Bell’s Porter, Kalamazoo Stout take medals at Colorado State Fair

Bell’s Brewery is proud to announce that two of its classic beers have won medals at this year’s Colorado State Fair.

Bell’s Porter received a gold medal in the competition’s American Porter and Stout category and Kalamazoo Stout won a silver medal in the Dark British Beer category. Porter was first released in 1987 and Kalamazoo Stout in 1988. Both brands debuted refreshed packaging earlier this year.

“Beers like Porter and Kalamazoo Stout were some of our original brews and, along with Amber Ale, helped build the brewery,” said Larry Bell, Bell’s president and founder.

“It’s incredible to see these darker, classic beers continue earning awards today,” he added.

Upper Hand Brewery, a division of Bell’s, also brought home three medals: bronze for Laughing Fish and its SISU Stout in addition to a gold for Yellow Hex.

Here’s a breakdown of all the awards:
• Gold in American Porter Category, 20A (American Porter) for Bell’s Porter
• Silver in Dark British Beer Category, 16D (Foreign Extra Stout) for Kalamazoo Stout
• Upper Hand:
• Gold in Historical Beer Category for Yellow Hex
• Bronze in British Bitter and Pale Commonwealth Beer Category, 12A (British Golden Ale) for Laughing Fish
• Bronze in American Porter and Stout Category, 20C (Imperial Stout) for SISU Stout

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 550 people over a 40 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe.

Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers. For more information, please visit