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Old 05-17-2009, 03:40 PM   #1
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Default Bell's Brewery has Empty Bottles for Sale

I was at Bell's last night (actually a whole day of microbrews; Dark Horse to Arcadia to Bell's to Old Peninsula), and stopped in their store. They have home brew supplies including grain (I saw a 50 lb. bag of grain for $47). Anyway, I'm running out of empty bottle at home so I checked out their prices.

Oh so cheap: $5 for a case of 24, 12oz. amber bottles! I usually pay $12 for an empty case at my LHBS. The bottles come in a cool Bell's box too. So I bought 4 cases and it was just over $20. So if you're in the Kalamazoo area and you need empties to bottle your beer, look no further than Bell's for new empty bottles on the cheap. Just thought I'd share.

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Old 05-27-2009, 07:13 PM   #2
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Cool... wish I were closer to Kalamazoo. But then again, I prefer my Bell's bottles full. ;-)

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Old 05-27-2009, 07:18 PM   #3
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Well, dang. That is cheap.

I bought some from them when they were in the building behind, next to the loading docks, for about $12. They must have significant inventory.

but +1 to buying Bell's bottles with beer in them and emptying myself.

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I buy and drink Bells and remove the labels. They think of us since they come off easy as pie.

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arcadia ales labels come of easier than bells do.


and if you were taking a tour of breweries here in my neck of the woods(i live 5min from arcadia and about 20 to dark horse or bells) why the hell didn't you say anything?

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Sorry eriktlupus, I didn't think to announce our trip down there. If you ever embark on a tour of the middle tier of breweries (Grand Rapids area), let me know and I'll buy you a pint.

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$47 for 50# seems kind of high for domestic 2-row.

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I've paid $40 for 50 lbs of 2-row (Canada Malting Company).

Also, I get plenty of Bells bottles from the beer store and drink them empty! But since I live in MI anyway, I can get unlimited bottles for 0.10 apiece at the beer store. They let me scrummage through the returnable area.

I'd hate to have to pay for empties for real!

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arcadia ales labels come of easier than bells do.
If I could get those bottles full of Two-Hearted IPA, I wouldn't mind stripping those labels, no matter how difficult.
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Man if I were closer I would pick up a few cases for myself.

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