Military members craft Bell’s Brewery beer honoring servicemembers, veterans

Beer is newest release in Celebration Series

Bell's Brewery is honoring military members with Goin' Dark.
Bell's Brewery is honoring military members with Goin' Dark. (Bell's Brewery)

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – Military members helped craft a new Bell’s Brewery beer honoring servicemembers and veterans.

A team of more than 20 of the Michigan brewery’s employees who are currently serving, have served or are military family members teamed up to make Goin’ Dark.

The 6.3 percent ABV coffee milk stout is aged in bourbon barrels with coffee.

“Celebrating diversity has always been core to our company,” said Larry Bell, the founder and president of Bell’s Brewery. “It’s an honor to recognize the men and women in our military, as well as their families, and extend that celebration to those who make that sacrifice.”

A release event will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Veterans Day, at the Bell’s Eccentric Café at 55 E. Kalamazoo Avenue in Kalamazoo.

The beer will be available on draft at the cafe. It can also be purchased in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles at the Bell’s General Store, which is located adjacent to the cafe. The store will also be selling Goin’ Dark merchandise.

The brewery said the beer is available for sale so it can be enjoyed by military members when they return from deployments.

Bell’s also partnered with Section Collection, a nonprofit that helps needy veterans. The organization provides food, clothing and other essential items to homeless veterans.

Goin’ Dark is part of the Celebration Series, special beer releases that the brewery says highlights the different groups of people that help make the company what it is. Other beers in the series included Unite Hibiscus Saison, a brew released as part of the International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, and Alliance Lemon Lager, a beer that celebrated the LGBTQ community.

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