FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2013, file photo, Bill Wehr, left, of Arrow Tank company in Buffalo, N.Y., and custom builder and woodworker Rock Bartley of Kalamazoo, Mich., tighten the bands while assembling the 100-year-old wooden barrels from Stroh’s, in Constock, Mich. Bell’s Brewery said it plans to open a new pub the week of Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids. It will be similar to but smaller than Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette/mlive.com , Mark Bugnaski, File)
CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A popular Kalamazoo craft beer brewer will open a location soon in the Grand Rapids area.
Bell’s Brewery plans to open the pub late this week at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, according to The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/15YQ7lD ). The airport is in Kent County’s Cascade Township, southeast of Grand Rapids.
It will look like the Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo, only smaller.
Bell’s beers on tap will be Midwestern Pale Ale, Kalamazoo Stout, Best Brown Ale, Two Hearted Ale, Amber Ale and Third Coast Pale Ale. Other domestic beers, liquor and wine also will be served.
The brewery is working with Maryland-based HMSHost on a food menu that will include Eccentric Cafe mainstays.
The decor will include memorabilia from the Old Grand Rapids Brewing Co., a decades-old company that was revived last year. There also are old maps of Michigan based on early explorers’ observations.
For now, the general public will be able to go to the pub because it is outside the airport’s traveler security zone. However, plans call for extending the perimeter of that zone in future years, which would limit customers to those who area flying.