Pale Ale is in the process of a label facelift and a recipe tweaking.
Bottling
Bottling
The Laverne and Shirley part of the plant: where the beer gets bottled.
Tanks
Tanks
Bell's previous 50 barrel facility had difficulty keeping up with drinker demand.
Fermentation
Fermentation
Besides the regular fermentation tanks, fourteen new 400-barrel fermentation tanks were added to this new facility, to make production of Two-Hearted Ale and the seasonal Hopslam more efficient.
Barrels
Barrels
Bourbon barrels filled with Double Cream Stout and Expdition Stout, lined up for aging. (The two beers are later mixed together to create the beer Black Note.)
Special Beers
Special Beers
A tantalizing wall of elusive mini-kegs and rare 750mL offerings.
Keg Robot
Keg Robot
Ever wish you had a robot to lift your kegs for you? Bell's has one, reducing physical labor required by workers.
Science
Science
Staff scientists Carrie and Lauren doing quality control on a sample of Two-Hearted Ale. When they're not doing QC, they are developing better ways to make the brewery run more efficiently.
Zahm & Nagel
Zahm & Nagel
This specialized device measures a beer's gas and air content after it's in the bottle, to check samples for quality going down the line.
Hops
Hops
Hop storage for the hop artistry that takes place within.
Fermentation
Fermentation
More sudsy tank action: with the increased capacity, Bell's hopes to be able to make more than 20% more beer this year, particularly within the dry-hopped ales.
Labels
Labels
The label feeder about to stick strange looking fish on bottles of Two-Hearted.
Line
Line
Naked bottles of Two-Hearted headed into the label-feeder.